Do you love to read like I do? If you have visited a book store lately, then you know that new books are not cheap. But there are many options for finding free books for those that are willing to do a review, enter a giveaway or write an email. Here are some of my favorite ways to find FREE Books!
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Updated information: (9/9/18) This post continues to evolve as I find new resources to find FREE books and remove out of date information. If you know of other programs, please reach out to me so I can share!
Where to find FREE Books
If you love reading on your Kindle device, then make sure you check out the ever changing list of Top 100 Kindle Books . These ebooks change frequently, so if you find one that you are interested in, make sure you download it immediately. We have grown our ebook library over the years so that we can now just browse our own Kindle library when we are looking for new books.
Barnes & Noble FREE Ebooks: Nook owners can find free ebooks here!
We have a family of readers and we can’t afford to buy new books every week. We regularly check out books from the library and share books with others but sometimes you want to read a book that is not available on the library shelves.
Interlibrary Loan – If your library branch does not have the book you want to read, you can request the book through Interlibrary Loan. The home library will look for another library that has the book, place the request, receive the item, and make it available to you, as well as arranges for its return. This is a free service that many people don’t take advantage of because they don’t know it’s there. Just ask your librarian on your next visit!
Kentucky Unbound – – Kentucky residents with a library card can access thousands of ebooks, audiobooks and magazines. You login using your library card number and then link to your Kindle account.
Other states have similar programs and can be found here.
Free Book Programs
Imagination Station: Check this link to see if your child is eligible for FREE books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Station program.
Free Kids Books: Free Kids Books is a growing library of unique children’s books and literary resources available online and for download in a user friendly pdf format.
Blogger Resources for FREE Books
If you are a blogger, then you can request books from many different sources in exchange for a review. Here are some great programs that work with bloggers.
Read all about how to become a Book Reviewer.
FREE Book Giveaways
- Find Free Book Giveaways on Facebook
- Enter to WIN Book Giveaways from BookLoons.com
- Good Reads Giveaway
Penguin/Random House has a program called First to Read. As a First to Read member, you’ll discover the hottest upcoming books from Penguin, read them months before they are available in stores for free, and have the opportunity to let us know what you think.
Contact Authors Directly
If you have a favorite author, then do a quick internet search for their contact information. Most authors will have a website with contact information. If they have an email listed, then send them a brief email requesting a sample copy for review. Typically this works best with new or independent authors.
Contact the Publisher
For Bloggers: If you have a book that you are interested in reading, do a little research to see who publishes their book. Many publishers will send an advance reader copy to members of the press.
How do you find free books? Do you know of a program not listed here for bloggers, members of the press or individuals? I’d love to add that information to this list!