I love reading. In fact, if I were to only read the books that I have already purchased, I’d probably be all set on reading material for the next 5 or 6 years. I have a nagging suspicion that if between my wife and I, we were to suddenly get rid of all the books we have in our basement library, there’s a good chance the house might collapse. It’s possible all those books are all that is supporting the floor.
Currently, I have 123 books in my Kindle collection. The good news is that there are some great ways of getting free or very low-cost books for the Kindle. I’ve paid full price for a few of those books, but the vast majority I purchased for a dollar or two, and probably close to half I got for free. While I don’t have an exact tally, I probably have spent well under $200 for those 123 books.
So how do you find free books for the Kindle (or nearly free)?
Public domain books
Amazon provides a large amount of free classics that are in the public domain. You can find them at the Free Popular Classics page on Amazon. Here you can find works by classic authors like Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Mark Twain, Jules Verne, Victor Hugo, Edgar Allen Poe, and many others.
Kindle Daily Deals
There is also a Kindle Daily Deals page where you can find inexpensive books. Most of the daily deals are not free, but generally they are $.99 to $1.99. Often popular authors may lower the price on one of their books temporarily to create some buzz about the book and encourage more sales. You never know what you may find in the Daily Deals. You can also subscribe to the Daily Deals and you’ll receive an e-mail each day with the deals for that day.
I very recently came across this site. At Jungle Search you can search for books using a variety of criteria. There is a tab here specifically for searching for Kindle books. You can select by Amazon Category and then search by price, author, title, keywords and many other things. I entered Shakespeare in the author field and 0 in the price and came up with 126 possibilities on Amazon.
Book Bub is another handy site for finding free or inexpensive books. It is free to sign up for an account and when you do you will get a daily e-mail listing free or very low-cost books that are available that day. The thing I like about Book Bub is they give you the chance to choose what categories of books you are interested in and then they tailor your daily e-mail toward the types of books you like.
eReaderNation is a similar service that provides daily recommendations for free or inexpensive Kindle books. They also have a Facebook page you can like and then each day they’ll present links to suggested free books right in your news feed.
One word of caution
One word of caution if you have children with a Kindle. There is a fair amount of explicit adult books that can be found when you start searching for free or inexpensive books. It is not the majority by any means, but it is there. Be a good parent and keep an eye on what your children can download, or better yet password protect the account so they have to come to you when they want to download something.
The only thing better than books are free books!
If you are on a tight budget but you love to read, there is good news. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have an entire library of e-Books.
These are some of the services I have used personally, but there are many others as well. Happy reading!
What sources do you use to find inexpensive books?
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