List of Free Kindle Books

by Josh Hanagarne on June 15, 2011

in Kindle

Amazon Kindle

How do I get free books for my Kindle?

I’ve had my Kindle for about 40 hours now and I haven’t been able to find a great list of free Kindle books online, so I’m going to start one.

Update: Down in the comments, readers have pointed out a lot of different ways to find free Amazon Kindle books, so I’ll be changing the list I start below so anything I add from now on will be free books I  have actually read and enjoyed on the device.

I’m also going to continue adding classics that I think everyone should check out, just in case you want some quick suggestions and don’t want to run off to search the Kindle store.

If you haven’t heard, the Amazon Kindle is a gadget that you can read electronic books on. You download the books directly into your machine. Some of the books are free, most aren’t, and prices vary on those that you do have to pay for.

There’s not currently a good way to browse for free books only, unless I’m missing something, which is possible.

So this list of free books for the Kindle is based on my own hunting and pecking. Basically I’ve been typing in anything old that comes to mind, checking the price, and downloading whatever is free.

Some of these are wonderful and worth reading, but I’m not necessarily vouching for all of them.

The comments on the Kindle review yesterday showed me that there are plenty of readers here using it. Please help me create this list as you find more free books. I’ll come back as often as I find something new to update the list.

Free books you can download into the Kindle

These are currently sitting in my e-library:

  • Plato’s Republic
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais (nobody seems to read this, please do it! I don’t have anyone to talk about these books with)
  • The Life And Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
  • The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
  • A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; Studies in Pessimism by Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Beyond Good and Evil by Frederich Nietzsche
  • Thus Spake Zarathustra by Nietzsche
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • Notes From The Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky
  • The Man Who Was Thursday by GK Chesterton
  • Great Expectations by Dickens
  • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  • Life On The Mississippi by Mark Twain
  • Essays – First Series by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  • Candide by Voltaire
  • The Live Corpse by Leo Tolstoy
  • The Power of Darkness - Tolstoy
  • The Lights Shines In Darkness – Tolstoy
  • Anna Karenina by Tolstoy
  • Don Quixote by Cervantes
  • The Anatomy of Melancholy by Robert Burton
  • War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  • Zadig Or, The Book of Fate by Voltaire
  • Middlemarch by George Eliot
  • Taras Bulba and Other Stories by Nikolai Gogol
  • The Golden Sayings of Epictetus by Epictetus

That’s all I’ve got time for right now. I’ll be back.

Josh

PS: for you booklovers, I also run an online book club via newsletter. If you want to get this month’s selection, please subscribe. During the first week of each month I will send you an email with the next month’s selection, and a subscribers-only link to a discussion/review here on the blog.

PPS: My own book is now available for pre-order. Here’s the trailer, and here’s where you can learn more.

{ 128 comments }

Mark May 20, 2012 at 6:29 am

I have a kindle and it is a total blessing,as I do a boring job waiting for something to go wrong.I have looked at other peoples emails but there is no science fiction which I enjoy immensely and the two websites I have come across are http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/ and baen.com .Brilliant scifi by authors who write realistic scenarios and make you think,an example being Freehold looking at the EU http://www.baenebooks.com/p-162-freehold.aspx.

The other option you have not mentioned is the calibre ,http://calibre-ebook.com/ which allows the conversion of other free books into the mobi format,which extends the number of books by leaps and bounds

Michael Jones August 14, 2012 at 7:22 am

My book “White Slavery” will be free to download on Kindle until Friday. This is what it is about.
During the American Civil War, a slave named Arthur C. Wellington was forced to work on a southern plantation. One day he escaped, yearning the taste for freedom, and witnessed a country in turmoil as he came in constant contact with the armies of both sides

Regina May 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Try Pixel of Ink. They offer daily deals!!!!

Skye May 22, 2012 at 10:15 am

Thanks for the list (:
I don’t of yet own a kindle but I may be getting one for my birthday. I do have my kindle shelf on my PC though so I look forward to reading some of these.
May I recommend The Phantom Of The Opera as a free classic? I enjoyed it very much and its a truly captivating story.

Josh Hanagarne May 22, 2012 at 10:47 am

Yes, thank you.

Brian May 23, 2012 at 7:01 am

There are 38,007 FREE kindle books available today (5/23/12) on Amazon. Go to the Amazon site, click on “books”, under SEARCH, type in “free kindle books” and under FORMAT, click “kindle edition”.
If you have an Amazon account you can download them wirelessly to your kindle in less than a minute. You can also see the top 100 free books listed on the right side of the Amazon kindle page – this list changes hourly (but only a few at a time).

