​How to get free e-books for your Kindle

​How to get free e-books for your Kindle

If you’re a book lover, you probably get a lot of joy from browsing your local bookshop, looking at all the beautiful covers and breathing in that new-book smell. But e-books are also rising in popularity, with 24% of Brits regularly using e-readers, according to YouGov.

For those of us that get through multiple books on holiday or are simply running out of shelf space, an e-reader can be really handy. And if you love a classic, you’re in luck: copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death in the UK, which means that many classic texts, from the Bronte sisters to Dickens, are available for free as e-books.

Looking for some free and discounted reads? Here’s everything you need to know.

Search online

The best place to start your search is your e-reader’s integrated bookstore. The process differs depending on which device you have and which store you’re buying from. Don’t forget that you don’t need to have a Kindle or other e-reader to read digital books – you can easily download the free Kindle app to your iPhone or Android phone or to your tablet or laptop.

Amazon Kindle

    There are several ways to find free books on Amazon’s official e-book store, either online or on your Kindle. If you go to the Amazon Kindle Store on your computer, typing ‘Free books to download for Kindle’ into the search box returns more than 50,000 titles, including The Complete Works of Shakespeare, which you can then download to your Kindle.

    Top tip: If you just search for ‘Free books for Kindle’ then many will appear which are free with a Kindle Unlimited membership (see below), but searching for ‘Free books for Kindle not unlimited’ should produce results which are free without a subscription.

    If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, which currently costs £8.99 a month, or £95 a year, you can also download free e-books from a selection of more than 1000 charged-for titles as part of the Prime Reading plan. You can download up to 10 items at a time and there are no return dates, but once you hit that limit you’ll need to return some from the Manage my Content and Devices page on your Kindle account before you can download any more.

    Prime Reading has a whole library of fiction and non-fiction books, magazines and comic books, as well as original stories commissioned by Amazon.

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    Signing up to Kindle Unlimited, which has a 30-day free trial and then renews at £9.49 a month (there is currently an extra deal which gives you two months at £3.99 before renewing at £9.49 a month) expands the selection to more than a million books, plus audiobooks and magazine subscriptions (including Good Housekeeping!).

    If you’re happy to receive the odd email, sign up to First Reads for early access to a handful of books every month picked by Amazon Editors. Prime subscribers can download one book from the selection for free, and non-subscribers can do the same for 99p. You’ll also qualify for discounts on printed books, with the option to buy up to 10 copies of your chosen title at £3.99 each, which is a great way to source subsidised titles for a book group.

    Finally, Amazon has a list of the Top 100 free e-books on its website, rather than in the Kindle store itself, and you can also sign up to its Kindle Daily Deals newsletter, which will flag the best free and cheap e-books available.

    Apple and Android Devices

      You can read Kindle books on an iPad or iPhone with Amazon’s free Kindle app.

      Alternatively, you can use Apple’s own Books app, which is built-in to your iPhone or iPad and likewise includes a selection of free titles. On the Home page you will find the ‘Special Offers & Free’ chart to reveal the most popular free books on the store and, further down, free classics. You can also use the search function (the magnifying glass) to search for ‘Free Books’. There are similar free charts in every section of the store, so if you want to find free history books, or biographies, tap Book Store at the bottom of the screen, then Browse Section and scroll down.

      If you have an Android phone or tablet, Google offers free books through its Play Store – click on ‘Top Free’ for the free reads.

      Sign up to BookBub

      If you don’t want the hassle of searching for free e-books yourself, sign up to BookBub, which does it for you for free.

      Once you’ve entered your email address, told it how much you typically read, the different genres you’re interested in, the country you’re from and the bookstore you usually buy from (Amazon, Apple, etc.) you can sit back and wait for the offers to arrive.

      Whenever your preferred bookstore has free or heavily discounted e-books in the genres you selected, BookBub will alert you with an email. It also offers a handy link directly to each e-book it highlights, so you can download them easily.

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      Borrow a book from a library

      Readers have used libraries to access free books for years, and many of them are keeping up with the demand for digital books.

      Local libraries up and down the country will let you borrow e-books for a couple of weeks which can be read on some e-readers. While some libraries have partnered with a service called OverDrive, others use BorrowBox, so check with your local library to check which one they use and how you can access its online catalogue. Often, searching Google for your local authority library area and ‘e-books’ – ‘Essex libraries e-books’, for example – will turn up the page you need.

      If you’re using an Android smartphone or tablet, iPhone, iPad or Amazon Kindle Fire tablet, you can download books directly and read them on the same device using the free OverDrive or BorrowBox apps.

      Once you’ve finished reading an e-book, simply return it via the app or your library’s website.

      However, it’s worth noting these books can be downloaded in ePub format, which works on Kobo (as well as Nook and Sony e-readers, and other non-Amazon devices), but not on Kindles.

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      Project Gutenberg

      Project Gutenberg is one of the largest sources of legitimately free e-books on the web. It offers more than 70,000 free e-books, the majority of which are out of copyright, in a range of different formats, including Kindle.

      Where to find cheaper books

      Not every book can be downloaded legally for free, but you can at least make sure you get it for as little as possible.

      The eReaderIQ website, which tracks e-book store price changes, maintains lists of books for less than £1, price drops, and free titles. More importantly, it also lets you enter the title of a book you’d like to read, and specify your ideal price. It will then send you an email as soon as it hits that price or lower. It works in the same way as Camel Camel Camel does for other items on Amazon.

Source Link: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/consumer-advice/technology/a544701/how-to-get-free-ebooks-kindle-books/

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