Jan 302017
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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!!

About Rachel

My name is Rachel and I'm the single mom of a 14 year old boy. I am a Registered Nurse nurse caring for our nation's veterans. I'm a amateur photographer and a self-proclaimed "adventurer"; I am always looking for for free and inexpensive ways to enjoy life.

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  97 Responses to “How to Find Free and Inexpensive eBooks”

  1. I have Kindle Unlimited and I love it. I’m an avid reader, especially on vacation, so I love having so many books at my disposal. My Kindle PaperWhite is perfect for reading oceanside because there is no glare at all.

  2. For me its Kinde all the way! I love having everything on my Tablet so that I dont have to look around the house for a book. I get tons of free books daily,

  3. I also love Amazon. We are Amazon Prime members. I knew they had tv shows, but I didn’t realize they had books too!

  4. Will have to show this to my daughter, she has a kindle and I know she does some program not sure what it is. She loves to read.

  5. I’ve become a member of my local library for audiobooks. All I have to do is download Overdrive and sign in with my library card – then I can check out for free!

  6. BookBub! I love BookBub so much. I’ve found so many great books for free download from there. I get my e-mail every day 🙂

  7. These are great options for ebooks. I am a paperback kind of gal, but my daughter and my mother in law love reading ebooks.

  8. I get free books in my email everyday! I love it. I don’t download them all because I’ll never be able to read them all lol. I do love the deals though.

  9. Wow. This is a great resource! I love books and although I prefer hard copies, I find it great to be able to take a good book or books with me on my Kindle when I travel. I have to check out these websites!

  10. I have a kindle too but now have the Amazon Prime month to month. I love being able to borrow a book with it.

  11. Woah, I definitely need to check FreeBooksy out! I’m a huge reader and I’m always looking for new books to read.

  12. Reading a book is indeed a great me time thing to do. I love the Prime Reading through Amazon Prime. They have a number of great reads. A kindle I have been wanting for a while now but I got a cell phone that does everything so I am using that. Thanks for sharing the information.

  13. While I don’t have kindle yet I do love reading on the go and these are some really great places you mentioned. I will have to look into them.

  14. I do love a good book, me. I wish I had more spare time to sit and enjoy them like I used to. We’re quite lucky to have a local library which is packed with free books, and our local charity shop sells them for 5 for £1 – loads to choose from!

  15. this was such a helpful post with great finds! thank you so much for this can’t wait to read more like this hopefully!


  16. Thank you! This is very useful since I own a Kindle and love to read + do book reviews, so thank you so much!

  17. I’ll have to check these out! I’ve only found free books at my library for my ereader but sometimes the selection is lacking – so it’s nice having other options!

  18. I have yet to get into e-books for leisure! I know!!! I need to do this especially if you can get them for free. Thanks for these tips

  19. Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m a huge reader, but buying books – even digital copies – can get super expensive.

  20. You win the internet for the day! I love, love, love to read. BUT if I bought every book I wanted, we’d all be in the poor house.

  21. This is such a wonderful resource. I love to read, and I LOVE to save. Seems perfect to me! Thanks so much.

  22. I too am a loyal and obsessed Amazon Prime member! But I didn’t know that about the free access there.

  23. Thank you for this! I prefer real books, but sometimes I’ll grab my eReader. I love to find cheap books to read.

  24. I get some free audio books with Audible from Amazon – it’s easy to listen in the car or when I’m sewing. I can concentrate on both!

  25. I have a friend that is very much into finding the free e-books. She loves to read but because of that she spends too much money on books. Free e-books she looks for all the time. I am definitely going to tell her about this post.

  26. I have found I do not take advantage of the full benefits my amazon prime membership comes with. I will check it out! I also like that my local library offers access to books online with my library card information!

  27. You listed some great options for affordable reading here! I’d like to also suggest sorting your chosen market’s book list by price and choosing something from the free books listed. This is a great way to try new authors, both independently and traditionally published – and who knows? You may find a new favorite!

  28. One of my New Years resolutions is to read and this is definitely one way to accomplish my goal. Thank you for sharing this. Perfect timing.

