Social Distancing 101: Free Literature

Staying home means more than trying to stretch your food so you don’t have to shop so often. Today’s advice is all about fun.

Read a Book! There’s no better time than now to catch up on your to-read pile. If you don’t have a stockpile of books already, there’s lots to read for free online. If you have a Kindle, many Amazon authors offer free books, usually as a lead-in to tempt you into following the rest of a series. I’ve discovered some excellent authors this way.

Your local library may have online resources too. Mine offers checkout services for digital books, movies and music.

I’ve got some of my short stories, printable coloring pages, and a collection of Steampunk adventure YouTube movies at The Brassbright Chronicle. Look for the “Free Fun” menu tab near the top.

And last but certainly not least, Mims House books has a fantastic offer for parents needing children’s books. Here’s their announcement:

NOTICE: To support families during the COVID-19 outbreak, all of our ebooks and audiobooks are free. We guarantee that you’ll be able to open these on the device of your choice. To get it free, ADD TO CART. The price will be zero.  Check out as usual. (Be sure you selected the ebook or audiobook version. If you see an amount other than zero, you chose a paperback or hardcover book. Remove it from the cart and instead add the correct version.) To narrow down your choices, click on the category below.

An Island of Books

I recently set up a book shop on Book Island, a region in Second Life that celebrates books, readers, storytellers, authors – if it’s literary, it’s here. Come visit! I have a free book waiting for you, and a cozy chair to read it in. Book Island hosts many events, too – there’s author talks and readings, writing events to keep writers motivated, and lots of book shops like mine. My shop is located at http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Book%20Island/196/248/496

Every shop needs a sign, and this is mine
The view in from the sidewalk. That little book on the tentacle table? It’s free! You can have one. I’ve also added a free gift box with fun things and informative notecards to that table now, too.
Cozy Kitty chairs are for you to curl up in, relax, and read.
I don’t have radiators, but I do have a steamy cookbook to cozy up the place.
The book shop that also fulfills all your circus cannon needs. The “No Boom Today” is for sale for a mere ten Lindens. Just click it and buy one. It’s made of high quality old-school mesh and prims. Antiques are cool, right?
And I had a blank spot on a wall, so I thought, why not sell a few of my classic boats? The Clean Getaway is a seaworthy bubble blowing bathtub, and the Over Easy is both driveable and delicious. It can be consumed if you become shipwrecked on a desert island.
On a cool Autumn night, step inside to warm up and rest.
The street outside my shop is a gathering place for literary events. Isn’t this a nice neighborhood?