How to Get eBooks for Cheap or FREE!

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I read a lot. I’m also a fast reader and can go through a book in a matter of hours. That being said I don’t generally like to spend a lot of money on books since I go through them so quickly. I’m also a horrible person who doesn’t utilize the library and so now that we’ve gotten that out of the way we can talk about how I get so many of my eBooks for cheap or even for FREE!

These are four tricks/sites I use to get eBooks for cheap or for FREE.

And this is for anyone! You don’t have to be a blogger to use these sites and tricks!

Goodreads Deals

If you’re already on Goodreads than this will be an easy step for you! Goodreads Deals is probably the least robust of the eBook deal sites but I have downloaded some books from the alert emails that I wouldn’t have seen otherwise.

1. Log in to your GoodReads account. In the top right corner click on your profile icon and then click on Account Settings in the drop-down menu.

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2. Click on Deals on the far right of the menu bar.

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3. Under Deals, click on the different types of email alerts you want to receive. Their genre list is pretty limited but you can get alerts for deals from books you’ve marked as “Want to Read” and also authors you follow.

Under Retailers add the eBook retailers you want to get deals for. (ie Kindle, etc.)
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4. Once you set up the deal alerts you will receive emails (usually daily) for different books that are low in price or FREE. Goodreads only sends about one to two deals per email. If you want to purchase the book, just click on the link below the description for your eReader store. How to Get eBooks for Cheap... or FREE! | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com

 

BookBub

BookBub is one of my FAVORITE sites and I honestly don’t remember when I first started getting deals from them or how I found out about it! The sign up for BookBub is a little more thorough than Goodreads Deals but the extra 5 minutes is worth it!

1. Go to www.bookbub.com and enter your email address that you want to receive deals at. Click Start Reading – It’s Free!

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2. Under Customize your categories, click on each of the different sub-categories under each main category that interests you. Bestsellers will already be highlighted for you as a category – you may as well keep it because who doesn’t want a bestseller for FREE!

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3. Under Select your retailers, make sure your country is correct in the first dropdown and then select the eBook retailers that you want to receive deal notifications for.

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4. Under Follow authors, you can select to follow popular authors or authors you like so your deals are triggered by those as well. This isn’t a mandatory action so if you skip it don’t worry that your deals will be affected.

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5. Under View your deals, well go ahead! Click on Continue To Deals and then you will be brought to the main page and see the deals populated for you so far. You can also browse for deals under the Categories section on the left of the page or search for a book or author in the search field at the top of the page.

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6. Don’t worry about checking BookBub daily. Like the Goodreads Deals, you will get a daily email alert with your eBook bargains. The more categories you added to your interests the more deals you will wind up with. And if you want to buy one (or just snag it cause it’s FREE!) click the button for the eBook retailer underneath the cost/description.

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NetGalley

Now get excited! NetGalley is all FREE eBooks. Here’s where it also differs from Goodreads Deals and BookBub. For NetGalley you do have to write a review. That is easier said than done if you have a blog, but as long as you have social media presence than you’re good to go!

1. Go to www.netgalley.com and click Register as a Member / Reader and fill in the required fields.

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2. On the next page, you’ll be asked to confirm your email. Check your email and click on the provided link to complete the registration process.

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3. Once you’re back to NetGalley, click on the green button to update your profile.  You should do this sooner rather than later so you can start to receive book recommendations that make sense for you.
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4. In the Basic Information tab, add a quick little bio (if you’re a blogger just copy and paste that bio from your website) and also fill in your primary website or where you’ll be posting reviews. I believe this section may change if you do not put that you’re reviewing books on your blog when you sign up, but I am not 100% sure.

How to Get eBooks for Cheap... or FREE! | Perks of Being a JAP | www.perksofbeingajap.com5. Click on Reading Preferences and under the Add a Category dropdown select all of the categories that interest you. Then under Get Ready to Read, add your eReader email address. I am not sure about other eReaders but for Kindle if you’re not sure what that email address is, go to your account in Amazon.com, click on Manage Your Content and Devices and then click on Your Devices.  You’ll see your Kindle email address there.

