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Where to find free e-books for your Amazon Kindle

Free books for your Kindle? Now that's novel.
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February 7, 2024
Bob Morane comic book on the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite 2021 and Kindle Scribe
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Today’s avid readers are no longer confined to stacks of paperbacks or hardcovers. Thanks to products like Amazon’s Kindle readers, thousands of books are readily available at your fingertips on a single device. Yet if you’re new, locating free Kindle books can seem like a challenge, especially since Amazon is constantly steering you towards paid options. The good news is that finding free titles is easier than you might think. We’ve rounded up some of the best titles and sources for you to find a trove of e-books from every genre.

The best free e-books for your Amazon Kindle

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The Amazon Kindle Store offers plenty of e-books for free or for less than a dollar, many of them eternal classics such as “Moby Dick by Herman Melville or “1984” by George Orwell. If you’re looking for more science fiction, you might enjoy “Journey to the Center of the Earth” by Jules Verne. Mysteries include “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle.

Some up-and-coming authors offer their debut novels for free. Quality can vary wildly in those cases, but the most you’re risking is your time, not your cash.

Where to find free e-books for your Amazon Kindle

Here’s a list of some of the best places to find free Kindle books:

  • Amazon’s Kindle Store: As mentioned, the Kindle Store is the first place to check for free e-books. There’s even a dedicated Top Free section, though you’ll probably end up browsing more specific categories to satisfy your tastes.
  • Project Gutenberg: With over 70,000 free e-books, Project Gutenberg is one of the oldest and largest digital libraries. Their collection mainly consists of older works for which the US copyright has expired, making it a haven for lovers of classic literature.
  • Open Library: A part of the Internet Archive, Open Library aims to have a webpage for every published book. This ambitious project boasts millions of e-books, many of which are free in Kindle format.
  • BookBub: This site offers a personalized experience by providing recommendations based on your interests. They feature free or heavily discounted e-books daily, making them an excellent resource.
  • Library/OverDrive: If you have a library card, you’re in luck! Many local libraries give cardholders access to a broad range of e-books via their websites. OverDrive is a platform used by numerous public libraries across the US that provides access to millions of e-books and audiobooks. If your library uses OverDrive, the Libby app lets you browse your library’s virtual collection and borrow books to read on your Kindle, all for free. If you don’t have a library card, it’s worth investigating where to get one.

With these sources at your fingertips, you’ll have no shortage of free Kindle e-books.


FAQs

You can get free books on your Kindle through multiple sources, such as Amazon’s Kindle Store, Project Gutenberg, the Open Library, or your local library’s online service if they use a platform like OverDrive. Instructions are available on those platforms’ websites.

Amazon doesn’t offer a completely free Kindle subscription. It does offer Kindle Unlimited for $9.99 per month after a free trial period and Prime Reading bundled with an Amazon Prime membership. The latter has a very narrow selection of books, magazines, and other content.

Yes, BookBub links directly to Amazon’s Kindle Store. When you select a book on BookBub, you’ll be taken to Amazon, where you can download it, often for free or at a heavy discount.