One of the highlights of my day is to browse several emails I receive that list free e-books. A lot of it is dreck (many self-published books on Kindle’s free publishing platform sorely needed editors). But virtually every day, I find something interesting.
The average price of Kindle best sellers on Amazon.com (AMZN) is rising steeply. E-book prices go from 99 cents for unknown and self-published authors to $20 or more for new books from household names, such as John Grisham, Stephen King, J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown.
I now have more than 3,000 free e-books on my Kindle and iPad. Many are from Project Gutenberg, which includes books whose copyrights have expired (these are generally a century old). Other, I have borrowed from openlibrary.org (check to see if your local library participates). Authors also briefly offer their books as freemium promotions (sometimes for just a day) in hopes that you’ll read them and tell all your friends about them. And bestsellers and new books do appear on these lists occasionally. These may even be available on your own public library’s e-reader platform.
Free, Free, Free
These sites for free e-books span the genres, including self-help, children’s fantasy, romance, mystery, Christian, erotica and nonfiction. I’ve found that having an Amazon account is the best access. Also, it’s easy to cancel an order if by accident you buy a book that is not free.
- You can sign up for ZeroFrictionBooks’ daily email list or browse the books with the covers on the site. Links are to buy free on Amazon.
- Bookbub.com lists deals and freebies with links to buy on Kobo from Indigo (IDGBF), Apple (AAPL), Barnes & Noble (BKS) and Amazon. It also lists when the deal expires.
- PixelOfInk links to Amazon.
- ChoosyBookworm links to Amazon.
- BookGorilla.com has some freebies but mostly good deals.
- OpenCulture.com lists free e-books as well as free movies, courses and more.
- At Amazon, type in “free Kindle e-books.” Today’s list had almost 60,000 available. And you don’t need a Kindle. Just search for free Kindle apps for your mobile device,
I check these almost daily since many freebies are one-day only or may only be free for Amazon Prime members. I’ve snapped up several financial books for free that retail for close to $100.