Sunday, November 20, 2016

How To Legally Get Books For Free (Or For Really, Really Cheap Prices)

Well, it's the holidays, and everyone's in a festive mood, right?
Yeah, well that's actually totally irrelevant from my post, but whatever.

I know we're all thirsty books, so I wanted to show how you can get/read books for free- and completely legally.

First, let's start with the sites that offer free books:

Project Gutenberg: A digital library of free ebooks. Includes Book listings, search engine, newsletter, articles and information on how users can help create more free ebooks.

Basically, this site has a lot of different ebooks, but it mostly has classics, like The Wizard of Oz, and things like that.

Baen Books: Baen Books. The best in Science Fiction and Fantasy publishing.

This site offers a lot of free fantasy books, but it also sells books, as well. They also have eARCS (advance reader copies) for sale.

Feedbooks: Discover thousands of eBooks, including new releases and the best collection of free public domain books, that you can read on any mobile device.

Feedbooks has a wide selection of books. It varies from classics, such as Pride and Prejudice, to Sherlock Holmes books by Conan Doyle.

Bartleby: publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction.

Bartleby is more of a reference site, where you can go to find a lot of classics and political books.

Open Library: The World's classic literature at your fingertips. Over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available.

Open Library has a lot of non-fiction and classic literature. 

Many Books: Thousands of free e-books available in multiple formats, including specific e-reader and PDA formats, epub, HTML, PDF, large print PDF, and plain text.

Many Books has a lot of fiction and different mythology-type books. It includes tales, such as Aladdin.

Wattpad: Wattpad is the best place to read and share stories.

Okay, you most likely know about this site. It's a hub for fanfiction and cliche romance stories. But this actually has several already published books- for free. I know that it has a free copy of Uglies by Scott Westerfeld, and it also has either a preview or the whole copy of The Fifth Wave by Rick Yancey. I was actually upset when I found them because I already had read the books.. Wattpad also has excerpts from books by Youtube stars like Joey Graceffa and Grace Helbig. Also, I read a book on there, The Cellar, and it actually went on to become published by Sourcefire Books, so that's an interesting part. I'm sure it has more books that I don't know about.

There are many many more ways to get free books legally, including just getting free books from the online store; or reading books while on a free trial. If there are any that aren't this list, feel free to post them in the comments below!

Book Depository:Book Depository is the world's most international online bookstore offering over 15 million books with free delivery worldwide.

You actually probably have heard of Book Depository. It actually offers great bargains- and they actually have some bestsellers on sale. 

Thrift Books: Cheap new and used books are available with free shipping within the USA on orders over $10 at Thriftbooks. Millions to choose from for the cheapest prices ...

Thrift Books has free shipping, which is completely awesome. The actual prices of the books usually go near about $15 USD, so that's around 20% off the normal price. There are some books that go down to around $3 USD, but they're mostly used. Used books have a scale- good, very good, etc.

Book Outlet: Bargain Books at 50% to 90% off every title everyday. New Bargain Books arriving daily with monthly specials. Over 500000 ft2 of discount books.

Book Outlet has really cheap books.This is actually the one I've used the most, so far. They don't have that much of a wide selection, but they do have some bestsellers, like The Girl on The Train and A Court of Thorns and Roses. The Scratch and Dent books can be really cheap, and they actually are all pretty good quality. Some have a sharpie dot on them, or maybe one or two pages is cut. The books I've gotten so far have been great quality for the prices you're getting them for. The small catch, though, is the shipping. The shipping actually costs like $4 for the first two books, and then $.50 for each book after. Basically, you have to get a lot of books in one go. You also get a free bear if your order hits $50 USD, so that's cool.

I hope you all benefited from this post, and discovered some new books!

If there are any free/cheap book obtaining sites, feel free to leave them in the comments below!


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    1. No problem! I mean, you have to reserve some money for cupcakes, right?

  2. Oh I love Book Depository!! And I wish there was a version of Book Outlet in Australia...because that would be awesome. :P And don't forget libraries! Particularly overdrive's library's so awesome for free books and you don't even have to leave the house. #nice 😂

    1. Oh, I can't believe I forgot libraries... I'm actually disappointed in myself because I go to the library nearly every day...
      At least you have Kinder Surprise Eggs in Australia while the rest of us in America suffer.

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