Karin June 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Thanks Brian – very helpful :)

Vonnie May 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Cold Moon Press is offering my fantasy eBook, “Blame it on the Trees,” FREE May 24 thru May 28 midnight to celebrate Balticon. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/vonnies-blame-trees-story Enjoy!

Sri Vishwanath May 28, 2012 at 5:35 am

That is a nice post. Thanks to kindle select 8 of my books are in top 100 during the last one month.

Barry Terenna May 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

Sunset over Peconic Books is offering “Take the Silk Road Home-A Novel” for two free days on June 2 and 3 for Kindle and Kindle reading apps. The novel is literary/historical fiction with the main story line occurring in 1970′s and 80′s. It covers many entertaining and interesting ideas. I hope that you enjoy it!!

https://www.amazon.com/author/barryterenna

jeff ware June 2, 2012 at 12:29 pm

I have just put together a long list of sites that offer free ebooks for the kindle as well as some sites that monitor Amazon for its free offerings and some search tips to find all the free content at Amazon. If I say so myself, it is an excellent resource for free kindle books (ad free site):
http://www.techsupportalert.com/free-books-kindle

Thomas Wilson June 19, 2012 at 8:43 am

My book is also free on the kindle. It is a scifi/military thriller. Whisper. I hope you enjoy it: http://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Wiley-Randolph-Series-ebook/dp/B004NBZ962/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340040888&sr=8-1&keywords=whisper+thomas+wilson

Josh Hanagarne June 19, 2012 at 8:55 am

Thanks Thomas.

clifton June 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm

mark, i love reading anything by jack higgins, wilber smith, patterson etc.

Sarah Warren June 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Hi! I am starting a blog for homeschooling resources, and I would like to know how to search for childrens books, educational books, etc. Can anyone give me any tips on sorting categories of books without having to read through all of the book titles? Thanks!

Josh Hanagarne June 23, 2012 at 9:27 am

Hi Sarah, here’s what I’d do. On Amazon, search for Homeschooling. On the next page, look at the left sidebar. One option should be “books.” The first option under books is the category “homeschooling.” That takes you to books with that subject. At that point you still have to do some scrolling, but every book should be relevant. does that help?

Delaney Rhodes June 23, 2012 at 6:47 pm

FREE TOMORROW 6/24 on Kindle (starting at midnight tonight) Celtic Storms, Book 1 in the Celtic Steel Series and send me an email to find out how to get Book 2, Celtic Shores FREE as well. http://www.amazon.com/dp/b0082hnvay

Jeff July 4, 2012 at 6:36 pm
dana July 31, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Free Aug 1-3 on Amazon for Kindle, my historical romance novel Love’s Vengeance. Pick up a copy starting at 12am Pacific time on Aug 1, 2012! Thanks!!

Graham Fersy July 4, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Amazon has so many for free, but I mostly use http://www.forgottenbooks.org. They have about 200000 ebooks! I got a life membership before they changed the site, but I think now you get 50 downloads for free? Pretty cool anyway. :)

Kate July 5, 2012 at 4:19 am

How do i download to my kindle ? I am well and truly new at this?

Mackenzie McKade July 17, 2012 at 7:55 am

Echoes From Heaven free at Amazon on July 17, 18, and 19.
http://www.amazon.com/Echoes-From-Heaven-ebook/dp/B008A1BJPG/ref=la_B002YY10GI_1\
_27?ie=UTF8&qid=1342531587&sr=1-27

If you like Christmas in July you’ll love this “feel good” story filled with lots and lots of Christmas Magic.

BLURB:

Celena, a Christmas angel, has been given the devil of an assignment—to teach Lon Townsend how to love again. But the man is bad to the bone—a playboy to the nth degree—with no desire to change his wicked ways. Not to mention he makes her incorporeal body burn with desire, which is wrong on so many levels.

The redheaded beauty in Lon’s bed is surely the Christmas present his friends promised. When she explains she’s been sent down from Heaven to find him a mate, he knows she must be a fantastic actress or certifiably insane, but she’s the sexiest little nut he’s ever seen. He can’t keep his mind or hands off her.

Patrick Reilly July 18, 2012 at 7:46 am

Josh,
If you’re interested in a funny graphic novel the first issue of my series, The Misadventures of Electrolyte is free on Amazon for Kindle, Nook and ibooks. Hope you like it!
amazon.com/patrickjreilly

Jan Krohn July 19, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Hi,

I’ve set up a database of free Kindle books that updates automatically on a daily basis:

http://goo.gl/M7yjW

You can select your favourite category, and display all currrent free offers. This might help you find new freebies for your reviews.

