Free or Cheap Kindle Books!

7 Mar

One of the joys of Kindle ownership is the ability to carry a small library around with you all the time.  One of the trials of Kindle ownership is slapping down $360 and then buying a small library of books as well.  Amazon prices their  Kindle books pretty well.  Most best-sellers are $9.99 with older books being less.  Some publishers aren’t as cooperative and a book you are just dying to read may cost more than that.  They are still less than the real world editions, however.

Still cheap or free books are pretty appealing.  Here are some sources I’ve found for those cheap or free Kindle books.

  • Free Kindle Books at the Kindle Store — This blog is generally about the Kindle as a whole — with lots of speculation about what future Kindles will look like and what other eReaders will do with their products.  Still, every so often, he lets us know about free Kindle books.
  • Books on the Knob — Love love love this blog.  Exactly what I want . . . free books.  She shares deals that Amazon has for free books but also finds other free eBooks on the web and shares them as well.  Sometimes its a hit and sometimes a miss but you know I’ll give a free book a chance pretty happily!  🙂

In addition, Amazon has made a number of books available for free.  For starters, they put up a huge list of public domain books.  Additionally, they have other books available for free.

Lastly, there are other publishers who will make eBook versions of their books available for free or for cheap on the Internet.  Sometimes, these are PDF versions which aren’t immediately readable on the Kindle.  There are two options for converting PDFs to Kindle documents.  The first is to email it to your Kindle.  Amazon will convert any document for you and they charge just $0.10 per document.  Additionally, Mac users can get the free software Stanza and let it convert for you.  The Stanza solution requires that you use the direct connect solution to get your converted books onto your Kindle.  I have used both solutions and they both work nicely.

The latest free Kindle book that I downloaded is one that I already own in a paperback version.  This is the first book in a speculative historical fiction book.  Set in Napoleonic Europe, it sets the premise that dragons are real and exist here on Earth in relationship with man.  The books are thoroughly engaging.  I’ve read the first three and my daughter is most of the way through the 2nd book.  His Magesty’s Dragon is just a great read!

So go forth and find free or cheap books and let me know about YOUR sources for inexpensive Kindle books!

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38 Responses to “Free or Cheap Kindle Books!”

  1. jayne 7 March, 2009 at 4:55 am #

    OK, so this the neophyte I am… I thought you HAD to download from Amazon only? I had no clue you can download from other sources and convert the document. HUH! Well, now! :c)

    I have seen the free download offers from Amazon and have already loaded a few that were being offered.

    • Liza Lee Miller 7 March, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

      That’s why I wanted to post these sources . . . I figured that folks would like to know!

  2. wren 7 March, 2009 at 6:53 am #

    I just downloaded the iPhone kindle. I prefer a larger screen, but the idea that I’ll never again be stuck in an airport with nothing to read is worth a small screen.

    • Liza Lee Miller 7 March, 2009 at 5:15 pm #

      Greg will be putting it on his, too. He was already asking about borrowing my Kindle . . . now he can just use his own mini-screen-version.

      I did read a book on the iPhone before I bought the Kindle. It was totally doable but not ideal.

      Enjoy it!

  3. Karen 7 March, 2009 at 8:06 am #

    Hey, thanks for the plug. I do tend to focus on free or bargain Kindle books (because I prefer to read that way), but also will comment on those that are easily converted and sometimes just those that are free in other formats (since I can read some of those on my iphone, I save them for when I don’t have the Kindle around). Today’s book is a penny, not free, and also comes with it’s own mystery. I’ve only read the first few pages, but it seems like it will be a solid one.

    Karen
    http://booksontheknob.blogspot.com/

    • Liza Lee Miller 7 March, 2009 at 9:58 pm #

      Glad to plug you, Karen. Thanks for visiting! I have gotten several of the bookso n my Kindle from your blog. Great info. I appreciate it!

  4. Liz Bradbury 9 May, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    Hope I can plug my new who-done-it, critically acclaimed mystery/lesbian romance Angel Food and Devil Dogs – A Maggie Gale Mystery. It’s on Kindle for a special introductory price of $2.39. Hope you like it,
    Liz Bradbury

  5. Anna 23 June, 2009 at 7:06 am #

    Good freebie and great cheapie — I found two books that I really enjoyed on the Kindle for awesome prices. The first one was Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb which is now available for free. The second was Luthiel’s Song which I absolutely loved for .99 cents. Luthiel’s Song was also one of the best formatted Kindle books I’ve seen.

  6. Kevis Hendrickson 15 August, 2009 at 11:06 am #

    Liz,

    If it’s okay, I’d like to briefly mention my books. For the next 3 days, I am allowing Kindle owners to download my novel Rogue Hunter for only 99 cents (reg. 3.99). Sale ends Monday. I also have a young adult fantasy book called The Legend of Witch Bane that is temporarily priced at $1.99. I’ll likely raise the price on that one back to $5.99 by the end of the week.

