If you own an Amazon Kindle, the cost of supporting a gluttonous reading habit can become very fast, very fast. A quick glance at Amazon's list of the best books of the month shows that a decent reading can bring you back between $ 13 and $ 15 for a Kindle edition book. Of course Amazon offers deals for great e-books, but waiting for a deal can take forever. Many titles can be obtained for two dollars or less, but it is difficult to find the gems under the foam.
What you need are some solid options for finding free, absorbent content to devour on your Kindle. We are happy to point you in the right direction. (And if you need a new e-reader, you'll find one among our reviews of the best Kindles.) Updated July 2, 201
At the last count, Project Gutenberg offered 57,245 free e-books that can be downloaded in a number of formats, including those that can be read on a Kindle e-reader. You will not find any new releases here for good reason: all titles that are available, although Project Gutenberg is in the public domain, because the copyright on the work has expired or because the copyright holder of the book is the organizer of the book has given the project permission to grant free access to it.
That said, you will find many amazing books to read. Some of the best books in the English language are in the public domain: Moby Dick Anne of Green Gables A study in Scarlett and Beowulf are all there and ready for the taking. (Project Gutenberg also offers some content in 49 other languages.)
Download the book you want to read to get Project Gutenberg books on your Kindle. Then connect your e-reader to your PC with a USB cable and open it in File Explorer, just like any other connected drive. In the file folder of your Kindle you see two file folders: Documents and fonts (if you have a Kindle Oasis, there is also a third folder, called Audible). Drag the .mobi file you downloaded from the Project Gutenberg website to the Document file of your Kindle and release the device once the file transfer is complete. Boom: You are ready to start reading.
A word of warning: if you live outside the United States, downloading the Project Gutenberg books may not be legal. Be sure to check your local laws before you pull the trigger for all the books you find here.
If you have a library card, you have access to free e-books. OverDrive is an online service that allows library card holders to download free e-books (and movies and audio content, too) from their public library, school or institution's collection to their Kindles. The more library cards you have in your name, the more books you have access to.
Using OverDrive is very simple. your library card number and the pin code that was assigned to you when you received your card (ask your librarian if you cannot remember it), you have access to all the digital content that your library has in its collection. The more libraries you have, the greater the chance that you will find something that you want to read.
Just like a physical library with real books on the shelves, only one person can retrieve an OverDrive book at a time. If a book is available, click on Borrow and follow the instructions. The service also offers a well-written help section to guide you through the process. Depending on the rules of your library, you may choose from a number of loan periods. If a book is not available, you can participate in a waiting list with many libraries. If it's your turn, OverDrive will let you know.
That's the good thing. Now for the bad: not all libraries offer Kindle-ready editions of the e-books they have in their collection. Many libraries serve digital content as an Adobe Digital Editions file – a format that is not compatible with Amazon's E-Ink devices.
Exchange Kindle books with a friend
Although Amazon keeps it quiet, some ebooks purchased through the Kindle Store can be lent to your friends. I just hope that they will return the favor from time to time!
To borrow a Kindle e-book, log in to Amazon.com and open the Account & Lists drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the Amazon home page. Select Your Content and Devices . You should see a list of all Kindle ebooks that you have ever purchased. Next to the title of each book you will see a gray square with three dots on it. Click on it and a list with all options for this title appears. If This loan is on the list, you are in business. Clicking on this will take you to a page where you can send the book to the friend of the email address of your choice. Your Kindle e-books can be borrowed for a period of 14 days, during which you do not have access to the title – just as if you had lent a book to a friend from the closet in your living room.  Share books with your significant other
If you are not the only Kindle owner of your family, you are lucky: Amazon allows a maximum of two adults per family to share Kindle eBooks with each other. So if your partner buys an e-book in the Kindle Store, you can also read it for free. To get started, log in to the Amazon website and go to your Account Settings> Your Content and Devices. Click on Households and family library . From here you can set your sharing settings for family libraries.
A project from the Internet Archive, Open Library offers access to more than a million free e-books. It books its range as & # 39; the world's classical literature within reach & # 39; but that doesn't mean it's a museum of moldy oldies. Although you will find enough literary canon to make a teacher of English shine with joy, the virtual shelves are also filled with bestsellers from authors such as Stephen King and Tom Clancy, child-lit series such as Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid and numerous academic texts. Given the stated purpose of Open Library is "to make all published works of humanity available to everyone in the world", you will probably find what you are looking for here.
