How to find FREE Ebooks for your Kindle

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:

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Les Miserables, by Victor Hugo
Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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?

OpenLibrary.org

The Online Books Page

Project Gutenberg

PDFBooks

Online Free Ebooks

ManyBooks.net

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?


Comments

  1. Diane says

    For Nook owners, you can find many of the books on Amazon’s Top 100 Free list at B&N for free, too. They are not always available and/or not always the same price, but I would say about 2/3 of the books are the same. I haven’t been able to find a very good way to look for them on B&N, so I just browse Amazon’s list then search for particular titles on B&N.

  2. Erin Miller says

    If you don’t like the hassle of craigslist or a garage sale for selling your books, you can take books, magazines, CD’s, DVD’s, games and more to Half Price books, and they will buy them from you for cash! Their payouts are really good for used stuff.

    We have also been selling stuff to finance new e-books, I love the Kindle reader experience. :)

    • arussell says

      HI Erin, that is EXACTLY what we plan on doing. WE literally have over 100 books to sell here – and we’re knee deep in a total house declutter/purge. We’d rather take them all in and be done with them in one fell swoop! ;)

      • D'Anna says

        If you are part of Swagbucks they give you Swagbucks for book trade ins. You go to the Trade In tab and enter the ISBN #s of the books and it will tell you if they are currently accepting those you will get a label and you just ship them out. You can then redeem your bucks for Amazon cards. The same applies to trading in video games and books through Amazon, same concept and you earn Amazon credit. I’ve been selling books on Ebay for years and both of these options seem like a more efficient way to turn a round your stash for something you will buy on Amazon anyway.

  3. Brenda says

    Yes, I love the free ebook posts! I recently read one while my power was out, and I must say it was a pretty good read and even better because it was free. I love that you do the “searching” for me, so please (and Thank you!) continue the posts. Thanks for all the hard work you do to make my life so much easier!!

  4. Dawnelle says

    I agree on the pixel of ink website. I have gotten a lot of books from there and you can read a summary of the book and then when you connect to amazon you can see what it is rated and what other people say about the book.

  5. Linda Zumwalt says

    Tru Michael Gallagher’s blog at fkbt@wordpress.com. You can also “like” his fb page Free Kindle Books and Tips and get daily feeds. He is a great source of free books, but he also has lots of great tips about your Kindle. I love my Kindle and you will love yours too!

  6. says

    There’s a spot on Swagbucks as well where you can turn in your books for swagbucks. I have 3 boxes of books I have to go through but could be a good deal!

  7. Christina says

    Thanks for the tips! I got a Kindle for Christmas and love it, I had looked at the Top 100 free section but completely overlooked the Free Collections section.
    I’m in the same process of purging tons of old books as well, I’m not sure what made me save all of them as I rarely read fiction books twice. We even moved out of state last year and moved two large Uhaul boxes full of just books, which sounds really ridiculous when I write that down.

  8. marie says

    Hi! Just a few more suggestions for Kindlers! I’ve had mine for a year and have probably only paid for 6-7 of the 300+ I own. This is a great site for sharing kindle books http://booklending.com/ And its FREE!
    Also, once you have downloaded a free book from Amazon it shows you ‘suggestions’ in the same genre usually also for free. Since your account keeps a record of your purchases (free or otherwise) you can always find those suggestions or possibly new ones that come up free.

  9. Sonja says

    I love Ereader News Today (ENT)! I liked them on FB and now get several links a day that have 2-5 books from different catagories! It has been my best spot for free books!

  10. says

    Angela,
    Thanks for the tips! I got a Kindle for Christmas, and have already spent more than intended on books. It’s great to know that there are plenty of free ebooks out there!

    One site that you may want to check out is Freebooksy – http://freebooksy.com

    They feature one free ebook a day, always one with really high ratings and generally not found on the top 100 charts (yet, at least)! I’ve gotten a couple of great reads from there so far. It’s a really new site, though, and I have high hopes for it!

  11. JS says

    If you’re in King County, you may also be able to get a Seattle Public Library card… I’ve found if I can’t find an ebook at KCLS, SPL may have it. Also, any public domain books “checked out” from the SPL library don’t count towards your 25 book limit. AND, you don’t have to remember to return them! Once they reach their due date, they go back automatically! I have the (small) fruity touchy device, and on a morning before work when I’d read all my paper library books, I loved being able to sit down and in five minutes find another book to read and check it out, download it and take it to work for my lunch break reading!

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