I LOVE to read. And ever since I bought my Kindle Paperwhite, I've not been able to go back to reading "real" books. I save storage space in my house and I don't have to turn on the light when I read in bed at night.
However, I was initially reluctant to switch to Kindle books, because I liked getting books free from the library. I worried that reading Kindle books was going to be too expensive.
Not so! I very rarely pay for Kindle books these days and have plenty to read. Here's how I get Kindle books for FREE:
FREE Kindle Books from Amazon:
Since I love to read free Kindle books, I love to find free ebooks for my readers. Each day, I check Amazon and post a new FREE Kindle book each day on my site. Since I like to read inspirational fiction, the books I post tend to be in the same genre.
Here's my secret to finding FREE Kindle book at Amazon (in any genre): check the Top 100 Free Kindle Books on Amazon in the Kindle store. You can then sort by genre to narrow the selection even further. You just need an Amazon account to "buy" the books for free.
If you have an Amazon Prime membership, Prime members can also checkout over a thousand Kindle books for FREE with Prime Reading. There are no due dates, and it includes current and former best sellers.
You could also sign up for a 2-month free trial of Kindle Unlimited which includes unlimited reading of books and magazines and listening to audiobooks as part of the membership.
Get Books from the Public Domain
There are tons of books that are available for FREE in the public domain. Basically, a public domain book is a book with no copyright. Usually, the copyright expires 70 years after the death of the latest living author.
So, there are tons of free classics available to download in the public domain. One good site to find public domain books is Loyal Books. Another good site is Project Gutenberg, which has over 60,000 free books listed at last count.
You can download the book in the .mobi format or as pdf files and then email the file to your Kindle email address.
Check out Kindle Books from your Local Public Library
While I love the FREE Kindle books from Amazon, they tend to have the first book in a series (to entice you to buy the rest of the series) or some older Kindle books. So, when I want to read currently popular or newer releases (or even an entire series), I'll check out free Kindle library books from my local library through the Overdrive app.
Because my small town doesn't have its own local library, I actually have a library card for two of my neighboring suburbs. So, I can check out Kindle books from both of their systems.
Just search for books online and then check them out digitally. You're redirected to Amazon's website to add the book to your device and then they are automatically downloaded to your device the next time you're connected via WiFi. And better yet, at the end of your checkout period (2 or 3 weeks depending on the library), the Kindle book disappears from your device - so there are no late fees!
Borrow from a Friend (or not!)
Did you know that you can lend many of your Kindle books? Just visit the page for a book on Amazon and you'll see a yellow stripe on the top telling you when you ordered the book. If you are able to lend the book, you'll also see a link to loan this book to anyone you choose in the yellow stripe. Just know that you can only lend each Kindle book once through the Kindle owners' lending library.
You can also use the website, BookLending.com to both borrow and loan Kindle books from strangers. It's all handled through the site for FREE and you'll get your book back on your device in about 14 days risk-free.
You don't actually need to have a Kindle e-reader to read Kindle books. You can always download the free Kindle app onto your phone, tablet, or computer to read Kindle books. The app can be found in the Apple app store or Google Play.
How about you? Do you like FREE Kindle books? Where is your favorite place to find them?