March 20, 2013

Free Kindle Books

I have a bad habit of buying 3 or 4 books when I already have 20-30 books waiting to be read in my backlog. It doesn't help when I get an email every morning from Amazon about their kindle daily deals. There's usually 4 or 5 books on sale for $1.99. Some of the books have been amazing (see Philip K. Dick) and some of been awful. There's also the kindle monthly deals which is 100 books for $3.99 or less.

If you're just starting your kindle book collection or looking to read some classics, there are a lot of classics from Project Gutenberg that are completely free and can automatically be downloaded in a kindle format. Downloading a book from Project Gutenberg and getting it to your kindle takes a few steps:

  1. Once you have found the book you want to download (I'd suggest The Time Machine by H.G. Wells), there will be links for several formats. If you are using a kindle, left-click on the Kindle link.kindle
  2. Once you have downloaded the file, you will need to send to it your kindle through email. To find your Send-to-Kindle e-mail address, visit the Manage your Devices page at Manage Your Kindlekindle2
  3. Send an email to that address and add the file you downloaded as an attachment. After a few minutes, it will show up in your kindle.

If you have Amazon Prime, you also have access to several thousand books through the Kindle lending library. The program allows you to borrow one book a month from their specific lists of books. I have read 15 books using this and it's been a great perk of the Amazon Prime program. To access the list, you can click here, or you can do it the manual way by:

  1. Go to Amazon
  2. Under the "Shop by Department" header, select "Books"
  3. Then select "Books" again (note: don't go to the kindle books link)
  4. On the left, if you scroll down, there will be a checkbox that says, "Prime Eligible." Check that box
  5. After the page reloads, at the top of the list of books, select "Kindle Edition"
  6. You now have a list of all books available to borrow for free. (link for the lazy)

One thing to note, to actually borrow it for free, you will have to shop for the book on your kindle.

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