After reading my guide on which Kindle to choose, you have finally bought your first ebook reader. You are extremely satisfied with it, but after purchasing various titles on the Kindle Store you realized that you were spending too much. In fact, your “hunger” for books is great and, if it were for you, you would download dozens of ebooks a month. Indeed, hundreds. You don’t know how much I understand you … but you have to learn to manage your finances intelligently. And then on the Internet, there are many books that you can download for free completely free.
Yes, you read that right! Also on the official Kindle store, there are dozens of books that you can download for free and read at any time without any time limit. In addition, there are many external sites that allow you to download books in Kindle format for free; books can then be copied to the ebook reader’s memory in a few clicks. Of course, we are not talking about freshly baked best sellers from the hottest authors of the moment (those are always paid), but in the context of classic titles and works produced by emerging authors, there is really a lot to read.
Would you like to know more? Well, then take five minutes of free time and let me explain how to download books for free on Kindle using the official Amazon store and external sites that offer the possibility to download ebooks at no cost. I assure you that you will be spoiled for choice and that, most likely, it will be some time before you feel the need to download some other paid books. Enjoy your reading and have fun!
- Kindle Store
- Sites to download free books on Kindle
- Copy books to Kindle
- Try Kindle Unlimited
- Amazon Prime Reading
- Download paid ebook extracts
Kindle Store, Amazon’s official store, is the first “place” you need to look if you’re looking for free ebooks. In addition to the latest titles offered by publishing houses and international bestsellers, a large number of free titles are available on the Kindle Store, ranging from the great classics of literature to the works of emerging authors.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to browse the free titles offered by the Kindle Store from Kindle devices: there is no page dedicated to this content. However, you can easily get around the problem by visiting the Kindle Store from your computer (using any web browsing program, such as Chrome) and ordering the download of the works of your interest directly on the ebook reader.
To better understand what I am referring to, use your computer to connect to this Amazon page and you will immediately find yourself in the presence of all the free ebooks offered by the Kindle Store. You can therefore decide whether to browse all the available works, scrolling the page down, or whether to focus on the classics in Italian by clicking on the item Other free classics located at the top right, corresponding to the title Free Classics in Italian.
Once you have identified the work of your interest, click on its cover, make sure that on the next page there is the option Kindle Format – EUR 0.00 selected and select the name of your Kindle (eg. Andrea’s Kindle ) from the Send to drop-down menu located in the right sidebar. Finally, press the Buy now button with 1-Click (even if the term “buy” is used, don’t worry, you will not be charged) and the free item you selected will be automatically downloaded to your Kindle, as soon as it is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
If you don’t see the Kindle drop-down menu on Amazon, you are most likely not logged into your account. Then click on the Accounts and Lists button located at the top right, enter the username and password of the Amazon account you used on your Kindle and the menu should appear.
How do you say? At the moment you don’t have a PC at your disposal and therefore you can’t access the Amazon section with free ebooks? Don’t panic! You can use a smartphone or tablet to visit the Kindle Store from the browser (just follow the same steps I just indicated for the PC) or, alternatively, you can search from the Kindle and intercept the titles of your interest directly from the ebook reader.
To find free books from the Kindle, press the button? located on the main screen of the device and select the Kindle Store item from the menu that appears. On the store page, press the search bar at the top and search for free or free Italian ebooks.
This will open a page with all the titles that match your search terms, therefore most likely some downloadable books at no cost. Unfortunately, as already mentioned, it is not possible to browse them in an orderly manner by separating the classics from the most recent titles, but even in this way you should be able to find some content of your interest.
Once you have found a book you like, you can download it to your Kindle by simply selecting its cover image and tapping the Get it for free button on the screen that opens.
Sites to download free books on Kindle
If you can’t find titles of your interest on the Kindle Store, you can turn to one of the many sites that allow you to download ebooks for free: there are really many to choose from and they include works of all kinds, from the great classics of international literature to works of emerging authors in search of notoriety. All for free and without registration.
