Free Books to Download or Read

In retirement (or as my partner says: “Gap Years”), you inevitably have more time to read! In the digital age visits to the library become less frequent so how can you read for free?

Read Any BookFree Books Online

There are a number of sites where you can read books online but they tend to the older public domain books. There are sites where you can read modern novels online (or download them): For example, where I discovered books by Philip Pullman, Jo Nesbo and Stephen King.  Not sure how this gets around copyright – it appears books are uploaded by users. On a safer footing offers 1200 online books from less well established authors. Similar sites can be found listed on Lifewire.

Review Copies at Netgalley

However, one of my personal favourites is NetGalley is a site where book reviewers and other professional readers can read books before they are published, in e-galley or digital galley form. Members register for free and can request review copies or be invited to review by the publisher. Since signing up to this site I have been able to download and read over 40 books. These books can be read on your Kindle. It is quite exciting to read new authors, and discover new talent. One word of warning: the formatting of pre-published books are often poor.

Bonus Books

If you subscribe services – such as The Times or Amazon – one of the bonuses or benefits is the availability of books to read. On Amazon Prime, there are thousands of books and magazines on Prime Reading – often from established authors.  Kindle First also offer a selection of six books which will be released in the following month. You can choose one of these six books to read on Kindle.

Similarly a subscription to the The Times comes with the added benefit of a free book every month. Last month I downloaded “A Dark so Deadly” by Stuart MacBride.

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