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Finding Free and Cheap Kindle Books

Updated on September 27, 2017

Welcome guest writer, Susan Bates. You will enjoy finding out new places to get the books you love.

If you are like me, you love to read Kindle books. However, if you had to pay $9.99 or more on each book you read, you would be broke. Therefore, you need to discover less expensive ways to read your Kindle books.

Public Domain Books

Many older classic books are in the public domain (their copyright has expired). These books can often be found for free.

Some of the public domain books that I have read for free include Twelve Years a Slave, On the Origin of Species, and Emma

There may be several versions of each book available, some of which are free. To find the free version, type the word “free” after the title of the book in the Amazon search box.

Books on Sale

Amazon has sales on Kindle books, just like retail stores. Many books drop down to $1.99, and some even become free for a limited period of time.

To be alerted of sales on the books that I want, I use the site eReaderIQ ( This site allows users to track sales on specific books or all books written by a particular author. You can sign up to be alerted each day about sales on your books of interest.

Borrow From a Friend

If your friend owns a Kindle book that you would like to read, you can request to borrow them. Kindle books can be lent once to another user for up to 14 days. While you are borrowing a book, the book’s owner will not be able to read it.

Create an Amazon Household

Amazon allows two adults to link their individual accounts to create household account. Household partners share digital content through a family library.

To learn more, visit the About Amazon Households and Family Library page ( on the Amazon website.

Check Out e-Books From a Local Library

Some libraries allow you to check out books that can be read on your Kindle device. Contact your local library to see if this is available in your area.

For more information, visit the Borrow Books from a Public Library page ( on the Amazon website.

Kindle Unlimited

Kindle Unlimited is a monthly subscription that allows users to read an unlimited number of Kindle books. Books can be accessed on both Kindle devices and Kindle reading apps.

If you read several books in a month, this is a subscription to consider. However, before subscribing, you will want to make sure that the books you want to read will be available. You can search books on the Amazon website to see if they are available through Kindle Unlimited. Amazon also offers a 30-day free trial so that you can try out the subscription.

To learn more, visit the Kindle Unlimited ( page on the Amazon website.

For Prime Members:

Kindle First

Each month, six Kindle books that are offered to Prime members prior to their release date. Members can select one book to keep for free each month.

To learn more, visit the Kindle First page ( on the Amazon website.

Kindle Owner’s Lending Library

If you own an Amazon device (Kindle e-reader, Kindle Fire, or Fire phone), and you are a prime member, you can borrow books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. One book can be selected from this library to borrow each calendar month. You can keep the book as long as you like; however, you will have to return it prior to borrowing a new book. You will also have to wait until the next calendar month before you can select a new book, even if you have returned your previous book. Some books that I have borrowed from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library include The Hunger Games and Caught in the Pulpit: Leaving Faith Behind.

To learn more, visit the Borrow Books from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library page ( on the Amazon website.

Prime Reading

Prime members also have the opportunity to borrow up to 10 Prime Reading books and magazines at a time. These books can be accessed using both Kindle devices and Kindle reading apps. A few of the books that I have borrowed from Amazon’s Prime Reading service include Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Number the Stars, and "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character: Adventures of a Curious Character.

To learn more, visit the Prime Reading page ( on the Amazon website.


There are lots of ways to find free or inexpensive Kindle books. The trick is to know where to look.

Guest Writer - Susan Bates

My professional experience includes work as an academic advisor, a career advisor, a school counselor, and a college instructor. I have a master’s degree in student affairs counseling in higher education and a bachelor’s degree is in advertising with minors in English and psychology.

I love to write. Because I have a passion for education and career development, the majority of my writings have focused on education, learning, and career planning. I plan to continue exploring these topics as well as others through my writing.

Among other places, my writings have been published in The Mentor: An Academic Advising Journal and on the website BellaOnline.

I can be found on Twitter @susan_bates.


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