UPDATE: We heard back from our Sourcebooks contact, who asked us to pass along their apologies for the mixup. B&N/NookBooks, Google eBooks, and the iBookstore currently should have the free books, and they are working on Amazon and Sony. Visit the links on this page to get the books. NookBook editions of JA’s novels available here.
Because of the delay, Sourcebooks is extending the free ebooks offer for one day through December 17! We’ll continue to post updates as we receive them.
We received a nice e-mail from Sourcebooks saying that they are offering ebooks of all of Jane Austen’s novels and several of their bestselling Austen-related fiction titles for free download for today (December 16) only, as a celebration of Jane Austen’s birthday, but we can’t find the link. An e-mail asking for assistance for dumb bloggers has been dispatched, and we will update this post when available. (If anyone knows the link, feel free to post it in comments.)
ETA: The Google bookstore links on this page now show the books for free. They are Adobe Digital Editions epub or PDF, or you can read it on several mobile devices (once you “buy” the book, you get a page with download/reading instructions). If you buy from there, even though the book is free, you must sign up for Google Checkout and give a valid credit card number.
ETA 2: Free NookBook editions available at this link: http://bit.ly/fYUH41 (thanks to the JASNA Connecticut Chapter for posting this link in comments). NookBooks can be read on the Nook and Nook Color (of course) and there are apps for PC and several mobile devices. (While I’m here…WHERE IS THE WEBOS APP B&N???) I can also read them on my Jetbook. The B&N DRM is the easiest to deal with in non-B&N-app situations IMO. See this post for details. Also, NewEgg has a really nice promotion going on for the JetBook Lite right now–$89.99 with a leather case and “ear light”–in case anyone wants to let Santa know.
ETA 3: All books now free for Kindle. A poster on Mobileread is reporting that the books are available on Amazon to Canadians.