FREE BOOKS on selected days

DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE BOOKS FROM AMAZON KINDLE ON THE FOLLOWING DAYS! Please note that Amazon have changed the way FREE BOOKS are distributed. Each book is still allotted FIVE FREE DAYS in every quarter, but the days must now be consecutive. Amazon feel that this new system will work better. I tend to agree but, of course, it is early days yet!

FREE BOOKS ON SELECTED DAYS: Please go straight to your country's Amazon store and enter the book's title! Or for a complete list of JHR's free books, please CONTINUE SCROLLING DOWN THIS PAGE or go to "" and note that 0 is a zero.

GOOD NEWS! You no longer need a Kindle to read Kindle books. Instead, you can download the FREE APP, available on all Amazon's Kindle pages!

Classic Movie Posters from Hollywood's Golden Age will be free on April 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24.

Behind the Scenes Publicity Photos and Other Vintage Movie Stills will be free on May 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15.

Great Movie Musicals on DVD will be FREE on May 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29. .

FREE on APRIL 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18: Amazing Adventures of Toby Adapted from the Bible Book "Tobias"; Also free on APRIL 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18: "Able Body But Far Too Busy This Year" (A Michaela Morris Mystery Thriller); Also FREE on April 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18: Merryll Manning: Rembrandt and the Color of Gold; Also FREE on April 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18: Movie Mystery Thrillers; Also FREE on dates to be advised: "Classic Movies The Best and the Worst"

FREE on April 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 : "Classic Movie Posters from Hollywood's Golden Age"; On the other hand, "Daniel Detective, Dragon Slayer, Lion Tamer" will be free on dates to be advised; "Awesome Adventures in the Movie Business: A Michaela Morris Mystery Thriller" will be FREE on April 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

140 All-Time Must-See Movies for Film Lovers will be free on May 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14.

MYSTERIES for Movie Lovers (and Fans of Film Noir) will be free on June 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Also free on June 1,2, 3, 4 and 5, you will find "More Light on Hollywood Publicity Stills, Photos and Cards".

ALMOST THE BEST: 50 Movies That Just Missed Awards or Audience Applause will be available free of charge on May 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16.

CLASSIC MOVIES The Best and the Worst will also be free on DATES TO BE ADVISED.

A RISKY BUSINESS: Crime in the Movies will be free on May 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.

"WORLD'S WORST WESTERNS Plus Some of the Best" will be free on JUNE 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

SILENT MOVIES PLUS! More Silent Films & Early Talkies on DVD will be free on April 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

MOVIE MYSTERY THRILLERS will be free on April 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

ALSO OF INTEREST TO MOVIE FANS, and free of charge on May 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29: Michaela Morris in Hollywood. Another Michaela Morris title, AWESOME ADVENTURES IN THE MOVIE BUSINESS will be FREE on April 26, 27, 28, 29 and 30.

Some of JHR's latest books are at present available only as e-books at Amazon Kindle. However, you can download to any device! You don't have to use a Kindle. And if you miss out on the FREE days, the normal price varies from only 99 cents to $3.99 tops! (There are now print editions of some of these books. Please go to Amazon and enter the book's title for that information). Also, if you buy a printed edition OR HAVE PURCHASED A PRINT EDITION IN THE PAST OF ANY OF JHR'S BOOKS from Amazon, you can in almost all cases download the Amazon Kindle version FREE of charge!

All these books are also available at Amazon U.K., Canada, France, Germany, Italy, India, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, The Netherlands, China, Australia and Japan; but you will need to do a title search.

Please scroll down for MORE FREE BOOKS!



"Horror, Fantasy & Sci-Fi DVD" is available in all e-book formats, but only at Amazon Kindle. The price for this 253-page book is only $3.95. However, this book will be available free of charge on dates to be advised. Please go to your country's AMAZON store.

