How to get books for free.
Paperback swap and ebook download sites.
I’m all about answers. Here are some answers to any and all of your book needs at no cost! Now only pay for those books that really deserve to be bought out the authors that you really want to support.
Amazon really tries to encourage the readers to buy ebooks, both to promote their Kindle products and to promote their new subscription service Kindle Unlimited. For this reason, everyday Amazon offers super cheap and even free ebook deals on new releases. Though a lot of readers know about this already, few keep up with it everyday, because it’s too much of a pain to check. But what if that book you have been waiting for actually goes on the list? You don’t want to miss out on that! Bookbub is the answer. Bookbub is a free email service that sends you a custom list of these cheap and free Amazon books in an email digest everyday. The custom feature is a really useful part. Bookbub lets you select which genres you are interested so you don’t have to waste your time reading about books you don’t care about. I have really enjoyed using Bookbub to find out about new titles I have never heard of. It has really expanded my reading because I download a large variety, and why not? They are free?
You definitely should never have to pay for any “classic” literature again.
Project Gutenberg is an online collection of all available works of literature that are in the public domain. From Plato to Mark Twain, Project Gutenberg has you covered, which comes in handy for classes (for all you students out there!). I have also found Project Gutenberg useful in locating texts in different languages. Gutenberg offers many classics translated into different languages. For instance, you could read Plato in French or Nietzsche in the original German. This resource became a treasure trove to me when I started learning German. My most recent favorite has been reading Herman Hess’s Siddhartha in the original German.
The name Librivox translates from Latin to “voice of the book.”Librivox is just like Project Gutenberg but for audio books. In fact Librivox draws it’s books from Project Gutenberg. The collection is a little more limited than Project Gutenberg, however, because the recordings are provided on a volunteer basis. You don’t have time to read? Then plug in some headphones and be on your way. There is no excuse not to check out this great resource!
When I hear or read about a new book that I want to check out, I always turn to the library first. As a student I have easy access to a wealth of literature and academic work. This is arguably one of the best perks of being a student nowadays. College libraries, however, are usually not up to date on that latest John Green novel you want to read, but I wager that your local library is. You would be surprised what you might find there. Search online first! It’s easy, and if they have the book, have them send it to the branch that is closest to you. Get a library card!
Don’t let this invaluable resource go unused!
If you are feeling adventurous, you can exchange books on Paperbackswap.com. This option is perhaps the most fun. Getting free, real, hardcopies of a book was never so easy. You create an account on the website and list which books you can trade. When someone requests a book from you, you mail it off to them and then get the option of selecting a book for yourself from of the over four million titles they have available. There are no late fees and no hidden charges. You pay for the postage to shop out your book, but the one you request from the club you get for free. The books you receive from Paperbackswap.com are yours to keep, or you can out then back on the site to trade for more new books. The cycle is endless, and now, so is your reading list.
Don’t let money stand in the way of you and a good book. Literature is too important to be missed for lack of funds! Go enjoy some of the greater books that the world has to offer for free! You can thank me later.