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42 free excerpts in Penguin's holiday sampler

December 26, 2011 |  7:31 am

PenguinesamplerIf you're one of the thousands of people who got a new e-reader for Christmas, Penguin has a morning-after gift for you. Sure, the publisher called it the Penguin Holiday eSampler, but I'd say it works just fine post-holiday.

Holiday or post-, there are excerpts from 42 books in the sampler, which can be downloaded for free for Nook, iPad, Kindle, Kobo and Sony e-readers. Like what you're reading, and it's easy to buy the whole book.

What's there to like? Classics such as Jack Kerouac's "On the Road" and John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." Modern bestsellers "The Help" and "Eat Pray Love." There are books for kids, including Judy Blume's "Tales of a Fourth-Grade Nothing"; for young adults, including "Matched" by Ally Condie; and for their attentive parents, including "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chua. There are also mysteries from Sue Grafton, Patricia Cornwell and Clive Cussler and romance from Nora Roberts.

Those are all books that have already hit shelves, some quite a long time ago ("On the Road" has been around for 50 years). But there is also something for those who want a taste of the future: excerpts of six books that will be coming out in 2012. Those include the humor book written by Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel, "Lunatics," and Elizabeth George's next Inspector Lynley novel, "Believing the Lie."


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Image: Penguin Holiday eSampler. Credit: Penguin