List of Free Kindle Books

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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.


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.