  29. i am always lookin for new ebooks to add to my tablet. These are great ways to find free ebooks to add to my collection!

  30. I love reading, and it can be an expensive hobby. These are great resources for cheap or free ebooks!

  31. I love a good book, that’s something that I love having in my life. This is also a great option and it’s super practical! Great post 🙂 xoxo

  32. oh thank you lovely I always seem to find the book I want but then you have to sign up and pay so going to bookmark this

  33. I always check out the daily free sections on amazon’s ebooks as well. Some of my favorite books have come from there!

  34. Certainly great! I’d like to check and see if they have any e-art books I can use for my classes.

  35. Oh, awesome resources! I read all the time and am always looking for e-books!

  36. Thanks so much for sharing these resources! I love reading and need to make more time to indulge in a good book.

  37. My daughter has gotten into the Kindle pretty big. She would love to know about this, if she is unaware of it. She would love to get a free book every month.

  38. This is so cool! I really want to read more books this year, I love all these resources.

  39. I love reading books especially related with history and culture. You have shared a wonderful websites which is very helpful to get free ebooks. Thanks for sharing.

  40. I love to read and am always on the go! E-books work for me as I have a toddler who frequently falls asleep in the car so I like to read!

  41. Ah thank you for this list. I’m almost finished with my book and I have been wondering about resources for new ones (even better they’re free)!

  42. I love to read as well and all the suggestions you have here are wonderful! I use almost all of them. Free is always nice and they have a great selection no matter what genre!

  43. This is great information! I have always loved to read as well but find myself really busy and can’t read as much as I would like to. I would love to check all of these ways out though.

  44. I am a reader. I have books all around me in case I need to read. I usually have 4=6 books going at once. I am in 4 book clubs! I am so excited about these apps.

  45. This is great to know! I am always looking for new books to add to my collections and always try to find a deal or free when I can!

  46. FreeBooksy is a great website. I love to read and free is always awesome. I will have to check the other sources out.

  47. I am always looking for a good deal on books. I am excited to give these a try. I will have to start with FreeBooksy.

  48. Thank you for these tips! Now, I just need some time to actually sit down, chill, and read.

  49. I love to relax and read at the end of the day. I would love to get books for cheap or even free. I have just started to switch over to my E Reader.

  50. These tips are awesome! It is really great to find free and inexpensive ebooks and books that are worth your time!

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

  51. I LOVE reading! This is a great list of resources for free / cheap books!

  52. I recently discovered the amazon prime book selection as well! Very good reads, I have to check out the other websites you suggested to see what I can find 🙂 Thank you for the tips!

  53. great tips! thanks for sharing, my sister will surely enjoy this article. She loves to read books and//or online stuff!

  54. I’ve never done online reading, I can’t get away from wanting to hold the book in my hand, but I may give it a try!

  55. oh yay – these are awesome. thanks for the recs!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  56. I’ve found a few great titles using sites like BookBub. You never know what you might discover if you take a little time to do some research.

  57. I love ready and my Kindle! I have used BargainBooksy and FreeBooksy before but have to check out BookBub too. We have Amazon Prime and I had no idea about Prime Reading, have to check it out asap!

  58. I love reading ebooks when I have free time. The flexibility of bringing it everywhere is really fun. Thanks so much for sharing this sites! Will have to check them all!

  59. Amazon definitely offers a huge selection of affordable and free books! I enjoy reading more because of them. I think it’s awesome that we can take advantage of their service.

  60. Wow what a great post! I love reading books but i don’t want to spend so much money, i think this it helps 🙂

  61. I love books. I have a collection at home. But sometimes I prefer using E-books because I finish faster with it. Thanks for sharing such great apps.

  62. I love BookBub. I always look forward to their daily emails. My TBR list is so long. I’ll have to check out these other sites too.

  63. Very helpful!!! I love to read, and I am always on the prowl for good eBooks. These sound like great deals. I will have to check this out.

  64. I love to collect books but often don’t end up reading them. I find reading E-books more efficient.

  65. This is super helpful! I never realized that some eBooks were free!!!

  66. What a brilliant tip and idea! I will check it out those sites for sure. Glad I found this helpful post.

  67. This is awesome! I love reading ebooks especially when I’m traveling! Will have to check out these sites! Thanks for sharing.

