Find Free Kindle Books

Updated on April 16, 2018
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A librarian through and through, Virginia Allain writes about book topics and information for library users and librarians.

I Love Having Hundreds of Free Books on My Kindle

No matter what I'm in the mood to read (memoir, history, chick lit, contemporary fiction, etc.) I have plenty to choose from on my Kindle and at no cost to me.
No matter what I'm in the mood to read (memoir, history, chick lit, contemporary fiction, etc.) I have plenty to choose from on my Kindle and at no cost to me. | Source

How Do You Get These Free Books?

It seems too good to be true—that you can get free ebooks for your Kindle from Amazon. Believe me, I've downloaded hundreds of books at no charge, so it is indeed true.

I'll show you how to find the free book deals for the day and how to download them. I will also give you a few warnings to avoid pitfalls such as accidentally downloading one that has reverted to full price.

Why Are Books Free?

You may wonder why authors give away their titles at no cost. What's in it for them? One reason is to get more reviews on Amazon. They are hoping to jump-start a new title in the Amazon rankings by getting positive reviews and star ratings or to breathe life into a title that isn't getting much attention. A second reason is to introduce new readers to an author. If you like the book, then you might spend money buying other titles by that writer.

There are also free books on Kindle that are out of copyright and have been digitized. Many of these are free all the time. Some are classic fiction and others might be history from the 1800s.

Do You Have a Kindle?

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No Kindle?

If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the Kindle for PC from Amazon. There is no cost for that app. That lets you read the book on your computer or tablet.

I Subscribe to Daily Newsletters That Alert Me to Free Titles

Here are the ones that I like best. You don't need to subscribe to all of them if you don't want to overload your email inbox. I'm a retired librarian so I love getting all of them and knowing about the deals for today. Then I share some of the titles with my friends who like hearing about books that fit their interests.

The newsletters feature free but also discounted ebooks. Top authors seldom go below $2 on their ebooks. Click on the ones that interest you and it takes you directly to Amazon for you to download the book.

When you sign up with one of these services, they usually ask what genre you want notification for (mystery, romance, nonfiction, biography, etc.). That way you can tailor the mailing specifically to what you like.

The newsletters arrive daily. Sometimes, I don't get around to reviewing it the same day and many of the books will revert to their normal price in a day or two. I just delete the newsletter rather than bother checking the books.

You Don't Have to Subscribe

For those who are phobic about giving out their email address or who don't want their inbox cluttered up, there's another way. Just visit one of these sites and browse the offerings of the day. I'm putting the links here for your convenience.

This screenshot shows my email inbox with the messages alerting me to book deals.
This screenshot shows my email inbox with the messages alerting me to book deals. | Source

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Do I Have to Sign Up for Kindle Unlimited?

No, you don't need to sign up for Kindle Unlimited. There are plenty of free ebooks that come available every day.

Don't click on the GET IT FOR FREE (that's the Kindle Unlimited subscription). The ones featured in the free ebook newsletters are free just today or a little longer.

To get those:

  • Make sure it is still listed as $0.00 for the Kindle as the price can change at any time.
  • Click on BUY or BUY NOW.

The graphic below shows what you see and what to click on.

What You See When You Look on Amazon

I made this screenshot using Awesome Screenshot so I could show you what to look for.
I made this screenshot using Awesome Screenshot so I could show you what to look for. | Source

Search Directly on Amazon

Choose the category "Kindle Store" and then enter your topic in the search bar. You can do a wide search "free ebooks" or narrow it down to "free ebooks memoirs" or "free ebooks Civil War" or any topic that interests you. Double-check, as some items it brings up are not free.

You Can Find Free Books for Children

Go to the Kindle books category on Amazon and enter the words "free ebooks for children" in the search bar.
Go to the Kindle books category on Amazon and enter the words "free ebooks for children" in the search bar. | Source

My Most Favorite Book Price Tracker - eReader IQ

Once you download the eReader IQ extension for Amazon, it shows you the price ups and downs when you look at an ebook listing. You can set it to notify you of a price drop.
Once you download the eReader IQ extension for Amazon, it shows you the price ups and downs when you look at an ebook listing. You can set it to notify you of a price drop. | Source

What to Do If You Accidentally Download an eBook That Is No Longer Free

Sometimes I get carried away when I bring up the titles from the newsletter alerts. With a dozen tabs open, I rush through choosing which ones I really want and don't always notice that one is no longer free.

It happens, as a title might be free for days but sometimes it is just hours. Even if you have downloaded the book, it can be returned if you haven't started reading it yet. You need to make the return

Check Your Digital Orders To Be Sure You Only Got Free Books

Scan down your list for any mistaken orders.
Scan down your list for any mistaken orders. | Source

Steps For Returning An Unwanted Kindle Book

This has to be done within seven days. Here are the steps from the Amazon Help section for doing this:

  1. Go to Manage Your Content and Devices
  2. From the Your Content tab, select the Actions [...] button next to the title you want to return.
  3. Then select Return for Refund.

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        Mary Norton 13 days ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you for these tips. I subscribe to BookBub but will also try the others now that I know of them.

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