One of the amazing features of the Amazon Kindle is the sheer number of books the device can hold. The problem is filling up the device with e-books without emptying your wallet of all of your hard earned money. There are a few ways of finding free e-books to add to your collection.
Amazon Best Sellers
On Amazon’s website and on your Amazon Kindle store resides Amazon’s list of best sellers for Kindle e-books. This list includes the top paid sellers and the top 100 free books currently available through Amazon. The books available are from a variety of genres. Choose the e-books that interest you and download them on to your Kindle device.
Amazon Kindle Popular Classics
There are some classic novels that are available for free as e-books. On Amazon’s website click on the Kindle Store and then search using the phrase “Kindle Popular Classics” or “Free Popular Classics”. Before you know it you’ll be diving into the stories of Dickens, Twain, and Verne.
Subscribe to E-Mail Lists
If spending the time to wade through Amazon’s list of free books seems daunting you can subscribe to e-mails lists. The e-mails that are sent will update you on what new free books have become available. One of the more popular e-mail lists is Daily Free Books. E-mails are delivered daily and you can pick the books you want to download on to your Kindle.
Your Local Library
Libraries have made certain books in their collection available for reading as e-books. All you need is a library card from your local library branch. Go to your library’s website and browse their e-book collection. Select the book you want and you will be shown how many digital copies the library has to loan. The books will either be available now or you can be placed on the waiting list to borrow the book. If the book is available enter in your library card number and select how long you would like to borrow the book. You will then be taken through the Amazon website to complete the borrowing process and add the e-book to your Kindle device.
Amazon Prime is not free as there is an annual membership fee involved. However if you are using Prime just for shipping and videos you are missing out on two additional e-books a month.
Amazon Prime members are able to borrow one e-book a month from a list that Amazon provides. Readers can take as long as they would like to read the book, but they may only borrow one book a month. The quickest way to view the list of e-books available is by going through the storefront on the Kindle itself. Click on “See all categories…” and select “Kindle Owners’ Lending Library”. The list will initially be sorted by “best selling” and you may sort by subcategories if needed.
The second available free e-book for Amazon Prime members is through Amazon’s “Kindle First” program. Every month Amazon selects four e-books that have yet to be released, from four different genres. Prime members may select one of the four books for free to download as part of their permanent Amazon library.
Loan An E-Book
If you’ve bought e-books through Amazon before there is a possibility that you may loan your e-books. On Amazon’s website click on “Your Account” and select “Manage Your Content and Devices”. This will bring up a list of all digital items you’ve purchased through Amazon, not just e-books. To make it easier to wade select under the “View” drop down menu “Books”. For each e-book listed on the right hand side hover over the “Actions…” button. If the e-book is lendable, you will see “Loan this title”. Click and follow the directions to lend your book to someone you know.