Tor is offering a free ebook copy of Brandon Sanderson's The Way of Kings on March 23 and March 24, 2017. Follow the link to get it.
Amazon offers a free Kindle edition of the classic The Fifteen Decisive Battles of the World: from Marathon to Waterloo.
Crecy 1346: A Tourists' Guide is a neat concept. It looks exactly like a traditional tourist guidebook, such as those published for Disney World, or various cities and attractions around the world. Inside are photos, maps and directions guiding the reader on their travels.
The difference is that this guidebook focuses not on restaurants and the birthplaces of dead poets but on the route of the English army across northern France, and the environs of the battlefield at Crecy. Instead of advice for the best place to stand while watching the light parade, it offers advice on where to go to see the places important to the campaign.
The book offers five "tours":
- St-Vaast-la-Hougue to Caen
- Caen to Elbeuf
- Elbeuf to Poissy
- Poissy to Abberville
- Abbeville to Calais via Crecy-en-Ponthieu
- The Battlefield
Each tour comes with an historical introduction, a map identifying significant points, and detailed information and photos on the stops. There is also advice on how to travel (including bicycle guides) and places to stay and eat.
Even if you are not headed to Crecy for a vacation, but still have an interest in the battle, I think this would be of interest. There is plenty of history in the book, and the modern photos are more useful than the typical period illustrations
You can also get the book in Kindle format, which would be great, since you could have it on your phone and reference it while travelling.
Thanks to Pen and Sword for providing a review copy.
The complete set of Robert E. Howard's Conan stories now are available for free in Amazon Kindle format. You can read this 800+ page book on your phone, tablet or computer with the free Kindle app, or with one of Amazon's standalone Kindle readers. I have a Kindle reader and really like it. While not as nice as a book with actual pages, it is a much better experience than a phone or tablet. I've recovered the cost of the Kindle many times over with the free books I can find on Amazon.
This Conan book, for example, is $61 in hardcover, while the Kindle I own was $120. With one reading experience, I'm halfway to making it pay for itself.