For a listing of the top box-office movies and most popular films in America 1921 through 1970 (based on initial USA and Canadian gross motion picture rental receipts) please click this link:

For details of other movie books from Amazon, please click: 

The-book, "140 ALL-TIME MUST-SEE MOVIES FOR FILM LOVERS" will be available for the present only at Amazon Kindle. The price is $3.95. But on DAYS TO BE ADVISED, you can download this book from Kindle FREE OF CHARGE! Also if you buy (or have purchased in the past) the regular super-sized 267-pages print edition from Amazon, you can download the Kindle version FREE OF CHARGE at any time. (The print version is also available at Barnes and Noble and other stores). The regular print edition of MUSIC, THRILLS, MYSTERY, COMEDY & SUSPENSE ON VIDEO & DVD is also available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, etc. Here is the link for the $2.99 Kindle e-book:

Kindle Music


If you prefer the $2.99 Barnes & Noble NOOK: NOOK Music




A Guide to the Best in Cinema Thrills.  

This superb book was chosen by the judges as ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR in the 2011 Readers Favorite Awards. It is now on sale at Amazon and other stores. Amazon's price is only $20.50! Or you can purchase a Kindle edition for only $3.99. Yes, that's right only $3.99 (including Amazon's wireless delivery charge) and REMEMBER if you buy OR HAVE BOUGHT IN THE PAST the print edition from Amazon, you can download the Kindle edition FREE OF CHARGE!!! Here is the link: 


This e-book is also now on sale at Barnes and Noble, Apple, Sony and other retailers. Here is the link for BARNES & NOBLE'S SUPER-SPECIAL $4.97 NOOK EDITION (a bit more because this special edition EXCLUSIVELY for B&N has many more photos): NOOK MYSTERY

"Wings" is featured on the cover of the first of JHR's Guides to Classic Movies on DVD. This book, "Silent Films & Early Talkies on DVD" has now been released in an up-to-date Kindle edition for only $3.99! The e-book as well as the traditional printed edition are now on sale in online stores throughout the world including Barnes & Noble, Apple and Sony. The price for the lavishly printed 320-page book is only $17.50. Over 175 movies are detailed, and illustrated with over 100 photos. If you take advantage of only ONE of the 178 DVD suggestions, you will save more than the price of the book. And if you buy the printed edition from Amazon, you can download the Kindle edition FREE OF CHARGE!

The second book in this series has also been published. THIS BOOK WON a 2011 Readers Favorite AWARD. It deals with MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, FILM NOIR AND DETECTIVE MOVIES ON DVD (see details below).

When I commenced work on SILENT FILMS & EARLY TALKIES ON DVD, I thought I'd be lucky to find 200 feature films that were (or had been) available. To my amazement, the total is now closer to 2,000. Of course, these include collections of shorts, and there are duplicates. Three or four versions of some popular public domain titles can be purchased for prices ranging all the way from bargain basement to premium. I've looked at them all, and selected the best, regardless of price. And would you believe that MANY of the CHEAPER discs are SUPERIOR in quality to the more expensive? ALPHA and GRAPEVINE are the front runners so far as SILENT MOVIE CLASSICS are concerned. Sometimes, the Grapevine pressing is the better disc, but just as often the inexpensive Alpha version is superior, so I've also provided a quality rating in each review: 10/10 represents a perfect, indeed an outstanding DVD transfer. "Sunrise" from Fox is an excellent example of a 10/10 DVD. SILENT FILMS AND EARLY TALKIES ON DVD is now available both as a regular book and in a Kindle edition which costs only $3.99! This e-book edition is also now on sale at Barnes & Noble, Apple and Sony. To buy the lavishly printed trade paperback edition for $17.50, please use this link: 





loads of Information

and heaps of Classic Movie Posters


$214.93! Yes, $214.93 plus $3.99 postage is what International Books were asking for a brand new copy of SUCCESS IN THE CINEMA. Yes, the large-format paperback is out of print. Alas, this seems to be a permanent situation. However, you can still buy the e-book at Kindle, NOOK, Apple, Sony, ipad, etc. for only $2.99 or $3.99. The other big news is that my very latest e-books, 50 OF THE FINEST FILMS HOLLYWOOD EVER MADE, HORROR FANTASY SCI-FI DVD, MYSTERIES FOR MOVIE LOVERS, ALMOST THE BEST: 50 MOVIES THAT JUST MISSED AWARDS OR AUDIENCE APPLAUSE, GREAT MOVIE MUSICALS ON DVD, 140 ALL-TIME MUST-SEE MOVIES FOR FILM LOVERS NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD, etc., are for the time being exclusive to Kindle. All are priced at no more than $3.99, and some are considerably less:

If like me you're a fan of silent cinema, seek out my revised SILENT MOVIES & EARLY SOUND FILMS ON DVD. This book sells for $24.50. However, the original book, SILENT FILMS & EARLY TALKIES ON DVD, is available at Amazon Kindle for only $3.99.