Josh Hanagarne July 19, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Thank you Jan.

Rebecca Hamilton July 22, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Paranormal Romance novella FREE 7/21-7/22 (2012)

HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL
by bestselling author Rebecca Hamilton

Blurb:

Ophelia’s been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.

When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her worries. She’s destined to don a new mask—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.

What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man she loves.

Set in an alternate Regency England, “Her Sweetest Downfall” is a standalone novella in the “Forever Girl” series. The novella of around 30,000 words, written as a gift to fans of the Forever Girl series.

HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, fantasy, and vampire fiction.

Download Free:
http://www.amazon.com/SWEETEST-DOWNFALL-Romantic-Paranormal-ebook/dp/B008NAFU9A/

Jemma July 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

I have found a great website that give daily free kindle books around 400 a day NEW free books you should try that, and it gives loads of different genre including romance, sci-fi, fantacy, real life, humor and loads more. Its

http://www.ereaderiq.co.uk/

ENJOY :)

Josh Hanagarne July 25, 2012 at 10:26 am

Thanks Jemma.

SteF@nie July 26, 2012 at 5:58 am

I have been using ereaderiq.com in the US, and I love it! Unfortunately, I am showing that your UK link and my US link is no longer available! I am hoping that this is temporary! (July 26th) I used this every day :(

Gennita Low July 26, 2012 at 6:56 pm

My book, PROTECTOR, a military romance/action adventure novel is free today and tomorrow on Kindle. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B008EFMN8K Enjoy!
Blurb:
There are two things Navy SEAL Jazz Zeringue knows:
1) his black ops team will always have his back, and
2) there’s nothing more enticing than a woman of mystery

When the best of intentions gets Jazz arrested overseas, he couldn’t be more surprised to find Vivi Verreau ready to spring him out of jail. Obviously more than the civilian she claims to be, he’s sure Vivi is hiding an agenda…and he’s determined to stick by her side until he uncovers all her secrets.

A covert agent who shrouds herself in disguises, and who fearlessly jumps into dangerous situations without thoughts for her own safety, Vivi has no need for a protector. But if she is to have any hope of completing her most important mission, she’ll have no choice but to recruit Jazz and his men.

And when everything explodes around them, they will need each other more than they ever imagined…

Josh Hanagarne July 28, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Thanks Gennita. Congrats on the book.

Charles River Editors July 31, 2012 at 7:22 pm

At Charles River Editors, we post our free , original titles to Kindle every Thursday.

Jez Strider August 5, 2012 at 4:19 am

My book Vampire’s Eve is free on Kindle today only. Check it out if you’re interested!

Alex August 6, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Hey can someone help me find free Fiction romance books. Vampires, Werewolfs, and so on I really like romance when it comes to fictional things. I just really need a series to read or at least something close to it. Plz help if possible. Free books. I have a Kindle. plz help.

Nancy Mauerman August 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm

My book ‘Dragon Tales’ will bee free tomorrow, August 8th,
http://www.amazon.com/Dragons-Tale-ebook/dp/B005EN8LW2/ref=la_B0087IJW42_1_1_title_1_kin?ie=UTF8&qid=1344374369&sr=1-1
This is a children’s book of fiction about a dragon.

Thank you,

Nancy Mauerman
Author on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Nancy-Mauerman/e/B0087IJW42

Josh Hanagarne August 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

(this is a comment from Greg that appeared on another post, I’m putting it here)

Hi Josh,
Thanks for inviting me to offer the following invitation on your excellent website: my spy thriller set in North Korea, “Sea of Fire”, will be offered as a free download tomorrow (Wednesday) and Thursday on Kindle. Korea expert Michael Breen calls the book “magnificent”. Here is the link below. I hope you all can check it out, there’s nothing to lose if it’s free! I also hope at least some of the downloaders will consider writing a Reader’s Review upon finishing the book. Many thanks,
Greg

http://www.amazon.com/Sea-of-Fire-ebook/dp/B007SBKU5E/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1344398854&sr=8-1&keywords=sea+of+fire

beni August 29, 2012 at 2:09 pm

thanks for the nice list

also you can add this new sourse of free ebook and tutorial:

http://www.tutorial-ebook.com/

try it ;)

Josh Hanagarne August 29, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Thanks Beni.

