Are Kindle Books Free?  How to read for free on your Kindle

Are Kindle Books Free? How to read for free on your Kindle

While real books still hold a special place in our hearts, there’s no denying that an Amazon Kindle is an exceptional device. Whether it’s simply to save some shelf space (or avoid buying a new bookshelf), read in the dark, or give you an easy way to travel with lots and lots of books, no avid reader really should be without one be Kindle . Best of all, unlike physical books, it’s not too hard to find Kindle books for free.

We’ve got a list of some of the best free Kindle books you can get, but it’s not a comprehensive guide and you might be looking for something more to your liking. So here are a number of ways you can find free books for your Kindle, from the simplest to the more complex.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite sits on top of a Kindle Scribe.
Kindle Paperwhite on Kindle Scribe

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How to Get Free Kindle Books on Amazon

Surprisingly, Amazon is the easiest place to get free Kindle books. Yes, there are plenty of free books on Amazon, with titles available including older works that are now in the public domain, as well as first entries in a series that tempt you to buy the rest to finish the story. If that sounds good to you, getting hold of these books couldn’t be easier.

Step 1: Open the Amazon website or app and search for “free Kindle books”.

Step 2: Find one you like.

Step 3: Choose Buy now with 1-click.

How to get free Kindle books from your library

Did you know that you can get Kindle books from your library for absolutely nothing? Libby is a free service that borrows digital library books from the US, and if you’re in the US, it can also send them straight to your Kindle. All you need to get started is a library card.

Step 1: First, download the Libby app for Android or iOS.

Libby App iOS

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Step 2: Open the app and complete the sign-up process by locating your library and entering your library card number.

Step 3: Now you can browse your library selection in the app. Select a title to borrow.

Step 4: Go to yours shelf > loan to find your chosen title.

Step 5: Choose read along > Ignite.

Step 6: If you haven’t already linked accounts, you will be taken to an Amazon page to sign up.

Step 7: Sign in and select the Kindle device to send the book to.

Step 8: Finally select get library book to send the book to your device.

How to get free Kindle books with Amazon Prime

Did you know that an Amazon Prime membership also gives you access to thousands of books through Prime Reading? While you’re technically paying a subscription to access Prime Reading, Prime Reading is a handy bonus if you’re paying for Amazon Prime anyway.

Prime Reading gives you unlimited access to a catalog of books, audiobooks, comics and magazines at no extra charge. It also includes a free pre-title book each month. It’s a great deal and a lot of people forget they have it.

Step 1: To find your Prime Reading options, open the Amazon app or go to the Amazon website.

Step 2: Open the menu (bottom right of the app) and select Prime > Top notch reading.

Step 3: On the website you have to choose All > Kindle e-readers and books > Top notch reading.

Step 4: From here you can use the search bar to search within Prime Reading only, or you can search the main site selection.

Step 5: Once you find an option you like, select it and choose Add to library.

How to get free Kindle books with Project Gutenberg

The last option can be applied to a number of websites that offer free digital books, but since Project Gutenberg is the most well-known, we decided to highlight them.

Project Gutenberg is a vast archive of some of the world’s most famous books, all of which have entered the public domain. As such, you can grab them and read them for absolutely nothing. You’ll need to send each book to your Kindle, but that’s not too difficult; Here’s how it’s done.

Step 1: Go to the Project Gutenberg website on your phone or PC.

Step 2: Search or browse until you find a title you want.

Step 3: In the downloads of your chosen title, select one of the downloads. Select a file labeled EPUB or Kindle.

Step 4: Once you have the file, go to Content and Devices Your Amazon account page and then select Devices.

Step 5: Find your Kindle and copy its unique email address.

Step 6: Open your email app (or website), enter your Kindle’s email address, and attach the file for your new book. Send it and it will be sent to your Kindle.

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