Also available: WESTERNS: A GUIDE TO THE BEST (AND WORST) WESTERN MOVIES ON DVD. The Amazon links are below. The one with no price is the $2.99 Kindle edition link. My previous book, BRITISH MOVIE ENTERTAINMENTS ON VHS AND DVD, has also proved a popular edition to my list. See the Amazon links below. The similar link with no price displayed will take you to the $2.99 Kindle edition. In fact, all these books, now including "Great Hollywood Westerns", are readily available in Amazon's Kindle store. Clicking nearly all the Amazon links on this site will then give you a choice of buying the regular or Kindle editions.


Now available in Kindle: Both HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS TITLE INDEX 1-16 and HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS TITLE INDEX TO ALL MOVIES REVIEWED IN BOOKS 1-24. The regular editions are also available at Amazon, but the bargain-priced Kindle editions are not only more useful but cost a mere 99 cents each. That's right! 99 cents! If you prefer the print edition of 1-24, it will cost you around $17.50. In both these 1-24 editions, not only do you get an attractively illustrated Index, but a further 215 pages detailing even more must-see movies, from "Abbott & Costello in Hollywood" to "You Said a Mouthful". So why would movie fans wish to buy the 1-16 book as well, when all its info is included in 1-24? The answer: Different illustrations: 36 classic movie posters reproduced in full color -- if your device will enable color!>

Also please check out BELOW or at for details of my book, "SILENT FILMS & EARLY TALKIES ON DVD: A Classic Movie Fan's Guide". This was the first book of the new series in which I review classic movies now available on DVD.

The second book in this series, MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, FILM NOIR AND DETECTIVE MOVIES ON DVD is also now on sale. Kindle editions of both these books currently sell for only $3.99! Kindle editions of the third and fourth books, BRITISH MOVIE ENTERTAINMENTS and WESTERNS are also available. E-books of these titles are also sold at other online stores including Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, etc.

All the movies in these initial books have not only been detailed and reviewed, but rated for DVD quality on a scale of 1 to 10. You'll save the cost of these essential books on just one or two DVD purchases (or non-purchases)!

"ANOTHER WINNER FROM JOHN HOWARD REID!" says Roy Salmons in the October issue of "International Movie Making". MYSTERY, SUSPENSE, FILM NOIR AND DETECTIVE MOVIES ON DVD is a mammoth, 468-page volume, describing, detailing and evaluating well over 700 movies in this category that are now available on DVD. Many of these classic films are available from more than one source. Don't waste your money on an inferior disc. The most expensive DVD version is not necessarily the best! Why pay $29.95 when a superior DVD of the same title is sitting in the $2 bin? I examined over 1,200 DVDs. Here are Amazon links. Those without prices are Kindle editions. Don't have a Kindle? Like to know more about this amazing device where you can instantly cross-reference movie credits? Here are links for you too!

BOOKS ON CLASSIC MOVIES DON'T GO OUT OF DATE! The good news is that occasionally FIVE or SIX books are "on special" at Amazon: "HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS 2: B Movies, Bad Movies, Good Movies" is occasionally on special for only $8.66 (normally $19.95); "Movie Westerns: Hollywood Films the Wild, Wild West" is sometimes downpriced to only $14 (normally $24.95); and "Hollywood's Miracles of Entertainment" occasionally sells for only $13.06 (recommended retail is $19.95).

As said above, if you go to your local Amazon store, you'll also find details of the $2.99 Kindle editions.

Yet some more good news is that "Award-Winning Films of the 1930s" is now back in print. And so it should be! It's one of the top-selling $2.99 books at Amazon's Kindle store. The regular print edition usually sells for $19.95. Would you believe that one store was advertising a copy for sale at over $100?

