There's a "Read Now" button at the top, just under the publishing information, hitherto unknown to me. Okay, I think, maybe that's some new shortcut to adding a book to my currently reading list - neat! Of course, in that case it should be "Reading Now" but whatever, I shall now save myself one click and oh what a difference it will make. So I click it and lo and behold, what should appear but an immediate and fast download of the eBook. For free!
I'm probably totally behind the times on this (in which case, why didn't anyone tell me?!) but that is pretty awesome. I mean, I'm not even into eBooks BUT, should I forget my book at home one day (like that would ever happen), having this to fall back on is nice. I'd imagine that this update is thanks to the big mean Amazon*, whose acquisition of Goodreads I was pretty meh about (ducks to avoid rotten fruit), especially since nothing changed except, apparently, awesome new features (they still have links to a variety of booksellers, which is a-ok in my book). I checked the Goodreads pages for The Woman in White and Heart of Darkness as well, and they had the same thing. So I'm thinking this is probably true of all books that are out of copyright and I like that. Free, easy access to books whose authors are no longer around to collect royalties is something that I can absolutely get on board with.
What do you think about this feature? Or did you already know and are now shaking your head at my behind-the-times-ness?
*That reminds me that I need to post about all the FANTASTIC book-buying options that I now have since moving to Austin. Barnes & Noble and Amazon have become things of my past.