7 Quick Takes: How to Find Free Books Edition

I’m not like most women. I don’t collect shoes or handbags or jewelry. I am pretty ruthless about getting rid of “junk” and am very much a minimalist. I’m not a collector of anything, except for one thing: BOOKS. Lock me in the library or book store and I’m in Heaven. LOL! I love me some books. Four days after getting a Kindle Touch for my birthday I had 50 books downloaded on it. I keep a running list of books that I want to get and read – more than any one person can read in a lifetime. I’m okay with that. 🙂

I’ve been known to pay a good amount of money (mine and others!) on books, but I also like getting them for free. Who wouldn’t? Here are my seven of my favorite places, mostly online, to get free books:

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The Library. No brainer here. 🙂 One of the great things about the library is that if your branch doesn’t have the book you want, you can almost always get it through their inter-library system. Of course, the caveat (if you can even call it that), is you have to return the book!

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Paperback Swap. If you haven’t discovered Paperback Swap, you should definitely take a look and sign up. The premise is you post the books you want to get rid of, and for each book that gets “ordered” you get a credit that you can use to order a book for yourself.

Two things about Paperback Swap you should know: 1. When you first sign up and post 10 books, you get two “free” credits to get you started with swapping. 2. The person sending the books pays the postage. For example, if you order a book that I have posted, I am the one who will pay the postage. When someone orders a book that you have posted, you pay the postage.

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Amazon.com. Duh, right? A quick search on amazon.com for “free kindle ebooks” brings up pages of free ebooks that you can download to your Kindle. Just be warned: there are a lot of erotic ebooks listed, but if you can overlook them there are also a lot of classics and good books listed, too.

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eReaderLove.com. This is a blog that lists lots and lots of ebooks that are listed free on amazon.com for a limited time. You can sign up for email updates and get daily notices of what books are available. There are often a lot of romance, historical fiction and horror novels listed if you are interested in those genres.

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Openlibrary.org. I actually just discovered this site, and haven’t tried taking out a book out yet, but I did sign up for an account. What openlibrary.org does is allow you to borrow up to five books for two weeks. They have tons of books and an extensive inter-library system.

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Book Review Sites. There are several book review sites, such as booksneeze.com, that allow to you get free books in exchange for a written review that you will post on your website and a commercial site, such as amazon.com. There are also websites, like netgalley.com, that don’t require you to write a review.

(The book review sites that I know of are not Catholic, but Protestant sites. If you know of any Catholic Publishers that offer blogger book review programs, please let me know! I’d really love to start reviewing Catholic specific books.)

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Directly from Authors. Sometimes authors keep books on hand to give to bloggers or others who are willing to read the book in exchange for a review. I’ve been blessed to have been approached a couple of times by an author to read their book.

Or, if you have a favorite author, you may want to approach him or her and ask if he/she would be willing to give you a copy of their latest book in exchange for a review. I haven’t personally tried this since yet, but I would if I wasn’t back-loaded with reading right now. The worst they can say is no, right?

I have to put in a number 8. Family and friends. Since most people who know me knows I love to read, sometimes they will either pass on a book they liked for me to read, or will let me take one of their books if I ask.

Where do you find your free (or paid for) books? I’d love to know, so please tell me in the comments!

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  1. Thanks for posting this! I could always use more to read!

  2. There are two Catholic review sites for which I write. The Catholic Company’s site is here: http://www.catholiccompany.com/content/Catholic-Product-Reviewer-Program.cfm and Tiber River is here: http://tiberriver.com/ Both are run by Catholic bookstores and require you to link to them in the post rather than to affiliate programs like Amazon; Tiber River allows you to earn points that can be redeemed not only on books but also on other merchandise.

    Another swapping source is Bookmooch, which works a lot like paperback swap http://www.bookmooch.com
    RAnn…recently posted…Sunday Snippets–A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

  3. I’m like you, I have a large library and not enough room! Most of my books are Catholic oriented and I use them for research. Wish somebody would give me a Kindle!
    Barb…recently posted…Sunday Snippets – A Catholic CarnivalMy Profile

  4. I’m a Catholic novelist and would love for you to read my novels and review it. I recommend the second since the first has already been reviewed by Fr. Frank Pavone. Both are available for free at my site.

    Oh and I’m like you: a book junkie, too! Who needs purses when you’ve got books and babies to hold?
    Anabelle-Catholic novelist…recently posted…Defending the Faith from Hearsay and HeresyMy Profile

    • SimpleCatholic says

      Ha! I love this, “who needs purses when you’ve got books and babies to hold?” So true, that!

      I’d be happy to review your book (s). I have a couple of books I’ve promised t review, but I’ll add yours to the list. Thanks for letting me know about them.

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