Free/Promotional/Cheap Ebooks on Amazon etc.

Discussion in 'Books, Films, TV, Radio' started by von Poop, May 21, 2012.

  1. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    thanks for the heads up!

    Got my copy also picked up Monty's Greatest Victory & A Reluctant Hero for a nominal sum.
    There are a lot of books priced between £0.49 and £1.99 on offer for good reading or assistance with research at present
  2. Oldman

    Oldman Very Senior Member

    Just looked in on Kindle there is a notification sale of 200 books for £0.99, amongst the books on offer are several ww2 topical reads from armour through to U boats and military covering wars from Wellington's time to Afghanistan

    Take a look grab a bargain
  3. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  4. arnhem44

    arnhem44 Member

    aaahhh.. just discovered this thread, and all the many book offers from before are gone.
    But I also noticed that these free offers only apply to and when it detects you (me!) are not logging in from the uk, then you are forced to go with ( I can't even choose ? convenient for some dutch "amazonians") and the prices are higher than those for and they don't have the free or low price offers.
    (* though the last one: Wolfs Liair I got it from .com)

    Why is that ? The same annoyance with not showing film clips to those outside uk, but at least that has some sense...

    Anyone have a suggestion how to circumvent this auto detection ?

  5. idler

    idler GeneralList

    A couple of hardcopy bargains about at the moment (wrist-slapping awaited, but not sure if a dedicated hardcopy book bargain thread would be warranted):

    At WH Smith: D-Day - The Story of D-Day Through Maps by Richard Happer and Dr Peter Chasseaud. Now a fiver, down from £25! Mostly it's a fairly standard campaign history but there is a substantial and pretty authoritative section on the maps. A good proportion of the map illustrations are actually legible, just a pity that some are two-page spreads with the maps disappearing into the gutter - splitting the map either side of the margin might have been better.

    At The Works: Mapping the First World War - The Great War Through Maps 1914-1918 by Dr Peter Chasseaud. Now £10 from £30. Well reviewed on Amazon.
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  6. Peccavi

    Peccavi Senior Member

    Rising Sun, Falling Sky - absolutely brilliant. Generally I am not a fan of naval books but this is different. It is about the battles off Malaya and the the Java Sea. Certainly changed my opinion and the bravery and seamanship of British and American commanders and crews is incredible.

    Having found a real nugget, I am hooked and just purchased this one about the Imperial japanese navy - again only 99pence (versus £30 in hardback)
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  7. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Free on Kindle at the moment.

    Almost no one has heard of The Royce Raid, a little known World War 2 story. On April 11,1942 ten purloined B-25 bombers left Australia on their way to the Philippines for a series of bombing runs from which no one was expected to return. All they had was National Geographic maps to navigate by as they flew low over water and tiny islands doing their best to remain undetected by the Japanese.

    This is the tale of the Grim Reapers, also known as the 13th Bomb Squadron and a true tale in the Pacific during World War 2. The raid was overshadowed by the Doolittle Raid which occurred only a week later. Very few people have ever heard about this compelling story.

    The book is a memoir of Vernon Main, a brave man that was actually on the raid and lived to tell about it.

    A great World War 2 story, The Royce Raid is exciting, at times funny and overall a grand adventure story.

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  8. stolpi

    stolpi Well-Known Member

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  9. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Product Description
    In the closing days of World War Two, German resistance to the Nazis was growing.

    This is the dramatic true story of one act of rebellion.

    The Werewolves were formed in November 1944, having been recruited and trained by SS Police General Gutenberger.

    A team of five men and a woman was chosen for "Operation Carnival", which was a plot to kill Franz Oppenhoff, the new mayor of Aachen, who the Germans saw as an American stool-pigeon and traitor.

    ‘Werewolf’ skilfully recreates the atmosphere of unease that prevailed on both sides during the final months of the Second World War.

    ‘Werewolf’ outdoes the best spy novel and demonstrates yet again that ‘fiction’ cannot hold a candle to ‘fact’ when coming from the pen of a master of Charles Whiting’s stature.

    'A fascinating insight into the hidden war. I learned something new on every page.' - Tom Kasey, best-selling author of 'Trade Off'.

    Charles Whiting is the author of numerous history books on the Second World War. Under the pen name of Leo Kessler he also wrote a series of best-selling military thrillers, including ‘Guns at Cassino’ and ‘Valley of the Assassins’.

  10. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Product Description
    *Includes pictures
    *Includes accounts of the fighting by Berlin residents and Soviet soldiers
    *Includes footnotes and a bibliography for further reading
    *Includes a table of contents

    “On the walls of the houses we saw Goebbels' appeals, hurriedly scrawled in white paint: 'Every German will defend his capital. We shall stop the Red hordes at the walls of our Berlin.' Just try and stop them! Steel pillboxes, barricades, mines, traps, suicide squads with grenades clutched in their hands—all are swept aside before the tidal wave.

