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December 15, 2015

5 Tips For: Getting Free Books

Get piles of books with these 5 tips

If you’ve known me for any measurable amount of time, you know that reading and writing are my favorite things to do. So as a follow up to my 5 Tips For: New Writers post, I also have created a tips article on how you can get more book to read for free. New tips are uploading to my blog every Tuesday, so make sure to keep up with posts through email if you want to stay on track of my regular content.

So, you love to read but can’t afford new books? Here are five ways to get free books so that you can keep feeding this hobby.


Tip #1: Join Book Bub


Book Bub is a website aimed at helping readers find cheap and free eBooks. There are already hundred of free books on the site to choose from, though they specifically have a plethora of books in the Harlequin theme, meaning a lot of romance, period pieces, wild west and pirate romances, and other similar themes. I love cheesy and dramatic romances, especially when I’m stressed. So if that floats your boat, definitely check out Book Bub. They have many other kinds of books, but I definitely see more of the romances being marked down to free versus others.


Tips #2: Follow your favorite authors on Wattpad


Many published authors are joining Wattpad as a way to share content with interested users for free so that they can get you hooked on their books. I follow Scott Westerfeld, which is how I got to read the first book in the Uglies series for free.


Tip #3: Take advantage of free trials


I have a referral link to Audible that you can use to get a free audiobook and many other websites have similar programs, like If you are good at making sure to cancel these services before you are charged, I definitely recommend you try them as a means to get some free reading content. I absolutely love audiobooks, despite being skeptical about them in the past. If you want to see my full thoughts on why I now completely recommend audiobooks, check out my skeptical review of Audible.

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Tip #4: Sign up for Overdrive


Overdrive works in conjunction with your local libraries to give you free eBook and audiobook rentals. You can’t technically keep these books, but it’s an easy app to use so that you can get free reading material wherever you are, even if you don’t have time to go to the library. All you need is a library card to get started.


Tip #5: Try the Little Free Library


The Little Free Library is an adorable movement where people around the world set up small book exchange boxes where you take a book for free, the only thing they ask is you leave a book. So if you have a book you no longer want, trade it in for a gently used book. You can check if you have a little Free Library near you with their location finder.

How do you find amazing deals on books? What is the best book you have read lately? Let me know in the comments!

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