If you own an Amazon Kindle, the cost of supporting an insatiable reading habit can quickly become very high. A quick look at Amazon's Best Book of the Month list shows that decent reading for a Kindle Edition book can save you between $ 13 and $ 15. Sure, Amazon offers deals for great e-books, but waiting for a deal could take forever. Many titles can be purchased for two dollars or less, but it takes work to find the gems among the scabies.
You need some reliable options to find free, absorbing content that you can 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 on July 2, 201
Project Gutenberg recently offered 57,245 free books to e-books that can be downloaded in a variety of formats, including those that are readable on a Kindle e-reader. For good reason, you will not find new releases here: All titles available through Project Gutenberg are either in the public domain because the copyright to the work has expired or because the copyright owner of the book has communicated to the project organizers permission to access it for free ,
Nevertheless, there are many great books to read. Some of the largest 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 inclusion. (Project Gutenberg also offers some content in 49 other languages.)
To bring Project Gutenberg books to your Kindle, download the book you want to read. Then connect your e-reader with a USB cable to your PC and open it in File Explorer like any other connected drive. There are two file folders in your Kindle's directory: Documents and fonts (if you own a Kindle Oasis, there is also a third folder named Audible). Drag & Drop the .mobi file downloaded from the Project Gutenberg website into your Kindle's document file and disconnect the device as soon as file transfer is complete. Boom: You can start reading right now.
A word of caution: If you live outside the US, downloading Project Gutenberg's books may not be legal. Be sure to check your local laws before using the trigger on books you find here.
If you have a library card and access to free ebooks. OverDrive is an online service that allows library card holders to download free e-books (and movies and audio content) from their public library, school, or institution collection to their Kindles. The more library cards you have in your name, the more books you have.
Using OverDrive is a breeze. Once you have entered the number of your library card and the PIN assigned to you when you issued your ID card (if you can not remember, ask your librarian), you will have access to all the digital content your library has in its inventory Has . The more libraries you belong to, the more likely you are to find something that you want to read.
Just like a traditional library of real books on the shelves, only one person can take a book out of OverDrive at once. If a book is available, click Borrow and follow the instructions. The service also provides a well-written help section that guides you through the process. Depending on the rules of your library, you may be able to choose from a number of loan periods. If a book is not available, you can join a queue in many libraries. When it is your turn, you will be notified by OverDrive.
That's the good. Now for the worse: not all libraries offer Kindle-enabled editions of the eBooks they have in their collection. Many libraries provide digital content as an Adobe Digital Editions file, a format that is not compatible with Amazon e-ink.
Exchange Kindle books with a friend
While Amazon keeps it quiet, some eBooks purchased through the Kindle Store can be lent to your friends. Just hope that they will return the favor from time to time!
To borrow a Kindle eBook, sign in to Amazon.com and open the Account & Lists drop-down menu in the upper-right corner of the Amazon homepage. Select Your Content and Devices . You should see a list of all the Kindle eBooks you have ever bought. Next to the title of each book is a gray square with three dots. Click on it and a list of all the options for that title will be displayed. If Borrow This Title is on the list, you are in business. Clicking on this will take you to a page where you can send the book to a friend of the e-mail address of your choice. Your Kindle ebooks can be borrowed for a period of 14 days. You do not have access to the title during that time – as if you were borrowing a book from a friend in the living room of your living room.  Share books with your partner
If You Are Not the Only Kindle As the owner of your family, you're in luck: At Amazon, a maximum of two adults per family share Kindle eBooks. If your partner buys an eBook at the Kindle Store, you can also read it for free. First log in to the Amazon website and go to your account settings> your content and devices. Click Household and Family Library . From here you can specify the settings for sharing family libraries.
Open Library, an Internet Archive project, provides access to well over a million free e-books. It calls its offerings "the classic literature of the world", but that does not mean that it is a museum of moldy oldies. While finding enough literary cannon to make an AP English teacher shine, the virtual shelves also feature best-selling authors such as Stephen King and Tom Clancy, children-lit series such as Captain Underpants and diary a Wimpy Kid and a variety of scientific texts. Given Open Library's declared goal of "making all published works of humanity available to all around the world," you'll probably find what you're looking for here.
