Many authors are now releasing e-books free of charge. It's our way of introducing our work to prospective readers.
As a reader I love to "test the waters" with an author unfamiliar to me. If I like what I read, I'm likely to download other books from the author, free or not.
As a writer, I find offering a free download of my historical romance "Change of Heart" has induced many new readers to download my other books and stories or to buy them in paperback.
The availability of free books is a win/win situation for readers and writers.
Amazon, B&N, Sony, Kobo Books, I-Books and many more sites have free e-books available which include public domain books and newer stories from contemporary authors.
Other sites which specialize in offering free reads include Bibliotastic, ObookO, Get Free Books, Feedbooks and many more.
Check out this location for a list of places where free reads are available: http://online-novels.blogspot.com/2008/10/other-online-novel-sites.html
Each location has its own formats available. Some may have only PDF, others may also have Mobi (for Kindle), html or e-pub.
Get out your reading device and enjoy summer reading at hot free price!
Fran Shaff, Award-Winning Author