Bookish Resources or How To Get Free Books Legally

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Hey, everyone! So, I’ve written a while ago a somewhat controversial post on book piracy where I tried to talk about how we should do more about making books available and accessible to other countries besides the english-speaking ones and basically being more sensitive to this issue because it’s a complex one.

Ever since I wrote that post, I had some mixed feelings – at first, I thought it was because I regretted writing the post, but I don’t think I do, really. Many people came forward with their stories, it started quite a discussion and many US bloggers found out new things about how hard it is for international readers to get books.

So, I realized that the reason why I felt conflicted was because besides starting that discussion, I hadn’t offered many alternatives to book piracy. Therefore, I’m here to change that and present you with some ways to get free books legally or to buy them at more accessible prices.

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#1: Riveted

This site is created by Simon Teen and they always have so many young adult resources. They either have full books or extended excerpts. The only downside is that those aren’t available all the time, they switch the books, so every book is available for a certain period of time. For example, right now you can read Since You’ve Been Gone, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, Love and Gelato, When Dimple Met Rishi, Alex Approximately and more books for free (also, all the mentioned are in full format, so what are you doing here??? go read those amazing books).

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#2: BookBub

This is a great site for finding deals on Kindle books, they even send you emails if you subscribe to their newsletter. They present you a wide variety from free ebooks to ebooks with prices that vary between 0.99 to $2, I totally recommend them because they make it very easy for you to find some deals on those books you’ve been waiting for ages to read.

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#3 : Netgalley and Edelweiss

Both of these are for Advance Reader’s Copy (ARCs) and bloggers usually have more success in getting those than regular readers, but they still have some open to read titles that you can find that are open to anybody. You can download them at any point and read.

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#4 : Barnes & Noble and Amazon

Both of these list free ebooks that you can download, the only downside for Amazon is that you need a Kindle, but I was able to connect my Amazon account on my phone too via the application on Google Store, so voila! These are quite amazing because sometimes there are deals (check Amazon’s today deals frequently) where you can get free ebooks that are very popular. They Both Die at The End, The Hate U Give have had deals on Amazon recently, so keep an eye on that!

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#5 : Classic Reader and Project Gutenberg

Both of these are mostly focused on classics, they don’t have Young Adult Literature, but if you ever need to read a classic for class and you don’t want to buy it/you don’t have a library to borrow it from, try those resources!

There are also many more sites similar to this one : Open Library being one of the most popular. I haven’t tried this one myself, but I’ve heard it’s quite good.

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#6 : Tor

They list free ebooks frequently and I am quite in love with their books, so check it out, I’m sure you’ll find something to read!

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#7 : Writers and Publishers’ Newsletters

Try to sign up for the newsletters of some of your favourite authors or publishers because they always list ebook deals, I’ve even had once someone from Simon & Schuster sending me a free ebook after I signed up for theirs. There are also giveaways and opportunities – though many of them are US only, but sometimes they are international too!

#8 : Sign up for Street Teams

Some authors do street teams, where a bunch of readers come together to discuss and create buzz for an upcoming release. There are usually links to sign up on Twitter or Facebook, sometimes even on Tumblr, but most of them are on Twitter. These are great opportunities to receive e-ARCs, even physical ARCs and swags. YAAY, these are amazing!!!

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#9 : Ask publishers for e-ARCs

Okay, so hear me out on this one because I know you’re freaking out right now because I mentioned publishers and the tension suddenly grew ten times. If you’re an international book blogger, chances are some publishers won’t send you physical ARCs, but some of them will send e-ARCs instead. I’ve had three e-ARCs accepted on Netgalley directly by the publisher after I requested a physical one and they told me they can’t send it, instead giving me the digital copy. Some publishers also have forms where you can request e-ARCs or physical ones : HMH Teen and Penguin. Of course, if you send a request for a digital copy, you’re expected to read it and review it just like you’d read a physical copy.

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#10 : Giveaways and Blog Tours

Goodreads barely has any international giveaways left, so I won’t recommend this one. Instead, I’ll recommend twitter – my personal favourite way of tracking giveaways is to search for #bookgiveaway, it’s easy to do and it helps you find so many giveaways. Also, Twitter is getting very good at including international people in giveaways, so it won’t be a problem to find them.

Blog tours – this one is again directed to book bloggers, if you take part in blog tours, there are high chances you’ll receive copies of the book. My favourite is The Fantastic Flying Book Club because their book choices are usually right up my alley. Entangled Teen also sends you opportunities for blog tours if you sign up to their newsletter.

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Do you know other sites/resources from where people can get free books legally? Leave your suggestions in the comments, but please no piracy sites!

