In my last In My Mailbox post, I featured only books that I’d downloaded from Amazon for free over the last few weeks. After several people contacted me asking how I found out about what books were available for free, I decided that a post sharing the ways I discover free Kindle books was in order. I use Amazon.com, Facebook, and Twitter to find these books.
I had a Kindle 3 Keyboard that I absolutely loved, but I gave it to my mother when I bought a Kindle Fire last year–so I’m completely prepared to read books purchased or downloaded for free from Amazon. But you don’t need a Kindle to read books from Amazon.com because you can download the free Kindle App for your Smartphone (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry), Computer (both Windows and Mac), Tablets (iPad and Android), and Internet (via Amazon Cloud). It’s really convenient to take advantage of any of these for free books. You’ll obviously need to create an account with Amazon.com if you don’t already have one, but you’ll be up and running in no time.
Now for the disclaimer: Make sure you check that the price for any book you are about to purchase is actually $0.00. Books are often free for a limited time, and they will go back to a dollar amount without notice. The Kindle Price should say “$0.00″ like in the picture below) And I’m not getting paid by Amazon for this post, I just want to share my links with you These are all for the US Amazon.com store.
On the Amazon Best Sellers page, they keep a running list of the top 100 free books, which is updated hourly. This list is a mix of genres, and you can scroll through the list and click on the covers to examine the individual titles. You can also access the top 100 books sorted by genre, like the top 100 Children’s books which includes Young Adult literature. Here’s a screen shot of the book Breakers by Edward W. Robertson that I just snagged for free from the top 100 list. It was sittin at #8 on the free list last night, and the cover was really cool. Once I read the synopsis and the reviews, I decided to give it a shot. Notice that the area circled in yellow says “Kindle Price $0.00″ so it’s free.
When I ordered this book on Friday, 5/18/2012, it was free, but when I went to Amazon.com to get the weblink for my In My Mailbox post on Saturday, 5/19/2012, the price was $3.99. Free books aren’t always zero dollars for long.
There are a several groups on Facebook that I subscribe to that post free books. I’m sharing two groups that post the most free books.
KotC and KotC Teens
KotC (Kindle on the Cheap) and KotC Teens post books with the price, genre, average star rating, page count. Each post is for one book and they post a lot, so it can clutter up your facebook feed. I discovered this group through author Scott Nicholson, and it’s been a great resource for free books. They clearly list the price, so it will say *FREE* first thing in the post! Click on the link in the post and you’ll be taken directly to the Amazon page for the book.
Cheap e-Reads is the Nook version of KotC for those of you who have the Barnes and Noble Nook. You just “like” the group and get individual updates just like with KotC.
eReader News Today
eReader News Today doesn’t send individual messages like KotC does. Instead, they send a few posts a day that have several books listed at one time. You must click a link to go to their website, where you can then read a description for each book, see the cover, and click a link that takes you directly to the Amazon.com page.
I follow several users on Twitter that tweet out book deals and freebies all day long. Here are a few of the best ones. Click on the picture to go to their twitter page.
How do I decide which books to download? I’m not much of a cover person, so I go straight to the book synopsis. If that gets my interest I head straight for the reviews. I read the first one, which is the best, and then I head for the worst star review. If it mentions anything about horrendous grammar, I just don’t download it because that’s a deal breaker for me. But what do you have to lose since you got it for free, anyway?
So go on, use these links to discover new authors and some great new books. There are literally thousands of them waiting out there to be discovered. Please let me know in the comments how you find free books for your ereader, and if you’ve had any luck with the books you’ve downloaded for free in the past. Also, I’d love to know about any websites, twitters, and facebook groups that you use to discover these hidden gems!