Early H.G. Wells SF, free, collected for the Kindle

H.G. Wells for the Kindle, 1895-1910 (Download link: 3Mb, .zip file)

I thought I’d create a handy “one click” download for all of the classic early science fiction and fantastic fiction of H.G. Wells:—

The early science fiction novels:

The Time Machine (1895)
The Island of Doctor Moreau (1896)
The Invisible Man (1897)
The War of the Worlds (1898)
When the Sleeper Wakes (1899)
The First Men in the Moon (1901)
The Food of the Gods and How It Came to Earth (1904)
In the Days of the Comet (1906)
The War in the Air (1908)
The Sleeper Awakes (Wells’s 1910 revision of When the Sleeper Wakes)

Short story collection:

The Country of the Blind and Other Stories. (You only really need this one collection. Wells wrote that this particular story collection covers: “all the short stories by me that I care for any one to read again”. The stories the collection contains were all written between 1894 and 1910.)

These Kindle versions have been checked and viewed and appear to be free of errors. Just copy the .mobi files to your Kindle. These works are in the public domain, and were downloaded and repackaged for your convenience from open sources. Do not let anyone charge you for this file and its contents!

If you enjoy these, you may also enjoy my sequel to The Time Machine.


Pew Internet Project ereader survey shows ereader ownership doubled.

The reliable Pew Internet Project has a new report. It finds the ownership of ebook reader hardware doubled in six months, from 6% to 12% of adults owning an ebook reader in the USA. It was based on phone surveys, and shows ereaders far outstripping the sales of the more expensive tablets PCs such as the iPad. However, the iPad2 wasn’t out when the survey was conducted. As with all such surveys, what really matters for self-publishers is not how many devices there are — but rather how many people are actively using them to buy books, how regularly, and the types and price-points of those books.

Henry Jenkins muses on Pottermore

Fan-culture expert Henry Jenkins on why the transmedia project Pottermore matters

“Rowling [the Harry Potter author] is making a commitment to provide fans with a large chunk of additional information about the world of Harry Potter […] Some estimates suggest that she’s already got 100,000 words of new material which is going to be inserted into the interstices of the original novels”

“… it may be a comparable to when George Lucas took a smaller salary on Star Wars in return to a percentage of the revenue from ancillary products, a decision which helped paved the way for Star Wars as a ur-text for transmedia storytellers and entertainers.”

He rightly points to the likely problems that Pottermore will face with press / social networks leakage and unwanted spoliers. He also hints there may be mirroring or bundling of Pottermore‘s contents on pirate sites alongside fan-written erotica (apparently abundant, according to his article). This sideways shift may be an inadvertant consequence of the site having to comply with the various national laws that restrict children’s free speech online.

Problems such as participatory engagement with fans on published storylines might be easier to solve, perhaps through a tightly structured ‘sealed-bid’ pitching and filtering process? There might even be some generous merchandise and student-placement bundles for fans whose story or story-world idea makes the final cut in a published e-book. This would help to overcome the hurdle that, as Jenkins puts it…

“people [fans] are doing creative work for free which benefits corporations without getting any revenue in return.”