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If you’re an avid reader, you know how quickly buying books every week can add up. This Kindle hack for free books has changed. the. game. I feel like I should preface this post by saying I love paper books and I was convinced I would hate reading on a Kindle. But once I learned that you can download literally ANY book to your Kindle completely for free, I figured it was worth a shot. I asked for a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas last year and was instantly hooked. All of my concerns about reading from an e-reader turned out to not bother me in the slightest. In my opinion, the pros far outweigh the cons in this case!
My sister gets all the credit for showing me this Kindle hack. My first thought when she told me was, “why doesn’t everyone do this?” because it’s SO simple. Are you ready for it? Join your local library. Yep, that’s it. Did you know that your local library (most likely) has e-books available for check-out online? You don’t even have to go in! The process couldn’t be simpler.
How To Get Free Books
- Find your local public library
- Become a member (free!). A lot of libraries will let you join online but in some cases, you may need to physically go in to get a library card.
- Search the library website for ebooks. I’m sure all libraries do things a little differently so be sure to reference your library’s website for specific instructions on how to download and start reading!
My local library uses an app called “Libby” to download straight to your Kindle. All you have to do is download the app, create an account with your library card number, and follow the prompts to link your Kindle (or another e-reader). This actually works for any e-reader device – including iPads!
Search for a specific book or explore the app for current hits in all genres! I’ve been super into thrillers lately – here’s a list of my recent favorites (all downloaded from Libby). If the book you want isn’t available, you can place a hold and they’ll notify you when your book is ready to download! In my experience, they’re almost always available before the estimated date. Once you download, you have 21 days before your loan expires, but you can always extend a loan or return early!
So far, I’ve read 24 books this year – with the average novel being around $15, I’ve already saved a whopping $360 just in the last 8 months! This sounds dramatic… but this simple kindle hack has seriously changed. my. life. I never thought I’d be an e-reader kind of girl but I have obviously been converted. I may never buy a paper novel again…
Do you prefer reading on a Kindle or paper books? Give this hack a try and let me know your thoughts!