The Kindle e-readers are becoming more and more popular. I got my Kindle Fire when they were introduced late last year, and I use it almost every day. I still hear a few people saying, “I will always prefer a printed book over an electronic one” but I think a lot of them will change over eventually. One of the advantages of the Kindle is that there are LOTS of free books available.
Where can you get free books for the Kindle? Here are some great sources.
1. Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/free_ebooks
2. Inkmesh: http://inkmesh.com/
Inkmesh is essentially a search engine for e-books. Just type in the subject, or part of a title, or an author name in order to find your book(s). Be sure to use the button that says “Find Free Ebooks”. After the search results are displayed, you can filter for just Kindle books by clicking that link on the left side of the page.
3. ManyBooks: http://www.manybooks.net/
ManyBooks lives up to its name – this site offers over 29,000 free books for the Kindle and other devices. You can search by title, author, genre or just browse the various sections.
4. Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
Project Gutenberg is named after Johannes Gutenberg, the German blacksmith that used movable type printing and invented the printing press, thereby introducing mass production of books. It’s sort of ironic that the website named after him makes books available electronically, requiring no movable type or printing press at all. Project Gutenberg has over 38,000 e-books available.
5. eReaderIQ: http://www.ereaderiq.com/
eReaderIQ is a great free service that tends to be interactive. You can set up your preferences so that you get notified when a certain Amazon product has its price reduced, or when a certain title becomes available for the Kindle. Or you can sign up for their list, and just get a notification when new books become available for the Kindle.
6. Feedbooks: http://www.feedbooks.com/
Feedbooks is a pretty basic site. You will find both paid and free books here. For the free books for Kindle, look in the Public Domain and Original Books sections. I’m pretty sure you will find some books here you have never heard of before.
7. Open Library: http://openlibrary.org/
Open Library actually has over 1 million titles available, so there is most likely a lot of books you will find interesting. You can browse by subject or author, or search for a specific name. Their goal is this: to have a web page for every book ever published. I like lofty goals!
So there you have it – 7 websites that offer tons of free books for the Kindle. Also, most or all of these sites also offer these books for reading on your Nook, smartphone, or your desktop or laptop computer.
This list is certainly not complete. Do you have another site that you use for free digital books? Let everyone know about them in the comments below!