How to Get Free Books

If you are an avid book reader you know how expensive they can be when you go to purchase a new one.  But they don’t have to cost you a small fortune if you know a few simple tricks.  There are a number of ways to get totally free books, either digital downloads or hardcopies, and you just need to know how to find them.

Amazon logoAmazon offers a wide variety of books for free every week on a rotating basis.  On their home page, click on the Shop by Department icon in the upper right corner.  Then click on the Books link under Books & Audible.  When the books page comes up, click on the Advanced Search icon in the upper left corner.  On the next page under the Book Search section key in “free” in the keywords box and then click the search box, and viola!  Free books appear on the next screen.  Most that will appear are free for the Kindle edition, but there are hard copies in the listings if you take the time to browse through the listings.  Happy reading!

Here is a sampling of some books currently listed as free on Amazon:

  • A Little Bit of Everything for Dummies by John Wiley and Sons (Kindle edition)
  • Things Mother Used to Make: A Collection of Old Tome Recipes by Lydia Maria Gurley (Kindle edition)
  • The Paranormal 13 by Christine Pope and K.A. Pope (Kindle edition, 13 books)
  • 925 Ideas to Help You Save Money, get Out of Debt and Retire a Millionaire So You Can Leave Your Mark on the World by Devin D. Thorpe (Kindle edition)
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu (Kindle edition)
  • Freefall by Brad Thor (Kindle edition)
  • Mean Streak by Sandra Brown (Kindle edition)

iTunes logoAnother great way to get free eBooks is to download the Free Books app from Apple’s iTunes store.  This free app gives you access to over 23,000 classic books, all free, that can be read on on iPhones and iPads.

Don’t have a Kindle or an Apple e-reader?  No problem!  Google Play also has a number of free books on any given week, and they list their top 100 for easy access.  When you click on a book you are interested in, Google Play will also show alternative selections you may be interested in.  Be sure to make sure the book is formatted for your reader before downloading.

Owners of Barnes & Noble Nook readers aren’t left out, either.  They offer thousands of books available for free for the Nook from recent releases, upcoming book previews and fan favorites such as Star Wars books.

Project GutenbergProject Gutenberg, a volunteer effort to digitize and achieve cultural works, also offers a large collection of free books for a number of reader platforms.  They currently have over 48,000 books available to download or read online.

Finally, check with your local library.  More and more libraries across the counter are offering digital books to “loan” for a specified time period.  In addition, they may also offer e-readers to borrow as well.  And, of course, they still offer the old fashioned hard copies for you to check out for free as well with your membership.

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