Think about the revolution in communication that the cell phone has created world wide.
Just as revolutionary, E-Books can likewise put books in the hands of children and adults in Africa, India and world-wide.
And now, increasingly people can borrow electronic books from public libraries rather than buy them. What a boon for education. Sometime later this year owners of a Kindle can borrow digital books from public libraries. Amazon is working with Overdrive Inc which has access to 300,00 books.
Many major public libraries including New York, Chicato and San Francisco offer free digital-book lending. Library card holders can download books from library websites. Each has its own policy with typical lending policies 14-21 days.
Free Kindle books are some of the hottest items on the Internet these days. One of the best things about the Kindle is that it comes with a built-in wireless system so you can access the Internet and download books for your Kindle right on the device.
Despite Amazon’s efforts to offer over 350,000 ebooks on Amazon’s Kindle Store, a lot of people still opt to search for free sources of ebooks rather than pay for their Kindle books.
Thus, a lot of websites came to the rescue. A lot of websites these days offer free ebooks. Several others offer free ebooks in general. These websites offering free ebooks can really make your Kindle library grow and at the same time help you save a lot.
Sources for free Kindle books.
Freekindlebooks.org – Freekindlebooks.org offers more than a thousand titles for your Amazon Kindle. The website, however, focuses only on classic titles, so you won’t find the newest best sellers there. For classic lovers, the site is a great source for free Kindle books. Ebooks are already supported in MOBI or PRC formats, which are supported by both Kindle 2 and Kindle DX. 0
Munsey’s – Munsey’s may not offer the Internet’s largest free Kindle books database, but it offers some really good titles in Kindle-ready formats.
Fictionwise – Fictionwise also offers more than 15,000 free ebooks, all of which are already in Kindle formats. Its collection is also continuously growing.
Manybooks.net – Manybooks.net is a popular resource for free ebooks provided in several formats, including Kindle formats. The books are mostly classics and general fiction titles. The newer titles, however, are not usually found on the site.
Baen.com – Baen.com also offers Kindle books for download. Some are for sale, while some are also offered for free.
Authors give Away Freebies
The top 25 authors and the top 10 publishers on Amazon also sometimes give away free Kindle books to Kindle users. Keep an eye open for such promotions on Amazon’s Kindle Store.
Need More Free Ebooks?
Project Gutenberg – Project Gutenberg is created by Michael Hart, who started his collection in 1971. The website offers more than 20,000 books. Project Gutenberg also releases lists such as Newest or Top 100 to help you find the best or the most popular books.
Freetechbooks.com – Check out Freetechbooks.com for specialized technical subject books such as engineering, computer science, and so on. These books are offered for free but not in Kindle format. You can, however, convert them into free Kindle books in the appropriate format.
Librivox.org – A great source of audiobooks if you prefer to have books read to you instead of reading them. Kindle 2 and Kindle DX supports some audio formats so you may also want to check out some audiobooks.
Kindle-Ready vs. Non Kindle-Ready Books
Most of the time, free non-Kindle ebooks are provided in DOC or PDF format. Unfortunately, the PDF format is supported on the Kindle DX, but not on the Kindle 1st generation or Kindle 2. To use PDF formats on the original Kindle devices, you can use a converter to turn it into a format readable by the device.