My husband gave me a great birthday gift this year – a Kindle Touch! I’ve been having fun navigating it and of course, trying to figure out how to find great ebooks to download on it. You always hear that there are so many ebooks available for free, but finding them isn’t as straightforward as it would seem. So, I thought I’d do some research and share with you a few tips for finding free ebooks.
Bookmark the Free Collections Page! When you head to the Kindle section of Amazon, you’ll note this sidebar appears. Click on the “Free Collections” tab. I would bookmark this page for easy reference.
From here, you can navigate different categories, including Classics. Books that were published pre-1923 are not subject to copyright laws, which means you can in many cases find and download them for free.
But with thousands of classics to choose from, where to start? Well, if nowhere else, start by sorting through customer reviews. Or you could download a few of my all time favorite classics:
Bookmark Top 100 Free Books page. One thing I noticed really quickly is that not all free ebooks are created equal! I downloaded a few free ebooks right away only to discover they were NOT what I was looking for. A way to quickly find quality ebooks is by checking out the Top 100 Free Books page on Amazon! You’ll see the top 100 downloaded paid and free books available on Amazon.
This is how I discovered Organized Simplicity last week – it was the #1 most downloaded free ebook at that time (no longer available). It’s normally a $16.99 download and has an average 4-star rating! (Yes, I downloaded it myself and am currently following the methods to purge my clutter once and for all!)
You should note that this list updates HOURLY based on readers’ downloads. That means a frequent check should yield you many new free ebook choices! You should also note that some ebooks (like the one above) may be free for only a short amount of time. If you see a title you like? Don’t wait around.
Do this easy Amazon search. Here’s a tip for finding free titles. Head to Amazon’s Kindle store, and in the search bar type “$0.00.”
Look beyond Amazon. While I’ve not personally begun to delve into these sites, there are several places you can get ebooks for free. Have you tried any of these?
Check your library! Did you know that you might be able to check out free ebooks from your library? I decided to do a little research and see how this works. I am part of the King County Library System, so I went to their website and found this section on downloads. Right away, the thing I love is that you can check out what you need 24/7!
You can browse the selections online, but you will need your library card handy to actually check them out. I was surprised that the selection was pretty decent! You can see immediately how many copies are available, and place a hold if they are out. I will definitely consider this for the future, particularly for books I’m likely to only want to read once.
But Angela, I don’t have a Kindle!
Guess what? You can still take advantage of the free ebooks available out there!
Amazon offers FREE reading apps which you can download on your Mac, PC, or even phone! Before I had my Kindle, this is what I used. The cool thing? Once I got my Kindle and added my Amazon account, it automatically “synched” over my ebooks. Awesome!
I’d like a Kindle, but can’t afford one. Help!
I know that a Kindle may be one of those things that is just not in the budget, so I wanted to give you a couple suggestions.
1. Swagbucks. If you’ve not signed up for Swagbucks yet, consider doing just that. Through your ordinary web searches, you can earn “swag bucks” which you can then redeem for prizes, including $5 Amazon Gift Cards. The cool thing about Amazon gift cards is that you can stack them and they never expire. This means that you could slowly be building the credit at your Amazon account. If this idea is a new one to you, you might want to read my post on How Swagbucks works.
2. Sell something. My husband wants a Kindle now, too. So we came up with an idea. Why not sell some of the many books we have filling up our office? I’m confident with the number we have to sell, we’ll easily be able to pay cash for one!
What other thoughts do you have for getting free ebooks? Do you like when I share free ebook finds here at The Coupon Project?