5 Ways to Get Books for Free

by Rebecca Holland

Articles, Get Books for Free | 28 July, 2020

Do you want to read more but can’t afford to buy new books? There are many reasons why you might not be able to afford to buy new books right now but that shouldn’t stop you from being able to read. Although it’s important to support authors for the work they do, there are many ways to get books for free, legally, and still support authors. Here are 5 ways to get books for free.

Without further ado, let’s delve into the first way of 5 ways to get books for free.


Amazon is the world’s largest e-commerce platform. Its online Kindle store sells and has eBooks available to download for free. And even though it’s the Kindle store, you don’t need a Kindle or other e-reader to read these eBooks. They can be read on most electronic devices including computers, tablets, or your phone!

To access and download free eBooks you will need to create an Amazon account, or login with your existing details. To create a free account you will need to enter your name, email address and create a password. You can then browse for free eBooks to your heart’s content.

Instead of searching through all the available free eBooks (there are hundreds) how about browsing only the most popular free eBooks? Particularly as Amazon has a Best Sellers in eBooks section that can be filtered to display the Top 100 free eBooks, which is updated hourly!

Tip: Bookmark this page and check back regularly for new free eBooks to read.

The second way in these 5 ways to get books for free involves another book type: audiobooks.


Audible is another Amazon company and website specialising in, you guessed it, audiobooks (it has over 150,000!). Also, there’s a neat trick to get an audiobook free of charge. 

Sign up to Audible’s 30-day free trial and you can immediately download one of any audiobook. For example, a current bestseller or a classic. The choice is yours! Need a recommendation? See our book reviews. You can cancel the subscription at any time and you won’t be charged. Plus you get to keep the audiobook!

To sum up, to get your free audiobook, you need to start your free 30-day trial which you can do by logging in with your Amazon account details. Again, if you don’t have an Amazon account, you will need to create one

How to get books for free via Audible
Get a free audiobook on Audible

The third way in my 5 ways to get books for free involves eBooks and audiobooks.


It’s no secret that libraries offer physical books. But did you know that most libraries have online catalogues full of eBooks and audiobooks to loan. All you need is a library membership. In any case, membership is free so sign up!

Your local library will have their own online catalogue that you can browse and borrow books from. However, for a better reading or listening experience, there is also an app called Libby. Libby lets you borrow eBooks and audiobooks and stream via Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download for offline use. It’s free to download on the App Store, Google Play or Microsoft.

How to get books for free on Libby, the one-tap reading app from your library
Libby, the one-tap reading app from your library

The fourth way in my 5 ways to get books for free involves a site you might not have heard of, but it’s a good one.


Voracious Readers Only is a website that pairs readers (you!) with new and upcoming authors. You get to read books for free. You are simply asked to share what you thought about the book on sites like Amazon or Goodreads.

Voracious Readers Only asks you which types of books you like to read, for example Fantasy, Science Fiction, Horror or Romance and as new books become available, they’ll send you an email letting you know. Then you can “request” any you like and you will be sent a copy if there are any left. Sounds great right? You never know what gems you might uncover! 

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How to Get Books for Free
How to Get Books for Free

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7 responses to “5 Ways to Get Books for Free

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  2. I’m in a book club and used to buy the books we would have to read, but it became really expensive! Now I’m a big fan of the library using their online system so I can read on my phone. My neighbourhood also has a lot of “little free libraries” which are just at the end of someone’s driveway and works on a take a book/leave a book system. I’ve gotten some great books from those!

    Kristyn – thequeenofmycastle.com

  3. I didn’t know about Voracious Readers Only, I’ll look into that, thank you. And we love our local library, although COVID has put a stop to browsing the shelves for the time being, sadly 🙁