How To Get Free Books

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Reading is an expensive hobby. I think all readers understand the problem of not having enough money to buy the books. So here are some ways to get free books.

Goodreads Giveaways

Goodreads host giveaways where authors and publishers list prerelease books which can be won by Goodreads members. These giveaways are run in hope that members will write reviews of the books they receive. However because you are entering into a competition you have no way of picking which books you want to receive and therefore may get books that you do not like.

One Penny Books

Many less popular books are sold on Amazon extremely cheaply. You can get some for as little as 1p. But you still need to pay £2.80 for postage so technically this one isn’t free.

Free Books for Kindle

Amazon has a program which monitors the price of books being sold worldwide; it automatically makes sure that Amazon is never undersold. However this leads to situations where books are priced for free through Amazon because they are being given away as part of a promotion else where. These books can easily be found by viewing all books then sorting by price.

Book Swaps

Instead of selling your books you can participate in an exchange by sending your book to someone that requests it and in return you receive your own request in the mail. Book exchange websites make the process of trading books easy. Most are free to use, and some even pay for the postage needed to exchange books. Some websites to check out are:

  • BookCrossing. Register your book and then set it free by leaving it on a park bench or in a gym allowing it to find a new owner.
  • BookMooch. Mail your books to someone who wants them for points and then use your points to buy books from other users.
  • PaperBackSwap. Exchange books with other readers for the price of postage. *US ONLY*

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a volunteer effort to digitise and archive cultural works, to “encourage the creation and distribution of ebooks”. Most of the items in its collection are the full texts of public domain books. The project tries to make these as free as possible, in long-lasting open formats that can be used on almost any computer. As of March 2014, Project Gutenberg claimed over 45,000 items in its collection.

The releases are available in plain text, but where ever possible other formats are included, such as HTML, PDF, ePUB and MOBI.


If you enjoy reading we can assume that you also have friends/ family that enjoy reading. This is possibly the best way of getting free books. Your friend/ relative finished a book. Ask if you can read it, then maybe if you liked it “forget” to give it back. Some may say this is wrong. But I can almost guarantee that if you read books you have at least one or two on your shelves that you have borrowed and forgot to give back.


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