Free books from Borders. Yes, free.

borders ereaderThey say you don’t get something for nothing but today, that’s not quite the case. Because Borders Books has got a special deal going right now when you download one of the Borders eReader apps, which are also free. 

Downloads are for both Mac and PC, plus BlackBerry, Android,
iPhone and iPads so you pretty much have no excuse not to try it
out–unless you’re like our associate editor Delilah who’s using duct
tape and bubble gum to hold together her relic of a cell phone. And the
books aren’t bad either – while you won’t quite get the Stieg Larsson
trilogy, you can get some beachy fun novels from Dean Koontz and Michael
Scott, Julia Child’s Kitchen Wisdom, and Jillian Michaels’ Master
Your Metabolism
. Which I guess is more like pre-beachy reading.

I’d do it just for the Julia Child book. But make sure you do it today –
the offer ends this weekend.  –Liz

Today is the last
day to download the free Borders

eReader apps in your choice of format, and get $40 worth of free

EDITED TO ADD: the offer was extended through today, July 13. Download the app then search for the free titles and download them individually.

Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.


  • Reply July 11, 2010


    I downloaded the app to my Droid and can’t find anything about free e-books… anyone else have this problem?

  • Cool Mom Picks
    Reply July 11, 2010

    Cool Mom Picks

    Connie, it’s supposed to be automatic but many of our FB fans are relating similar problems.

    So frustrating! We’re waiting to hear back from the Borders folks – will keep you posted.

  • Reply July 11, 2010


    I downloaded it for PC, and it came with 5 books (Huck Finn, Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, and Grimms Fairy Tales). Then there were about 5 current titles you could download for free. (Oh, and thanks for the post about this offer!)

  • Reply July 11, 2010

    Jessica D

    I downloaded the app to my Motorola Droid but didn’t see the free books. When I tried to search for books using the app, I was unable to type in the search field using my slide-out physical keyboard. Finally I figured out I could use the touchscreen keyboard instead and that worked. I searched for the book mentioned, Julia Child’s “Kitchen Wisdom” and found it for $0. I went to the trouble of creating an account and inputing my credit card info (which was required) even though I felt I shouldn’t have to give that info for a free book. Then when I finally tried to “purchase” the book, I kept getting an error message. It was something along the lines of “we are unable to process your request – try again later.” Finally at the end of the day I was able to download the book. So yes I got the book but it was alot of trouble and I am unimpressed with the app. Meanwhile, I also downloaded the new free Kindle for Droid app from Amazon and that one seems really cool.

    I enjoy Cool Mom Picks! Thanks.

  • Reply July 13, 2010


    I was able to download it for PC and had 5 books in the library immediately. I went to download the free books from the Top 10 list but every time I tried to download an additional book, it asked me for my credit card and billing information. Even after I clicked “save billing info for future purchases”. It got a bit annoying after the second time. :(

  • Reply July 13, 2010


    Ok, I am on Borders site and I found a link under the Ebooks tab that says “free ebooks.” However, when you click that, most are in a different language and it says that some are just scanned copies. Ready for this? There are over a million to chose from! I am tired and whinny, I don’t want to scan through all of those for my iphone! Help!!

  • Reply July 13, 2010


    Update! Ok, so I download the app on my Iphone directly, and before I entered any info, I had the same 5 books in my library. I went back to my PC and searched for the Julia Child’s book, and it came up under “ebooks” but not free ebooks. I was then able to add it to my library.

    I love free books, thanks for the heads up, maybe they will get this fixed and give us another day. Barnes and Noble gave away free classics a few weeks ago, and it was not this difficult at all!

    Thanks for letting me share!

  • Delilah
    Reply July 26, 2010


    Naw, that was my old camera. My circa 2002 cell phone still works great. Of course, the closest it gets to an app is when my son slobbers apple on it.

    I’m not entirely a Luddite, though. I’m probably going to marry my Nook.

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