Who likes spending money? Nobody? That’s about right. Reading is fun! But, spending money isn’t. What happens when you’ve maxed out your spending money but you still want to read? You look for free alternatives. Your finances shouldn’t stop you from indulging yourself.
That’s where I come in.
I have compiled a list 13 legitimate sites where you can get free books! Free books? Why, yes, my good sir. 100% free. Go forth and read!
– Are these sources legitimate? Completely!
– I won’t get spammed or hacked or something, right? You won’t! I promise!
Netgalley is a platform where authors/marketers/publishing houses distribute Advanced Reader Copies of their books to readers. To get a free copy, all you have to do is sign-up, indicate your interests, and request books from the publishers. Depending on your feedback ratio, you can be added to the auto-approve list by your favourite publishers! This means you have a chance to get the first look at the latest releases from your favourite publishing houses. If you are not ready to brave the request panel, there is a whole column of ‘free reads‘ that can be added to your shelf automatically. Happy reading!
Edelweiss is similar to Netgalley—Authors and/or publishing houses distribute Advanced Reader Copies to interested readers, and, just like Netgalley, books are given on an approval basis. However, there is a section with books ready-to-read that can be downloaded immediately. The downloaded e-books are usually DRM-protected, so you can only read them with an app like Adobe Digital Editions.
This one is going to appeal to all the classic lovers, Project Gutenberg distributes free digital copies of all the beloved classics—I am talking Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Virginia Woolf, and many others. You take your pick. Head over to their homepage and browse their extensive collection of literary works. You are welcome in advance!
Audiobooks are amazing. Audiobooks are fantabulous. Audiobooks have been saving lives since the beginning of time–just kidding. If you love audiobooks like me, then you have probably been itching to get your hands on the latest releases from your favourote pubslishers. Libro FM’s Audio Listening Copy (ALC) Program distributes latest audiobooks to a select group of listeners. All you have to do is apply on their official website, get approved, and wait for your goodies to land in your account. Happy Reading!
Aside from being one of the largest sites that connects reader and authors, Bookbub offers free books to readers! Your free books can be claimed from a number of merchants including Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Playbooks, Audible, and many others. Browse through their rich collection of series-starters and envelop yourseelf in literary bliss.
This is a rather obvious way to get free books. An author can distribute copies of their books to reviewers and/or readers in exchange for an honest review. You can join street-teams or book promotion platforms and be given a free book in exchange for your services. You can also find authors on Facebook groups, Twitter, or any social media channel.
Get 60 days free on Scribd and browse an extensive collection of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, podcasts, and documents. Keep yourself entertained with unlimited access to Scribd Perks: Peak, Mubi, CuriosityStream, CONtv, FarFaria and so much more!
This is another rather obvious method of getting freebies. There are loads of giveaway opporutunites floating around and if you enter one, you are in the running to get a free book! The handler of the giveaway might ask that you perform some task and award the book to the winner. Make sure to verify that the giveaway is genuine and perform your due diligence. Do not give out your address unless you have verified that the handler is legitmate. Happy winning! Giveaways are hosted on different platforms—Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Goodreads, Blogs—so, make sure to keep your eyes out.
How do you turn one book into twenty? You swap it! Locate the nearest book-swapping platform and exchange your books with others. This exchange can be permanent or temporary and depends on your agreement. If it is a temporary swap, make sure to keep the book neat—no eating, drinking, or snacking, please—so that the owner does not complain. Go forth and swap, friends!
Don’t want to go through the hassle of requesting through Edelweiss or Netgalley, you can request a book directly from the publishers. Send a cold email stating your competence, social media reach, and what you intend to do. I should be honest with you: you might get rejected multiple times, but keep shooting those emails.
Booksprout works in the same way as Netgalley and Edelweiss, and, even better, it has a vast collection of self-published authors. Create an account, request for a book, and get your downloadable copy. Remember to write an honest review on your platforms. Also, these books are for you alone. Distribution goes against the author’s copyright and you can be sanctioned.
Rivetedlit is an imprint of Simon & Schuster and they make 3-5 books available for free monthly. These books cannot be downloaded and you have to read them in your browser. Their wonderful collection is sure to appeal to YA lovers. The full-read picks for March 2022 are: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare; The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf; The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann and many others. They also provide extended excerpts of select books and these books are available throughout the month. The first (and only) step is to sign-up and navigate to the ‘FREE READS‘ tab. After that, start reading to your heart’s content.
Signup to join the Reedsy Reviewer program and get first access to the newest releases in your favourite genres. After creating a Reedsy account—if you don’t already have one—navigate to the footer and click the ‘become a reviewer’ tab. Fill in all the information requested and wait for confirmation. If you are accepted, you will get an email confirmation. Happy reading!
Look out for freebies in newsletters from authors and publishers alike. Most times, you have to signup and will automatically be sent the ebook after you complete the signup process. The newsletter links can be found at the front or back leaves of a book. You might also be prompted by an author to receive an extended epilogue by signing up.
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