laurie rose August 31, 2012 at 12:24 pm

have paid for and read many books on my kindle but am not to good with all this technology..do you go to kindle store and order name of book and it is no cost or do you order the free books some other way. help

Josh Hanagarne August 31, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Hi Laurie, if you get the free books through Amazon, it’s just like buying a book, except it doesn’t charge you. You still click the “buy now” button.

titi September 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

ur a fraud how come non of th people with websites snd the people thanking u have photos u made fake accounts if this in not true forgive me but prove it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vesna September 11, 2012 at 10:13 am

Titi, most people like their privacy. Besides, there were photos of people sending their comments. You conveniently provided photo of flowers, not a photo of yourself. Are we to assume that you are a potted plant rather than a person?
Unless you want to enjoy the exchange of information about the books like the rest of us please don’t be insulting to Josh and at least spell out the words in your message. The rest of us like to read, not guess what your abbreviations stand for.

Anne September 13, 2012 at 5:13 am

The children’s book below is FREE for the next few days,
Anne

http://www.amazon.com/Tom-flying-sofa-ebook/dp/B008XOG5Q8

This book introduces us to Tom, an eleven year old boy who dreams about flying. His journey starts while he is visiting his Grandpa, who is a bit odd, but always full of surprises. Along the way he meets a dreamy cat, loyal geese, brave herons, a beautiful spider, and several other interesting characters. Each magical encounter takes him further along the path of life.

Jeffrey September 18, 2012 at 10:13 pm

My newest book is for those interested in personal safety and self-defense: “Advanced Self-Defense Combat Tactics” will be free on Amazon Sep 19th – 23rd, 2012. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0095796RM

Blurb:
Go beyond conventional, step-by-step self-defense and close-quarter combat training by integrating the same high-level principles, concepts and strategic-thinking used by true self-defense and hand-to-hand combat experts to easily control your attacker and win practically any street fight or attack situation.

This book is perfect for intermediate and advanced students of the martial arts, self-defense practitioners, police officers, security professionals, and anyone else who wants the best self-defense training they can find.

Give yourself the best chance for surviving a brutal self-defense attack encounter with a brutal assailant looking to beat, break or kill you and… GET THIS BOOK!

Lorie September 27, 2012 at 8:27 am

Hello Josh,

If you feel it would be useful to your readers, I would love to pass along my website http://www.eReaderPerks.com. I list free ebooks for Kindle, Kobo and Nook devices. The listings are updated hourly and available in 19 genres.

Thank you,

Lorie

Josh Hanagarne September 27, 2012 at 9:19 am

Thanks Lorie. Happy to.

Lorie September 27, 2012 at 12:48 pm

Thank you!

Kyle September 28, 2012 at 4:05 am

Hey great list! I currently have Alice in Wonderland, Gulliver’s Travels, and A Tale of Two Cities – definitely got to get a hold of the others on your list!

Nice website, I’ll be back again for sure. Hey if you feel like downloading a free book, I’ve just launched a new book titled “99 Ways To Flood Your Website With Traffic” – and there is a free promotion going on from September 28th 2012 until October 2nd 2012, 5 full days!

The book has 99 chapters, and is 176 pages of solid content. Hope a few will see this and grab the book while it’s free!

Thanks again for the great list!

Josh Hanagarne September 28, 2012 at 9:01 am

Kyle, thanks for the heads up. Congrats on the book.

stephanie October 6, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Hi Josh, thank you for all you do..was wondering if anyone was interested in sharing/lending/borrowing kindle books? I’m a new kindle owner and am unsure if this is possible or what the guidelines for this would be. I imagine it would be similiar to a library, or giving a used paperback away when i was finished with it? Honestly not trying to cheat anyone. I’m just a voracious reader and cant afford my own habit..lol best to you and your readers…Stephanie

mm nowshad October 12, 2012 at 1:14 pm

‘How to be happy after wedding’, a kindle book by EujinaRose is indeed a wonderful treatise on marriage life without technical jargons, without psychological doctrines and unnecessary history and interpretations and the style of book directly speaks to the client and written in very simple English
This book should be gifted each newly married couples but I baffle why is printed version not available for this nice book? Could you please give your opinion? http://www.amazon.com/dp/B009MCQA3S free kindle from 10/26/2012 to 10/30/2012

Halloween Fun October 22, 2012 at 1:56 pm

This book is free for a couple days, “Halloween Fun: 99 Ideas for Crafts, Games and Activities” – http://www.amazon.com/Halloween-Fun-Crafts-Activities-ebook/dp/B009U9RICU/

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