Kindle ebook readers have revolutionized the way that people read. Although a lot of traditionalist were initially opposed to doing away with the necessity for actual physical books, it has come to be more accepted and people now recognize and appreciate the convenience it affords to avid readers. Not only can you take a number of books with you when you’re out and about, you also save a lot of space and can accumulate a much larger library than you may have been able to otherwise.
However, growing your ebook library can be a little bit pricey. Many ebooks cost around $10 or more each. This means that even if you only read one book per week, you’ll still be shelling out around $520 a year. And a lot of people who enjoy reading enough to own a kindle could read quite a few more books than just one a week. So how can you satisfy your bookishness without going bankrupt? Here are a few ways you can find good quality ebooks for free.
1. Project Gutenberg
This is my favorite go-to source for free ebooks. The Project Gutenberg website is one of the best places to find older books whose copyrights have already expired. This is made possible by volunteers who usually transcribe the books from their own hard copies. Although it isn’t guaranteed that you’ll find a book on this website just because it’s copyrights have expired (the titles available depend on what has been transcribed and submitted so far) and you can’t find newer books here, it is still a great source for most of the classics and many other books that you may not have heard of.
2. Amazon Kindle Lending Club
This is a newer development for Amazon and it’s great for when you are looking for newer titles. It is a simple way to connect readers to other readers who may have books that they would like to exchange for a short time. You simply list what titles you have and also what titles you are looking for and the program will match you with someone else who has a title you want and wants a title you have. The only draw back is that you are only allowed to lend out each book you own once; that’s right – just one time. This means that you can’t go on lending unlimitedly and never buy another ebook. But the good thing is that, unlike normal lending situations, your rights to the book are restored to you after 14 days, so you never lose a book to “that friend” who “borrowed” it.
3. Free Kindle Ebooks on Amazon
Aside from the lending club, you can find free ebooks by simply searching for them in the Amazon section for Kindle ebooks. Simply sort the results by price so that it shows the lowest priced books first. You’ll see quite a number of titles that show up as costing exactly zero dollars and zero cents. Pretty neat! Although you probably won’t find the latest best seller among these titles, there are some pretty good how-to’s and self-help books, as well as quite a few novels.
Bookyards.com is a little like Project Gutenberg, but it relies more on outside links to books or materials rather than hand typed copies of books submitted by volunteers. The great thing about this site are the easy to search categories. You can find novels, educational books, sheet music; the works! The only problem is that some of the links to books that are located off-site may not be working anymore. This is not too common, however and there is still a wealth of free reading material you can find here that has been gleaned from all over the web.
These are just a few options for finding free Kindle ebooks. You might still like to splurge on a few titles that aren’t yet available for free that you really want, but looking for book titles through these means, first, can help you save a lot of money.
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