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Title: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Destraex on March 23, 2020, 04:01:53 PM
For those not familiar with osprey books, they are books that concentrate on very specific military history subjects have commissioned artwork to illustrate them and are great little summarys of things. I have probably got at least 300 of them each on something very specific. They can be on a campaign, vehicle, weapon, order of battle, aces, troop type etc. Osprey books cover the entirety of military history from before the egyptians to the present day.

https://ospreypublishing.com/blog/Free_eBooks_week_1/?fbclid=IwAR0qC1gG1dL6P5nZ8q3pgt3Kxl6kjeeF5RZiUQu7qvHmxtOBl3A9MBPeM-Q

First weeks free books, I just got them, you apply the coupon at the bottom of your basket not the checkout to get them for free, you can add them all and then apply the coupon once and it will take the tally to zero:

CBT 8: US Marine vs Japanese Infantryman by Gordon L. Rottman
Illustrated by Johnny Shumate

DUE 65: Bf 109E/F vs Yak-1/7 by Dmitriy Khazanov, Aleksander Medved
Illustrated by Jim Laurier, Gareth Hector, Andrey Yurgenson

ELI 110: Sassanian Elite Cavalry AD 224–642 by Kaveh Farrokh
Illustrated by Angus McBride

RAID 37: Blackbeard’s Last Fight by Angus Konstam
Illustrated by Mark Stacey, Johnny Shumate, Alan Gilliland

WPN 26: The Martini-Henry Rifle by Stephen Manning
Illustrated by Peter Dennis
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Barthheart on March 23, 2020, 05:13:15 PM
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Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Hot lead and dirty talk! on March 23, 2020, 05:36:08 PM
Thank you!
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: WallysWorld on March 23, 2020, 09:42:52 PM
Thank you for posting that.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: 88mmkwk on March 23, 2020, 10:08:41 PM
Thanks for sharing!!!
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Destraex on March 24, 2020, 03:45:19 PM
I now have them on my phone and open them through apple books as epub files.
I hate reading off a screen but will take these free osprey books. They usually cost around $30 each here.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: steve58 on March 24, 2020, 03:54:59 PM
Thanks Destraex!
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: W8taminute on March 24, 2020, 05:29:01 PM
Whoo hoo!  Thanks for the tip Destraex  :)
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: demjansk1942 on March 25, 2020, 05:33:09 AM
Thanks for the link.  Question, it downloads the ebooks and it is viewed using Overdrive.  Is there a way to have the books show up on the Kindle Book section on the Home screen?

Thanks
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Destraex on March 25, 2020, 03:54:11 PM
I am not reading them on kindle. Because I got them on epub to use on my iphone and I hate pdf files for this sort of thing.
The kindle incidentally cannot read epub, you would have to convert the books to mobi format. The kindle will read mobi. From memeory a program called calibre will do that.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: steve58 on March 30, 2020, 07:40:44 AM
Week 2 (https://ospreypublishing.com/blog/Free_eBooks_week_2/) freebies is up:

AVG 6: Hawker Hurricane Mk I–V by Martyn Chorlton
Illustrated by Adam Tooby, Simon Smith

CAM 276: Waterloo 1815 (1) by John Franklin
Illustrated by Gerry Embleton

MAA 447: The Czech Legion 1914–20 by David Bullock
Illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro

NVG 214: US Heavy Cruisers 1943–75 by Mark Stile
Illustrated by Paul Wright

WAR 7: Samurai 1550–1600 by Anthony J Bryant
Illustrated by Angus McBride


update:  :-\ Code (FREEBOOKS2) is not working.

update 2:  Still can't get code to work.  I went looking for the Week 2 deals (edited link from Destraex's post).  Maybe the deal isn't active yet??

update 3:  working :)  but site is still sluggish
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Destraex on April 09, 2020, 02:18:56 AM
Week 3 Free books are up:
These ones are better than week 2 I think. So far I only own one of the books out of all three weeks.

COM 32: B-25 Mitchell Units of the MTO by Steve Pace
Illustrated by Jim Laurier

WPN 2: The Rocket Propelled Grenade by Gordon L. Rottman
Illustrated by Ramiro Bujeiro, Tony Bryan

WAR 38: Fallschirmjäger by Bruce Quarrie
Illustrated by Velimir Vuksic

CAM 256: Fallen Timbers 1794 by John F. Winkler
Illustrated by Peter Dennis
 
MAA 445: Medieval Polish Armies 966–1500 by David Nicolle, Witold Sarnecki
Illustrated by Gerry Embleton, Ian Rotherham

https://ospreypublishing.com/blog/Free_eBooks_week_3/?fbclid=IwAR00_1XlLuIZxwc-FJKC3HvvH4s4wAQUbQM-hoyiPkX5Ygh7XpyOOIR4VFs
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Pete Dero on April 09, 2020, 03:25:53 AM
MAA 445: Medieval Polish Armies 966–1500 by David Nicolle, Witold Sarnecki
Illustrated by Gerry Embleton, Ian Rotherham


Damned.  I was hoping for a book about Medieval Polish Armies 966-1400.  Maybe better luck next time.   (c) Little Britain https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4n10h
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: demjansk1942 on April 09, 2020, 04:46:01 AM
I am having a difficult time finding the section for the books on the website, what is the method to find it? Thanks

I found it and place in the basket but it doesn't show anything in the basket or checkout, I wonder what's wrong?

