Cheap Reads for Kindle: Free Books and Low Priced Reading Options
You know, sometimes Amazon.com seems like Doctor Who’s TARDIS**: it’s bigger on the inside. ;)
It just seems like you can’t possibly know it all…it’s constantly changing, and every once in a while, I’ll turn left at an aisle I know and end up in something I’ve never seen before.
I’ve written before about a number of these “Amazon aisles”, but I just ran into this one when answering a question for someone:
They’ve subtitled it “From free classics to great deals, there’s a book for every budget on Kindle.” and I think we know that’s true.
There are over 50,000 free books in the USA Kindle store, typically.
Read a book a week, and that would keep you going for about a thousand years (assuming they didn’t add more to it…which they do).
Read a book a day, and you still have well over a hundred years.
The trouble, of course, is something I write about quite a bit: discovery.
How do you find “good books” to read for free? I put that in quotation marks because I don’t tend to make that kind of distinction. I usually find something of value in every book I read…so I would say that there are “better books” for me, but not usually a duality of “good” and “bad”.
The navigation on this page includes:
Popular Ways to Save
- Kindle Daily Deals
- Monthly Deals, $3.99 or Less
- Kindle Unlimited
Top Rated Free Books
- Biographies & Memoirs
- Business & Money
- Literature & Fiction
- Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
- Science Fiction & Fantasy
- Teen & Young Adult
They also link to
where books are on sale, but not necessarily super cheap.
On the “Cheap Reads” page, they feature and link to free public domain (not under copyright protection) books at Amazon.
It’s interesting because some of those books are featured in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s subser (subscription service…you pay by the month for an “all you an read” program), and some aren’t.
I think the Kindle Unlimited ones may be ones with added material (a foreword, new illustrations) which creates a new copyright.
Regardless, this is a good Amazon aisle to use to pick up the least espensive books at Amazon…and Amazon promotes getting free books.
Why would they do that, when it costs them something to provide a book to that customer?
Simple…it likely makes people spend more money on those higher profit items, which they might be buying through Prime.
I think that’s why we get a lot of free stuff from Amazon…to make us loyal, and to make Amazon the place to which we turn to buy, well, pretty much everything.
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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. Shop ’til you help!
** The TARDIS (Time And Relative Dimensions In Space) is a time and space craft use by the Doctor on the Doctor Who TV series. In that case, it literally appears to be bigger on the inside…the outside looks like a police call box, but the inside is huge…and bit mysterious.
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