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6. When you’re done with your profile you’ll be brought back to the main page. Here you can either search for books in the search field at the top of the page, browse for books under Your Categories on the left or see what is recommended for you in the body of the page. You can also click on Dashboard at the top of the page to see more books at once and when you’ve been approved for books they will be on your Shelf.

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7. When you find a book that you want to apply for, click on Request and then in the new window check off each box about why the book interests you. You don’t have to select all of them but I’d put at least one before clicking Send Request.

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When you’re approved for a book you will get an email notification. The timing varies for notifications – sometimes it’s almost instantaneous and sometimes it could take days or longer. Once you get the notification go and send the book to your eReader. Make sure you do it before the archive date or you might not be able to download the book in time!

You will also get a notification if you don’t get the book for whatever reason. There are some books that you can get immediately – those will be noted as such on NetGalley. When you’re done reading the book make sure to go back and leave a quick review for it on NetGalley!

There is another website where you can get physical books for free called Blogging for Books. They may (?) be affiliated with NetGalley but I am not 100% sure. However it’s the same kind of premise, but you get the physical book instead of an eBook. 

Amazon Wishlists

This one is a little trick I realized I could use to my advantage when adding books to my Amazon wishlist. This trick is only for Kindle users since its through Amazon.

1. When you want to buy an eBook but maybe don’t want to pay $11.99 for it, add it to your Amazon wishlist. You can see your wishlist (and any others you may have set up) by hovering over Lists and then click the right one from the drop-down menu. Then when your lists come up, on the top right click on Filters and then Items with price drops.

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2. After the filter has been applied you’ll now only see books (and whatever else is on your wishlist) that have had price drops. I just did this as I was finishing this post and snagged a book – America’s First Daughter – for $1.99 when it originally was $7.99! I tend to check this a couple of times a day as I’m doing my usual internet perusing. It pays off because I’ve been able to grab some bestsellers and popular books for only a few dollars this way!

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I hope this was helpful! I have always loved to read and without joining a library these are great ways to make sure I’m not spending a fortune on books!

Comments

  1. Great advice! I’m going to try the goodreads one!

  2. This is awesome! I’m signing up right now!

  3. I haven’t checked NetGalley in ages. But I did receive some decent books from them! Some of the super popular-ish titles are sort of high competition, but never hurts to request. But you’ve *got* to do the reviews in a timely manner otherwise your score/rates go down making you less appealing to publishers. Edelweiss is another one, but I never had any luck with them.

    Signing up for Kindle Firsts is good, too! You can get a free book a month before it comes out — they only let you pick from 5-6, and sometimes they don’t interest me, but it’s a great way to get exposed to new books!
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    • I totally forgot about Kindle First! I am on that too (thanks to Kate.) Maybe I’ll save that for an update post to this one. Never heard of Edelweiss – I’ll have to check it out.

  4. Join the library!!! I get books on my iPad with my library account number through the Overdrive app and it’s amazing! New books, ebooks and classics, oh my!!

  5. This is a really useful post! I pretty much only read ebooks when traveling, because at home I like to hold a real book, but I definitely prefer free ebooks if I can get them! I use Gutenberg.org for the classics, but some newer free ebooks would be really nice!
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  6. Now THIS is a useful post! I usually get my free ebooks from Gutenberg.org, but it would be nice to have something modern to read once in a while! 🙂
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  7. Great ideas! I use my library’s link to OverDrive to check out eBooks for free on my iPad, and their Zinio for Libraries subscription to get free magazines. I paid for O Magazine for years, but now I can get it for free through the library, so it feels like I’m saving so much!
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  8. Awesome! Can’t wait to try out a few of these tricks.

    • 🙂 I would say BookBub is the easiest and the Goodreads one, but if you want to write reviews also – definitely give NetGalley a shot (I just copy out whatever I wrote on my blog for that!)

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