Book lovers, it is your time to celebrate!
Amazon is planning to celebrate World Book Day by offering 10 free Kindle ebooks from various places around the world. The World Book Day is an annual event organised on April 23rd by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to promote reading, publishing, and copyright. It is a symbolic day for World Literature as on this date in 1616 that Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all died. It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, such as Maurice Druon, K.Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla, and more.
Did you know? Every year a World Book Capital is selected and is effective for a period of one year starting from April 23rd each year. The World Book Capital of the year 2021 is Tbilisi (Georgia).
Coming back to the free books, users with an active amazon account will be able to download the ebooks and no, you don’t need a prime membership to access these books! The readers need a Kindle, Amazon Fire tablet, or the kindle app to read the e-books. The offer ends on the 24th of April.
The e-books have been sourced from 10 different countries around the globe and all of them have been translated into English. Amazon is rolling out a new feature for book lovers that will allow them to set the covers of most books, magazines, comics, and manga as their lock screen wallpaper. This is an exclusive feature for Kindle owners.
The books that are being offered
At the end of the Matinee by Keiichiro Hirano (translated by: Juliet Winters Carpenter)
It is a Japanese bestseller. An award-winning novel offering a timeless ode to love. It nurtures the thought of love as a resilient factor. This Japanese drama follows the romance between a classical guitarist and a veteran reporter who is engaged to another man. This book also dives into the interwoven aspect of politics, culture, and economics at the start of the 21st century. A beautiful blend of love and longing. This book is rated 3.9/5 by Goodreads. This book was originally published in January 2016.
A Single Swallow by Zhang Ling (translated by: Shelly Bryant)
It is the epic tale of war, forgiveness, redemption, and the enduring power of love set in China. It was originally published in October 2020. The book has been rated 4.2/5 by Goodreads. The book dwells upon the ghostly memories of love and war. It is the story of a young woman Ah Yan and her journey from innocence to being a courageous young woman. The story is narrated from the perspective of men in her life. Grab the book soon to read this beautiful historical fiction.
The Broken Circle: A Memoir of Escaping Afghanistan by Enjeela Ahmadi-Miller
It is a memoir of love, family, and survival in the changing landscape of Afghanistan in the early 1980s. It was originally published in March 2019. It has been rated 4/5 by Goodreads. It is a story about how a committed family was uprooted by the then condition of Afghanistan. It describes the brutalities of the war and what individuals go through during the process. The book very aptly illustrates that families are formed by bonding of the heart. This book can be taken up for discussion regarding the importance of individual accounts during times of collective adversity.
Amora: Stories by Natalia Borges Polesso (Translated by Julia Sanches)
It is an exquisite collection of stories exploring the complexity of love between women. This book was originally published in 2015. It has been rated 3.9/5 by Goodreads. This is a serene collection of stories from the Brazillian author. It is a daring book that explores the subject of intimacy, sexuality and identity. The book captures some raw and candid moments that are a delight. The book is a beautiful daring work.
The King of Warsaw by Szczepan Twardoch (Translated by Sean Gasper Bye)
The book was originally published in 2016 and has been rated 3/4 by BookMarks Reviews. The book is set in the late 1930s in Poland. It is a haunting epic that recounts the life of an aging Jewish prizefighter. The book has a very capturing style of presentation. The book plunges into the tensed subjects and tries to navigate as swiftly as possible. You can surely try your hand on this!
The next five books that are available for your to read are:
- The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury by Marc Levy
- The Son and Heir by Alexander Münninghoff
- You, Me, and the Colors of Life by Noa C. Walker
- Return to the Enchanted Island: A Novel by Johary Ravaloson
- Some Days by María Wernicke
You can get the books here.