Depending on the title, books can be downloaded or downloaded. The first group consists mainly of public domain classics. Popular contemporary fiction makes up a majority of the latter. In any case, the books are scanned from paper copies, which raises legal issues depending on the locale. Open Library is aware of this, as its licensing disclaimer states, "In some countries and countries, there may be problems with the rights to certain posts." Review the local fair use laws before downloading any of these titles ,
At the heart of Open Library, however, is a community-driven library catalog. In fact, there are far 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, several issues are listed (for example, James Joyce's Ulysses is available in 184 editions), each with its own download directory.
To search for a book, enter the following: Make sure that Show eBooks Only is checked, and enter the title or author. Depending on the title, books can be read online or downloaded in a variety of formats, including PDF, plain text, ePub, and MOBI. You need to load the downloaded file from the page to your Kindle.
If your reading tastes the trend to the left of the bestseller list, Smashwords might be right for you. It is reportedly a free platform for publishing and distributing ebooks for indie authors, giving readers direct access to more than 500,000 titles, of which around 80,300 are available for free.
Books are organized by category: fiction, non-fiction, essay, plays, scripts and poetry. To get to the free offers, select Free in the filter bars at the top of the page, and then select a genre to discover new voices. Books can be read online or downloaded in a variety of Kindle-compatible formats. It is also noteworthy that Smashwords publishes books not only in American English but also in other languages and dialects.
Given that Amazon owns Goodreads, it is hardly shocking that the retailer provides a direct link to their business for every title on its website. But you may not know that it also offers direct downloads of e-books. There are about 2,500 of them, many of which are free. There are not many popular titles here, but there are some interesting ones, including some books in the James Potter series, a fan-fiction sequel to the Harry Potter universe.
Available giveaways are indicated by a button below Get Copy of the book record (pronunciation varies, but "eBook Download" and "Kindle $ 0.00" are dead giveaways). However, finding them among the many thousands of titles on Goodreads is a haystack attempt. Luckily you will find all available e-books summarized here.
If you've found a book that interests you, click the link to download it to your computer. From there, you can load it from the page to your Kindle.
Manybooks bears his name honestly. There are more than 50,000 free e-books, ranging from public domain titles to offers by independent and lesser-known contemporary authors.
The site has a clean, tiled interface that lets you explore a dozen popular genres. There is also a regularly updated selection of books of the publisher's choice and a section of trend titles. Start with the editors' "Ultimate Guide to Our Most Popular Free eBooks", which features a detailed list 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 entry contains publication details, a story summary, and a text excerpt. These can be read by anyone, but you must register for an account to download the book yourself. Once you've clicked on the download link, all you have to do is select the appropriate format that stores manybooks as your preferred option in your profile, if you have not already done so at registration.
DigiLibraries is an online book catalog with about 30,000 e-books in Kindle format, all for free. Books are sorted into dozens of categories and subcategories, and the selection is predictably heavy for public domain titles. (You will find Pride and Prejudice under Juvenile Fiction, not Diary of a Cowardly Child .)
The site will not win any design awards, but everything is laid out plain. You can choose from a list of genres in a left sidebar, most of which are open to select subordinate genres. In the middle of the homepage are selected popular and new eBooks with cover pictures.
Each book record contains a text excerpt and three download formats: ePub, PDF, and Mobi. The site is limited to 50 downloads per day, which should be a lot for everyone, except for the most voracious readers.
If you do not have a library card or your library has not subscribed to Overdrive, lending books is a great alternative. The site uses Amazon's Kindle Retrieval feature to match lenders with borrowers.
Using the website could not be easier. When searching for a book, press the large orange button on the home page and either search for a title or search for available loans. If you want to borrow a book, press the giant green button and search for a specific title or browse through recent requests. In either case, when the book is available for rental or loan, a small orange or green button appears in the record. Just press the appropriate key to complete the transaction.
Borrowers receive an e-mail notification from Amazon that allows them to download the eBook to their Kindle. You have seven days to do this. Amazon's lending rules apply here, as if you were borrowing directly from the store. Titles can be borrowed for a period of 14 days. During this period they are not available to the lender and will be returned automatically at the end of this period. A title can also be awarded only once.
This article was originally published on July 25, 2018 by Seamus Bellamy.