Finding Free Books for Your Kindle

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Amazon makes it so easy to find the books you’re looking for in the Kindle Store that I think a lot of people simply fail to realize that there is a wealth of free reading material at their finger tips, provided they just know where to look.

In truth, there are literally hundreds of ways to get free eBooks, both legal and otherwise. I’m assuming you’re like I am though, and prefer the simplest and quickest methods so you can get back to your reading as fast as possible. So here are my top 3 free eBook destinations:

Feedbooks
Feedbooks is my favorite option because not only do they have thousands of free and public domain titles ready for your perusal, but they also offer a seamless method for downloading titles to your Kindle without ever touching the computer.

  1. Navigate to the web browser on your Kindle. On the home screen, go to Menu > Experimental > Basic Web.
  2. Once in the browser, hit Menu > Enter URL and type in feedbooks.com/kindleguide
  3. When prompted, simply hit the OK button and it will download a file. This file will appear in your list of books as “Kindle Download Guide.”
  4. Open the Kindle Download Guide, go to the Table of Contents, and find your book by first letter. (Note: There are tons of titles on Feedbooks, so I find switching the font to the smallest available allows you to scan pages much more quickly.)
  5. Simply hit the Download link, hit OK at the prompt, and you’ll have a brand new title waiting on your home page.

Project Gutenberg
When people think “free eBooks,” generally they think Project Gutenberg. Having been around for years and with over 30,000 titles in their library, it’s not hard to see why. Finding books on Project Gutenberg is fairly straightforward, but there are some extra steps.

  1. Find your title by searching for it on your computer at Gutenberg.org
  2. At the bottom of the screen on a book’s page, you’ll note several file types. Download the plain text file version with no compression, if it’s offered. Plain text is always your preferred file type, but the Kindle CAN also read most kind of .mobi files as well.
  3. Once you’ve saved the title to your PC, connect your Kindle to the computer via the USB cable.
  4. Simply drag the new file you’ve downloaded into the documents folder on your Kindle, and you’ve done it. (Note: Make sure to change the file name so the title is first, because once it shows up on your Kindle home screen, the file name will be displayed as the title.)

Amazon
Yes, believe it or not, Amazon actually does feature a number of free Kindle books for you to gorge on. These are particularly handy when your checking account is still smarting from making that initial $259 investment.

Simply go to the Kindle Store, pick a genre, and once it gives you a list of results, change the “Sort by” box to “Price: Low to High.” All your free titles will float to the top. I can’t speak to the quality of the selection on there, but there always appear to be at least 1 or 2 quasi-new free titles in the list of Kindle bestsellers. It’s worth keeping an eye on.

You can also accomplish this by going to the Kindle Store through your Kindle itself, but I’ve always found that method more cumbersome when you had the choice.

So there you have it! Three very easy, very quick ways to make sure your Kindle is always stuffed with quality reading material.

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