I got a letter the other day asking me for some advice.
The writer wanted my help in convincing a family member to get an Amazon Kindle eBook reader, by highlighting some of the many benefits of the Kindle and sharing some of the best places to find free eBooks.
No problem there. I love my Kindle. I did a video review back in November, and now I’ve amassed over 175 eBooks and haven’t paid for any of them.
15 Reasons You Should Buy an Amazon Kindle eBook Reader
Okay, so need is relative. You need food and clothing. You need shelter so you don’t freeze to death.
But the Kindle is a really great thing to have. They’re not that expensive to begin with (I think I paid around $140 for mine), but if someone’s willing to buy you one as a gift, I can’t imagine why you’d turn it down.
This comes from someone who adores real books and always will.
Some of the reasons you should buy a Kindle are:
- How else can you take an entire library everywhere you go?
- I can’t think of anywhere else you can get hundreds—nay, thousands—of free books that you get to keep. And, authors often give away free Kindle versions of their books for limited times.
- The publishing industry is moving toward digital anyway, so eBooks aren’t going away.
- The environment could use more trees.
- You don’t have to leave your house to buy an eBook.
- eBooks are downloaded in less than a minute.
- eBooks don’t collect dust and don’t take up valuable shelf space. And, when you decide to move, you won’t need 100 boxes and a crane to transport your book collection.
- You’ll never have to dig out your dictionary again when you come across a word you don’t know, because the Kindle has a built-in dictionary.
- You can’t misplace an eBook.
- You can take notes directly on the Kindle, so you can forget your paper and pen.
- You can read your own novel-in-progress in a different format without having to print off a 300-page manuscript.
- You can transfer PDF files from your computer and read them on the Kindle.
- Most eBooks cost less than 10 bucks. Some cost as little as a dollar or two.
- You can read newspapers and magazines from around the world.
- You can increase or decrease the font size according to your preference.
I could probably name at least twenty more reasons the Kindle rocks, but I think you get the point.
Can You Really Get Free eBooks for Your Kindle?
Would you like to own these books at no cost?
- The Time Machine, H.G. Wells
- War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
- Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
- Dracula, Bram Stoker
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- The Phantom of the Opera, Gaston Leroux
- Frankenstein, Mary Shelley
- The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
- White Fang, Jack London
- Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
- The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
That’s just a small sampling of some of the classics available directly from Amazon. A quick internet search for any book in the public domain will generally turn up a free eBook version from other sites.
You can also try these limited-time fiction offers on for size:
- Breathe, Lisa T. Bergren
- A Cottage by the Sea, Ciji Ware
- Through the Fire, Shawn Grady
- Gods and Kings, Lynn Austin
- Back on Murder, J. Mark Bertrand
- All Through the Night, Davis Bunn
- The Curse of the Holy Pail, Sue Ann Jaffarian
Or maybe nonfiction is more your thing. How about these limited time offers?
- How to See Europe on 50 c Per Day, Lee Meriwether
- Living off the Grid: A Simple Guide to Creating and Maintaining a Self-Reliant Supply of Energy, Water, Shelter and More, David Black
- Hunting Bin Laden, Rob Schultheis
- Compete, Play, Win: Finding Your Best Competitive Self, David Apostolico
- Ignited: Managers! Light Up Your Company and Career ,Vince Thompson
Better act quickly, though. These books will soon have a price tag on them again. Then again, there are always new limited time offers turning up.
You can subscribe to magazines like these (or receive a compliementary copy) for free.
Love cooking? How about some free cookbooks?
Are you a Janeite? Download all of Jane Austen’s works here.
Where to Find Free eBooks for Your Amazon Kindle
There are a number of different places and ways to find free eBooks for your Kindle. Here are just a few of them:
- Visit Amazon’s Limited-Time Offers page. As new eBooks become available for free, they’re listed here.
- Search Amazon’s eBooks from lowest price to highest price. If you’ve got a bit of time on your hands, you can manually scroll through the listings to see if there’s anything free that takes your fancy.
- Visit Project Gutenberg. Most of the classics are available here free, in a variety of formats.
- Visit Inkmesh. This site is a directory which lists free eBooks from a number of different sites.
- Visit ManyBooks.com. Another great site I’ve used to download classics.
- Do an internet search for a specific free eBook. If you know the book you want is in the public domain, a quick search will more than likely turn up a free copy somewhere.
- Download free eBooks from blogs and transfer them to your Kindle. Bloggers often write informational eBooks and offer them for free. See The Top 5 Free eBooks for Fiction Writers.
Of course, if there’s an eBook you really want and it’s not free, you’ll probably pay less than $10 for it.
Please note: Do be discerning about the sites from which you download free eBooks. Use reputable sites and read reviews beforehand to make sure other users haven’t had any problems with corrupt files or viruses.
And to the writer of the letter that prompted this post, I hope this helps!