Depending on the title, books can be downloaded or borrowed. The first group consists mainly of classics from the public domain. Popular contemporary fiction makes a lot of the latter. In all cases, the books are scanned on paper copies, which can raise legal questions, depending on your country setting. Open Library is aware of this, as the license disclaimer states: "There may be existing rights issues for some contributions and in some jurisdictions." Be sure to check your local laws for reasonable use before downloading any of these titles.
heart, however, Open Library is a community-driven library catalog. Indeed, it has many more records than books – currently more than 20 million – because so many books are not yet available in digital form. For records linked to e-books, multiple editions are mentioned (for example, James Joyce & # 39; s Ulysses is offered in 184 editions), each with its own download folder.
Create a book to search for a book. certain show only eBooks is checked and enter the title or author. Depending on the title, books can be read online or downloaded in various formats, including PDF, plain text, ePub and MOBI. You must sideload the downloaded file to your Kindle.
If your reading tastes the trend to the left of the bestseller list, Smashwords may be for you. Apparently a free e-book publishing and distribution platform for indie authors, it also offers readers access to more than 500,000 titles, of which about 80,300 are available for free.
Books are organized by category – fiction, non-fiction, essay, plays, screenplays, and poetry. Select Free in the filter bars at the top of the page to get the free offer and then select a genre to discover new voices. Books can be read online or downloaded in various formats compatible with Kindle. It is also notable that Smashwords publishes books in languages and dialects alongside American English, and this info is included in the description of each book.
Since Amazon owns Goodreads, it is hardly shocking that the retailer provides a direct link to his store for every title on his site. But you may not know that it also offers direct downloads of e-books. There are around 2500 of these available, many of which are free. There aren't many popular titles here, but there are several interesting ones including a few books in the James Potter series, a sequel to the fiction of fans in the Harry Potter universe.
Available freebies can be recognized by a button below the Get a copy part of the book record (the verbiage varies, but "Download eBook" and "Kindle $ 0.00" are dead giveaways). However, it is a good idea to find them among the many thousands of titles on Goodreads. Fortunately, you will find all available e-books collected here.
If you find a book that interests you, click the appropriate link to download it to your computer. From there you can load it onto your Kindle.
Many books have been given the name honestly. There are more than 50,000 free e-books here, ranging from titles from the public domain to offers from independent and less well-known contemporary authors.
The site has an easy-to-navigate tiled interface that allows you to explore dozens of popular genres. There is also a regularly updated selection & # 39; editor's choice & # 39; of books and a section with popular titles. If you are overwhelmed by the options, start with the "Ultimate Guide to Our Most Popular Free eBooks" from the editors, which provides a detailed overview of classic public domain books by genre, including favorites such as Jane Eyre The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and War of the Worlds .
Each book record provides publication information, a summary view, and a text excerpt. These are accessible for everyone to read, but you must register for an account to download the book yourself. After you have clicked on the download link, all you have to do is choose the correct format that Manybooks will save as your preferred option in your profile if you did not do this when you registered.
DigiLibraries is an online book catalog with around 30,000 ebooks in Kindle formats, all free of charge. Books are sorted into dozens of categories and subcategories, and the selection is predictably heavy on titles from the public domain. (You will find Pride and Prejudice under Juvenile Fiction, not Diary of a Wimpy Kid .)
The site does not win design prizes, but everything is clearly classified. You can choose from a list of genres in a left sidebar, most of which are open to subgenres choices. Composite selections of popular and new ebooks are prominently displayed in the center of the home page with cover photos & # 39; s.
Each book record contains a text fragment and three download formats: ePub, PDF and Mobi. The site limits you to 50 downloads per day, which should be enough for everyone except the most voracious readers.
If you do not have a library card or if your library does not subscribe to Overdrive, Book Lending is a great alternative. The site uses Amazon & # 39; s Kindle loan function to match lenders with borrowers.
Using the site could not be easier. If you are looking for a book, press the large orange button on the home page and search for a title or browse through available loans. If you want to borrow a book, press the large green button and look for a specific title or browse through recent requests. In both cases, if it is available for borrowing or borrowing, the book will display a small orange or green button. Simply press the correct button to complete the transaction.
Borrowers receive an email notification from Amazon that allows them to download the eBook to their Kindle, and they have seven days to do it. Amazon's loan rules apply here, just as if you were borrowing directly from the store. Titles can be borrowed for 14 days during which they are not available to the lender and are automatically returned at the end of that period. A title can only be borrowed once.
This article was originally published on July 25, 2018 by Seamus Bellamy.