Free Kindle books: How to buy and borrow free Kindle books in the UK
Finding free Kindle books that aren’t terrible is tricky. It is true that you get what you pay for, but that doesn’t mean you can’t, and shouldn’t, be a little picky on the hunt for a hidden gem. Here we’ve listed our favourite online resources for free Kindle books in an attempt to make things a little easier. Hopefully there is something on this list for everyone’s taste but if you have your own tip, let us know on Twitter or Facebook?
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We should also mention that if you’re struggling to find something you like, it might be worth signing up to Amazon First Reads, or even Amazon Kindle Unlimited.
Amazon First Reads, formerly known as Kindle First, isn’t free (unless you’re an Amazon Prime member), but it does offer early access to new books, handpicked by Amazon’s editors, for 99p. You can also buy print editions, up to 10 copies of each title, from £3.99. Kindle Unlimited is more expensive, at £7.99 a month, but gives you unlimited book downloads from a catalogue of 1 million.
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Free Kindle Books: Amazon Best Sellers
The obvious place to start when you’re hunting for free Kindle books is Amazon’s own library, and to get the most popular, try its Best Sellers page. This page is updated hourly with what’s selling well across all departments but you can filter it using the menu on the left-hand side.
Go to Kindle Store via the drop-down list under Any Department and choose Books. To the right you’ll see small tabs – Top 100 Paid and Top 100 Free. Select Top 100 Free and, as the name suggests, you’ll see the top 100 most popular free ebooks.
Frustratingly it’s not possible to filter these results further based on star rating or number of reviews, for example, but you can narrow it down based on genre. If you want to invest the time, you can scroll through the list and see the star ratings with number of reviews under each book cover.
To stay up to date with this ever-changing list, sign up to the RSS feed.
Free Kindle Books: eReaderIQ
This site will give you the same results as those on Amazon’s list of free Kindle books but has much more user-friendly filters. On the left, you can select deals under £1, current freebies, set the minimum and maximum price or discount, length, and genre. When you select freebies you’ll also get options to see how long it’s been free.
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The site additionally lets you create Watch Lists for your favourite books, and lets you track certain titles.
Free Kindle Books: Kindle Unlimited
Ok, this isn’t technically free as you need a Prime membership to access Kindle Unlimited, but once registered you don’t need to pay for any of the books on this scheme. Plus, in addition to a load of great free Kindle books, your Prime membership comes with one-day delivery, Prime Music, Prime Video, discounted Amazon Music Unlimited plus more.
Kindle Unlimited offers unlimited access to more than 1 million books, magazines, and unlimited audiobooks.
You can buy Prime for £79 a year or £7.99 a month. Plus you can sign up for a 30-day free trial to give it a go before committing to a subscription.
Free Kindle Books: Kindle Owners Lending Library
In addition to Kindle Unlimited, Kindle owners on Amazon Prime can borrow more than 600,000 free Kindle books with no due dates, including current and former best sellers and all seven Harry Potter books, with the Kindle Owners Lending Library.
Free Kindle Books: BookLending.com
BookLending.com is like Kindle Owners Lending Library without the £79 yearly fee for Prime. It matches people who want to borrow books with people who have free Kindle books to lend. After you register with an email address, for free you can search through the Kindle library.