Today I’ve got a guest post to share with you all from Cassie over at Culture Coverage. She’s written a really interesting and useful post – Great Ways to Find Free E-Books – and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I did!
Great Ways to Find Free E-books
The internet has brought with it many advantages for book lovers. Not only have online outlets made it easier than ever to get your hands on your favourite new releases, the electronic format means prices are lower than ever.
Even better, there are more and more online resources being set up to help reading fanatics find tons of great literature for no cost at all. Here are some of the best-kept secrets to help you gain access to loads of fantastic free e-books!
Do the Research
Often getting your hands on free e-books simply requires doing the research. Google is a fantastic tool that allows us to learn almost anything we need to know, and a simple search of “free e-books” will come up with some truly satisfying results.
In our digital age, one-off sales and free releases are numerous and regular. Authors often do short giveaways in order to increase their online visibility, and this is where being an eager reader will benefit you. Try following your favorite writers on social media to stay up-to-date with their releases.
It’s also worth noting that many classic novels are now also in the public domain. Seventy to 120 years after the death of the author, the copyright automatically expires, so many websites host these books for no cost. Again, a quick search will pull up many free classics to read.
Get the Most from Your Kindle
The Amazon store is famed for their huge catalogue, offering an eclectic range of books, from romance and mystery to erotica and fantasy. What’s more, if you delve deep enough, there’s a plethora of free releases to be enjoyed.
Unfortunately, due to licensing laws, most of this content is only available for customers in the U.S. Amazon is able to track your location by using the IP address in your Kindle device, so readers from overseas often find they are offered a restricted amount of content. However, this is where the real magic happens.
Check out this list of the current 100 best free e-books available, and if there’s any that tickle your fancy that you find yourself unable to access, then you can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to make the store think you’re in the U.S. Secure Thoughts reviews some of the best VPN options on the market if you want to find out more.
Use Project Gutenberg
Launched in 1971, Project Gutenberg’s mission was to bring reading and literature to the world. It aimed to digitise all texts and bring e-books to the masses. Today it has perhaps the largest catalogue of free books anywhere, with over 50,000 releases to chose from.
You can easily search for your favourite titles or navigate the site by category, and there’s even a random generation option that is great for finding fun new titles. Every book they host comes with no charge, but they do ask for a donation if you use the service regularly. While it’s not mandatory, it seems only fair considering the incredible amount of content they have.
The main webpage also works with several affiliate sites that all offer their own range of products, so it’s a great place to start in the online world of free reading!
Scour Book Promotion Websites
With the self-publishing revolution drastically changing the way authors distribute and promote their work, many independent sites allow writers to promote their work and any sales or giveaways they might have. Often they come with a small fee, but if you know where to look, then there are loads of options that provide new releases for no charge.
Sites like these are a great way to get a taste of some up-and-coming new authors. Each individual promotion site usually targets its own set of genres and styles, so it’s merely a case of finding one to suit your reading tastes.
Just because you’re short on cash doesn’t mean you have to stop reading! Thankfully the modern world has afforded us countless options to find free work online, and these are just a small number of them! If you have any more ideas, then be sure to leave a comment below.
About the Author: Cassie is an entertainment blogger and life-long bookworm. Even as a child, she was constantly seeking new ways to find good books, and she loves that the internet has made this easier than ever!
Make sure you follow Cassie on Twitter @Cassie_Culture