Several years ago I happened to visit one of my favorite local used book stores and they had a table set up in the front of the store for a special sale – “buy a foot of books for a dollar.” Imagine what sort of books get sold by the foot! There were old Pulpit Commentaries and McClaren’s commentaries with the covers half off, and a fair amount of old Christian fiction. (I am not a fan of Christian fiction to start with, but Christian fiction form the 1950’s is particularly loathsome). I looked over the pile of books and would not have wanted to buy any of the books, even at a dollar a foot.
As I was browsing for something else on Amazon this morning, I ran across Luther’s Commentary on Galatians, free for Kindle. I do not have a physical copy of the book, only the Logos version. So I downloaded the book to my iPad. This version is public domain, and Amazon states that the “book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers,” indicating that these are mostly Project Gutenberg texts. This is the text that has been floating around the internet for some time, converted nicely to Kindle and made available for free. I looked at a few books, the formatting looks good, which is not always the case on converted books.
Amazon is always very good about suggesting more things for me to by, so across the bottom of the page is “other customers bought.” This amounts to many pages of other books which are free to Kindle users. Here are a few other highlights:
Leo Tolstoy, The Kingdom of God Is Within You, and many other of Tolstoy’s spiritual writings.
Alexander McClaren commentaries, many of which now include “real page numbers.”
Poke around, see what else you can find. It is better than a “foot of books for a buck!”