If you like to read, and are hard-pressed for cash to buy books, there are places where you can score free e-books. Obviously, you can always go to your local library, but why bother when you can simply read these free e-books on your phone? Here are six sources of free e-books and discounted e-books, which you can read from wherever you want.
If you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you are entitled to a variety of free e-book options. One of these is the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library. This lets you check out one e-book per month and read that book on any Kindle e-reader or Fire tablet. There’s also Kindle First. Here, Amazon editors curate six new, yet-to-be-released books and give Prime subscribers the chance to pick one of them for free. Fiinally, there’s Prime Reading, which is not limited to Kindles. You can access the catalog of free books on any device that has a Kindle app. The selection also includes magazines, comics, travel guides, Kindle Singles and more.
BookBub’s sole function is to inform you of free e-books and discounted e-books. When you sign up, you choose one or more preferred categories: crime fiction, romantic suspense, literary fiction, sci-fi and so on. Then, you get a daily or weekly email listing new deals that match your tastes.
If you have a library card, you may be able to sign up for Hoopla Digital. This service allows you to check out a fixed number of e-books per month. You will need the Hoopla app to read these books. The app is available for Android, iOS and Fire, and it allows you browse and borrow books directly.
If your local library does not offer Hoopla, it might be because it is affiliated with OverDrive. Some libraries offer both services. OverDrive’s catalog is dictated by your library, which means it could offer fewer titles overall, but you could get more current ones. There’s only a fixed number of each book to go round, as is the case with physical copies of books. But once a copy is available, you get the choice of either getting the EPUB version of downloading it to your Kindle library.
There are thousands of e-books available in the public domain. This means that their copyrights have expired and therefore you can access them for free. Project Gutenberg digitizes and catalogs these books. The library currently contains over 55,000 titles. Most titles are provided in a variety of formats, including EPUB, HTML and Kindle.
This is a book-discovery service similar to GoodReads. But it shares something in common with BookBub: you get an optional daily email digest listing for free or discounted books based on your interests.