So, we all know about those unsavory pirate sites that take an author’s hard work and give it away for free (along with all manner of computer STDs) to naive readers who don’t realize they’re stealing, right? Then, of course, there are those of you who might realize you’re stealing, but think that the use of pirate sites is justified because you’re poor. But these days, there are really no excuses that justify stealing a Kindle romance when there are TONS of places to get totally legit copies at no charge (and without all the nasty computer syphilis you pick up from the pirate sites). Don’t believe me? Well, you’re in for a real treat:
This one is a bit of a “well duh” for most of you, but for those who aren’t aware, Amazon has TONS of free books that are all sorted and organized and ridiculously easy to find. It’d take you YEARS to get through all of the best sellers listed in their “free” top 100 list.
You can sign up for a free account with Bookbub, let them know what kind of reads you’re looking for, and they’ll send you a daily email letting you know which books in your categories are available for free. Seriously, every time I get an email from them it’s like Christmas morning. I’ve gotten some really awesome reads from them, including NYT and USA Today bestsellers. If you’re not getting their emails every day, you’re missing out.
Freebooksy is very much like Bookbub, and allows you to get book recommendations daily or weekly.
Overdrive (through your public library)
If your local library has an Overdrive subscription, you can download books for free and return them, just like you would hard copy books that you’d check out the old fashioned way. They even have a handy-dandy mobile app.
If you’re willing to read in exchange for an honest review, NetGalley is a GREAT option for free reads. I’ve gotten MANY ARC (advanced reader copy) reads from some of my favorite bestselling authors on NetGalley. They have a great selection of romance titles and the platform is super user friendly.
Lots of authors use this site to deliver free ebooks to their readers, direct to their Kindles. They offer all kinds of sneak peeks, advance copies, and special giveaways.
The Fussy Librarian
Another service that is free to readers and sends emails to subscribers letting them know what free reads are available in their favorite categories. The Fussy Librarian is kind of choosy about who they let advertise with them, so I’ve found that I find higher quality reads there than I do on some of the smaller free book sites.
Author fan groups
Most of our favorite authors have fan groups that you can join on their websites, or on Facebook. They usually choose their ARC readers from these fan groups. It’s not a guarantee of free reads, but worst-case-scenario, joining your favorite authors’ fan groups is a great way to stay current on when their new releases are happening.
The Romance Rehab newsletter
Please excuse this shameless bit of self-promotion, but in the monthly Romance Rehab newsletter, we give away a few copies of that month’s 5-star reads to a few lucky readers. Copies are gifted from Amazon directly to your Kindle. It can’t hurt to subscribe and try to win, right?
What about y’all? Any sources for free reads that you’d like to share with the class? Let us know!