I’ve wanted an e-reader for almost two years. Rather than go out and buy one right away, I’ve been a responsible adult, agreeing to use my Christmas bonus to help pay off the car. I still don’t have a Kindle, but I downloaded Kindle for PC and have been hoarding free books ever since (the go nicely with my large collection of traditional books). In the last year or so, I’ve collected nearly 100 books. And I haven’t paid for any of them. So I thought I’d share the love and give you my tips for finding free e-books. (I usually prefer Christian books, mostly because I don’t have to worry about coming across unnecessary sex or vulgar language, but most of these tricks should be helpful no matter what you like.)
1. If you’re on Facebook, “like” as many publishers’ pages as you can find. And make sure you change your settings so you see all of their updates. Twitter is probably a good place to check, too. (I don’t use it, so I can’t tell you for sure.) Publishers often post free offers on their pages, and they’ll often offer an author’s previous book for free in order to promote a new release.
Here are the publishers I’ve “liked” on Facebook:
Little, Brown & Company
David C Cook
Simon & Schuster
BookBub (not a publisher, but they post free books every day)
2. If you’re on Facebook, “like” your favorite authors’ pages. This one won’t get you quite as much success because one person can only write so many books, but it’ll also get you updates about sales, book signings, and new releases.
3. Sign up for free e-book newsletters. Sometimes publishers send these out, and sometimes you can find third-party newsletters. Currently, I receive newsletters from David C. Cook and Inspired Reads.
4. Visit Amazon’s bargain/free ebook list. It’s a little tricky to find from the website, so I just Google “free amazon e-books.” I’ll make it easy for you—here’s a link. This is a great place to go if you want to collect the classics. There are other good ones too, but you often have to wade through some not-so-good ones (most of them with covers featuring mostly-naked people) to find them. Publishers have also started offering teasers, which only give you a few chapters of a book, so make sure you know what you’re getting.
5. Find out if your library loans e-books. Because I don’t have an e-reader, I’m not sure how this works, but I do know it’s creating a lot of controversy between book publishers and libraries. Regardless, if it’s a program your library participates in, it’s a great way to borrow library books without ever leaving home. And they’re easier to return, too.
6. Google “free e-books” and see what pops up. You never know what you’ll find. I’ve found a few decent sites that offer free classics this way. Project Gutenberg is a good place to start.
If you’ve found free e-book resources I haven’t listed—or a great free ebook you want to recommend—leave a comment and let me know.