Tuesday, 21 August 2012

How to find cheap ebooks

People sometimes find my blog with the search term 'How to find cheap ebooks'. I can't resist buying books when they're on offer and since I've had my Kindle I have bought many more than I will ever read. And still I keep buying... In case you have the same compulsion, here's a list of sites that help you find the bargains. [UPDATED April 2014]
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Amazon's Kindle Daily Deal (UK) new deals every day
Amazon's Kindle Dail Deal (US) new deals every day

Newsletters and sites with daily recommendations for cheap and free books:
eBookArrow (US) Sign up for a newsletter with offers in the genres that interest you
BookBub (US & UK) Sign up for a newsletter with offers in the genres that interest you
BookTastik (US) Sign up for a newsletter with offers in the genres that interest you
Daily CheapReads US Recommends cheap & free ebooks
Daily CheapReads UK Recommends cheap & free ebooks
eBooksSoda (US) Sign up for a newsletter with offers in the genres that interest you
EreaderIQ US Use their pricewatch to track ebooks so you can buy when the price drops
EreaderIQ UK Use their pricewatch to track ebooks so you can buy when the price drops
EreaderIQ Canada Use their pricewatch to track ebooks so you can buy when the price drops
Ereader News Today (US) Useful info, including free and bargain ebooks 
The Fussy Librarian (US) Sign up for a newsletter with offers in the genres that interest you
Indie Book Bargains (UK) Sign up for a daily newsletter listing free and bargain UK books
Kindle Books and Tips (US) Sign up for a daily newsletter listing free and bargain books
Kindle User Forum (UK) Browse free UK ebooks here.
Pixel of Ink (US) Daily deals and recommendations.

Borrow books with a low monthly or annual subscription:
If you're a member of Amazon Prime you can borrow selected Kindle books (including mine) for FREE... as well as getting free delivery on paperbacks + free streaming of TV/films and other benefits. Sign up for a FREE trial of Amazon Prime in the US here or the UK here.

Kindle UnlimitedKindle Unlimited allows you access to hundreds of thousands of titles at only $9.99 a month if you're in the US. You can sign up for a 30 day free trial here. My books are enrolled in Kindle Unlimited.


Get a free ebook if you have bought the print book from Amazon:
If you're in the US, Kindle Matchbook allows you to buy Kindle editions of print books you bought from Amazon.com. This means you can buy a paperback as a gift for a friend and get the ebook for yourself at a reduced price. My books are enrolled. Look here to see which other books are in the program.

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THE LONDON STORIES by Helen Smith: Three bestselling British mysteries in one bundle of fun. Join amateur sleuth Emily Castles as she investigates a murder at a bonfire night party, blackmail during an end-of-term show at a stage school, and a disappearance at a department store in London. The Kindle edition is on offer for the introductory price of $0.99/99p!

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Let me know if there are any other sites you use and I'll add them to the list.

6 comments:

KarenG said...

I find mine by just checking the Top 100 free on Amazon.com. Sadly most of them aren't great finds. I'm always thrilled though when I come across a gem.

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Karen. I check the Kindle Daily Deal every day - I usually buy a couple every week. They're really cheap and they're usually brilliant books - so it sounds as though the hit rate may be higher than looking through the free books.

Bill said...

It's not free but it is only 99¢ in the US: "Our Husband" by Stephanie Bond. I read it aloud to my wife and we both recommend it.

Helen Smith said...

Thanks, Bill. Her book is currently 77p in the UK.

Vicki said...

Yikes, Helen, you're what I call an enabler. :) I already have more books than I could read in two lifetimes. I just wish I had more time to read. :)

Helen Smith said...

Me, too! I can't resist them when they're on offer. I'm actually glad when I click on the Kindle Daily Deal and it doesn't appeal. If it's even remotely interesting, I have to have it. Daft, really, as ebook prices won't go up in future, so there's no need to stock up. No doubt the deals will come round again.