6 Easy Tricks to Get Free Books

Today’s post is by our regular Tuesday contributor, Catherine Alford.

I can’t be the only word nerd around here, so let’s chat about how we can get free books, because there’s nothing better than getting something awesome at no cost to you! This list gives tips on how to score free e-books and actual hold-in-your-hand books. Enjoy, and if I missed any great tools, please share them in the comments below!

Let’s start with one we all know and love:

1) The Library

I know; we all know about the free books to read at the public library, but how often do you use it? Isn’t it so much easier to just pay a few bucks and download a book? Well, lots of libraries now offer ebooks. Sure, you might have to wait a little while just like you do with actual books, but it’s all a part of their service. I personally love libraries. It’s one of the things I miss the most about the USA!

2) Free Nook Friday

I have a Nook, so I’ve been a big fan of Free Nook Fridays. If you follow Barnes and Noble on Facebook, they will remind you when Friday comes around, and you can head to the website and download it! It’s always a different book every Friday, so it could be a horror book or a tween romance. You don’t have to download it if you don’t want to, but it’s free so I always do it anyway!

3) Kindle Free Classics Collection

Many people know this trick already, but in case you don’t, you can download just about any classic from Amazon for free. So, if you want to revisit Pride and Prejudice and see if it got more interesting since high school English, you can do that without breaking the bank.

Remember, even if you don’t own a Nook or a Kindle, you can still download the apps to your iPhone or computer and enjoy the free books just the same!

4) Project Gutenberg

What I love about Project Gutenberg is that you don’t have to register to download an e-book, and they have 42,000 of them! They humbly ask for a small donation if you find you like the service, but it’s not a requirement.

5) Open Library

This is another website similar to Project Gutenberg that you can use to borrow free e-books. However, with this one you have to sign up for a user name, but once you do, you are able to easily enjoy and utilize the site.

6) Free Boxes at Garage Sales

If you love garage sales, don’t forget to look in the box of free stuff that many people put by their curb. I always find books in those boxes. Another tip is to visit garage sales when they are about to close down for the day. People are often tired of sitting outside and anxious to give away everything that hasn’t sold! You just might get lucky!

I’m sure there are tons of other ways to get free books, so please share some of your tips and tricks in the comments below!

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About Catherine Alford

Catherine Alford is a personal finance freelance writer who received a B.A. from The College of William and Mary and an M.A. from Virginia Tech. She enjoys sharing her adventures on her blog, www.BudgetBlonde.com.


  1. My local library is partnered with Amazon so I can borrow books online. It’s great that I don’t have to go to the library to borrow a book. Also, I have an Amazon Prime account and many eBooks can be borrowed for free with the account as long as the book is enrolled in the Amazon KDP program.

  2. Bookbub.com is another great resource. They usually have at least one free book per day that I can download on my Kindle. You get to pick the categories you want and it sends you best offers daily.

  3. Greg uses our local library more than anyone I’ve ever known! We also buy books at garage sales occasionally…when we can find good ones!

  4. Stuart@DailyMoneyBucket says:

    Another way to get free books is to use services such as bookmooch which allows you to swap your books with other readers.

    Technically, the books are not free as you have to own some books to swap. However, I’m guessing that that won’t be a problem for people who read this post.

  5. I love Free Friday on Nook! They have pretty good variety and I have discovered a lot of great authors that way.

  6. Growing up, we would often “rent books” from our local used books shop. We’d buy a bunch for very little money, read them, and bring them back for store credit. Then we’d use the credit to get more… It was awesome since the store was very generous when you took store credit for your trade in value.

  7. Amazon provides one more option. Although it isn’t free in strictest sense as you need to own a kindle and have a subscription to Amazon Prime. If you meet both of those requirements though, you can rent out a free book a month. Not a bad way to increase your free book options.

  8. I’ve been taking advantage of the titles on Project Gutenburg for years. It’s a great source for free classic books, and has been since well before all of the current tablets and handheld readers became available.

  9. I am a huge fan of the public library. I use it for print and ebooks.

  10. My bf is the world’s biggest library advocate. He’s seriously on a first name basis with our local librarians. It’s a little nerdy, but in an adorable way (plus it saves us a lot of money-which I obviously appreciate).

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