Another problem, got the books in the checkout, apply coupon, and it keeps saying I am not in the right store for checkout, shows the required field star and I have the same address as last time.  Help
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: steve58 on April 09, 2020, 07:32:05 AM
demjansk1942, make sure you have selected the correct region for you.  Its a drop down in the upper right corner of the screen.  I select United States for me.  UK, Canada and Rest of World are the other choices.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: WallysWorld on April 09, 2020, 08:01:44 AM
I've been trying since yesterday to get the new books and their site is super slow and sometimes even crashing on me. Same thing this morning.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: W8taminute on April 09, 2020, 08:13:39 AM
I've been trying since yesterday to get the new books and their site is super slow and sometimes even crashing on me. Same thing this morning.

I'm experiencing the same thing right now as well.  There must be a lot of people out there taking advantage of this offer. 
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: demjansk1942 on April 09, 2020, 09:36:03 AM
Thanks Steve, I did that eventually, still problems.  Maybe do it from desktop.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: demjansk1942 on April 09, 2020, 09:49:31 AM
Server might be down?
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: demjansk1942 on April 09, 2020, 11:00:08 AM
I found the answer, it looks like they are having problems with the server.  I did a search and looked at the message of Facebook response
https://www.facebook.com/Osprey-Publishing-7188464611/

Osprey Publishing
7 hrs ·

We would like to apologise to all customers who are still encountering issues with the website. Some of the issues are related to the extremely high numbers of customers trying to use the site but we are also aware that some of you are also seeing a ‘wrong store’ error message and struggling to reset your passwords. We are investigating all of these issues as a matter of urgency and will provide an update as soon as possible.

For those of you receiving the ‘wrong store’ err... See More
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: demjansk1942 on April 10, 2020, 06:10:01 PM
I am still having difficulty logging in, not able to get in.  I have the USA store and still not successful.  Is anyone able to get the books?
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on April 11, 2020, 08:24:34 AM
Same from Canada.  No luck for week 3 so far.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: steve58 on April 11, 2020, 08:36:21 AM
Strange.  I was able to place my Week 3 order earlier this week with only 1 hiccup towards the end.  Did a retry and it went through fairly quickly from what I remember.  Prior to just a few minutes ago, I had only downloaded 2 of 15 free PDFs.  I just downloaded all the rest in less than 1 minute (really wish Osprey would name the downloads by title!).  So, maybe the problem has been resolved or maybe its your locations or ISP?  I'm in northern Virginia and use Comcast.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Grim.Reaper on April 12, 2020, 03:46:09 AM
For those having issues with Osprey, possibly solution for you. Seems they are having trouble with the wrong country being assigned to people as their store. For example, by default I was put in United Kingdom store and I didn’t realize that, then I added all my free books and attempted to checkout. Then received message said I had incorrect store because of my address not matching United Kingdom. I tried changing the country (at top of screen) and continue to lock up and even when I tried login, would often time out. I figured out the issue was because of the incorrect store and the items in my cart being selected when I had the incorrect country set.

To fix it:

1) Login to the site while the incorrect country is set (in my case United Kingdom)…this will allow you to login. The country dropdown at top of the screen must be set to the incorrect country that was set when you first added your books to the cart.

2) Go to your shopping cart, remove all the contents you added when you had the incorrect country selected.

3) Now go to the top of the screen and change the country to the correct one (in my case United States)

4) Then go and re-add all the free books again.

5) Then go through the checkout process and it will work fine.

It appears there is some issue between the country it selects for you and the items in your cart being linked to that. Following the steps above, worked great for me and instantly was able to get my books after struggling the last few days.

Hope this helps people who might be experiencing the same problem.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: steve58 on April 14, 2020, 10:18:47 AM
Week 4 (https://ospreypublishing.com/blog/Free_eBooks_week_4) is up:

Jagdgeschwader 52 by John Weal
Japan 1945 by Clayton K. S. Chun
Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior by Gareth Williams
M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural by Steven J. Zaloga
Bill Slim by Robert Lyman

I was hoping for some more naval stuff, but Thanks again Osprey!
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: fran on April 14, 2020, 10:33:58 AM
Thanks for the reminder
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on April 14, 2020, 12:26:58 PM
Still craps out when I try to check out even when following the instructions posted by Grim.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Grim.Reaper on April 14, 2020, 12:52:12 PM
Maybe different issue, but since using this approach, mine has worked each time, including the latest books.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Silent Disapproval Robot on April 14, 2020, 01:17:01 PM
Looks like it was just traffic.  Finally worked for me.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: demjansk1942 on April 14, 2020, 04:27:21 PM
I created a new account and got it to work.
Title: Re: 5 Free Osprey Ebooks a week for four weeks
Post by: Destraex on April 15, 2020, 05:10:41 AM
Freebooks Week 4 - I just got em. No problems
https://ospreypublishing.com/blog/Free_eBooks_week_4/

Jagdgeschwader 52 by John Weal
M1 Abrams vs T-72 Ural
Japan 1945
Viking Warrior vs Anglo-Saxon Warrior
Bill Slim by Robert Lyman