So it’s no secret that I love to read. I am what they call a “voracious reader” which actually is a phrase that I am not incredibly fond of because I think it sounds like weird, as though I like to eat books. I mean, I know that’s not what it means but I can’t help but have that mental picture when I see those words set in type.
I never thought that I would want an e-reader because I like the feeling of holding a book in my hands and turning the thin pages in anticipation of whatever is coming next. But then Scarlette was in the hospital and my mother gave me a kindle (I have this one) for Christmas, which lightened the load of my tote bag each day as I carted all the things I would need for a 12 hour day back and forth. And I discovered that whether the words are printed on creamy paper or a flat screen doesn’t really matter to me. I just like to read.
And also, I am really cheap so mostly I check books out at the library. And I don’t like to pay for e-books either. So here are my favorite resources for finding free e-books!
Pixel Of Ink – this site posts several new free kindle e-books each day. They have a great variety and a short overview of each book. They also post bargain bin books, which are about 99 cents. Their sister site, Inspired Reads, lists free books that are in the christian genre every day as well. You can also follow them on facebook so that you get updates on freebies in your newstream.
Overdrive – this is your local library’s e-book lending system. My library just got onboard with this and I could not be more excited. Some libraries have a different system so lookup your local library online and see what type of e-book lending they offer.
BookLending - this site matches you with other users who want to share books. It’s currently for kindle users only but it’s a great way to get free books- you list the books you have that are available to “lend” and look for books that you want to borrow from other users. You can also just do this on your social media sites- typically if there is a book I want to read, I’ll ask around on facebook or twitter to see if anyone has it available to lend to me before I purchase it.
Christian E-Books Today – I just recently found this site, they list several free fiction and non-fiction books in the christian genre each day for both kindle and the nook.
Pinterest - Visit Pinterest.com and type “free ebooks” in the search bar. This is a great way to find free ebooks from crafty authors, fun cookbooks, and more. And typically these are ebooks put out by bloggers so they are different than the books the aggregators find each day.
(And for kindle users, you probably already know this but Amazon lists it’s top 100 free e-books each month. To see them, just go visit the Kindle Books page on Amazon.com and click Best Sellers - the second column are all free! I normally find about 3-4 decent books this way each month.)
If you know of any other great resources for free e-books, leave a link in the comments!