Inspiration From The Distant Past

Inspiration From The Distant Past
Found note in an old book... warms the cockles of my bookish heart...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Bargain Book Bonanza (26): A Pioneer Kindle Freebie For Adult Fans Of Little House On The Prairie

 Welcome to Bargain Book Bonanza!

A book haul linky party for bargain loving bookworms!

Want to join the party? Just visit the Bargain Book Bonanza page for the particulars.

DeLynne is hosting this week!

Tracy wrote here ages ago about her Kindle, and at the time it seemed to me like some incredibly modern, foreign device.  We didn't have them here in Australia. 
But then my beautiful mother bought each of our girls (aged 14 and 10) one and we got used to them. My girls just love them and use them all the time.  

I do recommend Kindle for kids, especially since Amazon replaced both Kindles when they were accidentally damaged in separate incidents.  No questions, no need to return the old ones, just a new Kindle in the mail immediately.

But, I didn't have a Kindle (aren't all mums like that?) and kept thinking that one trip to the States I'd shout myself one.  Well, lo and behold Aussies can now buy the Kindle almost anywhere, and the very first time I saw it in Australia I just happened to have cash in my wallet (now that is a miracle!). I bought it before you could slide and release that power switch. 

So now we are a Kindle family (Hubby has shown absolutely no interest in an e reader of any kind.) and very happy.  I was a bit worried that I would start spending lots on books, since most of my reading comes from BBB-type sources.  However, I have found the Kindle very economical reading after the initial purchase.

I Googled 'free Kindle books'  and was overwhelmed with choices.  There are many sites that offer free e books, but so far I have stuck to the free category in the Amazon site.  One of my finds is Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart, written in the early 1900's.

Unlike so many stories of hardship and subjugation in the West (that poor Caroline Ingalls following Pa's every whim), this collection of letters tells a life full of joy and achievement.  

There is some sorrow, of course, but basically Elinore is a woman who chooses her destiny, seeks adventure, helps those less fortunate, and thrills at the landscape around her.  She makes friends, among them a French trapper, and enjoys an active social life while raising her family. 

Bring out the pioneer woman in you and read this book.  It's available in paperback, so even if you're an old fashioned girl you can read it, too.

Images from, all oil paintings by Cornelius Krieghoff.

If you have a bargain book, please share. We love to brag on bargains!


  1. Yeah, the Kindle has turned out to be a really good investment for me too. My family shares one account, so we all have a common library now (no need to buy 3-4 copies of a book). Plus, there are tons of free books that Amazon releases for a limited time per day (I post about them on my blog, so I keep track of them all).

  2. Oh, thanks for the hint. I will pop by your blog and have a look.

  3. Et tu, Delynne?
    I have begun researching home school curriculum and have found a vast amount of free e-books. I am trying to hold out, but it may come to the point that I will get one.
    The thing is, so many books that may be difficult to find or get a copy of are available instantly...


  4. Congrats on the new Kindle and that is superior customer service! Wow!

    I bet I'll be the last ereader holdout of the group but this free pioneer book is tempting me-- I want to read it!

    I've tried all the ereaders out and Kindle seems to be the most intuitive for me to operate. Love the idea of free public domain books and easy travel reading but still have an odd mental block about it.

    Jim loves techie toys so I've had to restrain him from getting me one several times. Guess I am just all around odd-- what wife in their right mind turns down gifts?

    Great BBB, DeLynne! Can't wait to see more Kindle bargains and freebies.

  5. Don't forget, Ladies, you CAN read all these e books without an e reader. Just download them to your computer and read them there. Not as portable, but certainly the same text. At least that's the way it's supposed to work. Before Kindle, I did this, but not with Amazon.

  6. Lovely post so nice to meet more book lovers. I enter every contest I can find to try and win a kindle :-) Big Hugs!!!

  7. I love my Kindle & am happy you are enjoying yours! I am blog hopping from Katherine's Corner. Following you now everywhere I can find to follow. LOL Pls follow back. Growing Old With Grace

  8. I'm not a kindle owner but I have already put this on my Christmas wish list. so fingers crossed. I am a book fanatic, and on a blog hop today from Katherines corner. TFS


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