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How to get free and cheap books for Kindle

Updated on January 17, 2012


When I first got my Kindle I was afraid I was going to spend a fortune on books. And this is exactly what happened until I learned my way around the Amazon website. Now, I only spend few bucks a months, if any. I discovered all the great deals and all the free books in Kindle Store.

Buying books from Amazon.com is very convenient. They have a huge collection of books and they add new ones every days, besides magazines, newspapers and blogs. The Kindle book store is packed with new and old titles. It is easy to let your financial guard down and fill your “cart” with numerous ebooks. But if you now where to go your bill is going to be much less.

Here are some features that you can use to get free and very cheap books for your Kindle.

Kindle Daily Deal

Kindle Daily Deal

This is my favourite feature because I can find good kindle books for under a dollar.
Most of the time, the titles in this category are listed at $0.99, regardless the author or the success of the book. Every day you will find a different book. You can also subscribe to this feed and received the listing in your email.

The type of books you’ll find under Kindle Daily Deal are mostly fiction, but sometimes you’ll find memoir and biographical works. Among them, there are best sellers and award winning books.

You can go to Daily Deal from Amazon Homepage. Look on the left side bar navigator and hoover your mouse over the links.

either choose “Kindle” and from there “Kindle Books”
either choose “Books” and from there “Kindle Books”

When the page displays, look on the right side of the page. There are many boxes but the one are searching for looks like the picture above.

Top 100 free Kindle Books

This feature is paired with another one called Top 100 paid. However, when you click the Top 100 free tab you’ll see a list of books priced at $0.00. The list is updated hourly. Again, more then half are fiction titles but there are also history books, cook books, self development books and other non-fiction works, all optimized for Kindle and available within a click.

I found out that most of these were written by brand new authors and I often find some gems among them.

To get there fallow the steps above.
The page shows only ten and looks like this:

Kindle Books page

Free Collections

Another thing you can do to find more free books is to go to a specific category that you can choose from your left side bar navigator.

After you access them, you’ll see that some have a similar page structure and the right side will display the top 100 free on the category you choose.

However, not all have a free books list, but you can count on History and Science-fiction/fantasy to give you a generous and well assembled list.

At the bottom, there is a link that says See all best sellers in Kindle Books. When you click on it it takes you to a new page where you can see all 100 free offers.

Free books collections

This option is a great tool for people who like to read classics or for college students that need a certain book or author. It has a collection of great books of the past, formatted for Kindle.

You’ll find writers like Jane Austin, Lev Tolstoi, H.G. Wells, Charles Dickens and many more.

You can access it following the steps from the first two feature
that is Amazon Homepage<Kindle<Kindle books.

After these steps, on the left side navigation menu, under the Popular Feature, you’ll find Free Collection link.



When you click on it, it takes you to a page that displays few of the free classic books and also gives you instruction on how to access more free works from http://openlibrary.org/ and archive.com.

100 Kindle Books for 3.99 or less

Another rubric worth exploring is 100 Kindle Books for 3.99 or less. This list is updated monthly and Amazon says that the books are hand picked by their editors.
However, it is an interesting collection of books that often delivers great fiction and non-fiction titles. This books are priced anywhere between $1.99 and $3.99.

Sample it
This is another great way to take advantage of what Kindle Store has to offer. If you are not sure that you’ll like a certain book, you can ask for a sample. They send you the first few pages and you can keep it as long as you like. If like what you read you can just buy it, but if you decide you don’t want it then there is no further obligations for you.

Now, just so you know, I bought my Kindle with the money I made from writing articles like this one on Hubpages. The biggest amount came from Amazon program. So far, except for the Panda spring and summer break, I was able to sell enough stuff to get my $10 monthly gift card payoff from the program. And that’s all I spent for Kindle books. When that amount is gone, then I turn to Top 100 Free kindle Books.

I got most of my fiction books from Daily Deals and I had the great pleasure to discover nice works of writing. From Top 100 Free I made my Collection of cookbooks and I found some really thrilling new science fiction writers. So far, I do not think there is any better resource for kindle books then kindle store itself.

But, there is one more place that’s almost as good as amazon: your public library. And this article
How to borrow Kindle books from your public library
will tell you how to do it.

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    • cameciob profile imageAUTHOR

      cameciob 

      6 years ago

      Free camping, I have been using my kindle for a yer and a half now. I got all kinds of books, some free, some cheap, some expensive. I pay for them with the money I make from amazon associate program, that pays me in amazon gift card. When the money are gone, then I have to wait till the next pay...and so on. It is worth it.

    • freecampingaussie profile image

      freecampingaussie 

      6 years ago from Southern Spain

      This is a very helpful hub as I am thinking of buying a kindle but was concerned about the price of books . I have saved this to favourites !

    • Dee aka Nonna profile image

      Dee aka Nonna 

      6 years ago

      Great information. Many of the books I have on my kindle were either "cheap" or "free" and I love it because I am get many gems that I missed along the way..some classics that I always wanted to read but didn't get to. Along with my "traditional" book library I have been able to built a great e-book library. Voted up and useful.

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      6 years ago from England

      Hi, isn't it great that we can actually get freebies these days? and of course even if we pay its such a small amount compared to the usual books that you buy from a bookstore, great info, mind you, I am writing an ebook at this moment and won't be giving it away! lol! but it will only be really cheap though, cheers nell

    • mpoche4 profile image

      Michal 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Oh sorry I didn't see that part!

    • cameciob profile imageAUTHOR

      cameciob 

      6 years ago

      mpoche4, you are right. I also wrote an article on how to do it. The link is at the end of this hub. Thanks for visiting.

    • mpoche4 profile image

      Michal 

      6 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Great tips- Someone told me that you can also rent books from your local library if you have a library card.

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