If you are an avid reader, you probably already know how quickly the cost of books can add up. If you are a savvy reader, you also probably already know that you can save money if you read eBooks instead of regular hardback or paperback books, as the electronic versions of books are often quite a big cheaper than the regular versions. But what you may not know is that you can read hundreds of books for free from your eReader if you know how to find them. If you have been looking for ways to continue reading lots of books without spending as much money on eBooks, these tips will help you with two big ways to find free eBooks that you can read and enjoy without paying a single penny.
Two Ways to Get Free eBooks
Exploring Self-Published eBooks
The popularity of eReaders has produced a whole new way for writers to publish their work. Instead of writing their books, sending them to publishing houses, waiting for a publishing deal, hiring an agent, and then waiting for the book to be printed, many authors are choosing to cut that time into a fraction of what it used to be by publishing their work themselves in electronic format.
eBooks don’t require the same time frame or overhead cost as hardback and paperback books do, making them much less expensive to produce. You can benefit from the novelty of self-published eBooks and from their low production cost by finding and reading free eBooks by self-published authors. The reason that many of these books are often free is that the writers have no agents or publishing houses to help market their books, and so the only ways they have of publicizing them are with online articles and blogs and with reader reviews.
Reader reviews are hugely important for the sale of eBooks, so self-published authors will often make their books available for free for a limited period of time in order to gain new readers and therefore gain what they hope will be positive reviews. The more positive reviews they get, the more likely they are to sell copies later. Find these free eBooks soon after they are released, and you can have some great new reading material at no cost to you.
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Reading the Classics
The other easy way to find free eBooks is to look for classics. There are many classic books that are old enough that their copyright is no longer in effect, meaning that they are allowed to be published and downloaded for free in electronic form. There are websites devoted to the publications of these classics, so if you locate one of these websites, you can get a list to browse. Then just search for the title of the book on your eReader until you find a free version of it. This is a great opportunity for you to revisit a classic, or to read one for the first time that has been on your to-read list for years.
Reading eBooks for free is easier than you might think. Whether you want to read classics or newly published books by self-published authors, there are many options out there, resulting in tons of reading material that is available to you for no cost at all.
Because they are published without professional editors or publishers, some of the self-published material can have editing problems, proofreading errors, or other issues, but the best self-published authors take care of this themselves, so take advantage of reader reviews to find the best quality in free eBooks. Also, when you download a free eBook, your eReader becomes more likely to recommend others like it, making it easier for you to find more and more free classics or self-published works and keep yourself busy reading for a long time, all for free.