It is my Kindle and my one year anniversary. I was not sure I would be able to go away from my love of the feel and smell of old books. The love of sifting through piles of books at yard sales (tag sales, garage sales). I thought I would miss having a good, thick book in my hand. Here a year later, I am head over heels in love with the concept of ereaders and ebooks. Also, I have published ebooks and have many more on the way.I have downloaded hundreds of ebooks and paid for less than half a dozen of them. The only reason I had to pay for them, was because I was impulse buying and impatient.
The rest of them were free. All this was done legally!
There are many books that are FREE! Here are the many ways to find them. Some shortcuts are included.
1. Go to ebook websites and type in free ebooks or 0.00. Some sites add books to this search that are free only if you subscribe to a certain membership. There are tons of new writers that have books for Free.
2. You can borrow books through the online library. Yes, you still need a library card. Currently, you can borrow up to 7 books at a time and put up to 5 books on hold at a time. If have kids with library cards, you can take more and more out at once. This allows you to take out books that are new and popular for free. Follow this link for instructions, Overdrive Library hints by CNET
3. You can borrow books from friends or family. A lot of books allow the buyer to share with one friend/family member/ other. The six books I have bought I have lent to a friend and she didn't have to pay anything. (Wait, I think I got the raw end of the deal here.)
4. You can borrow books from strangers. Site like Book Lending and ebookfling let you lend and borrow with strangers for free.
5. Go to ebook publishing sites, and writing forums to connect with authors with free ebooks. Such sites include Smashwords, Writer Unboxed, and Figment. Enter contests or make a comment on a article or post for chances to win free ebooks.
6. Find coupons and codes for ebooks RetailMeNot, Coupon Cabin, and many others.
7. Last and maybe not least. You can find a lot of classic books for free on various sites.