Travelers — Free e-books at your fingertips

Posted: November 30th, 2015 at 3:43 pm

Avid readers who travel have discovered the advantage to reading books on an e-reader, tablet or cellphone. However, supporting your hobby can be costly. Surely, there are free e-books? You bet there are and here are some of the best-kept secrets of where to locate them.

Find “free [downloadable] classic books, poems, speeches, and plays” at the Literature Project  and Project Gutenberg. It’s an entirely different experience reading classics when you aren’t being tested on them! And if you get a bit lost, there are always online study guides such as Cliff’s Notes and Shmoop to help pull you out of the weeds. Jack London, Robert Louis Stevenson, Mark Twain and more await you!

If classics aren’t your thing, then check with your public library for new releases and other contemporary titles. The public library, you say? Are those places still around? Indeed they are and the more you use them, the greater the chance your local government will continue to fund them. Most libraries nowadays offer e-books as part of their collection (and if they don’t, then you should ask them to!). But if yours doesn’t, see if a neighboring community does. They might have a reciprocal library card, meaning that if you have a library card in a neighboring city, they will honor it in their city. If not, then purchase a library card; depending on how many books you read in a year, the savings could outweigh the expense.

Many people don’t realize that the top two online booksellers, Amazon and Barnes and Noble, offer free books. Simply search for “free books” or the price of “0.00.” Don’t own a Kindle or Nook e-reader? No problem. Download one or both free apps to your cellphone or other mobile device and you’re good to go.

Do you know of other websites offering free e-books? Please tell us about it in the comments section below.

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