So you just got your hands on a shiny new Nook Touch and you need something to read, right? Well, here’s a list of 20 free Nook Books from Barnes and Noble to get you started, along with some current ebook deals.
If you are still eagerly awaiting your new Nook’s arrival and want to get prepared, you can get Nook Books now and then download them over WiFi when you get your new Nook. These ebooks will also work on other Nook devices and Nook software for iPad, Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, and PC and Mac computers.
10 Nook Book Deals
First, the ebook deals on some highly-rated titles under $5. Then the freebies below them. More Nook Book deals can be found here.
Hollowland by Amanda Hocking – $0.99 – 4.5 stars, 1015 reviews.
Hollowand – the first book in the young adult dystopian series The Hollows…
“This is the way the world ends – not with a bang or a whimper, but with zombies breaking down the back door.”
Nineteen-year-old Remy King is on a mission to get across the wasteland left of America, and nothing will stand in her way – not violent marauders, a spoiled rock star, or an army of flesh-eating zombies.
The Abbey (a full-length suspense thriller) by Chris Culver – $0.99 – 4 stars, 226 reviews.
Ash Rashid is a former homicide detective who can’t stand the thought of handling another death investigation. In another year, he’ll be out of the department completely. That’s the plan, at least, until his niece’s body is found in the guest home of one of his city’s most wealthy citizens.
The coroner calls it an overdose, but the case doesn’t add up. Against orders, Ash launches an investigation to find his niece’s murderer, but the longer he searches, the more entangled he becomes in a case that hits increasingly close to home. If he doesn’t solve it fast, his niece won’t be the only family member he has to bury.
Miranda’s Big Mistake by Jill Mansell – $0.99 – 4 stars, 192 reviews.
Miranda’s track record with men is horrible.
Her most recent catastrophe is Greg. He seems perfect—gorgeous, witty, exciting. And he and Miranda are in love… until Miranda discovers he left his wife when he found out she was pregnant.
With the help of her friends, Miranda plans the sweetest and most public revenge a heartbroken girl can get. But will Miranda learn from her mistake, or move on to the next “perfect” man and ignore the love of her life waiting in the wink…
Love Drunk Cowboy by Carolyn Brown – $0.99 – 4 stars, 15 reviews.
Carolyn Brown’s first five cowboy/country music single title mass market romances have sold over 65,000 copies All Austin Lanier wants is to sell her inherited watermelon farm, slip on her stilettos and run back to corporate America. Until the drop dead sexy cowboy next door, Rye O’Donnell, decides he’ll only take the farm if he can get the fiery woman who owns it as part of the deal…
Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter – $1.99 – 4.5 stars, 115 reviews.
The sleepy town of Heartsdale, Georgia, is jolted into panic when Sara Linton, the town’s pediatrician and coroner, finds Sibyl Adams, a young college professor, dead in the local diner. As well as being viciously raped, Sibyl has been cut: two deep knife wounds form a lethal cross over her stomach. But it’s only once Sara starts to perform the postmortem that the full extent of the killer’s brutality starts to become clear…
My Horizontal Life: A Collection of One-Night Stands by Chelsea Handler – $1.99 – 4 stars, 1393 reviews.
In this raucous collection of true-life stories, actress and comedian Chelsea Handler recounts her time spent in the social trenches with that wild, strange, irresistible, and often gratifying beast: the one-night stand.
Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley – $2.99 – 4.5 stars, 104 reviews.
In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.
Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.
But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her…
The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy – $2.99 – 4.5 stars, 118 reviews.
Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and the dark and violent past of the extraordinary family into which they were born.
Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together by Ron Hall , Denver Moore , Lynn Vincent – $4.74 – 4.5 stars, 805 reviews.
Meet Denver, a man raised under plantation-style slavery in Louisiana in the 1960s; a man who escaped, hopping a train to wander, homeless, for eighteen years on the streets of Dallas, Texas. No longer a slave, Denver’s life was still hopeless-until God moved. First came a godly woman who prayed, listened, and obeyed. And then came her husband, Ron, an international arts dealer at home in a world of Armani-suited millionaires. And then they all came together.
But slavery takes many forms. Deborah discovers that she has cancer. In the face of possible death, she charges her husband to rescue Denver. Who will be saved, and who will be lost? What is the future for these unlikely three? What is God doing?
Same Kind of Different As Me is the emotional tale of their story: a telling of pain and laughter, doubt and tears, dug out between the bondages of this earth and the free possibility of heaven. No reader or listener will ever forget it.
Heat Wave by Richard Castle – $4.99 – 4 stars, 1161 reviews.
The title character from ABC’s hit television series Castle kicks off his new series of books featuring tough and sexy New York police detective Nikki Heat with a bang.
20 Free Nook Books
Note that some of the free ebooks are promotional and are free for a limited time only, and the first two are pre-orders.
The Voyage of Promise by Kay Marshall Strom – Fiction – pre-order.
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories by Rockstar Games – Mystery & Thrillers – pre-order.
Summer’s Crossing (Iron Fey Series) by Julie Kagawa – Children’s Books – 4 stars, 21 reviews.
The Winds of Khalakovo by Bradley P. Beaulieu – Fantasy – 3.5 stars, 96 reviews.
Throwaway by Heather Huffman – Fiction – 4 stars, 656 reviews.
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Presents: A Magical Christmas Menu by Dinah Bucholz – Cooking – 3.5 stars, 1082 reviews.
100 Quotes to Make You Think! by Wolfgang Riebe – Nonfiction – 3 stars, 1473 reviews.
Plan B: A Nick Heller Story by Joseph Finder – Suspense – 3.5 stars, 58 reviews.
Lot’s Return to Sodom: A Liv Bergen Mystery by Sandra Brannan – Mystery – no reviews.
Hidden by Blood (Sweetblood Series #3) by Laurie London – Vampire Romance – no reviews.
Freaks (A Rizzoli & Isles Short Story) by Tess Gerritsen – Mystery – 4.5 stars, 5 reviews.
Know the Past, Find the Future: The New York Public Library at 100 by Various – Nonfiction – 5 stars, 1 review.
Moon USA Travel Planner by Avalon Travel – Travel – 4 stars, 1 review.
Mythology, Moon, Sun and Rain by Dandi Palmer – Children’s Book – 3 stars, 3 reviews.
Birds, Butterflies, Bags and Dragons by Dandi Palmer – Children’s Book – 3 stars, 1 review.
In September by Sharen Ford – Fiction – 3 stars, 1 review.
Hunter’s Choice by Shiloh Walker – Romance – 3.5 stars, 22 reviews.
Inner City by Scott Norton – Fiction – 5 stars, 1 review.
Freedom Ain’t Free by Jay Mcfarland – Nonfiction – 3.5 stars, 26 reviews.
Diary of the Displaced by Glynn James – Horror Fantasy – no reviews (5 stars, 9 reviews at Amazon).
I’d add that “Lot’s Return to Sodom” is book #2 in a series, and book #1 in the series, “In the Belly of Jonah”, is also available for free: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/In-the-Belly-of-Jonah/Sandra-Brannan/e/9781608320776
You don’t often see two books in a series being free, especially at the same time.