So, if you want to up your book ownership game without drying up your wallet, read on. You’ll likely end up curating a collection you’ll never actually finish, but hey. Go big or go home…
And go free.
First, The eBook Formatting “Lingo”
EPub:Works on all devices except the Kindle.
Mobi:Works exclusively on Kindle.
PDF:Works on Kindle, iPad, and iPhone.
eBook Subscription Services Serving Multiple Platforms
They do all the hard work of scavenging the web for free and discounted titles so we don’t have to. And then each morning they send fresh lists of free ebooks to your inbox, along with the links to download them. Sounds like something dreams are made of, right? It’s downright overnight magic, like the tooth fairy but, you know, for books. The book fairy. That’s a thing, right?
Sites That Serve Multiple Devices
Project Gutenberg(available file formats: ePub and Kindle)
Open Library(available file formats: web, PDF, ePub)
OverDrive(files available for: iPad, iPhone, Android)
Feedbooks(compatible with all devices except Kindle)
Smashwords(available file format: ePub, MOBI, PDF)
Device-Specific Free eBook Hacks
Kindle(available file format: ePub, MOBI, PDF)
Here are a few ways to do this:
Run a search for “free ebooks.” As this is completely unfiltered, however, you’ll turn up a huge list of results that could prove daunting for even the most ardent bookworm. It’s far better to either:
Top 100 Free (Overall)Browse Departments > Kindle eReaders and Books > Kindle store > Kindle Books > Best sellers > Top 100 Free; or
Top 100 Free (By Category)
Browse Departments > Kindle eReaders and Books > Kindle store > Kindle Books > Kindle eBooks (in the left side bar), filter by category > Bestsellers > Top 100 free
The first suggestion will take you to a general list of the current 100 bestselling free ebooks available on Amazon across all genres. If you’re really only interested in a few genres, you’ll want to narrow your search by specifying a category in the second suggestion. Happy searching!
Through BookLending, you can also loan Kindle ebooks to others, and borrow books that are currently being loaned through the system.
If you would like to search the Kobo store and devices you can do so here:
You can also use this link to head straight there:
However, since merely doing that will again lead you to an unfiltered collection, you can also try searching within Google Play Books by genre and then filtering the results by “free.”
You can also try typing the following search terms in a regular Google search bar to lead you to direct links for downloading free titles:
The results will be much more difficult to filter, but my job here is to provide you with exhaustive strategies. Your job is to be smart about them.
As the saying goes, “You can lead a person to free ebooks, but you can’t make them download any.” (That’s how the saying goes, right?) True, I can’t make you download any. But I can strongly encourage you to do so. Because we’re talking free books here, people! So get to it. Here’s hoping you find your next great read for free!