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Author Topic: anybody know where i can find free e-books? also, is scott cunningham any good?  (Read 1951 times)

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first, does anybody know where i can get free pdf e books? i already exhausted anything remotely wiccan from the free kindle books on amazon, and free-ebooks.com (or whatever it's called) and i just want to collect them all!

second, is scott cunningham a good source of information for beginners? to me he seems pretty trustworthy for solitary witches, but does anybody else have any differing opinions?


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second, is scott cunningham a good source of information for beginners? to me he seems pretty trustworthy for solitary witches, but does anybody else have any differing opinions?

 
The difficulty with Cunningham is that - as he's been dead for more than two decades - a lot of conversations within the community have gotten a lot more nuanced and more useful since then, and his books don't reflect that.

You might find other things on my website handy, but in particular, you might find http://gleewood.org/seeking/suggested-reading/classic-pagan-books/ useful for a discussion of why the classics are worth reading, but maybe not early on, and then http://gleewood.org/seeking/suggested-reading/introductory-books/ for more recent titles worth your time. A number of them are fairly widely available in many public library systems.
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The difficulty with Cunningham is that - as he's been dead for more than two decades - a lot of conversations within the community have gotten a lot more nuanced and more useful since then, and his books don't reflect that.

You might find other things on my website handy, but in particular, you might find http://gleewood.org/seeking/suggested-reading/classic-pagan-books/ useful for a discussion of why the classics are worth reading, but maybe not early on, and then http://gleewood.org/seeking/suggested-reading/introductory-books/ for more recent titles worth your time. A number of them are fairly widely available in many public library systems.

 
I love your posts Jenett :)

Seriously check out your local library if they have overdrive set up you should be able to check out ebooks from them. There are a lot of sites including Amazon that have free books out of copyright from things like Project Gutenberg but remember a lot of these are quite old and in the public domain.

Still between libraries and public domain there's quite a bit out there.

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first, does anybody know where i can get free pdf e books? i already exhausted anything remotely wiccan from the free kindle books on amazon, and free-ebooks.com (or whatever it's called) and i just want to collect them all!

 
Also if you keep an eye on one of those websites that tracks what's free on Kindle on any given day, you'll find a variety of things that pop up that are free for a day or two, and those tend to be a slightly higher quality. You can also look around places like Paperbackswap if you can afford postage and receive mail without people snooping.
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first, does anybody know where i can get free pdf e books? i already exhausted anything remotely wiccan from the free kindle books on amazon, and free-ebooks.com (or whatever it's called) and i just want to collect them all!


You might try Smashwords.com. Click on the Nonfiction title on the sidebar and go to the New Age category. LOL it took me a few months to figure out that Nonfiction was a link that led to more categories than are shown on the main page. I'm not sure what you'll find for free there, but it can't hurt to look. Sometimes authors will put a book up for free for a limited time.
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first, does anybody know where i can get free pdf e books? i already exhausted anything remotely wiccan from the free kindle books on amazon, and free-ebooks.com (or whatever it's called) and i just want to collect them all!

second, is scott cunningham a good source of information for beginners? to me he seems pretty trustworthy for solitary witches, but does anybody else have any differing opinions?

 
You could try Project Gutenberg, Lulu.com (for free or cheap ebooks), Sacred-texts.com. There's also a website where people upload free pdfs of books and essays they've written but I can't remember it.

If you're looking for the more scholarly side of things, some people post articles on academia.edu. There's also stuff like jstor where scholarly articles and even books are archived, though that requires a subscription, a public or university library near you may have one so it'd be free for you to use. They also offer free trials and some of the older files are free (though they may be a tad outdated). You could also check out the website of various scholarly journals, as they often give out free digital copies or cheap ones, or you may be able to get free copies from a library.

If you're asking for copyrighted, usually paid ebooks, other than coupons and promotional offers or giveaways, it's probably against the rules to post links to illegal downloading sites here. :whis:

As to Cunningham, I think he's a good starting point and exhaustive enough on some points, so his books are a good resource. However, just like any other books in the same vein, I also recommend weighing it out against other research and other books. They're a few decades old so from a scholarly perspective it's likely that some info is outdated, and as Jenett points out, the tone of discussion is different in the community now. But since I think that being critical and not settling for just one book as the end-all, be-all (even if you ultimately agree) as being important things when you're starting out, and really at any point... I'd say it's worth checking out his books. I'm not so much into the Wicca ones since I'm not Wiccan and don't care much for it, but his writings on plants are interesting.

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first, does anybody know where i can get free pdf e books?

 
This facebook posts lots of different free books on Amazon

https://www.facebook.com/PaganeBooksforfree
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first, does anybody know where i can get free pdf e books? i already exhausted anything remotely wiccan from the free kindle books on amazon, and free-ebooks.com (or whatever it's called) and i just want to collect them all!

second, is scott cunningham a good source of information for beginners? to me he seems pretty trustworthy for solitary witches, but does anybody else have any differing opinions?

 
Ok, hopefully this will work (tapatalk on my blackberry is rubbish). I posted a thread a while back about Avalonia. Which is a British publisher of pagan books. They occasionally have their kindle books going for free but only a few at a time and only for a day or two.
Over the 18 months that I've attempted to check daily, I've managed to get about 15 free books.
Hopefully this link is the correct one: http://www.ecauldron.com/forum/showthread.php?p=118413

If not, look at the threads in this book and resources section and the thread is called something like free kindle books from Avalonia publishers. :)

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