Read my book free

When it started up, Google Books had spotty coverage for literary fiction. But I’m happy to report that they now offer The Grasshopper King well, not the full text, but all of the first chapter, and enough of the rest to get a sense of the book.

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6 thoughts on “Read my book free

  1. Richard says:

    Dammit, I already bought the damn thing. :)

  2. John Cowan says:

    Y’know, if you want people to be able to read the book on line, and you have a soft copy of it, you can always donate the text to Project Gutenberg. They are happy to accept modern books from (conventionally) published authors.

    You don’t even have to waive copyright entirely, though F.P. Walter did so with his 2001 translation of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Seas. There are a number of works in the PG archive whose copyright licenses say “verbatim copying only” or the like.

    Even if you don’t have a soft copy, the book can be scanned by PG and the OCR corrected by Distributed Proofreaders.

    (All this assumes that you didn’t sign away all rights, of course.)

  3. C. L. Hanson says:

    I followed this link, and I don’t see the place where part of the text is available. What do you have to click on to get there?

  4. JSE says:

    Click on the tab “Preview This Book” — then use the arrows to flip through the pages. I just retried it and it’s working for me!

  5. C. L. Hanson says:

    I only get a tab called “about this book” — no other tabs at all. Do I have to sign up for something in particular to get the preview feature? I have a gmail account that I’m signed into…

  6. C. L. Hanson says:

    I even tried “add to my library” and that didn’t help. I’ll try tomorrow from work and see if it works from that computer and browser…

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