Updated Nov. 28, 2012. By Bobbi Burger Brunoehler of Bobbisbargains.
Disclaimer: Sadly, I do not own a kindle, but I know if I owned one I would want to know about and use these services.
Now that you have a new kindle or eReader for your birthday, December holiday, or anniversary, how do you populate your reading list without going way over budget?
Ebooks average $10 each. This can add up to a hefty chunk of change if you are a fast reader or want a large ebook library. So, what are the ways that you can get your ebooks for free?
Here are eleven ways to get free ebooks:
- Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. You must be an eligible U.S. Amazon Prime member to borrow ebooks for free, including over 100 current and former New York Times best sellers plus all 7 Harry Potter books. There are no due dates to meet.
- Amazon has a huge selection of free Kindle downloads. In the Kindle department, search for “free kindle books” and sort prices low to high. You will find a vast array of free ebooks and games.
- Gutenberg Project. This project was the first site to provide free ebooks and with the help of many volunteers, is working to make available all books that have expired copyrights.
- Bookyards is a library to the world. This site not only has free ebooks, but also has links to library collections, videos, and blogs.
- Feedbooks. This site allows you to publish your own books as well as download free public domain and self published books.
- One Hundred Free Books. Easily search for free books on Amazon! The site is free to use. You’ll want to check back often as Amazon’s selection changes all the time.
- Hundred Zeros is a frequently updated catalog of best-sellers that are free on Amazon.
- iTunes. Get more than just music. Download all the classic for free to your Kindle, iPad, iPhone or computer. Plus, other genres tend to pop up as free now and then. So check back often!
- Starbucks’ Pick of the Week. Starbucks patrons can score free music, eBooks, and games each week. Make sure to look for the business-sized cards near the cash register or ask a barista. Score brand new releases!
- The Library. Borrow ebooks from the library. All you need is a library card! The downside is the wait. It can take a couple weeks to get your hands on the book you want as their selection is limited.
- Hongkiat has a list of 20 more free ebook sites. Whew! Enjoy.
Hope these links are helpful to you. If you are a Kindle or other electronic reader owner, please share your experiences. Do you love your new toy or do you miss the feel of a real book?
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