    Here are the links to my books:

    Rogue Hunter:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0029ZANKQ

    The Legend of Witch Bane:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001U3YKRU

    Thanks for the plug!

  7. Andrew 13 May, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    well if you came here looking for a new epic fantasy series, check out this new upcoming series, starting with the first book: Knight of Darkened light:

    http://www.amazon.com/Knight-Darkened-Light-ebook/dp/B003L1ZUQO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1273786679&sr=1-1

    cheap at only 2.89.

    • Liza Lee Miller 6 June, 2010 at 9:01 am #

      Always willing to support new authors. I’ll give the series a looksee!

      • Nora Fountain 17 August, 2011 at 8:55 am #

        I am fairly new to Kindle. I have put a historical saga, ‘Blackthorn Child’ on it. Read the sample and if you like it do please buy the book. At the moment it’s only 99 cents (86p). It will be going up to $3.99 on 1st September. Enjoy.

  8. Rachel 19 June, 2010 at 3:38 am #

    I actually have been reading this lovely young adult book I found on kindleboards, which is a great place to uncover cheap books. This one is called Powerless with a great female protagonist and plenty of discovery. It’s fabulous so far and only 99cents! http://www.amazon.com/dp/B003OQUOFI

    • lizalee 25 June, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

      Thanks for the tip! I’ll check it out!

  9. Susan Crealock 25 October, 2010 at 12:31 am #

    May I suggest my Online Novels blog, http://online-novels.blogspot.com/, as a source of free books? I list over 1000 novels, with descriptions and links to the sites where they can be found, including not only self-published books, but the promotional books offered by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, BooksOnBoard, etc.

    • Melissa 26 October, 2010 at 2:53 am #

      Susan or anyone who can help me,

      I dont know how to work this. Once I download to my PC, how do i get it over to my kindle? or do I only get to view it on my pc after that? do I need to also download the app for kindle for pc before going to any of these free sights?

      • lizalee 26 October, 2010 at 4:44 am #

        I use my Kindle on a Mac however the directions that came with my Kindle told how to connect my Kindle to my Mac using the USB cable and then I could move books between the two devices. I suspect there is a way to do that on the PC as well.

      • Susan Crealock 26 October, 2010 at 10:46 am #

        Melissa, if you own a Kindle, you should be able to download a book directly from the Amazon site to your Kindle without putting it on your PC first. You don’t need to download an additional app unless you want to read books on your PC. It sounds like you’ve already set up an account in Amazon, but if not, on your PC, you need to click on “your account” in the upper right hand corner of the Amazon screen and enter your name, etc; on the left hand side, labeled “digital content,” click on “manage your Kindle.” Here is where you register your Kindle, and enter the device’s serial number.
        After this step you should be able to download books to your Kindle wirelessly (assuming you have a wireless connection). Once you find a book you like, just click on the “Buy now with 1 click button” on the right. Below this there should be a drop-down box with which you select to which device to deliver the book – PC, Kindle, etc.
        If you’re still having trouble, I suggest you contact Amazon directly, on their Help page.

        • Melissa 26 October, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

          Susan, I have a kindle account and have bought off amazon before. I mean on your site it says to click on different links to download books for free. What do I do for that? Where does it go and can I put them from my computer onto my kindle or will it download to my kindle from those sites where I put in a code or some such?

          • Susan Crealock 26 October, 2010 at 12:42 pm #

            Hi Melissa – can you give me an example of a book that’s giving you a problem?

      • Susan Crealock 26 October, 2010 at 11:25 am #

        Hello again – after I answered, it occurred to me that you might be asking about reading other than Amazon’s books on your device. There’s a free program called calibre which can be downloaded from http://calibre-ebook.com/ that will allow you to reformat books that are on your PC and then move them to various reading devices. I recommend it highly. As Lizalee indicated, the instructions that came with your Kindle should tell you how to move books between computer and Kindle.

  10. Bobbye Land Hudspeth 6 November, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    I’m having a hard time trying to figure out how to get past the free books on Amazon to get to the ‘cheap’ ones. There are thousands of pages, and you can’t ‘jump’ pages, you have to load one by one by one….SURELY there is an easier way!? I don’t own a kindle, but I’m loving having the ebooks on my netbook (which isn’t much bigger than some of the ebook readers I’ve seen and allows me to write as well as read. 🙂

    Thanks for the other tips!
    Bobbye

  11. Kathy 23 January, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Having never converted a book before….does Amazon charge $.10 per PAGE or per BOOK to convert it?

    • lizalee 24 January, 2011 at 7:54 am #

      Typically, it costs $0.10 per book to convert them into .azw format.

