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If you're a bookworm, you're likely aware that getting free books is a double-edged sword. Free books sound like a great thing, right? The problem is that books you get for free sometimes aren't the best, hence why they're free. But getting good books -- no, great books -- for free is actually possible on a Kindle, and there are several ways to do it.
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There are several ways to find free books for your Kindle, and the best place to start is to look through the free e-books available on Amazon.
A simple search of "free books" on Amazon will result in all the available free books for your Kindle e-reader. They're the ones that show up as 100% off, with a price of $0.00. It may take a bit of scrolling to find a title you're interested in, but it's free and can be well worth it.
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If you don't have a library card already, I recommend you get one. Check with your local library on the requirements to get a library card as well as what their virtual library offerings entail. A library card can give you access to potentially millions of e-books to download on your Kindle or another e-reader or tablet.
Once you have a library card, you can log into your library's website with your credentials, then search through the site to see what platform it uses for its virtual catalog. OverDrive is a platform used by many public libraries in the US that features millions of e-books and audiobooks and is available through participating library websites.
If your library uses OverDrive, then the app to download on your mobile device is Libby. With this service, you can browse through the virtual library and borrow books to checkout for free.
Hoopla is another service affiliated with many local libraries across the US, but their content catalog features much more than e-books: you can find movies, TV shows, magazines and music.
A Prime membership has some pretty far-reaching perks that not everyone takes advantage of. Once you get Amazon Prime, which comes with a 30-day free trial, you'll also have access to an unlimited catalog of e-books that is in constant rotation, also known as Prime reading.
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The best part about using your Prime membership for the benefit of your Kindle is that you have your choice of one free pre-release e-book every month from editors' picks. I've been known to eagerly wait two weeks for next month's picks to choose from, so it's a pretty attractive perk for me.
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There is also the option of borrowing a book from someone else and sharing books among family members.
Lending a title is available when you purchase a book, though not all publishers support this feature. So if someone wants to lend you a book from their Kindle, they can do so from their Amazon account. When you borrow a title from someone else, you have to accept within seven days, and it is available for 14 days after that -- and it won't be available to lend again.
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Aside from lending titles, you also can be added as a household member on someone else's Amazon Prime account. There's a limit of how many people can join a single Prime membership, but there are no limits on book sharing among the adults and children in the household.
Aside from the options above to get free books or books for less, you can shop for the cheapest Kindle books on Amazon's deals. You can sign up for a newsletter exclusive to Kindle Book Deals. You also can shop Kindle daily, monthly, and exclusive deals, and browse the best deals in different categories.
Unfortunately, not all books are included with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. KU members have access to a catalog of over 2 million titles to choose from and they can borrow up to 10 titles at a time.