Free or almost free Kindle books on science, Africa …

… and sundry related topics.

If you use a Kindle to read these mostly older and thus free-ish books, please add your favorites in the comments.

Africania, history, and other early works

Conrad: Heart of Darkness

Burton: First footsteps in East Africa

How: People of Africa

Kingsley: Travels in West Africa

Shipman: To the Heart of the Nile

Early science and natural philosophy

Brues and Melander: Key to the families of North American insects: an introduction to the …

Darwin: On the Origin of Species, first edition

Darwin: The Voyage of the Beagle or a Naturalist’s Voyage Round the World

Huxley: Lectures and Essays

Lyell: Principles of Geology

Miller. The Testimony of the Rocks or, Geology in Its Bearings on the Two Theologies, Natural and Revealed

Smith: Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology


Gould: Full House … The Spread of Excellence from Plato to Darwin

Fiction of Interest

Doyle: Sherlock Holmes … The Complete Collection (Every Sherlock Holmes story written by Doyle!)

Wells: The Time Machine ($.99 Science Fiction Classics)

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9 thoughts on “Free or almost free Kindle books on science, Africa …

  1. Typo in Canadian Curmudgeon’s post – it’s As Kierra notes, you don’t even need to go through the conversion step for most books.

    Relatedly, Amazon has a list of sites with Kindle-compatible free ebooks.

  2. Sorry, I suppose I should have made this more clear: I am not saying that you must buy a 200 part to read free books! As far as I know, all the books that are free or nearly free on the Kindle are available on line. I don’t know how you read those books with portable reader, but most of them are easily read using any of a number of technologies on your regular computer, including simply reading them as text files. It depends in part on what format you download them int.

    Gutenberg is absolutely one of the best places to find such books, but there are others.

    MRW, thanks, I had not seen that list, but I have seen those sites.

    One of the difficulties in using the Kindle is knowing which version of the free books to download. There are often many, and some have tables of contents and some do not.

    A table of contents is rather useful when you download the entire works of a single prolific author in one volume, for example.

  3. “…mostly older and thus free-ish books…”

    Free-ish? Is there any truthiness to your claim? If we plotted it on a chart would it be an out-liar?! And are these really books or are they simply bookish?!

  4. OK, wise guy. What I mean is books that cost a dollar, but are otherwise available free, but seem to have some value added (like they are set up for the Kindle better than if they were randomly stuck on there, or don’t have stupid badly scanned text in the beginning as many do, etc.). Like those 99 cent iTouch apps. Freeish.

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