  12. Diana Estill 30 January, 2011 at 9:12 am #

    Hi, Liza. I’m an independently published author with three humor books available in Kindle and other ebook formats. Currently all three titles are selling for less than $3.

    Driving on the Wrong Side of the Road is a book about misadventures in travel, home repairs, and everyday life.
    http://www.amazon.com/Driving-Wrong-Side-Road-ebook/dp/B003XVZB7A

    Deedee Divine’s Totally Skewed Guide to Life finds the fun in life’s frustrations.
    http://www.amazon.com/Deedee-Divines-Totally-Skewed-ebook/dp/B0028AEDE4

    Stilettos No More offers humorous advice for women who are entering (or are already in) midlife.
    http://www.amazon.com/Stilettos-No-More-ebook/dp/B004D9FW0W

    Thank you for allowing authors’ book announcements on your site!

    • lizalee 1 February, 2011 at 6:26 am #

      Good luck with your books, Diana!

  13. Pat 19 February, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    I was on the verge of buying a kindle. Figured $139 initially is not so bad. Especially the convenience of it. Then took a look at the prices for the kindle books. I don’t agree that they are reasonable at all.
    I’d rather buy a used book on Amazon for $00.50 and pay the $3.99 shipping.
    Bye, bye kindle.

    • lizalee 20 February, 2011 at 9:13 pm #

      Sorry you feel that way. There are many free and inexpensive books available on the Kindle. I agree that some publishers charge too much however, for me, it’s way more about the ease and convenience of reading books on the Kindle than it is about the cost.

  14. Donna Fasano 16 March, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Hi, Liza,

    I am the author of over 30 novels and have recently self-published a romantic comedy called The Merry-Go-Round for Kindle. In celebration of my birthday, I’ve lowered the price to 99 cents. I’d love to have you read/review it. I’d be happy to send you a copy.

    http://www.amazon.com/The-Merry-Go-Round-ebook/dp/B002ZNJL78

    • lizalee 17 March, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

      Thanks for the offer, Donna. I don’t do reviews . . . no time! I wish you luck in your self-publishing! If I get a break in my reading list, I’ll check your book out. The price is certainly tempting! Hopefully, you’ll get some hits from the link on the blog. Good luck!

  15. K.C. Lauer aka Kay Balbi 19 March, 2011 at 9:47 am #

    Hope you don’t mind me plugging my book here too. My memoir, Bad Girl Gone Mom is listed on Amazon at 9.99 but I have a special deal on my website for just 2.99. Anyone interested can go to the website and use paypal or a credit card. Thank for sharing this information. K

    • lizalee 20 March, 2011 at 7:55 pm #

      Plug away! Best of luck in selling lots of copies!

  16. jlwylie 7 April, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

    Wonderful blog!!

    For any parents out there trying to get their kids reading… I am trying to spread the word about my new short story series for young adults. The goal is to get kids reading!

    Tales of Ever is part of a new short story program being put out by Echelon Press.

    Electric Shorts is a pilot program for reluctant readers. Each series contains six short stories presented once per month as electronic downloads (eBooks), much the same as a television series. Tales of Ever is a fantasy series written for young adults (13-17 year olds). The first instalment, Banished, debuted March 1st, a new instalment will be available the first tuesday of the month ending in August. At only $.99 each, the short stories are affordable for all walks of life.

    The first story, Banished, came out in March, the second, Fire Girl just a few days ago. All of the stories are available at Amazon (.com and .uk), Barnes and Noble, Smashwords and OmniLit. Banished has made the both the Top 10 best seller and best rated lists on OmniLit.

    Banished Blurb:

    My life was normal. It sucked, but it was normal. At least until I got this new power. I can control fire. It would be cool if it wasn’t so dangerous and if I knew how to use it. Pretty much my sucky life took a nose dive once I got it. Yup, everything gone. I suppose I should be thankful some uncle I never heard of took me in. Turns out the whole family isn’t normal and my power is a lot more dangerous than I thought. I thought things couldn’t get any worse. I was wrong. They banished me to Ever.

    If I’m lucky, I might survive my first day.

    Happy Reading everyone!

    • lizalee 7 April, 2011 at 8:58 pm #

      Best of luck! As a teacher, I can totally support reaching out to reluctant readers! YAY for the effort!

  17. Cathy at Ebook Alley 28 July, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

    There is a really good comprehensive list of free places to get ebooks that will work with Kindle. The tech snob I am, I really haven’t seen a better list than this: http://kindlebar.com/2011/04/25/free-kindle-ebook-downloads/

    Hope you all enjoy! 😀

    • lizalee 29 July, 2011 at 6:20 am #

      Thanks for the tip — I’ll check it out!

  18. bluestat.info 8 December, 2011 at 7:45 am #

    it’s right, i agree, amazing

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