  68. This is awesome! I love reading ebooks especially when I’m traveling! Will have to check out these sites! Thanks for sharing.

  69. This is great! I have a Kindle and i am always looking for new books to try out

  70. I love how technology has made it so much easier for us to get ahold of great books. Love these tips, I read all the time when I travel.

  71. I have two kindles and they have been life savers when it comes to reading. I use to go through NetGalley which is books that haven’t been released yet and you get access in exchange for reviews. Otherwise I’ve been using my local library, which gives me access to kindle books and that’s super handy.

  72. I have been missing out this whole time. I am going on vacation and I need books to read, I’m gonna check this out.

  73. This is a great & useful post. I had the Kindle unlimited trial and it ran out quicker than I thought (I swear it must be less than a month in the UK) so this is great to know! I used to use something called ePub Library but not sure whether that still exists haha! x

  74. thanks you so much for sharing this resource! So excited to share this list with both of my kids since they each just got kindles for the holidays!

  75. I’m pretty new to this kindle stuff so this is pretty great for me! Always up for new books to read!
    Katja xxx

  76. Thanks for the tips! There are so many free ebooks out there, but in my experience if you don’t know where to look you will end up downloading crap!

  77. Love this post 🙂 I’m trying to read a lot more this year so I’ll definitely check out some of your recommendations. I love cheap books – I can’t afford to keep buying all of the best sellers haha

  78. I actually enjoy ebook and always looks for interesting ones to read for my commute 🙂 Thanks for sharing this! I will stick up 😀

  79. I too love to read in my free time. Thanks for all the new sources of ebooks. Since I’m overseas, I also download ebooks from torrent sites for free too.

  80. This is a great list. I love Amazon Prime for all of the free magazines I can read as well! It is well worth the price of Prime just to have so many options to read!

  81. We have Amazon prime and I love their free books. I’ll be checking out some of these, though I am tempted for Kindle unlimited.

  82. Having me time is so important. I always make sure to give myself time to do things that make me happy and alone sometimes.

  83. This kind of information makes me oh so happy. I do love to read!

  84. Love to read some ebooks from one of these sites you suggested.

  85. Bookbub is my favourite. I probably ‘buy’ a free book once a week from it. I haven’t been disappointed yet.

  86. These are such great tips! I have kids who love to read so this is super hopeful.

  87. These are such great tips! I have kids who love to read so this is super helpful.

  88. Oooooo there are several listed here that I have never heard of!!!! I’m all about reading so I will have to check them out

  89. Such a great resource to find some free and inexpensive ebooks that could help on various topics. I am using Kindle already and something like BookBub & FreeBooksy could be so useful as well.

  90. I love ebooks because I travel often and instead of bringing books I can just purchase ebooks. It’s easier to travel with, lol. I think it’s awesome to be able to get ebooks at a cheaper price. Amazon has always been a good source.

  91. I like Kindle and I have access to so many books. Yet I also have over 800 eBooks in my personal Library, so its a readers haven! Thanks for sharing Robin

  92. For a book worm, it is really a must-have! Kindle I guess is the most popular. For travelers, ebook is the best compare to carrying many books to read.

  93. This post came to me at just the perfect time. I was just telling my husband that I want to start using my iPad to read more on my spare time. I love the fact that these books are free.

  94. I LOVE Bookbub….. I’m loyal to my nook and bookbub is one of the few that has deals for all ereaders.

    For folks who like physical books, consider local library sales where they almost give away books…. This is a great site to see what sales are happening in your state http://www.booksalefinder.com/ . It’s a good day out too.

    For ebooks, in addition to bookbub I use mybookfinds.com as they have deals and free books for my nook in addition to kindle, ibooks, kobo etc.

    I will try freebooksy!

  95. I guess I need to try also the other sites you suggest. Good to have many options to look for.

  96. Great info.. I love finding free ebooks, especially on Amazon, kindle version. Thanks for the suggestions