HOLLYWOOD MOVIE MUSICALS is a must for all movie musical fans."John Howard Reid's film books go from strength to strength. Ideal for the movie buff, DVD and film collectors, these books are crammed full of facts, with many excellent illustrations. A magnificent publication." -- Roy Salmons in International Movie Making

HOLLYWOOD'S CLASSIC COMEDIES features "A massive 200 entries and a great cover with a full color lobby card of Hold That Ghost. The detailed reviews read like a who's who of comedy films, which will provide the movie enthusiast with a wealth of information that cannot be found in any other publication. Fascinating! A must-have book!" -- Ross Adams in Dress Circle Magazine (August).

Please scroll right down for details of my privately printed book on CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS, featuring 206 wonderful posters in full color!

When movie lovers think of science-fiction, fantasy and horror, titles that inevitably come to mind will likely be included in this book. These films are examined, with complete cast, credit and release details. Plus a listing of 130 Top Flights of Film Fantasy. Plus 25 reproductions of classic posters.  

GREAT HOLLYWOOD WESTERNS: Classic Pictures, Must-See Movies & "B" Films. A round-up of favorite westerns from "Aces and Eights" to "River of No Return", from "Big Calibre" to "The Yodellin' Kid from Pine Ridge". 35 great illustrations plus TEN Marilyn Monroe posters from "River of No Return".

GREAT CINEMA DETECTIVES: Best Movies of Mystery, Suspense and Film Noir. Providing an overview of the entire thriller genre, this book examines over 160 movies from classic Hollywood and British studios.

BEST WESTERN MOVIES: Winning Pictures, Favorite Films and Hollywood "B" entries. The price: $19.95.

SUCCESS IN THE CINEMA: Money-Making Moves and Critics' Choices. This book examines over one hundred movies that have achieved success in the cinema. Each film is accompanied by detailed credits and release information. & 

MORE MOVIE MUSICALS. Many of your favorite movie musicals are sure to be represented in this book.

HOLLYWOOD CLASSICS INDEX BOOKS 1-16: A-Z. This is not only a vital reference source, providing classic cinema fans with a comprehensive Index to all the movies detailed in the previous books (with all title changes meticulously cross-referenced, plus year of production), it also supplies a visual feast for admirers and collectors of vintage movie posters. Over 200 of these wonderfully striking works of art are reproduced in this large-format book.

CinemaScope Two: 20th Century-Fox by John Howard Reid: Where would we be without 20th Century-Fox?

CinemaScope One: Stupendous in 'Scope by John Howard Reid: This introductory volume of 172 large-format pages, presents a general overview of CinemaScope and other widescreen innovations (including 3-D).

CinemaScope 3: Hollywood Takes the Plunge: Only $24.50 from online booksellers.


"A magnificent publication." -- Rodney Bourke in International Movie Making

16. HOLLYWOOD MOVIE MUSICALS: Great, Good and Glamorous. As the name implies, this beautifully presented, large format, 270-page book, covers movie musicals, providing cast, credit and background details. Around 140 movies all told are included, plus some nice reproductions of original film posters. At $19.95, this lavish book represents a real bargain.      

FILMS FAMOUS, FANCIFUL, FROLICSOME & FANTASTIC by John Howard Reid. Remember Humpy, the Talking Camel? It's amazing how many people do, even though he made only the one movie. Humpy proved so popular and made so much money for Universal, the studio embarked on its low-budget Francis, the Talking Mule, series just two years later. But Humpy's initial (and only) picture was this big, "A", Technicolor opus. Well, that's just one of the movies covered in FILMS, FAMOUS, FANCIFUL, FROLICSOME & FANTASTIC. Plus the movie that director John Farrow told me was his best picture! (Hint, it stars his favorite actor, Ray Milland). In fact, over 160 movies are detailed and reviewed in this 256-page book. Plus a monograph on director of Fred Zinnemann. 35 pages of illustrations, plus full-color covers. Only $19.95 from Amazon.


America's Best, Britain's Finest: A Survey of Mixed Movies by John Howard Reid. In this large, 330-page book, I examine nearly two hundred interesting movies with casts and/or production personnel of mixed nationalities. Can you name a very famous British film, starring William Holden, that was written by two Americans from a popular book by a French author? Hint: The film went on to win an extremely large number of worldwide movie awards. This book is now available at Amazon and other book stores. Only $19.95 for a large-sized, 330-page book. Now that's a bargain!

