How’s the reading/listening going?
The reason I ask is because it seems like just about everyone in the club has downloaded one or more of the free ebook easy readers and parallel texts.
If you haven’t, there are full instructions about how to do that at the end of this article.
Assuming you have, though, I wanted to know if you’ve made a start yet?
“Strike while the iron is hot”, as they say.
Or better “Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today”, as my mum used to say when I was a teenager.
Now I’m a parent of teenagers myself, I sometimes use the same expression…
But sometimes, people do need a little poke to get on and start doing something that they want to do though maybe aren’t quite sure how to get down to.
Consider this yours.
If you aren’t certain where to begin, it’s easy!
Download your free ebooks, if you haven’t already (in which case, see the instructions below).
Save them on your computer some place where you’ll be able to find them when you want to study.
(Or print them to read the good old fashioned way!)
Then start with chapter 1.
It should take minutes, only.
When you’re done, make a note to do chapter 2 at the same time tomorrow.
And “Voila”, you’re reading Italian!
OK, what about you eager beavers who’ve already finished the free ebooks?
Beh, first, maybe you’d take the time to leave a review? That would be a big help!
Instructions on how to do that are below, in the ‘How to get your free ebooks’ section I’ve copied and pasted from Wednesday’s article.
Poi, if you read them that rapidly, it probably means the level was way to easy for you.
Good news: there are plenty of more challenging titles, at multiple levels, in our new online shop.
Start from here and scroll down.
Then click on to the next page, and the next, until you find something that piques your interest and is appropriate for your level.
Or lots of somethings!
But hey, won’t that mean spending some cash?
And double hey, maybe you’ve never tried ordering an ebook online?
Those are good points.
So here’s something that might incentivise you to go back to EasyReaders.Org and experiment a little, while easing the pain some.
A one-off £5 coupon!
OK, £5 isn’t much, but it’s most of the price of an ebook and so makes a pretty big discount, if you actually do the maths.
Copy and paste this code into the box in your shopping cart:
Then press the ‘Apply coupon’ button, and scroll down.
You’ll see the total price to pay has been reduced by £5.
The coupon is a one-off and expires on Monday.
It’s one coupon per person in that time, so your saving is £5 maximum on whatever’s in your cart.
(Not £5 per ebook, sorry. But we’ll be having a sale on ebooks and online lessons at the end of September or the beginning of October, so make a wish list and save it for then!)
Here’s a summary.
For FREE ebooks, follow the instructions below, where it says ‘How to get your free ebooks’.
If you already have them, but want something more challenging, have a go with the coupon code above.
N.B. The free ebooks are sent out automatically in the form of a download link, which is in the email you’ll get immediately after your order.
As hundreds of people have ordered them, that saves me a LOT of work!
Whereas the ‘paid for’ ones, I send manually, with love.
The way the Starbucks people make your coffee.
But baristas can take a while to pass you the paper cup with your name misspelt on it, right?
This is also true when it comes to me sending out your order.
It says in the shop to allow up to 24 hours, but usually I’ll do it within an hour or two.
Not instantly, but right after I’ve come out of the shower or finished washing up after the kids’ lunch.
So, unless it’s night here in Italy, you should get your stuff soon, and certainly within a maximum of 10-12 hours!
If not, write to me and I’ll get it sorted out.
Here’s that coupon code again…
Use it once, remember, and by Sunday night/Monday morning.
After that it expires.
Oh, and here’s the link to the shop one more time.
How to get your free ebooks
1. Visit our new online shop (not the old one on the club website, which is scheduled for demolition):
2. The first two ebooks (top left) are the free ones:
https://easyreaders.org/product/il-ristorante/ (this is a beginner-level easy reader – very short and simple, with audio!)
https://easyreaders.org/product/italianenglish-parallel-text-la-sorpresa-a1/ (this is an Italian/English parallel text, no audio but you get a translation so you can compare the two versions.)
3. Looking at the ebook cover images in the shop, just click on them to find out more.
If you want to download one or both, click the ‘Add to cart’ button.
4. If you want ALL the free ebooks (French, Spanish and German too), that’s seven in total.
Find them, click the cover image, add to cart, repeat until you have the lot!
N.B. There’s no need to do seven separate orders…
5. Next, view your shopping cart:
(or there’s a dark blue button at the top right of the screen that’ll take you right there…)
6. In the cart, SCROLL DOWN until you see the ‘Proceed to checkout’ button, which is large and orange so it’s hard to miss. Click it.
7. Once you reach the checkout page, the only obligatory fields are ‘Name’, ‘Surname’ and ‘Email’. The rest is optional, but it’s nice for me to know who you are, so please fill in your details.
8. If you plan to come back sometime, I’d suggest checking the ‘create an account’ button, which you’ll find right below the ‘Phone’ section in the form.
That’ll save your information so you’d be able to log in and get your downloads were you to lose the email with the download links (about which, more below.)
9. Filled in the form? Now scroll down and look for the big orange button with ‘Place order’ on it.
Assuming you’ve only selected the free ebooks, there’s no payment stage.
If you’re also buying something (grazie!), you’ll see payment options such as Paypal and Amazon.
10. What if you’ve selected something, then changed your mind?
Just go back to the cart https://easyreaders.org/cart/ and click the RED X next to the product you no longer desire.
That’ll delete it.
Then repeat from stage 6, above.
11. Where were we? Oh yes, no. 9. We were in the checkout and clicking on the big orange ‘Place order’ button.
12. Having clicked that one, you’ll be shown the next page and see the message:
“Thank you. Your order has been received.”
13. At which point check your email account for an email from EasyReaders.Org.
The subject line will be something like:
Your EasyReaders order from August 25, 2017 is complete
14. It’s THAT email which contains your download link (or links.)
There’ll be a download link for each of the free products.
Any paid for ebooks I send separately, but the free ones are automatic.
15. Click the download link in the email you received.
The .pdf file containing the ebook should download to your device.
Repeat that process for each link/ebook.
Normally the downloads will be saved in your ‘Downloads’ file.
(If you don’t know where that is, ask a teenager!)
15. IMPORTANT: The download link is valid for three downloads only and expires after seven days.
Which means you should save a copy of the .pdf some place where you’ll be able to find it when you want to study or revise.
Once you’ve got your free ebooks, read them, and had time to form an opinion, I’d be really grateful if you could take a minute to leave a review.
There are instructions on how to do this here:
Reviews need to be left on the correct ‘product page’, which you can find by visiting the shop and using the ‘search’ box.
To save you a job, below I’ve pasted the links for the two free Italian ones.
Click them to read what others have written and to add your own comments:
https://easyreaders.org/product/il-ristorante/#reviews (the easy reader)
Beh, that should just about cover it.
As I mentioned, do write to me if you need help.
And please help us spread the word…
Maybe you’re a teacher, and could tell your students?
Or you go to an Italian class, and think the others in the group would be interested?
You may even have kids or grandkids studying a modern European language. Let’s try and get them reading, too!
Here are the links to all four language categories: