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Adventures in e-reading: Worth the download

Each month, Swapna Krishna from S. Krishna’s Books brings us the hottest titles to download to our e-readers — from the enhanced e-books everyone is buzzing about to the books you didn’t even know you wanted.

American Grown cover

American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America
Michelle Obama

Device: iPad from iBooks

Michelle Obama has made the fight against childhood obesity her project as First Lady, and what better way to do that than to encourage healthier eating? In her new book American Grown, Michelle tells the story of the White House garden and talks about the rewards of growing and using your own food in your kitchen. While this e-book is available across devices, the iPad version contains some extra content. Not only is it specially formulated for the tablet, it has extra recipes, a video of the First Lady, tips for healthy living and more.

I Suck at Girls [Enhanced Edition]I Suck at Girls cover
Justin Halpern

Device: Most tablet devices from select bookstores

Justin Halpern is best known as the author of the hit book Sh*t My Dad Says, and now he’s back with an essay collection chronicling his triumphs and failures in the dating world. After Justin tells his father he’s going to propose to his girlfriend of four years, his father recommends that Justin take some time and really think about it, and he does. He reminisces about his relationships over the years and the different women he’s met. The enhanced e-book edition contains exclusive video clips of Justin’s father and more.

Fifty Shades of GreyFifty Shades of Grey cover
E. L. James

Devices: Most devices from select bookstores

Yes, we are jumping on that bandwagon. Millions have already read E.L. James’ breakout erotic hit, but if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? After all, there has to be some sort of reason that this book has become insanely popular and is all over the place. You shouldn’t be ashamed of reading it — after all, any kind of reading is great! — but if you’d rather keep your book choices to yourself, an innocuous e-reader is the perfect way to enjoy this novel.

Up the Down VolcanoUp the Down Volcano cover
Sloane Crosley

Devices: Kindle from the Amazon bookstore

Sloane Crosley’s irreverent essays are acknowledged to be entertaining and hilarious by readers and critics alike, so her Kindle Single is sure to delight her fans as well as newcomers. It’s exclusive to the Amazon Kindle store, so you can only read it on your Kindle or Kindle app, but it’s sure to be a great read. Crosley chronicles her zany trip to South America to climb the world’s second highest volcano, and with her unique way of doing things, you know that the trip will always be just one small step ahead of disaster.

The Complete Harry Potter e-book CollectionThe Complete Harry Potter cover
J. K. Rowling

Device: Most devices from select bookstores, through Pottermore

Yes, it’s finally happened. Through the website, J. K. Rowling has finally released electronic versions of her bestselling Harry Potter series. Now that the movies are over, this is the perfect time to revisit the books, or perhaps experience them for the first time, in an all-new medium. If you buy the complete collection, you receive a 10% discount, and while you’re at the Pottermore shop, it’s worth looking into the digital audiobooks as well!

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May’s Adventures in e-reading: Worth the download
April’s Adventures in e-reading: Worth the download
June’s Adventures in e-reading: Worth the download

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