The e-readers have forever reshaped the way we read books. They still can’t beat the charm of good old paper books. The sound of rustling papers, the feeling of holding a book in your hands, and the smell of papers – all of these are traits of a traditional paper book you won’t be able to get with e-readers.
But then e-readers will give you the convenience and access to virtually unlimited number of books in your palms. With the expansion of storage space on e-readers and average size of an eBook, you can store at least a few thousands books on your Kindle, iPad or iPhone, three of the most popular e-reader devices.
With that much storage and convenient access to eBooks, the cost for book purchases can add up to a huge amount. Individual books on Apple iBooks store and Amazon Kindle Store doesn’t cost much. The prices are almost negligible. Before you know it, the purchases will burn your wallet. It is common to see an e-reader like Kindle loaded with more than 100 books, but that’s already about $1,000 if you paid $9.99 per book. Fortunately, there are ways to get more than 2 millions eBooks for free. And yes, all methods are legit and no piracy involved.
Here’s a list of sources for free eBooks for your e-reader:
1. Kindle Lending Club. Amazon has recently launched the Kindle Lending Club which basically lets Kindle owners lend books to each other. All you have to do is list the books you have and the ones you want to read. The website will match you with others in the club. After you lend a book, the system will automatically return you the rights of book back to you in 2 weeks. Only caveat is that you can only lend each book once.
2. Free books on Kindle Store. If you have enough patient to search for it and sort through price list, then you will be amazed that Amazon offers a huge selection of free Kindle downloads. Some books are even from New York Times Bestsellers list!
3. ePubBooks. This is one website where you can find books from many different genres and titles. You can read ePub books on iOS devices and Kindle, although the latter will need conversion into MOBI format using a free open-source software called Calibre.
4. Project Gutenberg. This was the first site that provides free eBooks with the help of many volunteers, working to make available books that are already in public domain. Many golden nuggets can be found here.
6. ManyBooks. This website offers nearly 30,000 free eBooks, and you can find a list of the most popular titles within its collection. There is a neat genre filter to easily search the kind of book you want to read.
7. Open Library. This is a wiki-style website and provides you with access to around 1.7 million book titles through scanned copies. You can find many classic literature works from different genres, including non-fictions.
There you go. Seven solid ways to get free eBooks for your e-reader. Some of them are Kindle or iOS specific, but the rest are good sources to ease your hunger for more books to read on your favorite devices.