Let’s be real. Reading can be freaking expensive when you’re a crazed book junkie such as myself. When I first got into my crazed reading habit, my husband and I had just moved to Oklahoma City for my husband’s job promotion. I didn’t have any friends, any furniture (we had the brilliant idea to sell our couch and living room furniture so we didn’t have to move it…but then didn’t have money to replace it *eye roll*) and I was sitting on the ground applying for jobs all day for months.
And I started reading! A lot. Because what else was I gonna do? And spending $12 on a book every few days…it starts to rack up. And we needed money for a couch not Bossypants by Tina Fey! (Even though she’s the funniest of all time and her book is amazing)
That was four years ago. And in those four years I have created a system that I use to get the vast majority of my books for free (I try to read about 100 books a year, so that’s a lot of money I’m saving and a lot of books I’m reading for free!!) I usually only buy books now if its a new release that I’m too impatient to wait for the library to buy!
This may seem like the most obvious one, but there are a lot of ways that you can get books from your local library that you may not even know about. If you’re serious about getting books from free from your library, you need to exhaust all of your resources to find out what is available for you! This means being willing to read books in hardback, paperback and ebook format (I’ve found the most resources available for free are in electronic format! And now it’s the only way I read books!)
Most libraries will have an electronic database of all of the books that they have in their different locations. When you get a library card, create a login and start searching for the books you’re looking for. You may have to make a drive across town to get the books that you want, but isn’t it worth it for freeee reads? (I mean, it may not be, it depends on how comfortable your couch is right at that moment.) Some libraries will let you put books on hold online too so you don’t even have to go to library.
My library also has three different apps that let me login with my library card number and borrow ebooks for free.
Another thing to consider is where you live. I live in two different counties and so I qualify for a library card with two different libraries that have different books and options for me to get free books. Granted it’s a longer drive for me to go get physical copies of books, but it’s still worth it for the ebook selection.
Overdrive is one of my favorite library reading apps because my library lets me make recommendations for books I want them to buy…and then they buy them…and then they email me and let me know that I’m the first person who gets to borrow it! There have been times when the library will buy books I’ve recommended as a pre-release title and I’ll get to download the book the day that it is published. FOR FREE! Thank you, American government.
Cloud Library is an app you download and you can login with your library card (as long as your library has a contract with them.) Navigating through Cloud Library is not the easiest and its actually super annoying and frustrating to just browse around this app. I usually just go to this app when I’m looking for new releases or specific titles. Props to this app for having very small hold times and a ton of titles!
This is the app I use the least because the titles are very limited. And you can only download three titles a month. So if I download a title, start it, and decide to DNF it, I can’t return it. I just have to keep it for a month. And once I’ve borrowed three, the app is basically useless to me until the next month. Wamp.
So technically this isn’t free, you have to pay the $99 annual subscription fee for Amazon Prime to get this, but I don’t buy Amazon Prime for books, I buy it for the 2 day delivery of diapers (duh) so I don’t really think that this counts. But! Kindle Unlimited has a lot of books that you can get for free with your Kindle app. I have only ever used this a few times because the selection is not the best, but if you have Amazon Prime you might as well check it out!
Netgalley is a website that lets you create a profile and request ARCs from publishers. There are alot of titles that you can download that don’t require authorization from a publisher. I’m pretty new to Netgalley and still trying to figure it all out, but I like what I’ve found so far!
So there you go! Are there other ways that you can get free books?!