Thursday, July 14, 2011

What's Better than Free Books?

It's no secret that I love books. When our movers delivered our goods just a few weeks ago, they remarked that they'd never seen someone with so little furniture and so many books! I guess it's all about priorities, right? I've been accumulating books for years (my first real job was shop-girl in a second hand bookstore in England) and love them all - old ones, new ones, fat ones, skinny ones...and especially free ones.

Matt bought me a Kindle for my birthday last year, and though I thought the transition would be difficult - I love the feel of a crisp page or the pulpy smell of a new binding - I've come to love my e-books, too. Of course, it helps that most of them have been free! There are a lot of websites out there promising to link you up with some free Kindle content, for a small fee, of course, but with patience and a bit of detective work, you can quickly fill up your Kindle without spending a cent.

For classic reads, Project Gutenberg is a good choice, but my favorite source for free downloads is itself. They maintain collection of free books which include all the classics as well as limited-time promotions - I've even been able to get my hands on some new releases. I typically scroll through the list every couple of weeks, but they're constantly being updated. If you check now, you'll even be able to pick up a few travel related titles, including a whole collection of mini city guides.

Of course, the best news is that even those of you who aren't Kindle-enabled can amass a free, virtual library. Just visit to download a free Kindle reading app for your iPhone or computer and let the search begin!

EDIT: I suppose I should have clarified that the Limited-Time Offers list isn't always fully updated - some books are left on the list even after their free offer period has expired. The most efficient way to search, therefore, is to filter price from Low to High.


  1. Nice, I love free books and my Kindle too. Brian got it for me for Christmas. I thought I wouldn't like the switch either but it's so nice to travel and not lug around library books!

  2. I love to read! I am holding out for my hubby to get one for me for our 14th Anniversary! :)

  3. Jenn - I know exactly what you mean! Travel was what persuaded me to use it and now I love it. Of course, I'll never stop loving (and accumulating!!!) 'real' books, too!

    Lark- I hope your husband's gotten the hint! The Kindle would make a great anniversary present :)