Amazon is offering a classic for free today, with Harriet Beacher Stowe’s The Minister’s Wooing’ Ms. Stowe was the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. This is a little strange, as you’ve always been able to find this one for free on Amazon and other places like Project Gutenberg, but I believe there is a major difference with the formatting. There is a cottage industry out there taking a lot of the public domain books and formatting them with an active table of contents to allow you to maneuver around, making sure the book is formatted for your Kindle (nothing is more annoying to me than a poorly-formatted book for the Kindle), etc. then charging a buck or more per book to compensate the person / company for formatting it for you. Many times, to me at least, that is worth the dollar.
For example, if you look at most books from Project Gutenberg, you would have numerous pages at the beginning and end describing Project Gutenberg, the table of contents would not be hyperlinked, and the formatting leaves a lot to be desired.
The Amazon offering is published by a major publisher, which I will assume has been formatted properly, has a table of contents, etc. You can pick up your copy of this by clicking here.
Here is the book’s description from the Amazon website:
From the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, a domestic comedy that examines slavery, Protestant theology, and gender differences in early America. First published in 1859, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s third novel is set in eighteenth-century Newport, Rhode Island, a community known for its engagement in both religious piety and the slave trade. Mary Scudder lives in a modest farmhouse with her widowed mother and their boarder, Samuel Hopkins, a famous Calvinist theologian who preaches against slavery. Mary is in love with the passionate James Marvyn, but Mary is devout and James is a skeptic, and Mary’s mother opposes the union. James goes to sea, and when he is reportedly drowned, Mary is persuaded to become engaged to Dr. Hopkins. With colorful characters, including many based on real figures, and a plot that hinges on romance, The Minister’s Wooing combines comedy with regional history to show the convergence of daily life, slavery, and religion in post-Revolutionary New England.
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