I love to read both physical books and e-books equally. They both have an equal place in my life and which I prefer depends on where I am and what I’m doing. I am also a bibliomaniac and can’t resist acquiring new books even though I have a ton that I still need to read so I love finding places to get new books, especially for a great price.
One huge benefit to reading physical books is being able to check them out for free from the library or buy used books, but there are also plenty of ways for you to score free or deeply discounted e-books. Finding free ebooks online is pretty easy, actually. Eventually when a book becomes old enough its intellectual property rights will expire so many of the old classics are available for free on many sites, but what if you want to read more current books? Those are a little harder to find but not impossible.
My favorite places to find free or inexpensive ebooks are:
BookBub.com is a site where you can browse for inexpensive and free ebooks or have the list emailed to you weekly or daily. The books recommended by BookBub usually have 4 and 5-star ratings on Amazon so these are quality books and most expensive books that I have had sent to me are $2.99 which isn’t too shabby. Using BookBub is really easy, but the prices are temporary so when you see a book that interests you, download it right away so you don’t miss out.
Search your e-reader’s store
Try searching for free ebooks on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Also check the Amazon daily deals for ebooks priced at $3.99 or less. If you have a Kobo e-reader there is a free section on their website as well.
Kindle First is a program where each month Amazon has 3 or 4 new books that you can purchase for $1.99 before their official release. If you have an Amazon Prime membership then you can get up to two Kindle First books for free.
There are several sites like BookLending.com and Open Library where you can borrow ebooks from others. Not all publishers allow their books to be borrowed so you may not find the title you’re looking for, but it’s worth a look to see what’s available.
Speaking of borrowing ebooks, chances are that you can “check out” ebooks from your library’s website. This may not be available at all libraries, but it’s worth finding out if your library has this option.
Have you found any other great places for good free e-books? If so I would love to add it to this list so please let me know in the comments below.