If you own a Kindle ebook reader or have the Kindle app on your phone or tablet, you’re probably already enjoying a wealth of books that you've easily downloaded to your device. Although many Kindle books cost less to buy than their print counterparts, shelling out even a pound or two for each book can add up over time.
However, there’s a vast collection for Kindle books available for free – so many, in fact, that you can go for years without paying for a book to read on your Kindle device.
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Why are some ebooks free?
Free Kindle books are completely legal to download and read. Most fall into the public domain because the author’s copyright has expired. This means anybody can do whatever they want with the content, including republishing it and giving it away for free, without having to ask permission or pay royalties to a copyright holder.
Thousands of books in the Kindle store fall into this category, including the great classics of literature such as Gulliver’s Travels, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, David Copperfield and Pride and Prejudice.
Not all free Kindle books are classics. Many are self-publications by modern authors or given away free of charge to promote an author. Others non-fiction items may be freebies from faith-based organisations and other companies.
Where can I find free Kindle books?
The easiest way to get free Kindle books is to use Amazon’s Kindle Store. There are thousands of free public domain books and usually hundreds of promotional titles on offer at any one time, available in Amazon’s proprietary AZW format. You can access free ebooks online at amazon.co.uk or directly from your Kindle itself. You can browse through categories or search by author, title or by typing ‘free Kindle books’. You can also go to Bestsellers in Kindle Store and pick Top 100 Free to see the most popular free titles.
The pioneer of free ebooks since the 1970s, Project Gutenberg boasts more than 50,000 free ebooks. These are available as ePub, Kindle, HTML and basic text documents, so can be read on any ebook reader or tablet. On the Project Gutenberg website you can can search for ebooks by author and title, and browse through a wide range of categories including novels, poetry, non-fiction and reference books.
Several other websites offer free ebooks in the Kindle format. These include Internet Archive, Feedbooks and ManyBooks.
What classic books are free for Kindle?
There’s a myriad of free Kindle books available, many of which are beloved classics including:
Emma by Jane Austen
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
The War of the Worlds by H G Wells
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Man in The Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas
The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald
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