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Seven ways to get free ebooks

I love to books. I also love free. It just makes sense that I love to get free books. 🙂 So here’s the thing about free ebooks. You have to realize that sometimes, you get what you pay for. But a lot of times, you’ll find gems that you never would have discovered or read otherwise!

Seven ways to get free ebooks

Here are some of my favorite places to get free ebooks:

  1. Local library – Let’s be real: the library is the best place ever. All those books and you can have them for free! You don’t get to keep them, but that’s ok! Let the library store them for you so no one sees what an addict you are. 😉 But what’s even better? You can check out ebooks from the library! Seriously. There’s a free app called OverDrive Media Console. Download that puppy on your phone, kindle, computer, all of the above. Find your local library in the database, and voila. You can check out ebooks through that app. It automatically returns the book when it’s due (whether you’re done or not) so NO LATE FEES!
  2. Booksends.comBooksends.com is a newsletter delivered to your inbox daily that alerts you to deals – including free ebooks. You check your preferences for what kind of books you like to read, and BookSends will tell you when they’re on sale or free. It’s a free newsletter and you can cancel or update your preferences at anytime.
  3. FeedYourReader.com – Subscribe to FYR and you’ll receive a daily newsletter with only free ebooks. Peruse the sight and you’ll find more deals and great buys. This newsletter is responsible for about 300 of the 750 books on my Kindle. Not joking.
  4. SpiritFilledKindle.com – This is a Christian site that highlights deals on ebooks, including a daily FREE section. Yes, it’s a religious sight, so some of the books are spiritual. Not all of them are Christian. Many of them are written by Christian authors, so they’re free from advisory content. You can subscribe to their newsletter as well, or like their FB page and keep up on them that way.
  5. Batch of BooksBatchofBooks.com is a book blog and the owner has started a reviewing service. Here’s how it works. You apply to be a reviewer. She’ll alert you when books become available to review. If you apply to review a book, she’ll send you an ecopy, you read it and post a review on a few sites (like Amazon, Goodreads, B&N, Shelfari, iTunes, Library Thing, Kobo, Smashwords, etc.) While these books are free, you agree to spend five minutes and post a review in return. Something we should be doing anyway, right?
  6. EBooksForReview.com – This is the same as the above service. You apply for books you’re interested in. After you read the book, you take a few minutes to post a review on a few websites. Again, no book blog required, but you do have to have an Amazon and Goodreads account (or have at least two places you can post a review).
  7. Goodreads – Did you know Goodreads does giveaways?! Yep. A lot of these are physical books, but some are ebooks, so technically I’m still within my parameters. To enter a giveaway, go to your Goodreads home page. Click on the little arrow at the top of the page. In the drop down menu is a “Giveaways” option. There’ll be about a thousand books you can enter to win.

Goodreads giveaways

When you see a book you’d like to try to win, you click on the “Enter to Win” button and it’ll walk you through your easy entry.

Goodreads giveaway

When the giveaway closes, the winner(s) will receive an email saying, “Congrats! You won!” That’s the best feeling ever. Now that’s the way to start your morning. And hey, if you’re on Goodreads anyway…let’s be friends!

And because I love ya, here’s a bonus way to get free books…Audiobooks!

Remember that OverDrive app we talked about? You’ll use it here too. Every year, Audiobooksync.com releases a summer reading list where they post a new free YA book and a free classic book every week all summer long. The books are only available for download for one week, but they’re yours to keep forever! This year’s season starts May 17th, but they should be releasing the titles soon. I’ve done this a few years now and I’ve found some AMAZING reads that way. I can’t wait for this year’s books!

Happy Reading!

What did I miss? Do you know any great ways to get free ebooks?

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Maura Snyder

Wednesday 21st of January 2015

Boooooks! its ok. I don't need to sleep, when I can just read! :D

Brenda

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

Thank you for sharing these great websites. I didn't know there was one for Christian authors! I am looking forward to seeing all the free books I can get.

Scott

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

And don't forget that more and more services are going to a monthly fee and you can download/read all you want!

Ellen Christian

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

I love Goodreads. I use that one all the time. My daughter and I both get books from there.

Amy Desrosiers

Wednesday 14th of January 2015

I love books too, but FREE books? YES please! I need to start utilizing these sites!

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