    Drizzling rain began to fall. Near Bisdorf I saw batteries preparing to open fire. 'What are the targets?' I asked the battery commander. 'Centre of Berlin, Spree bridges, and the northern and Stettin railway stations,' he answered. Then came the tremendous words of command: 'Open fire on the capital of the Fascist Germany.'

    I noted the time. It was exactly 8:30 a.m. on 22 April. Ninety-six shells fell in the centre of Berlin in the course of a few minutes.” – A Soviet war correspondent

    While much has been written of the Battle of the Bulge, Okinawa, Midway, Stalingrad, and many other conflicts of the Second World War, the Battle for Berlin has remained in the shadows for many historians. Its importance in toppling Hitler cannot be denied, despite the fact that some thought its strategic value unnecessary to the war itself. The capture of the city and the red Soviet banner hanging victorious over the Reichstag is one of history’s most famous (an ominous) images. In the weeks it took for the Battle of Berlin to be fought, an American president passed away, a British Prime Minister had to make concessions he did not desire, a Russian leader fought his way into Western Europe to stay, and a German one took his own life. The battle’s implications would be felt for the next 50 years.

    In April 1945, the Allies were within sight of the German capital of Berlin, but Hitler refused to acknowledge the collapsed state of the German military effort even at this desperate stage, and he confined himself to his Berlin bunker where he met for prolonged periods only with those that professed eternal loyalty, even to the point of death. In his last weeks, Hitler continued to blame the incompetence of military officers for Germany’s apparent failings, and he even blamed the German people themselves for a lack of spirit and strength. As their leader dwelled in a state of self-pity, without remorse or mercy but near suicide, the people of Berlin were simply left to await their fate as Russians advanced from the east and the other Allies advanced from the west.

    Most Berliners had given up hope of a win, and few cared for anything but relief from their circumstances, but Berliners did have a deep fear of which of the victor nations would arrive in Berlin first. The Soviets, closing in from hard fought battles in the east, had lost millions of men in the war already, and with an invasion force 2.5 million strong, they longed for revenge and a chance to right the wrongs of not only this war but the last. Even for Berliners too exhausted to be saddened by a German loss, “liberation” by the Soviets was unthinkable. At the same time, though most believed it would not happen, the Americans and British suddenly appeared to shift priorities regarding the need to take the actual capital city. Since it was “no longer a military objective”, according to Eisenhower, it would be left for the Soviet armies to arrive in Berlin first, bringing to fruition many Germans’ worst fears.

    The battle would technically begin on April 16, 1945, and though it ended in a matter of weeks, it produced some of the war’s most climactic events and had profound implications on the immediate future. In the wake of the war, the European continent was devastated, leaving the Soviet Union and the United States as uncontested superpowers and ushering in nearly half a century of Cold War.

  11. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Having recently bought several items (including books) from Ebay, Amazon and AbeBooks I am now bombarded with 'notifications' and 'great offers' from all those sites.

    Whilst I can understand the commercial reasons for these companies to inform former customers of 'special deals' it is now becoming a real pain. I guess many other forum menbers have experienced the same.

    How do you feel about it and what have you done to reduce or stop the unwanted emails?
  12. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Mike I take notice of any that interest me but most of the time I just ignore them and delete.

    Cheers Mike.
  13. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    hello Mike
    i havent had that problem, you can opt out on most sites like Amazon
  14. Mike L

    Mike L Very Senior Member

    Mike, likewise I usually have a quick look to see if the subject interests me and then delete them.

    Clive, I am thrifty enough to look for special offer so I am slightly reluctant to miss any opportunity for a bargain.
    Having said that if it becomes too intrusive I will opt out.

    As a general guide I have found Amazon expensive for books and AbeBooks can offer a much better selection and at lower prices.

    'BBC type coverall': Other sources are available and I do not represent any commercial source.
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  15. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

    Yes Mike I know what you mean
    re this thread I have picked up loads of bargains
    need time to read them now

  16. Spymaster

    Spymaster New Member

    I really recommend ‘An Honourable Defeat’ by Anton Gill. It analysis the role the German Resistance played, and why it was both largely ineffective and hugely heroic. Gill uses accounts from surviving Resistance members, both interviews and letters and journal entries and such. This book was very illuminating, and offered real insight into this aspect of the war. While the book is absolutely non-fiction Gill has a lively and engaging prose style that makes ‘An Honourable Defeat’ a very easy and enjoyable read.
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  17. Ron Goldstein

    Ron Goldstein WW2 Veteran WW2 Veteran


    Thanks for the headup !

    As you say, easy reading and, let's face it, completely free :)

  18. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    Good suggestion Spymaster - a bargain and interesting too. I'm ordering it.
  19. TriciaF

    TriciaF Junior Member

    I didn't realise it was a Kindle offer ( :mellow: ) but ordered a very cheap paperback, also available
  20. JohnS

    JohnS Senior Member

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