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.
Please say it isn’t so! My Kindle and bookshelves buckle under the weight of so many books and my bank account is EMPTY from paying full price. Where were you three years ago when I started my crazed buying frenzy? (Chuckle!!!)
I will admit that I have paid full price for most of the books on my Kindle (that tells you how many are on it :)). Plenty of the authors I like never offer discounted or free books and I often buy books the moment they come out because I’m too impatient to wait for them to possibly be discounted. The best is when I find a book free or almost free that I’ve been considering buying :). The worst is when it’s being offered for free — and I paid full price for it a year ago :(.
Great post! I have some other tips too. Firstly, ereaderiq.com. It will track the price of kindle books for you on Amazon in the US, UK or Canada, and send you an email when there’s a drop. You can set the price you’d be willing to pay or just get an email each time there’s a drop. You can import your Amazon wish list so no need to re-type it, and you can also track by author. It is so good. Secondly, make some book friends! People will often share news of bargains or freebies that they’ve found, I know I usually do. Join Goodreads or Facebook groups of people who like the same type of books as you and soon you will have more than you can ever hope to read.
Great tips, Ceri! I know you’re always on top of which JAFF is on sale, so you are definitely the expert 🙂
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I’m glad you liked the blog! I recently joined Kindle Unlimited and I have enjoyed the freedom it offers — it is another excellent way to fill up your Kindle!