Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Free reads for tea lovers!

Though I've had an iPad for several years now, it wasn't until fairly recently that I actually began to read e-books on the thing. My husband loves his Kindle, but I had resisted reading books that weren't printed on paper. I still prefer paper, but I have to admit it sure is convenient to have dozens of books loaded on my iPad and ready to take with me whenever I'm on the road. Last week, it occurred to me I had never looked for free tea-themed e-books on Amazon, and I was pleasantly surprised at several of the goodies I spotted. First, this "Tea With Emma" e-book by Diane Moody is Book One in The Teacup Novellas. It was a charming inspirational romance and even included some yummy-sounding recipes at the end of the book--can't believe it was free!

I love anything to do with tea history, so I went ahead and downloaded a copy of "Tea Leaves: Being a Collection of Letters and Documents Relating to the Shipment of Tea to the American Colonies in the Year 1773, by the East India Tea Company." Yes, the title's a bit long, but I'm interested to see what Francis S. Drake had to say on this topic when this book was published in 1884!

A title I've seen on eBay many times but haven't gotten around to purchasing is "Around the Tea-Table" by Thomas Dewitt Talmage. It's another that's been on my to-be-read list, and thanks to the Kindle app on my iPad I can now read it for free. These are just a few of the books currently available for free download, and the classic "The Book of Tea" by Kakuzo Okakura and quite a few others are available as well. So tell me, friends, who are the e-book readers among us? I'd love to know who reads e-books, and what device you use to read them. Oh, and if there are any freebie e-books you'd like to suggest, I'm all ears!


  1. Good morning Angela
    I read a Kobo, the equivalent to Nook in the US I believe. It's tied in with Chapters/Indigo and I download the ebooks right from Kobo.
    I've purchased some of the Tea Shoppe mysteries but not all of the old ones are available, nor is the first book you mentioned here.
    To fully understand, you've had to download the Kindle app, then can purchase, or get get free ebooks from them on your iPad?

  2. I do read books on my iPad with my Kindle app, and have read Tea with Emma...and loved it. I still love my paper books but the e-books are convenient when I'm away from home.

  3. I guess I am going to have to break down and purchase a Kindle or and I-pad. Hubby has been trying to get me to for years. But I do so love tucking a good book into my bag and pulling it out when I have a quick second. It feels like letting go of an old friend to give up paper.....

  4. Judith, yes, I just downloaded the Kindle app and then got the books on my iPad for free. Good luck!

  5. No ebooks yet for me, but thinking an IPad where I could download books, but also use for internet. Haven't made the plunge, but thinking about it.

  6. Thank you!
    Like you I prefer paper books, but it is so nice to carry lots of books on one device while traveling.

  7. I love my Kindle Fire, but use it more for watching free videos. I've watched so many great tv series (Forsyth Saga, Upstairs Downstairs, Downton Abbey, Titantic Blood & Steel, the Grand & many more) and a few movies. I have found some free tea books like 19 Lessons On Tea, Afternoon Tea Mysteries, The Little Tea Book, and the ones you mentioned.


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