Oh, how I do love to read and e-books are just wonderful. As you can see behind me I’m just as big a fan of traditional paper books, but sometimes an e-book is much more convenient, especially if you like to read anywhere or at anytime. I frequently get asked where I find my books. If I’m buying an e-book I usually say Amazon, but that can get pricey so I do hit up these free sites on occasion when I need a new book fix, or sometimes to discover new authors. Here are my favorite best sites for free e-books.
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Amazon -As I just mentioned Amazon is my go-to site for e-books, I’m purchasing. However, since they’ve upgraded their Prime Membership, it’s now become my first pick for free – or seriously discounted e-books too. Though Amazon does occasionally have books for free or super cheap, like ¢.99, cheap. Amazon has the best “club” offerings for books. You pay a membership fee and the perk is so many books the membership dues more than makes up for the fee in books. Here are the book offerings Amazon has available.
Amazon Kindle Unlimited With a Kindle Unlimited subscription you get access to over one million titles in the Kindle Store, including books, audiobooks, and magazines. You can keep up to ten titles to read on any Amazon device or Kindle reading app and there are no due dates.
You can try it for a month for free. Click on the image below for more information.
Amazon Prime With Prime there is an annual fee yes, but the book perks are great. “Prime members can borrow one book from Kindle Owners’ Lending Library each calendar month. You can download the book to compatible devices registered to the same Amazon account or to the account of adults in the same Amazon Household. Available titles may change each calendar month.” I really like sending books to my boys’ Kindle apps. So that when they tell me they’ve got nothing to read, I now remark, “Go check your Kindle.” **Parenting win!***
You can try Prime for one month for free. Simply click on the image below for more information.
Don’t have a kindle you say? If you’ve got a smart phone or a tablet- Amazon has a Kindle app and it’s absolutely free.
Do you like Audio books? Amazon also has a great service for audio books called Audible. You can “Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks.”
Now that I’ve shared my love affair with Amazon. Let’s move on to some other great free-eb00k resources:
NetGalley Librarians, booksellers, bloggers, authors, and some of the best publishers are available. These are usually new ARCs (advanced reader copies) unpublished or just published novels. You are expected to review the book, which can easily be done from inside their site.
Edelweiss Tons of books. Some even hard-copy. Same with NetGalley a review is expected in exchange for the book.
Library Thing – Request to join their Early Reviewers for a chance at advanced review copies.
If you want to get into reviewing books NetGalley and Edelweiss are excellent places to begin.
BookBub is a free service helping “millions of readers discover great deals on acclaimed ebooks while providing publishers and authors with a way to drive sales and find new fans. Members receive a personalized daily email alerting them to the best free and deeply discounted titles matching their interests as selected by our editorial team.” From the main page, scroll all the way to the bottom and you’ll find links for free ebooks and free Kindle books.
FreebookSifter I like this site’s search feature which allows the user to search under genre or author etc.
Free Books Blog – Lists mostly free Kindle books.
eBooksRead – This site offers more than 3o0,000 ebooks, as well as classic texts, dictionaries, manuals, statistics and essays.
OverDrive Great site to link up to eBooks from your local library or school. This also includes audio files and other media depending on your library system. Using an App makes it easy too available on iTunes and Android.
Book Yards – This website boasts that it’s the library to the world. Not sure if it is, but I like websites that aspire to great things and in my opinion, there are few things greater than libraries, let alone “world” libraries.
Goodreads – Goodreads is probably one of my favorite sites for connecting authors to readers, and people in general to books. They have a great selection of e-books a lot of which are free to download.
Feedbooks – Excellent selection of e-books but this link takes you to the free-domain ones.
Scribd This is another membership deal. However, your first month is free. With your membership, you not only get access to books and audiobooks but newspapers and magazines too.
Many Books – They’ve been around since 2004. They offer e-books on multiple platforms including HTML to read online. Lots of books are free or super cheap.
Please note: This post was originally posted on December 10, 2013. I update it as I find new places for free books.
Nicole Olea’s love language is communication. She does this best using her keyboard as a freelance copywriter and editor. Before her current gig working in social media management and eCommerce marketing, Nicole Olea was a professional volunteer, sharing her skills with various non-profit organizations who paid her in hugs. For the last 20 years, she’s lived a quasi-nomadic life, moving across the country and the Atlantic with her active-duty husband and their three kids. She’s awkwardly stumbling toward her goal of becoming a saint. She’s got God-sized dreams and wants you to have them too!