KINDLE readers - where do you find free books?

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by justuschickens59, Dec 6, 2011.

  1. justuschickens59

    justuschickens59 VA Royal Blues

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    I was just wondering where all you KINDLE readers find your free books? I've only had my KINDLE since August and have only found free books in the 100 free best sellers list. Is there anywhere else to find free books?

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  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    So far Kindle has free books and 99cent books that I would not buy anyway. Classics, unknown authors for Kindle, and younger books that were too terribly great. Nothing I would personally want. They claim they have a lending library now, but I can't find anything more than their free books, oh and yes they throw a goodie in their now and then.

    I am apalled at the prices of their books. I recently bought a used paperback that was printed 35 year ago-(Spenser for Hire), that sold back then for $4.50!!!!! I paid $5.00. KINDLE wanted $6.99! Sadly, the Kindle is not worth it to me. I'm barely using it at this point. I hate to be taken for a ride and that's what's happening.

    AND at least I can pass on a good paperback to a friend without any limitations whatsoever. Imagine, buying a kindle book and being told how and when and what you can do with it. It used to be no sharing, now you can share it a limited amount of times. With a paperback, I can share it limitlessly.

    Unless you buy it as a glorified Tablet!
     
  3. runsw/scissors

    runsw/scissors Chillin' With My Peeps

    Try googling free e-books... that's what i did.

    Pretty much any bookstore that has e-site will have free book as well!

    I don't have any address as this isn't my computer, sorry to say.
     
  4. 1mommahen

    1mommahen Love My Cluckin' Coop

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    On Facebook, Digireaderlounge has free books all day long!
     
  5. Jay262

    Jay262 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hate amazon with a firey passion we returned a couple items and the next thing i knew amazon had my wifes account banned. When you call there customer service you wouldnt know but they are the CIA everything is so secretive. The person in customer support cant tell you anything either then everything is being investigated by a account specialist and if you talk to talk to him well hello they dont have a number that they can be contacted at they will call you when they have made a decision on your account. Dont matter how many times you call if you ask to talk to a manager nonthing is gonna change that. Anyhow after about a month owning a kindle my wifes account was banned no real reason to why and we couldnt ever get it activted again rendering the kindle a paper weight.

    Im sorry a little off topic but anyone who owns a kindle should know this i wish i did before we spent over 200 dollars buying one then another 100 in books.
     
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  6. TinyChickenLady

    TinyChickenLady Chillin' With My Peeps

    My mother has one and she surfs through Amazon for all of her ebooks.
     
  7. justuschickens59

    justuschickens59 VA Royal Blues

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    Thanks for the responses. I'm not on Facebook and refuse to ever be, so can't look there. I am not a fan of most of the free books listed on Amazon, though I have found a couple of decent ones.

    I, too, am rather disgusted by Amazon's book prices....which is why I only get the free ones on my Kindle. I have a used book store here that has an excellent selection and excellent prices, plus I can trade them back in for a credit towards my next purchase or pass them on for someone else to enjoy. I also get a lot of books in lots from E-Bay at good prices.

    I got the Kindle in the first place because I liked the fact that it was so lightweight and easy to use. I also like that I can enlarge the font, so I dont' have to wear glasses when I read ( I have to wear my glasses when I read a regular book - yes, getting old sucks !!!). But the prices for the books are pretty outrageous. Every book that I would loan or borrow doesn't allow it - though I know that is not Amazon's fault - it is an author decision, or so I am told.
     
  8. ivan3

    ivan3 spurredon Premium Member

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    Depends on what you want to read. Anything under Copyright, unless waived by pub/author (plenty of College Level texts available), is probably going to cost.

    However, Google Books usually provides teaser chapters from many books (along with complete texts from expired [​IMG] ).

    Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/ (anyone with some time ought to consider donating `proofing' ).
    Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/

    Amazon
    PDF/Kindle conversion: http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200375630
    (third
    party tools also available).

    We use a Toshiba N508BL (netbook so-called) for just `reading' (don't like proprietary hoops to jump through when `shuffling' file types/vesatility of altering display options).
     
  9. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

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    Have you tried your libraries website??? Ours has thousands of books in Kindle version, and is the only reason I decided to get a Kindle Fire for Christmas!! It's great going to the used book store but when all of them close down in your area your kinda stuck!! As far as the lending library on Amazon goes, you have to be a Prime member!!
     
  10. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Out library also has books that can be read with a Kindle. They didn't at first, but now they do. I think they had to arrange some sort of licensing thing to allow books to be downloaded to Kindle. Your local library might have them, too, or soon will be. You can check them out for a normal loan time and then they expire. No need to return them or any late fees. However, they do have limited digital copies, so you might have to wait for popular titles.
     

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