Free Reads

Numerous authors, editors, and pub­lishers are offering free material for readers stuck in isolation, including several of genre interest.

J.K. Rowling, Bloomsbury, Audible, Overdrive, Pottermore, and Scholastic launched the “Harry Potter at Home” initiative, making the ebook and audiobook of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone free, and issuing a general read-aloud license for teachers so they can read from the book on video. There are also special activities for kids available at Pottermore. For more: <>.

Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (which closed in 2014) has unlocked its archives, allowing free access to all the material from its 14 years of publication at <www.intergalacticmedi­>.

Black Coat Press is offering a free ebook to anyone who requests one. Available titles are Tales of the Shadowmen: Volume 1, edited by J-M. Lofficier & R. Lofficier; The Zombies of New Orleans by J-M. Lofficier & R. Lofficier; The Original Beauty and the Beast by Madame Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve, adapted by Brian Stableford; and Hexa­gon: Dark Matter by Romain d’Huissier, adapted by Matthew Baugh. Write to <info@blackcoatpress>, tell them which title you want, and whether you’d prefer epub or PDF. “No strings! No archiving of email addresses! And please stay home!”

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