If your Kindle library is lacking or your bookshelves are collecting dust, you can easily add some free books to your collection. In this post, I will tell you how and where to score some great free books.
Whether you are an avid reader or an aspiring author, having a nice collection of books available to choose from on those long rainy nights is a good thing. If you are like me, then you always want to have a good assortment of authors and genres on hand. Using the methods listed below, you can build up a vast collection of literary novels and popular fiction ranging from apocalyptic thrillers to heartwarming romances.
If you have never gone this route before, you might be thinking I am referring to unknown authors and debut novels. Yes, you can often find free deals on those books, but I am also talking about popular titles from famous authors.
Here is a shortlist on how you can find some really great reads at no cost:
1. Kindle eBooks
On your Kindle or at Amazon, search for “free books.” Hundreds will pop us on the list. Many will be from new authors but a little digging will reveal some classic titles as well as recent titles written by famous authors. Simply download the ones that you are interested in reading.
Why are all those books free for download?
Kindle Direct Publishing offers a free giveaway promotion for authors. It is a great way for both new and established authors to gain some new readers and potentially generate more reviews. These promotions run for five consecutive days, so check back each week to see new titles.
2. Regular eBooks
Many authors regularly offer free .epub versions of their books through an assortment of websites. Some sites require that you create an account before viewing them and others require that you post a review for any of the books you download. A handful of them require no commitment whatsoever.
3. Paperback novels.
We wouldn’t want your bookshelves at home to be empty, so here is how you can score some great paperbacks to fill the shelves. This option, however, requires a little more effort on your part.
Goodreads allows authors to promote free copies of their books to readers in exchange for a review at no cost to the author. If you are willing to commit to writing a review, go to the Browse tab and select the Giveaways option. You will find more free paperbacks available than you have time to read.
Another benefit of going with this option is that you often receive an author-signed copy! The majority of these books are from authors who are trying to make a name for themselves, but you can occasionally find a popular author running a Goodreads giveaway promotion.
Aside from those options, there are some cheap ways to build your library, but they are not free.
One thing I loved to do was to go to bookstores and rummage through the discount aisles. Secondhand bookstores are another great option. Goodwill stores often carry a number of popular hardcover books at a fraction of the cover price; I have picked up many for just $1 each.
Finally, one of the coolest ways to add to your library is to attend a book signing and buy it directly from the author! Most of them offer their books at a discounted price for signing. Not only do you get a great book at a good value, but you wind up with a signed copy and a story behind the purchase.
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