Today’s post is by our regular Tuesday contributor, Catherine Alford.
I can’t be the only word nerd around here, so let’s chat about how we can get free books, because there’s nothing better than getting something awesome at no cost to you! This list gives tips on how to score free e-books and actual hold-in-your-hand books. Enjoy, and if I missed any great tools, please share them in the comments below!
Let’s start with one we all know and love:
1) The Library
I know; we all know about the free books to read at the public library, but how often do you use it? Isn’t it so much easier to just pay a few bucks and download a book? Well, lots of libraries now offer ebooks. Sure, you might have to wait a little while just like you do with actual books, but it’s all a part of their service. I personally love libraries. It’s one of the things I miss the most about the USA!
I have a Nook, so I’ve been a big fan of Free Nook Fridays. If you follow Barnes and Noble on Facebook, they will remind you when Friday comes around, and you can head to the website and download it! It’s always a different book every Friday, so it could be a horror book or a tween romance. You don’t have to download it if you don’t want to, but it’s free so I always do it anyway!
Many people know this trick already, but in case you don’t, you can download just about any classic from Amazon for free. So, if you want to revisit Pride and Prejudice and see if it got more interesting since high school English, you can do that without breaking the bank.
Remember, even if you don’t own a Nook or a Kindle, you can still download the apps to your iPhone or computer and enjoy the free books just the same!
What I love about Project Gutenberg is that you don’t have to register to download an e-book, and they have 42,000 of them! They humbly ask for a small donation if you find you like the service, but it’s not a requirement.
5) Open Library
This is another website similar to Project Gutenberg that you can use to borrow free e-books. However, with this one you have to sign up for a user name, but once you do, you are able to easily enjoy and utilize the site.
6) Free Boxes at Garage Sales
If you love garage sales, don’t forget to look in the box of free stuff that many people put by their curb. I always find books in those boxes. Another tip is to visit garage sales when they are about to close down for the day. People are often tired of sitting outside and anxious to give away everything that hasn’t sold! You just might get lucky!
I’m sure there are tons of other ways to get free books, so please share some of your tips and tricks in the comments below!