Free ebooks & ereaders
So, you’re curious about what it’s like reading a book online, but you’re not willing to go to the expense of buying a Kindle or Nook?
Or maybe you’re new to owning an ereader, and you’re looking for some new, cheap reads?
Here are a few links to get you started, either way:
- Free dark fantasy books on Amazon
- Today’s eReader Buzz posts free & cheap books hand-picked for quality (currently running a free book + gift card promotion)
- Free Kindle Books & Tips is one of the most popular free ebook blogs on the net
- Top 100 freebies on Amazon
- Amazon allows Free Lending for Prime Members
- Free reads on Barnes & Noble
- Free books on Smashwords, for all formats
- iTunes! Free books in the iStore
- Free Kindle, Nook, and iBooks apps, so you don’t have to shell out for technology if you’re not ready:
- Free Kindle reader app for all platforms
- Free Nook app
- Free iBooks
- Free Kobo reader for your smartphone
- Adobe makes an elegant ereader that works for files purchased at Kobo, Sony, Smashwords, and other sites.
Free reads from your public library, for your ereader (yes, really!). Ask your librarian if they are on board.
Ways to borrow for free, or low cost, separate of the library system, which can be limiting:
- Amazon Lending Library
- Lendle can be a low cost or free alternative to buying.
- BookLending.com is another option.
Ebook lending is becoming more and more pervasive, so if you want to read on the cheap or free, there are ways to do that legally. You may come across pirating torrents in your search for free ebooks, but is it worth the risk of downloading viruses, not to mention ripping off someone who may have put years into writing that book? Right now there is also a rash of readers who finish a book & return it for a refund. This is dishonest, unfair to the author, and frankly demoralizing. If you would not return a paperback to the store please do not return an ebook for a refund “just because you can.” Use honest channels and show your support for the writers who work so hard to create the stories you enjoy.
Hopefully the above links will help you on your new ereading odyssey!