Why Buy the Cow? Reading Challenge 2012

You know how your mom always said “just because all your friends are doing it doesn’t mean that you have to do it too?” Evidently I haven’t grown out of that urge to play follow the leader. In this case, I think that is a very good thing. Who doesn’t like ‘free?’ I for one am a big fan. I habitually visit Amazon’s free ebook listings just to see what’s there. Unfortunately, a lot of those freebees are still sitting on my Kindle unread. That, my dear readers is a crime. I plan on taking care of some of those in another challenge, but I will inevitably download more. Hopefully with this challenge I will be sure to read them in a more timely manner. One can only hope. What makes this challenge even more tempting is that it is co-hosted by my reading bully … er buddy Kelly at Reading the Paranormal and Missie at The Unread Reader. When I found out that Amanda at On a Book Bender  and Hannah at Once Upon a Time were participating I honestly didn’t have a choice.

You’ll find all the details below. If you want to participate and you need more info, just follow the link to Missie’s page. How many books do I plan on reading? I’ll start with 12, which puts me in the Coupon Clipper category and only requires me to read 1 book a month. That, I think is completely doable. I will also probably cross over some of my books into my other challenge and the inevitable read-a-thons that I’m participating in. I’ll be sure to let everyone know as I review, which challenge I’m applying the books to. Since I didn’t keep track of all the books that I read last year, I’m hoping these challenges will help me in more ways than one.
Here is how it works:

  • Should you choose to participate in this challenge, your goal is to read at least twelve (12) legally obtained FREE e-books. While twelve is the minimum there is no maximum limit.
  • Anyone can join. You don’t have to be a blogger, and you don’t have to live in the United States.
  • Any E-Reader will work for this challenge, including: iPad, Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony Reader, enTourage.
  • Please Note: If you don’t have an e-reading device, you can still join in with Amazon’s Free Kindle Reading Apps which you can download for your iPhone, iPad, Mac, PC, Blackberry and more.
  • The challenge runs from January 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012. You can join at anytime.
  • e-books in ANY genre count for this challenge as long as it was FREE at the time that you downloaded it.
  • Every month in 2012, I will make a post for the Why Buy the Cow? Reading Challenge 2012 so you can link your reviews.  Based on participation, monthly link ups may be combined.
  • Those that link their reviews will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a different prize each month, such as an Amazon or Barnes & Noble Gift Card, a bookmark, or a GelaSkins for your e-Reader.

Challenge Guidelines:

  • If you have a blog, create a post announcing your participation in the challenge. Please include a link back to this post.
  • Non bloggers: participate by linking up your profile URL from the site you plan to post your reviews on such as Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.
  • When you post your book review, you MUST reveal how you obtained the free & legal download. Please make your source clear.
  • You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them.
  • Crossovers to other reading challenges is acceptable, but ARCs/galley e-books DO NOT count. Again, this is a Reading Challenge to read as many of the FREE e-books legally offered for your e-reader. To get started, check out the Top 100 Free books on Amazon, or the Free e-books on Barnes & Noble.
  • Any linked reviews that do not meet the guidelines will not be entered into the monthly drawing for the prize of the month.

Levels:
Coupon Clipper: 12 Books
Penny Pincher: 24 Books
Super Saver: 30+ Books

Please visit this post to sign up for the challenge: Why Buy the Cow? Reading Challenge 2012!

Places where you can legally grab some free e-books:
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Smashwords
All Romance eBooks: offers random freebie books throughout the year (signing up for the newsletter to get updates)
Pocket After Dark: offers free online reads that change monthly and/or bi-monthly
Sony’s Reader Store: occasionally pops up with free books that aren’t available at Amazon or B&N
Harlequin: offers Freebie Friday
Sourcebooks: offers monthly freebies
Books on the Knob pulls freebies from around the web in different genres for reader consumption

By creativedeeds