Hands up if you got a Kindle for Christmas….
I’ve had mine for about six months now and I love it. I read more now than I ever used to (which that was a lot) and I’ve been able to finally part with the boxes of books I had piled up in the garage and under our bed (again, which was a lot). To me, one of the best things about having a Kindle is the number of free books available to download. I’ve discovered lots of new authors and read books that I never would have read before having my Kindle – mainly because I don’t mind taking a chance downloading a free book that I’m not sure I’ll like but I wouldn’t pay for one.
I could easily read three or four (sometimes more) books a week so I like to have lots of books downloaded and ready to read. I only use the Kindle book store to download books as that’s all I’m really familiar with. You can find books by all of your favourite authors in the Kindle book store but the newer books are priced quite closely to shop prices if you ask me. The older books by popular authors are also quite expensive considering you could pick a copy up in a charity shop for not much more than a pound.
I have a couple of ways to find free (or very cheap) books so I thought I’d share them with you in case you are the proud new owner of a Kindle….
* I find most of my free books by looking for them myself on the Kindle Book store. I start by looking at the Kindle 100 Bestsellers lists – there’s the top 100 free list and the top 100 paid for and there’s often some really good books in the free list. Have a quick look at the paid for list as well because you might find some really good books that cost 20p for a limited time. Mr Frugal managed to get the new James Herbert book for 20p when it was on offer for a few days last month. I love a good romance book so I then do the same in the Romance category which means I have a good supply of slushy girly books on demand.
* The Amazon Kindle discussions threads are a great source of free books. Among all of the query and question threads on there, you’ll find at least one thread a day where some lovely people have combed the Kindle book store and listed lots of interesting freebies. I tend to stick to a few different book categories when I’m searching myself but I often come across books on here that I end up downloading from other categories.
* If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, one of the benefits is now access to the Kindle lending library. I’m not sure what other benefits you get with Amazon Prime but I definitely wouldn’t join just for this service as it costs £49.00!
* The sites I’ve never used but have heard a lot about are Project Gutenberg and Open Library which have many thousands of books to download completely free of charge. Some you can download straight to your Kindle and some will need to be downloaded to your PC or laptop and then transferred to your Kindle using a USB cable.
* Not free but don’t forget to check out the Kindle Daily Deal – you can find the link to it on the Kindle book store page each day. The books featured here are usually reduced to under a pound and they’re often more recently released books or books by more popular authors. I just bought the new Marian Keyes book for 99p as a Daily Deal!
I hope you find lots of free books 😉