Robin posted not long ago about the importance of “me time,” and one of my favorite ways to spend my “me time” is reading. I have loved to read since I was a kid but then motherhood took over, and there wasn’t a whole lot of time to read. Now that my son is older and more self-sufficient, I have that time. I read a lot, and I read fast, so buying books gets expensive, and they take up room that I don’t really have. I have two eReaders/tablets: the Nook and the Kindle Fire. I like them both for different reasons, but I tend to use my Kindle more for reasons you will see below.
eReaders are so convenient. I recently took a cruise and brought my Kindle along for the downtime on the boat before we arrived in Bermuda. I downloaded a few books before we left so there would be no shortage of reading material because I can finish a book in a day or 2. Again, this can get expensive so I made it a mission to find free and inexpensive books and am going to share them with you.
FreeBooksy is a website that has free eBooks for the Kindle, Nook (Barnes and Noble), Kobe, and Apple. You can be added to their email list, and they will send you a daily email with free books of various genres, or you can search for them yourself. They have numerous genres: romance/chick lit, mystery/thriller, fantasy, non-fiction, young adult, science fiction, literary fiction, religion, horror, and even children’s books. There is definitely something for everyone.
BargainBooksy is the sister page to FreeBooksy. It is set up the same with the option of daily emails or searches. Search can be done by genre or author. Books range from $0.99 to $4.99 (there may be a few that are more, but that is the most expensive I have seen).
BookBub has both free and inexpensive books. They have more categories and genres than FreeBooksy and BargainBooksy: true crime (one of my favorites), LGBT, Parenting, Politics, and Christian, just to name a few. They also have a Facebook page that features a book of the day and will send daily emails if you so choose. This was the first site that I stumbled across a few years ago, and it remains one of my favorites.
You don’t know me yet, but I love, love, love Amazon. I mean LOVE. I am an Amazon fanatic and I love my Amazon Prime. The Kindle is an Amazon product, but they also make a Kindle App that can be downloaded onto any device. Like any devoted Amazon shopper, I have Amazon Prime and they offer Prime Reading. This allows access to over 1,000 books and magazine. I was happy about this because I meant I could read People for nothing!
Your Prime Membership also comes with Kindle First. This is a free book every month before it is released for Prime members; there are four titles to choose from every month and they are all different genres. I have read a few good books through this feature. They also offer the Kindle Owners Lending library; this is the one prime reading membership perk that cannot be used on other devices. These books have no return dates, so you can take as long as you need to read them. You are allowed to borrow one book per month. Finally, there is Kindle Unlimited (which I subscribe to). They offer a free 30-day trial and it is $9.99 a month after that if you choose to keep it. This offers thousands of books and it in unlimited; you can download as many as you want. It can be used on any device, even your phone. There is a bigger selection on Kindle Unlimited than there is on Prime Reading, but if you’re not up for paying the $9.99, Kindle Unlimited will offer a decent selection.
I hope you find this post helpful and read some good books because of it. It certainly isn’t an exhaustive list, so if you know of any good sites, please feel free to let me know in the comments!!