Welcome to the fabulous world of eBooks and eMagazines. Contrary to popular belief, there is a huge assortment of entertaining titles in a wide range of genres with prices ranging from free to being almost as expensive as some hard cover books.
One thing I will caution against is buying any book or application that points you in the direction of free books. You can find free books on your own without putting money (and in some cases a lot of money) into someone else’s pockets that you can use for other things. Here are a few tips that can help you.
Amazon Kindle Store: Amazon will sometimes list eBooks for free as part of a promotion or to match the price of a book elsewhere. Check the rankings in the categories and genres that interest you. You will be able to find a number of free titles. I check the rankings once or twice a week and it has paid off. I was able to get some of my favorite author’s newest releases for free.
Public Domain Books: These are that were created and published before copyright law was established or the copyright has expired. The works of Shakespeare, Robert E Howard, HP Lovecraft, Lewis Carroll and many others fall into this category. Publishers can re-release and sell these works. You can also get them for free. If you’re looking for a book that might be public domain, check out Feedbooks and Project Gutenberg before you purchase them. Amazon also has a large number of public domain books available for free. For example, I was able to download a copy of the Prince by Machiavelli for free on Amazon. The same title was also being sold by four other publishers with prices ranging from 99 cents to almost five dollars. Another example are the works of HP Lovecraft. You can pay anywhere from 99 cents to over twelve dollars or you can visit Feedbooks and get his stories for free.
Book Publishers: Many traditional publishers offer free eBooks on their web sites. They do this in the hopes someone who reads and downloads an author’s free eBook will like it enough to buy the author’s other books. My favorite source for sci-fi and fantasy books is the Baen Free Library. Some of these books are not available in the Kindle store.
Free Giveaways and Contests: Many authors hold contests and free book giveaways as a way to promote their books. Check out places like Goodreads, eBook blogs, your favorite author’s web site and book review sites. For example, Breakout Books Reviews has a page devoted to contests and giveaways. Another good place to check out is the Book Bazaar on Kindle Boards. A lot of good authors, independent and traditional, frequently post about their books and giveaways. In some cases, an author might be looking for a beta reader.
I hope these tips help you get more enjoyment out of your Kindle. They helped me a lot when I was building my eBook library.
Happy New Year!