7 Ways to Get Books for Free (or Almost-Free)
I’m always on the lookout for fresh book suggestions to add to my never-ending list of Books I Want to Read. I’ve had to come up with some inventive ways to fuel my reading addiction without driving us out of the house and home because I read so voraciously.
Not all of my suggestions will work for everyone, but here are eight strategies I’ve used to get books for free or nearly free throughout the years:
1. Use MyReaderRewards to get free books
My Reader Rewards Club is a website that allows you to earn free books and audiobooks by completing surveys, recommending friends, and other activities.
It’s simple to get a free book – you don’t even need to refer a friend!
Christian books from Tyndale are available through My Reader Rewards Club, including nonfiction, fiction, parenting, children’s books, audiobooks, ministry resources, and more! They even have audio and book versions of the Adventures in Odyssey series!
Over the last few years, they’ve given our family a number of free books, and I’ve loved being able to get brand-new books for free!
2. Libby offers free audiobooks to download.
It’s no secret that I’m a huge bookworm. And I make it a point to read for at least a few minutes every day.
However, on very busy days, finding time to read might be difficult. That’s why I appreciate audiobooks so much! They’re the ideal way to make reading a priority, even if you don’t have the time to sit down and read a book.
Audiobooks, on the other hand, are frequently fairly expensive when purchased online – often more than the price of a paperback or hardcover copy. That’s why I’m a big fan of finding ways to listen to audiobooks for free.
I told you about 8 Ways to Get Audiobooks for Free in 2016. You should go read that post right now if you haven’t already.
In that post, I explicitly mentioned the Overdrive and Hoopla applications, which allow you to “check out” audiobooks from your local library for free. The Libby app, which is far more user-friendly and less difficult to use, has now been adopted by most libraries. And I’ve turned into a tremendous fan of it.
I enjoyed the Overdrive and Hoopla apps, but the Libby app is my absolute favourite! There are so many different audiobooks to pick from, and they’re all free, which is my favourite pricing point.
Obtain Free Books from the Library and Inter-Library Loan
Of course, no list of free book sources would be complete without a mention of libraries. Over the years, I’ve borrowed innumerable books from the library; it’s a fantastic resource!
Check to discover if your library offers Inter-Library Loan if you have a tiny library with a limited collection. Most libraries do, and this gives you access to a far larger selection. You’ll have to request the book and then wait for it to arrive, but it’s free, so it’s typically worth the wait.
You can also make recommendations for books to be purchased by your library. It’s possible that they won’t take your advice, but it’s always worth a shot.
3. Borrow Books for Free from Friends
I’m often sharing books with my friends–an it’s excellent way to keep your reading material diverse! Just make sure you keep track of which books you’ve borrowed and which ones you’ve handed out.
It goes without saying, but please return the books in the same condition as you received them. Otherwise, your friends might be hesitant to lend you books in the future.
4.Download Ebooks for Free
There are dozens upon dozens of free novels available to download on a daily basis if you have an iPhone, iPad, iTouch, or other mobile device. To make things even easier for you, we provide free eBook round-ups!
To read the free eBooks, you don’t need a Kindle tablet. To access your free eBooks on any mobile device or computer, simply download the FREE Kindle reader app.
5. Thrift stores, used book sales, and garage sales are all good places to look.
For book lovers, thrift stores, used book sales, and garage sales may be a gold mine. Best of all, they frequently hold fill-a-bag deals, where you can stuff as many books as you can into a predetermined bag for a few bucks.
You can also locate savings on hot titles by swapping or trading them on PaperBackSwap, visiting a Little Free Library, or visiting your favourite local bookstore! This is a simple approach to receive the titles you want for very little money!
6.Become a member of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Station.
Okay, so this one is aimed towards children, but I couldn’t resist sharing it! If your local area participates in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and you have a kid aged 0 to 5, you can sign up to get free children’s books.
We’ve never used this, but I’ve heard from others that they consistently supply good, high-quality books.
Communities from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the Republic of Ireland are all involved. Check to check if your area is a part of this.
7. Purchase a used book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
I use my Swagbucks credit to purchase books when I actually “buy” them. I frequently request Barnes & Noble and Amazon gift cards as Swagbucks incentives because they are so inexpensive.
However, I rarely buy new books unless I’m buying them to support an author (something I’ve gotten quite enthusiastic about since publishing my own books!). Instead, I usually buy a used book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble Marketplace. I’ve been shocked at how much money I’ve saved simply by choosing a book that has some wear and tear on it!
Furthermore, Barnes & Noble occasionally offers free delivery, or I’ll locate a coupon code. When I combine that with buying on a cashback site, I can typically get a terrific bargain on a book I really want – all for free, thanks to Swagbucks!