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Where to Get Free or Discounted eBooks

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Summer reading lists are everywhere right now. It seems that everyone has a recommendation as to what you should be reading this summer. But buying books can get expensive after a while - especially if you’re an avid reader.
If you have switched from traditional books to an eReader, you may be able to score some free or deeply discounted books. Where are the best places to look? Start with these sites.
  • Amazon Prime: If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, each month you get to choose a free book that has yet to be released. There are usually several genres available to choose from, and this is not a loan - you actually get to keep the book. You will also find the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library on Amazon. This allows you to borrow one eBook each month to read. Unfortunately, the selection is not extremely big so you may not find exactly what you’re looking for here. Amazon also offers Prime Reading. Prime Reading is a library of books and magazines that can be borrowed for free. In fact, you can borrow up to ten different books or magazines at one time.  Last, there is Kindle Unlimited. This is a subscription service that costs $9.99 per month and Amazon boasts that there are over one million books, magazines, and audiobooks available. Take advantage of their one-month free trial to see if this would be a cost-effective way for you to read books.
  • Your Local Library: If you don’t have a library card, you need to get one. Nowadays more and more libraries have eBooks available for their patrons. Most libraries offer their eBooks via Hoopla, Overdrive, or both. These two platforms have great selections of books. And, while there will be a limited number of copies of each book available to download, you can easily get on a waitlist if the title you want is not available immediately. The best part? You don’t even have to go to the library!
  • Project Gutenberg: With over 58,000 books available for free, Project Gutenberg has all sorts of books that are available in the public domain. This is the perfect site to visit if you are interested in reading the classics. 
  • BookBub: Every day BookBub sends you an email with free or discounted books. You simply need to sign up for a free account and fill in your reading preferences.
  • Riffle: Riffle is a combination of BookBub and GoodReads. When you sign up at Riffle, you can fill in titles that you are currently reading and give them a rating in order to help other readers. But you’ll also receive a daily email that shares free or discounted books with you.
  • eReader News Today: eReader News Today has a section on their website entitled “Today’s Deals” where you can find books for free or deeply discounted. (Many are $.99) This site does a good job of showcasing new writers and award-winning authors.
  • Open Library: Open Library has thousands and thousands of titles available for you to borrow. It’s easy to search by different genres, and the downloads are quick and easy.
This summer try some of these sites to download your perfect vacation read or just a new book to read during your free time. You’ll find these sites easy to navigate, and your wallet will love the money you’re saving.