MOVIE MYSTERY & SUSPENSE: In addition to the many movie details, there are monographs on two masters of the genre: ROBERT SIODMAK and OTTO PREMINGER. 226 pages. Only $19.95 from online booksellers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.



Special added feature: a monograph on one of the greatest directors ever to come out of Hollywood, Henry Hathaway. The normal price of $19.95 is a good bargain for this fascinating book.


"A great new book in this interesting series. Fascinating!" -- Ross Adams in Dress Circle Magazine .


MOVIES MAGNIFICENT: 150 Must-See Cinema Classics: Few people would argue with the films selected for detailed notices and reviews in this book. Many of the movies are award-winners, and most chalked up impressive figures at the box-office.

HOLLYWOOD "B" MOVIES: A treasury of Thrills, Spills and Chills: By the mid-1930s, cinema patrons insisted on value-for-money. Double feature programs became mandatory at all neighborhood cinemas. On many occasions picturegoers felt the unheralded pre-Interval movie had actually proved more entertaining than the widely advertised main attraction. More than two hundred of these wonderful "B" film classics from the golden age of Hollywood are described, reviewed and detailed in this book.

Hollywood Classics Nine: HOLLYWOOD GOLD: FILMS OF THE FORTIES AND FIFTIES by John Howard Reid. Hollywood's Golden Era? I'd pick the period from 1939 through 1960. Here are 144 classic movies from this Golden Age of the Cinema. Only $19.95.!

Hollywood Classics Eight: HOLLYWOOD'S MIRACLES OF ENTERTAINMENT The films covered range from Fred Zinnemann's 1948 "Act of Violence" to Metro's commercially unsuccessful "Yellow Jack" (1938) which attempted to cash in on Sidney Howard's fame as the screenwriter of "Gone With The Wind". $24.95 in stores. SOMETIMES ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY $13.06!

Hollywood Classics Seven: YOUR COLOSSAL MAIN FEATURE PLUS FULL SUPPORT PROGRAM by John Howard Reid: Remember the days when no neighborhood cinema worth its salt would consider showing just ONE movie? Two features were the rule. Plus shorts. Plus cartoons. Usually $24.95 in stores. SOMETIMES ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY $19.95!

Hollywood Classics Six: Popular Pictures of the Hollywood 1940s The title says it all. A feast of movie data with full cast and technical credits, release information, etc. U.S. bookshop price: $19.95. SOMETIMES ON SPECIAL AT AMAZON FOR ONLY $14.95!


Hollywood Classics Five: Memorable Films of the Forties The title and front cover say it all.

U.S. bookshop price: $19.95.



Hollywood Classics Four: MOVIE WESTERNS: Hollywood Films the Wild, Wild West.

U.S. bookshop price: Normally $19.95. Special price at Amazon: only $14.00! Over 270 pages, including 44 reproductions of classic posters, a filmography of Charles Starrett's work, and a breakdown of the various "Zorro" movies.


Hollywood Classics Three: Award-Winning Films of the 1930s

U.S. bookshop price: $19.95.

Hollywood Classics Two: "B" Movies, Bad Movies, Good Movies U.S. bookshop price: $19.95. SOMETIMES ON SPECIAL FOR ONLY $9.62!


Hollywood Classics One: New Light on Movie Bests

U.S. bookshop price: $19.95.




CLASSIC MOVIE POSTERS: This beautiful, extra-luxurious, privately printed book of 166 large-format pages, featuring no less than 206 classic movie posters, all superbly reproduced in FULL COLOR, can only be obtained direct from Lulu Press. The price is only $29.95 for this magnificent, labor-of-love, large-format book.

CINEMASCOPE 3: HOLLYWOOD TAKES THE PLUNGE. Liz Taylor figures on the color cover as her "Cleopatra" is one of the featured films. On the back cover (it's in full color too), you'll find Marilyn Monroe in "The Seven Year Itch".  This third collection of widescreen wonders photographed in CinemaScope, offers 367 big pages in all, including 60 pages of poster reproductions and photos.