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I have a pretty hard time passing up discounted books.
It could be a digital download priced at $1.99 or a hard copy selling for only $5.00. No matter how much money I'm going to save, I'm always tempted to make a quick purchase rather than walk away!
You see, I'm kind of slightly addicted to books. Fiction, non-fiction, business books, how to's….it really doesn't matter because I'm a sucker for them all.
But the frugal side of me refuses to spend all my hard earned money on something I'm probably going to only read once, then pass onto the library or the thrift store after I'm done.
So I searched for ways to feed this so-called addiction without spending a dime, and the following ideas and websites are ones I've collected and bookmarked as my absolute favorites. In fact, I rarely buy a single book anymore…..I have too many free ones I need to read anyway!
Where to Find FREE Paperback Books
1. Borrow Books from Friends and Family
This option is totally undervalued, but a great way to read free books. If you have a title you want to read, ask around to make sure no one else has a copy of it before you buy. I personally could have saved so much money if I had only checked with my friends first!
2. Sign Up for ThriftBooks.com
This website offers used books online which do require a small purchase up front, but get this—their Reading Rewards program is where you can score free paperback books! Every $50 you spend, you get a $5 coupon to use towards your next purchase. Because their books are so cheap, you can always get at least 1-2 for that amount.
3. Start a Book Blog
Bloggers can get hundreds of free books to review from various publishing companies. I actually had a book blog that was used completely for this purpose, and it fueled my reading habit for years!
Learn how to start a blog in less than 15 minutes (and for super cheap), then join the following programs to receive your free books!
4. Take Advantage of Your Local Library
Lately, I've been living off books from the library because they offer so many options! Even if they don't have the book you want in stock, they will often transfer it from a different library or buy a copy for their own shelves. Psst…the latest series I'm addicted to is The Selection by Kiera Cass. Buying them all separately would have cost me more than $50, but I read them all for FREE from the library!
Where to Find FREE eBooks
1. Join Story Cartel
Story Cartel offers free ebooks in exchange for an honest review, but you don't have to have a blog to sign up. An Amazon review is all they require! However, books are only free for a limited time, so make sure you snag the ones you really want.
2. Check Barnes and Noble's Free NOOK Books Page
B&N offers classics, short stories, fiction, and more on their freebies page. There's quite a large selection to choose from, and this is probably the best option I've found for NOOK owners.
3. Bookmark Freebie Deal Sites
The following websites provide daily and/or weekly updates of free ebooks, including PDF's, NOOK, and Kindle options:
4. Check Monthly eBook Specials at Bethany House
The Bethany House division of Baker Publishing Group always has a list of monthly eBook freebies. Most are Christian Fiction reads and have very specific sale dates. Some are only available for one day, or for the whole month…it really depends which book it is.
5. Search for FREE eBooks on Amazon
Amazon offers a ton of FREE titles to download, you just have to know where to look! Here's how to do it:
- Hover the “Shop By Department” section on Amazon's home page
- Click Kindle eReaders and Books –> Kindle Books.
- Click the category that you'd like to search, then narrow by sub-category.
- On the upper right hand side of the screen, there is a drop down box to sort your selection.
- Choose Price: Low to High.
This gives you all the FREE books first, so you don't have to sort through all those daily deals. It's kind of a roundabout way to doing it (Amazon doesn't make this easy!), but you can use this process any category you want and find some hidden gems.
6. Sign Up for a FREE Trial of Kindle Unlimited
Kindle Unlimited typically costs $9.99 per month and offers unlimited books to read on your Kindle. However, you can read some of your favorites for FREE when you sign up for their 30-day trial! Just make sure to set a reminder on your phone to cancel if you don't want to continue with the monthly fee.
7. Follow Your Favorite Authors
Last but not least, make sure you're following your favorite authors on the social media channel you use most. Authors let their readers know exactly when books are FREE for a limited time, but you have to be following them to find out!
NOTE: If you want to take advantage of these FREE eBooks and don't have an eReading device, you can always download this free app, which lets you read Kindle ebooks right on your PC, tablet, or smartphone right away.
Whew! Now you have a bunch of new sites to bookmark the next time you want to find a new book to read!
Psst…you're interested, here's a few of my personal recommendations:
- My top 10 favorite books to read in the Summer.
- 17 personal finance books that will completely change your life.
- Self-help books help reduce mega-stress and teach you plenty of life skills.
Now, I'd love to hear all about your favorite sites and ideas to find thousands of free books in the comments. I know there are some I probably missed!
What are your favorite places to find FREE books?
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