(Because)“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King
Recently I attended a lecture where I was informed that Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to try to live off his writing. His poverty is legendary. In the spirit of keeping writers of the world – rich or poor – supplied with plenty of prose and poetry, I hereby give you my favorite sites for free fiction.
Your Local Library
-many people forget this most valuable of resources. Not only are there plenty of written works available for checkout, many also give access through their websites to electronic libraries filled with ebooks and mp3 audiobooks. Many libraries even loan e-readers, such as Nooks and Kindles, to patrons.
Librivox.org – every recording is created and donated by volunteers (there is information on the site if you wish to be one of them). The quality of the recordings therefore varies, though they have a fantastic selection of classics.
Podcastalley.com – a great site for finding new podcasts on almost any subject!
So, I hope that in the spirit of free information and entertainment, you share these resources with others as well as take advantage of them yourself. You may even wish to contribute something in return.
Author Catherine Russell shares her life with her high school sweetheart, their son, and two ferocious puppies in the Wilds of Ohio while writing short stories, editing her novel, and learning more about the craft every day. Her work has been published in Flash Me magazine, Metro Fiction, Beyond Centauri, and the ‘Best of Friday Flash – Volume One’ anthology. More of her writing can be found on her writing blog at ganymeder.com.