Saturday, June 8, 2013

Summer Reading : Complete Works By Authors for a Kindle

I use to LOVE summer.   That was the time of the year when I could get my mom to take us to the library nearly every week, I would stack books until I could barely carry them, check them out, and happily stagger to the car to take them home.   My tastes ran toward the amazing ... fairy tales, legends, fantasy, sci-fi, history, and biography.   I shied away from mystery, romance, and day to day life books.  And usually the books were well over 300 pages each - no light reading fluff for me!  :)

I'm all grown up now ...  but .... we still bring home tons of books every week ... but my Kindle has allowed me to be more selective and stick to picture books for the younger ones.  

One of the neat things that Amazon offers is "Complete Works" of most of the classic authors ... most can be purchased for under $3 for an entire set of books!

Pros - Able to read the entire works without having tons of downloads or purchasing each book separately.

Cons - many of the sets are cumbersome to navigate, and skipping a book that you have already read - or don't wish to read - can sometimes involve sitting and hitting "page forward" for quite a while.

Fortunately - most of the collections I've picked up have eventually put out a copy with a table of contents that works passably well.

But if you have a tween or teen reader with a Kindle, and you want them to read classic authors ... this is a great and cheap way to fill up their reading time without breaking the bank or running to the library for new books or taking hours to download books individually for free.

Here are a small sampling of what is available.

   Oz: The Complete Collection (All 14 Oz Books, with Illustrated Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Exclusive Bonus Features)

   The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)

   Charles Dickens Collection 55 Works: David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Christmas Carol, Pickwick Papers, Nicholas Nickleby, Bleak House, MORE! [Annotated]

   The Bronte Sisters - The Complete Novels (Annotated) + Extras

   L.M. Montgomery's Short Story Collection

   The Works of Eleanor H. Porter

   Grimm's Fairy Tales Illustrated: 200 tales with 50 illustrations

   The Works of Beatrix Potter

   Jules Verne Collection, 33 Works: A Journey to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in Eighty Days, The Mysterious Island, PLUS MORE!

   Agatha Christie Collection: The Mysterious Affair at Styles, The Secret Adversary

   THE COMPLETE SHERLOCK HOLMES and THE COMPLETE TALES OF TERROR AND MYSTERY (All Sherlock Holmes Stories and All 12 Tales of Mystery in a Single Volume!) ... Conan Doyle | The Complete Works Collection)

   THE COMPLETE FATHER BROWN MYSTERIES COLLECTION [Annotated] (Complete Works of G.K. Chesterton)

   Delphi Complete Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (Illustrated)

   Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales and Poems (Over 100 Works, including The Raven, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Pit and the Pendulum, with Links to Free Audiobooks)

   The Complete Short Stories of Edgar Allan Poe (Annotated) (69 stories)

   The Complete Works of Shakespeare

   The Collected Novels of H.G. Wells: 25 Books in One Volume (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics)

   Jane Austen Collection: 18 Works, Pride and Prejudice, Love and Friendship, Emma, Persuasion, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Lady Susan & more!

   Anne: The Green Gables Collection (12 Books, including Anne of Green Gables, Anne of Avonlea, and Exclusive Bonus Features)

   Louisa May Alcott Collection 39 Works: Little Women Series (Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys), An Old Fasioned Girl, Eight Cousins, Rose in Bloom, Mysterious Key, Under the Lilacs, MORE

   Edgar Rice Burroughs Anthology, 24 Works: A Princess of Mars, Tarzan of the Apes, The Return of Tarzan, The Gods of Mars, The Warlord of Mars, Tarzan the Untamed, Thuvia-Maid of Mars, MORE!

   Delphi Complete Works of Mark Twain (Illustrated)

   Complete Mark Twain Collection (300+ works) (Illustrated)

   Aesop's Fables - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

   The Complete Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen - Complete Collection (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection)

   The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories [168 Tales in the chronological order of publication]

   Delphi Complete Works of Victor Hugo (Illustrated)

   Delphi Complete Works of Jack London (Illustrated)

   H.G. Wells Collection, Over 50 Works: The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, Time Machine, Island of Dr. Moreau, Little Wars, World Set Free, Tales of Space and Time, When the Sleeper Wakes & MORE!

   Delphi Complete Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne (Illustrated)

   200 GREATEST NOVELS, STORIES & POEMS EVER WRITTEN: THE COMPLETE HARVARD CLASSICS LIBRARY SHELF OF FICTION (The Complete Works Collection) 200 Works! Jane ... Mark TWAIN Tolstoy Shakespeare Poe Balzac)

   1000 Greatest Novels Ever Written - Largest eBook ever - Complete Collections of Agatha,Jane Austen, Holmes,Shakespeare,James Joyce,Plato, Poe,Anne Stories,Beatrix Potter with 36 Audio Book

Happy Summer  Reading!

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