Everything You Need to Know About How To Find Free Kindle Books You Will Love!
Imagine it’s a rainy Sunday morning, and all you want to do is sip coffee in your PJ’s and dive into a good book. You start to scan your bookshelves and…nothing stands out. You’ve read them all and on top of that you’ve binged all the good Netflix show’s everyone is talking about. There’s only one thing left to do…LOOK FOR FREE KINDLE BOOKS!
Your trusty tablet is sitting right there, it has over 4 million Kindle books, ready to read at your fingertips. But where to begin with so many different books, price points, and platforms? Obviously, Amazon’s Kindle Store is an easy place to start, but it’s only the beginning. There are tons of sites and subscription services that offer free, discounted, or curated Kindle books. You can even rent Kindle books through your library using apps like Libby by Overdrive.
Once you’ve waded through your options and picked out a book, you’ll need to figure out how to get it onto your Kindle, computer, or phone so that you can read it. And then you might want to know how to share it with friends, or delete your Kindle books once you’ve finished them.
Before you head down a Google rabbit hole and give yourself a headache, check out this comprehensive guide to finding, using, and reading Kindle books.
Where to Find Kindle Books
With so many options out there, finding the Kindle book you want–especially if you’re looking for a free or discounted book–can be dizzying.
Here are 20 different options to get you started:
An easy place to start your search is Amazon. Just type the book or author you’re looking for in the search bar, and see if it’s available. You can also browse by clicking through more than 30 different categories or use the advanced search function to add details like publishing date, language, or keywords. It can be difficult to find free and cheap eBooks on the site, and with so many books to choose from, finding the right book can get overwhelming.
Kindle Unlimited is an Amazon subscription service. You pay $9.99 a month to get unlimited access to over a million eBooks. It also includes audiobooks. You can try their 30-day free trial to see if it’s a good fit. Popular books like The Handmaid’s Tale and The Hunger Games trilogy are available.
When you join Amazon’s First Reads program, you get access to certain Kindle books before they’re officially published. Editors choose a handful of books each month, and then Prime members get to pick one for free. Non-Prime members have to pay $1.99 and subscribe to the program’s email newsletter to benefit. You can sign-up by going to your account and choosing the Amazon First Reads newsletter in your email subscription preferences. Prime members are automatically eligible.
If you have Amazon Prime, you can also access the Owners’ Lending Library for free. You can only read them on Kindle devices though, so using the Kindle app on your iPhone or computer won’t work. The books have no due dates, and you can only borrow one a month. The library includes more than 800,000 books.
- Borrow from your local library
Using OverDrive and its app Libby is a great option if you want to borrow books from your local library or school. You can either access it through your library or school’s database or by searching for your library or school on OverDrive. New books can have long hold times, particularly for award-winners and best-sellers. If you don’t have a library membership, you can always look up your local library and find out what it takes to become a member.
Some libraries don’t use Overdrive, so if you can’t find your library, search for eBooks on their online database and follow their links.
Scribd is another subscription-based eBook site like Kindle Unlimited. You pay $8.99 a month and get access to a library of Kindle books, magazines, and audiobooks. You can browse their library by category, take a look at Editors’ picks, choose a recommended read, or search for a specific book. They have tons of bestselling and new books to choose from.
In general, the service is unlimited (although you lose your library when you unsubscribe). There are a few restrictions on certain titles. Find out more on their website here.
BookSliced is a great spot to head if you’re looking for free and discounted Kindle books. You can search by category and price range to get the best deals. Prices change all the time, so check back daily to find new deals. You can even set up email price alerts by subscribing and following your favorite authors. Some paid books are available for as little as $2.50.
BookBub is a great place to head if you want someone else to do the thinking for you. You answer a series of questions, and then they have a team of expert editors curate recommendations for your personal library based on your preferences. You can follow your favorite authors, get eBook deals in your inbox, and see what trusted book critics and authors recommend reading. If you got overwhelmed by Amazon’s Kindle library, this is the perfect place to head. It’s free to sign-up too!
Project Gutenberg has over 59,000 eBooks. They accept donations, but otherwise, it’s completely free. You can look at the most frequently downloaded eBooks and the monthly top picks. To use Project Gutenberg on your Kindle or mobile device, head here to learn how. Books are available in multiple languages.
Browsing isn’t intuitive, but you can easily find specific books by looking up your favorite author’s last name or by using the site’s keyword search engine.
DigiLibraries is another library of free eBooks. You can browse by category and download them straight from the site. The library includes classics like The Art of War. You can download up to 50 eBooks a day. One drawback: you have to download the Adobe Digital Editions app to read their books on your devices.
eBook Daily sends you one free eBook every day straight to your inbox. All you have to do is enter your email address on their site to sign-up. They also have free Kindle downloads available on the site. Categories include romance, mystery, teens and young adult, business, and more.
