Are Kindle books free? How to read on your Kindle for free

While real books still hold a special place in our hearts, there is no denying that the Amazon Kindle is an exceptional piece of equipment. Whether it’s simply to save some shelf space (or avoid buying a new bookshelf), to read in the dark, or to give you a lightweight way to travel while carrying lots and lots of books, no avid reader should be without a Kindle. Best of all, unlike physical books, it’s not too hard to find Kindle books for free.

We’ve got a list of some of the best free Kindle books you can get your hands on, but it’s not an exhaustive guide, and you might be looking for something to suit your tastes. As such, here are a number of ways you can find free books for your Kindle, from the simplest to the most complex.

Amazon Kindle Paperwhite sits on top of a Kindle writer.
Kindle Paperwhite on top of the Kindle Scribe

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How to get free kindle books on amazon

Surprisingly, Amazon is the easiest place to get free Kindle books. Yes, there are plenty of free books on Amazon, with titles available including older works that are in the public domain now, as well as the first entries in a series beckoning you to buy the rest to finish the story. If this sounds good to you, getting these books couldn’t be easier.

Step 1: Open the Amazon website or app, and search for “free Kindle books.”

Step 2: Find one you like.

Step 3: Choose Buy now with one click.

How to get free Kindle books from your library

Did you know that you can get Kindle books from your library for absolutely nothing? Libby is a free service that lends digital library books from all over the US, and if you’re in the US, they can send them directly to your Kindle, too. All you need to get started is a library card.

Step 1: Get started by downloading the Libby app for Android or iOS.

Libyan iOS app

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Step 2: Open the app and complete the registration process by searching for your library and entering your library card number.

Step 3: Now, you will be able to browse your library selection in the app. Select a borrowing address.

The fourth step: Head to file shelves > loans to find your chosen address.

Fifth step: Choose Read with > kindle.

Sixth step: If you haven’t already linked accounts, you will be sent to the Amazon login page.

Seventh step: Sign in and choose the Kindle device that the book will be sent to.

Eighth step: Finally, choose Get a library book To send the book to your device.

How to get Kindle books for free with Amazon Prime

Did you know that an Amazon Prime membership also gives you access to thousands of books with Prime Reading? While you pay a tech subscription to access Prime Reading, if you’re paying for Amazon Prime anyway, Prime Reading is a handy bonus.

Prime Reading gives you unlimited access to our catalog of books, audiobooks, comics, and magazines at no additional charge. Also comes with a free book each month for a pre-release title. It’s a great deal and one that many people forget even exists.

Step 1: To find Prime Reading options, open the Amazon app or head to the Amazon website.

Step 2: Open the menu (at the bottom right of the app), and select President > Key reading.

Step 3: On the website, you will need to specify everybody > E-readers and Kindle books > Key reading.

The fourth step: From here, you can use the search bar to search within Prime Reading only, or you can browse to select the homepage.

Fifth step: Once you find the option you like, select it and choose Add to library.

How to get free Kindle books with Project Gutenberg

The latter option can be applied to a number of websites that offer free digital books, but since Project Gutenberg is the most popular, we chose to highlight this site.

Project Gutenberg is a massive repository of some of the world’s most famous books, all of which are in the public domain. As such, you can grab it and read it for absolutely nothing. You’ll need to cast each book to your Kindle, but it’s not hard to do; Here’s how it’s done.

Step 1: Head to the Project Gutenberg website on your phone or computer.

Step 2: Search or browse until you find the title you want.

Step 3: In the Downloads of your chosen title, select one of the downloads. Select a file tagged as EPUB or Kindle.

The fourth step: Once you have the file, head to File content and devices Your Amazon account page, then select hardware.

Fifth step: Find your Kindle and copy its email address.

Sixth step: Open your email app (or website), enter your Kindle email address, and attach the file to your new book. Submit it, and it will be sent to your Kindle.

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