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