When you own an Amazon Kindle, the cost of supporting a wheezing habit can be very steep, very fast. A quick glance at Amazon's list of Best Books of the Month shows that a decent reading can set you back between $ 13 and $ 15 for a Kindle edition book. Sure, Amazon offers deals on good ebooks, but waiting for an appointment can take forever. Many titles are available for two dollars or less, but it takes work to find gems among the dross.
What you need is some solid options to find free absorbent content to extinguish your ignition. We are more than happy to show you in the right direction. (And if you need a new e-reader, find one among our reviews of the best Kindles.)
At last count, Project Gutenberg offered 57,245 free books that can be downloaded in a variety of formats, including those that can be read on a Kindle E-Reader. You will not find any new releases here for good reason: All titles available, though Project Gutenberg is either in the public domain because the copyright of the work has expired or because the copyright holder has given the project's organizers permission to grant access to it without cost.
That said, you will find many wonderful books to read. Some of the biggest tomes in English are in the public domain: Moby Dick Anne of Green Gables A study in Scarlett and Beowulf are all there and ready to toe. (Project Gutenberg also provides some content in 49 other languages.)
To get Project Gutenberg books on your ignition, download the book you want to read. Then, connect your e-reader to your PC with a USB cable and open it in File Explorer just as you would have another connected drive. In your file storage file directory you will see two file folders: Documents and Fonts (if you own a Kindle Oasis, there will also be a third folder called Audible.) Drag and drop .mobi file you downloaded from Project Gutenberg website into Kindle- document file and disconnect device when file transfer is complete. Boom: You are ready to start reading.
One word of caution: If you live outside the United States, it's not legal to download the books from Project Gutenberg. Be sure to check your local laws before pulling the trigger on any books you find here.
If you have a library card, you have access to free e-books. OverDrive is an online service that allows library cardholders to download free e-books (and movies and audio content as well) from their public library, school or institution's collection to their Kindles. The more library cards you have in your name, the more books you have access to.
The use of OverDrive is dead simple. After you have provided your library card number and PIN assigned to you when your card was issued (if you do not remember, ask your library list), you have access to all digital content your library has in your collection. The more libraries you belong to, the better chance is to find something you want to read.
Just like a bricklayer library with actual books on the shelves, only one person can take out a book on OverDrive at a time. If a book is available, click Loan and follow the instructions. The service also provides a well-written help section to review the process. Depending on the library rules, you may choose between several loan periods. If a book is unavailable, many libraries will allow you to join the waiting list. When your turn comes overdrive will let you know.
These are the good things. Now for the bad: Not all libraries offer Kindle-ready editions of the e-books they have in their collection. Many libraries serve digital content as an Adobe Digital Editions file, a format that is incompatible with Amazon's E-Ink devices.
Replace Kindle books with a friend
While Amazon keeps it quiet, some ebooks purchased via Kindle Store can be lent to your friends. Just hope that they will return favor from time to time!
To lend a Kindle e-book, log on to Amazon.com and open the Account and Lists drop-down menu located in the top right corner of the Amazon website. Select Your Content and Devices . You should see a list of all Kindle eBooks you have ever purchased. Next to the title of each book, mark a gray square with three dots on it. Click it and a list of all the options for this title will be displayed. If Loan this title is on the list, you are in business. Clicking on it will take you to a page that allows you to send the book to the friend of your choice's email address. Your Kindle ebooks can be loaned out for a 14-day period, during which time you will not have access to the title yourself – just as if you had borrowed a book to a friend from the shelf in your living room
Share books with your significant other
If You're not the Only Tenne, In Your Family, Happiness: Amazon will allow up to two adults per family to share Kindle eBooks with each other. So, if your partner buys an e-book from the Kindle Store, you will also be able to read it for free. To get started, sign in to Amazon's website and go to your account settings> Your content and devices. Click on Households and Family Library . From here you can configure sharing settings for your family library.