Warning: Reading this post may lead to an excessive accumulation of books on your e-reader and/or sleepless nights spent trying to get to the bottom of your TBR pile.
Recently on my Facebook page I observed that I have 230 unread Kindle books. I was heartened to see that I was not alone in allowing unread books to build up on my e-reader. The fact is that I find it hard to resist the opportunity to acquire a free or deeply discounted ebook which I might someday want to read.
A couple people who responded to the post asked where I get these free/cheap books, so I am writing this blog as a public service :). Of course, if you end up with 300 unread books on your Kindle, you might consider it a disservice.
Because I primarily read romance (in many different sub-genres), this post skews toward finding free books in romance.
1. First, I signed up my email for a number of smaller epublishers. They often run sales on a section (or even all) of their titles. For example, Meryton Press has run two sales on select titles in the past year. When publishers do so, Amazon usually matches the book’s price, so I can get it from the publisher or directly onto my Kindle from Amazon.
2. BookBub sends out a daily email listing free and discounted books in your genre (you fill out a form when you sign up). BookGorilla does the same thing. BookBub usually has bigger name authors and more prominent books, but BookGorilla lists more titles and a wider variety. DailyCheapReads also sends a daily email to your inbox (without the customization based on reader preferences). Harlequin sends out its own email about discounted titles called RomanceDeals.
3. Kindle Nation Daily is a website that has permanent lists of 99 cent books in different genres and also advertises books which are temporarily discounted. Kindle Nation publishes the BookGorilla email, so there’s some overlap on the temporarily discounted titles.
4. All Romance Books.com frequently offers sales on a group of titles or a particular publisher’s books, so I keep an eye on the emails I get from them. Under the Omnilit.com site they also maintain a catalogue of free ebooks, some of which you need to pay for at other sites.
5. Amazon itself maintains lists of bestselling free ebooks in every genre. It can be a little tricky to find these lists. You have to search under Kindle books (not just “books”). Below, as an example, is the link to the top 100 free Regency romance.