Also known as the WayBack machine, the Internet Archive has millions of free books, movies, software, music, and websites available. You just search their archive using a simple search bar or an advanced search function. The organization is a non-profit dedicated to building a digital library from the internet.
When you sign-up for Booktastik, you get daily eBook deals in your inbox. Many of the books available are free. The site also features book reviews for eBooks and lets authors advertise competitions and giveaway promotions on the site.
Feedbooks lets you read downloaded books on any of your devices, including smartphones, tablets, or Kindles. You can browse and purchase award-winning books, best-sellers, and new releases. The site is available in French, German, Italian, and Spanish as well as English. Book prices range from free for public domain books to upwards of $14.99 for new releases.
Baen Free Library is the perfect place to head if you love science fiction and fantasy. They have more than 2,000 books available, many of which are available ahead of their official release date. Some of their books are free.
Centsless Books has an online selection of free Kindle books and eBooks. They have an email newsletter and multiple categories to browse. All of their books are free, and many are lesser-known titles.
This is Walmart’s way of browsing eBooks online. When you sign up, you get $10 off your first book. You can pre-order books that haven’t been released yet and purchase trending titles.
This site gives you a daily selection of free eBooks. They also specialize in helping you find free book series’ in genres like romance and mystery, and they offer an email sign-up. They also work with authors to help them sell more books to customers.
Book lending is a great site that lets you borrow and lend eBooks. They connect borrowers with lenders. If you want to borrow a book, you can request it if it isn’t available in their library. You can also buy books that are unavailable for loan through a link to Amazon’s site.
This site sends you daily lists of free and discounted Kindle books. It’s completely free and super simple to use. They do offer some books for a discounted price in addition to their free library.
Downloading Kindle Books
Now that you’ve found the perfect Kindle book, the first step is getting it on all your devices. You can read Kindle books on all kinds of tablets, computers, and phones, not just Kindles. You just have to download their app.
Some of the options listed above have their own apps for reading eBooks. To keep it simple, choose sites that work directly with the Kindle app. Many will give you an option to “send your book to Kindle” when you purchase or download it from the sites, and then you can manage it from the app or Amazon directly.
For more information on how to work with different formats and get pdfs on your device, check out this detailed article by PC Magazine.
After you’ve added your Kindle book to your library, you have to make sure you can access it from the specific device you want to read it on. To download, navigate to your library on the Kindle app or your Kindle and click on the book you want to download. Once the download is finished, a checkmark will appear next to the book. Click on it and start reading!
Accessing Your Kindle Library Online
If you want to access your Kindle Library online without using the app, you’ll have to head to Amazon. From “Your Account,” click “Manage Your Kindle.” There you’ll find a list of all the books you have available on all your devices.
How to Read Kindle Books on a PC & Mac
Reading Kindle Books on a PC & Mac is similar to using a phone or non-Kindle tablet.
You have a few different options. You can download the Kindle app and read from there; just make sure to press sync if you don’t see your recently purchased book in your library.
You can also use the Kindle Cloud Reader to read from a computer if you don’t have the app downloaded. That way, you can read your Kindle book even if you’re using a friend’s computer or you’re at work. Access Kindle Cloud Reader here.
On a Mac, you can also transfer your Kindle book to iBooks and read it from there. That requires you to transfer the book to your computer and follow several steps to convert it to the proper format. Learn more here.
Where Are Kindle Books Stored on a Mac?
When you download to Kindle app to your Mac, it automatically creates a folder where your Kindle books are stored.
It’s a little complicated, but if you want to find where your Kindle books are stored on your Mac, you’ll need to follow this pathway:
~/Library/Containers/com.amazon.Kindle/Data/Library/Application Support/Kindle/My Kindle Content
How to Delete Books from Kindle
To delete books from your Kindle, follow these steps.
- Navigate to your library.
- Select the book you want to delete.
- Choose “Remove from your device.
If you want to delete a book from all of your devices, you’ll have to navigate to your Kindle account on Amazon. Select “Manage Your Content and Devices.” Once you get there, you should see a list of the books that you have in your library. Click on the “…” under the actions column. One of the options is Delete. Click the link and get rid of your book.
Just be sure you actually want to delete it from your entire library and not just one device.
How to Share Kindle Books
To share a Kindle book, you’ll need to head to “Manage Your Content and Devices” as well. Unfortunately, you can’t loan every Kindle Book out to a friend. Click the “…” under the Actions column and if lending is available, you’ll see “Loan this title” as an option. You’ll enter the person’s email address and an optional message. They’ll need to have a Kindle device or download the app, and they can keep the book for up to 14 days.
If you share Kindle books with someone in your household, another great option is to use Family Library. You can link your Amazon accounts and share your entire Kindle library across Kindles. To learn more, read Amazon’s step-by-step instructions here.
Now that you know how to find, download, and manage your Kindle books, you can settle into that rainy day. Happy reading!