If you are like me, you are counting pennies and watching every expenditure. That doesn’t mean I have stopped purchasing books (let’s be real here, I would probably cut back on my eating habits before I would stop buying books) but I have cut back the amount of books that I buy and I have to really think about which books I want instead of just buying every thing. One of the largest concerns my husband had (okay, THE largest concern he had) with me getting a Kindle was my ability to purchase books at any time without having to pull out a credit card and even think twice about it. Surprisingly, I have not put us into bankruptcy with my out-of-control book addiction. I have just gotten smarter with how I get my Kindle books and I thought I would share some of they ways I get my books with you.
There are really two ways I get my free books, and trust me I have a lot. (I have approximately 175 books on my Kindle and I have only purchased 20 of those.) First, any book that is public domain is free thanks to the efforts of Project Gutenburg, for those of you unfamiliar with Project Gutenburg, it is a project fueled by volunteers whose efforts have converted over 100,000 books whose copyrights have expired. Many of my favorite books are old enough to be copyright free (can we say Pride and Prejudice anyone?!) and a lot of books that I want/should read are available. (Alice In Wonderland is next on the list because of the new movie coming out.) These are free and can be found at either Project Gutenburg or on Amazon.com.
Second, the Amazon.com best sellers list. I received my Kindle in June of last year, since that I time I have realized that a lot of authors/publishers will do the initial release of the book as free so a lot of people will “purchase” (even though it is free) so that the book makes it into the 100 bestseller list, then the publisher will change the price. I have gotten most of my free books because I check the Bestseller list at least once a day. Realize that you will get some great books and you will get some not so great books. Also, be careful about some of the romance novels as they can get pretty graphic so I try to read the reviews that have already been posted.
I love my Kindle and just thought I would share some of the ways I have found it to be cost effect.