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63 thoughts on “Bookish Resources or How To Get Free Books Legally

  1. Vikki says:

    Thank you so much for this post you have no idea how much you just helped me out! I’ve been meaning to read When Dimple Met Rishi for so long but haven’t been able to find it anywhere, I just looked it up on Riveted. I can’t wait to get to it ❀ I totally related to your previous post too, so thanks a lot for sharing all these amazing resources πŸ™‚

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    • Marta says:

      Yaaay! I’m so happy I could help you! I hope you get to read many of their books, I always use Riveted since they have amazing books up! This time they really outdone themselves because they have some of my most favourite contemporary books ever. Enjoy! ❀

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  2. Michelle 🌈 says:

    Oh my goodness I had no idea Riveted was a thing?? That is AMAZING – I’m quickly going to read Since You’ve Been Gone before it’s gone (pun not intended haha)
    There were a few others I didn’t know on this list. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. PaperbackCassie says:

    I’m not an international reader but I know how difficult it is for those of you who are to get your hands on books. I just want to say this is a fantastic resource!
    I’m broke, so I get most of my books from the library but I know even that sometimes isn’t an option for international readers

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    • Marta says:

      Thank you very much for saying these words! As an international blogger, I’m also happy whenever non-international bloggers support us even with words! ❀ It means a lot. I know what you mean, I'm an international blogger who has access to a library, but there aren't many recent YA books there. So, I mainly use it for classics and I get very happy whenever I find a YA book too.

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  4. Marie says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a useful post for readers and bloggers, that’s amazing! I would love to have the opportunity to be part of a street team someday, it sounds like a whole lot of fun to be part of this kind of thing ❀

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    • Marta says:

      It was my pleasure, Marie!! ❀ I'm part of three street teams and it's quite amazing, though it can also be a bit nerve-racking since they are usually on Facebook and so many people and interaction. OMG. But I could send you some Street Team opportunities that I'd think you'd like if I ever find some more? ❀

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      • Marie says:

        Ohh, well if you ever run into an opportunity like that, I’d love it if you could share! It has to be so much fun πŸ™‚ you’re so sweet ❀ ❀

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  5. Rebeccah @ The Pixie Chronicles says:

    Oh wow, some of these are brand new to me and super awesome!! Thank you so much for compiling this list, it really should be making it’s way around the blog-o-sphere! Such a fantastic resource, I thank you immensely for putting it together and helping more readers know there ARE ways to get a hold of free/inexpensive books. The more we use these resources, the more publishers will take notice and find ways to continue to offer more discounted books for readers with less income πŸ™‚

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    • Marta says:

      You’re most welcome!! ❀ I really hope that's what the publishers will do, I love how they seem to try to do huge price drops once in a while when it comes to popular books, I think it's a great thing to do. But there's still a long way to go before we can say books are easy to access for everyone, sadly. I'll continue to add resources to this post when I find them!

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  6. Andreea P. says:

    I loved the post about piracy and I love this one even more! There is also Serial Reader – an app that helps people read classics one chapter at a time. It is advertised as an app for people who are trying to read more, so if you want to read the full book in one day and not wait for the next chapter, then you will have to pay. But it’s still free and that’s how I read Madame Bovary (and other books).

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  7. ioana @dragonwaffles says:

    This is really really helpful THANK YOU YOU WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING. You’re doing amazing sweety CAN I JUST SAY THAT I LOVE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TO THE COMMUNITY A WHOLE BUNCH ❀️. As a broke teen that doesn’t have much money to throw on books all the time THANKS A BUNCH. Bookworms should have each others backs here this is bookworm solidarity.

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    • Marta says:

      You’re most welcome, Ioana!!! β€πŸ€— You’re too kind, I don’t know how big my contribution is, but I want to help you all! πŸ’– Always, bookworms united!

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    • Marta says:

      You’re most welcome, Tasya! ❀ Well, it depends on the author, some of them make facebook groups for street teams, others just do it via emails. You sign up for these street teams and the author sets up weekly some tasks for promoting the book, you get prizes from completing those tasks – eARCs, swag, physical copies sometimes. It's quite fun! ❀

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  8. Annemieke says:

    I always forget to check Revited. I just don’t nessecarily like to read on the comp. With Amazon you can also read the free books on your computer by the way if you can’t get an app to work or don’t have a kindle. πŸ™‚

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  9. Fanna says:

    You’ve put together such a good list, Marta! I didn’t know about the classics at all, that’s super helpful since I love reading classics but never think of buying them. Riveted is pretty good if people like reading hyped titles but don’t know where to get the book from. Even Tor is good in that aspect. Of course, a lot of eARCs are available on Netgalley and Edelweiss. Thanks Marta for this ❀

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