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Free Kindle books: Amazon not the only source

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Amazon has the market cornered for Kindle content. They sell the Kindle devices at cost and make up for it with Amazon Prime subscriptions, selling video and media content, and products. If you are looking for free book Amazon is the most likely place to start. But what if you do not want a Prime subscription? Perhaps the available free content on Amazon does not appeal to you. Fear not, there are other sources for free books.

Your local library

Many libraries subscribe to Library to Go. You can get this service through an app called Overdrive. The app is free and you can download it from the Kindle store. You will need a library card and a pin number. This is provided to you by your library. Once you have this information, you can borrow up to five books at a time. The usual rental period is 14 days. If a renewal is available, a notice is sent to you via email. Otherwise, access to the book ceases after the 14 day period. This is a great feature even though it can be annoying at times. No late fees—not ever. If you want recent books, current best sellers, and books by authors like John Baclovich, Grisholm, and

Archive

Archive has plenty of books, podcasts, videos, and music for your Kindle device. It is all free and most of it is yours to keep. Books have the option of downloading to a Kindle device or to an ePub or pdf file on your computer. To find a specific book or genre of books, just type what you are looking for in the search box. You can choose to search for specific media or you can search everything. When I searched for books on crochet, it kept me busy for most of the morning. A search for Amish returns pages of podcasts, videos, and ebooks. Many of the ebooks are older publications that have been converted to digital format and uploaded to Archive.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg has a review of the Kindle Fire that is less than stellar. While they say that downloading books to the Kindle is difficult many of the books available through Project Gutenberg are Kindle compatible, so I do not understand why the awful review. The review does not include the 2013/2014 versions of the Kindle. I have a second generation Kindle Fire and I have never had an issue downloading a book from Project Gutenberg. Check out the books you are interested in. Search by title or genre. When I searched for historical fiction, pages of options came up. All were Kindle compatible.

Amazon

They have plenty of free books and if you have an Amazon Prime subscription, you can borrow certain books for free. There is a borrowing limit of one book per month, but you can keep the book for as long as you like. You cannot download another book until you return the one you currently have.. The Examiner article, Free Kindle books from the Kindle Lending Library, explains the Kindle Lending Library in detail.

Lynda Altman loves her Kindle Fire. She uses her Kindle on a daily basis for business and pleasure. Lynda has integrated her Kindle into her homeschooling curriculum. She feels that you can get almost any book for free on the Kindle. Get notices when this page is updated by clicking on the subscribe link, by email, or contact Lynda @fusgeyer on Twitter.

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