How to Get (Almost) Any Book Free

Books

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Books

I love reading books.

I love reading the Bible, first and foremost, but my next favorite things to read are non-inspired books.

The problem is that books usually cost money.

Thankfully, I’ve found several ways to get free books. So I’d like to share a few of them with you now.

Free Bible Study Resources

If you’re looking for books to complement your study of the Bible, you’re in luck. There are scores of commentaries, dictionaries, and studies that have entered the public domain. That means that they are old enough to no longer be under copyright. Thus you can read them at no cost.

There are plenty of websites that make these available online. A simple web search will find them for you. However, my favorite way to read them is through the free program E-Sword. With this program, all the references are linked together, so when you open the Bible to a particular passage, it cues the commentaries to the same passage.

E-Sword comes with a few basic modules installed, and you can add others through the “Download” menu item in the program. But there are many more available at BibleSupport.com. The site claims to have over one million resources.

But these are just biblical studies. I said almost any book.

Free Books of Other Topics

The same principle of the public domain applies to all literature. Thus there are thousands of books that have become free to read. You just need to know where to find them. There are several sources, but I would recommend checking out Project Gutenberg.

But these are just old books. What about recent ones?

Free Recent Books

For this method, you may need to do a bit of homework. Many publishers give out many of their books free in digital formats. Or they give them away free for limited periods of time. I would start following your favorite publishers on Twitter and Facebook. Watch for giveaways.

Here are a few examples I know of to get you started.

But these are still just certain select books chosen by the publishers to be free. How do we get other books?

More Free Books

Start a blog. Start writing. Write often. Write well. Write book reviews. Find an author via personal website, Facebook page, or Twitter account, and ask for a free copy to review on your blog. It’s that simple.

Not every author will go for it, but many will. The better your blog, the better chances you’ll have of your request being approved. My blog has only been around for a little over a month, but so far I’ve had three out of four requests approved. There are also services you can sign up for that will send you somewhat random books to review, but I prefer making the selection myself for books I actually want to read.

I get a free book; they get a free review. It’s a win-win situation! You should try it.

What Do You Think?

Have you used any of these methods before? What free books have you received? What other ways can you get free books? (Legal methods only, please.)

Share your thoughts in the comments below. And if you enjoyed this post, please share it with your friends.