Summertime Reading.
It’s almost over but it’s not too late to do some late summer reading.
Once in a while MS puts out something decent. The new MS Reader finally fixes the passport authentication “endless loop from hell” problem. Installed flawlessly and authenticated on the PC at work and at home as well as recognizing and installing/authenticating itself onto my Pocket PC. Anways, Check these free books out offered by Bill Gates and Co. See if Oprah can top that.

Microsoft Announces Cool eBook Promotion for Hot Summer Reading
Sixty Best-Selling eBooks Are Available for Free Download, Showcasing Continuing Growth In eBook Market; More Than 19,000 Commercial Titles Are Now Available for Microsoft Reader

REDMOND, Wash. — July 2, 2003 — The time-honored tradition of bringing a few bestsellers along for summer vacation reading takes on a digital tone with today’s announcement by Microsoft Corp. of 60 best-selling eBooks available for free* download by users of Microsoft® Reader. These books represent a wide cross-section of authors and books from a variety of publishers, such as “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” by Bill Bryson; “The Joy Luck Club,” by Amy Tan; “Fear Itself,” by Walter Mosley; and “Beach Music,” by Pat Conroy.

The 20-week promotion will feature three new titles each week, available at http://www.microsoft.com/reader/. Once downloaded, each eBook can be read on a user’s desktop or laptop PC, Pocket PC or Tablet PC. Each week, new content will be made available to expand each user’s personal library of eBooks. More than 20,000 titles, including 19,000 commercial titles, are currently available for Microsoft Reader.

For both new and current users of Microsoft Reader, the initial download process will include an upgraded version of the software with a simpler installation and activation process, as well as enhanced security features. The new version is required to take advantage of the new promotional eBooks as well as future additions to the Microsoft Reader catalog; consumers also will be able to use it to read previously downloaded eBooks.

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