The only care you must have is to download files compatible with your Kindle, then files in Mobi, AZW, PDF or TXT format. If you download files in ePub format (the most popular ebook format outside the Kindle world), before transferring them to your ebook reader you will need to convert them to Mobi, AZW or PDF using Caliber, a free and open-source software (available for Windows, macOS and Linux) that allows you to organize e-books and convert them into various formats: I told you about it in detail in my tutorial on how to transform ePub into PDF. Personally, I advise you to use the AZW format or the Mobi format, the PDF is less flexible and does not allow, for example, to change the layout or the size of the text.
Having made this necessary premise, here is a list with some sites that allow you to download free books for Kindle and, to follow, the instructions to copy the files taken from them on the ebook reader: have fun!
- Project Gutenberg– is the largest “free” library in the digital world. It promotes culture by making digital versions of all the greatest classics of world literature (in many different languages) available at no cost. Furthermore, it offers the possibility to download works still protected by copyright for which the authors have accepted free distribution on the Internet. The books are also available in Mobi format for Kindle: to download them, select the title of your interest and choose the Kindle option (with images) or the Kindle option (without images) from the page that opens. You can browse books by category ( here find the categories with books in Italian) or by searching by title/author, using the bar on the left.
- Wikisource– it is a project of the Wikimedia Foundation that hosts works in the public domain and works distributed under the Creative Commons license: among them there are classic books and books belonging to a little bit of all genres (also in Italian, of course). It allows you to browse the works available based on various criteria (eg by authors, by texts or based on categories such as art and society ) and to search for them directly using the appropriate bar at the top right. The files can then be downloaded in Mobi format optimized directly for Kindle (as well as in many other formats).
- FeedBooks– although less known than the sites mentioned above, FeedBooks hosts numerous titles in Italian for free download. Among these many classics of international literature, eg. “Cuore” by Edmondo de Amicis, and books in dark shades, such as those of the thrill master Edgar Allan Poe. To download FeedBooks books in Kindle (Mobi) format, first click on their cover image and then on the Kindle item on the page that opens.
- Liber Liber– is one of the largest Italian sites dedicated to free ebooks. It is managed by a non-profit organization and contains both great classics of world literature and works by contemporary authors. Unfortunately, it does not offer books in Mobi or AZW format, but only PDF and TXT (as well as ePub). Having said that, to browse the works available on the site, click on the Enter button on its home page, choose List of authors and works and click first on the title of the work of your interest and then on the download button in the format you prefer (eg . PDF ), at the bottom of the page that opens.
- Free Ebook– an Italian site that contains only works by emerging authors, belonging to various literary genres, downloadable in PDF format. The works are not organized into genres, so to download them you simply have to select their covers and then press the download button on the page that opens.
If any passage is not clear to you and you want to know more about these quotes to download free ebooks , consult my post dedicated to the topic.
Copy books to Kindle
Once you have downloaded the books in Mobi, AZW or PDF format to your computer, you are free to transfer them to your Kindle. Then connect the ebook reader to the computer using a USB cable and access its internal memory. How? I’ll explain it to you right away.
If you are using a Windows PC, open the File Explorer (the yellow folder icon located at the bottom left, on the taskbar), choose the item Computer or This PC from the left sidebar and double click on the Kindle icon. If you’re using a Mac, on the other hand, simply double-click the Kindle icon that appears on your desktop or in the Finder sidebar.
At this point, select the books you want to copy to the ebook reader and make a copy-and-paste to copy them into the Documents (or Internal documents ) folder of the Kindle. When completed, disconnect the Kindle from the PC and you will find your books on the main screen of the reader.
How do you say? Don’t you currently have the ability to physically connect your Kindle to your computer? No problem. If you want, you can also copy books to your ebook reader via email (as long as these do not exceed 50MB in total weight). To activate the transfer of ebooks to your Kindle via e-mail, connect to this Amazon page and, if necessary, log in to your account.
Then click on the Settings tab located at the top right, press the Add a new approved e-mail address at the bottom of the page that has opened and type the email address you want to use to send the books to the Kindle.
When the operation is completed, you can send the ebooks to your Kindle by simply composing a new e-mail message, attaching the books you want to transfer to the ebook reader and addressing the message to the address listed next to the device name, in the table that is found under Personal Document Settings (e.g. yourname_123 @ kindle.com ).
Try Kindle Unlimited
Did the free titles available on the Kindle Store and on the sites I mentioned earlier not satisfy you? Would you like something “fresher” than the great classics of literature? In this case you could try Kindle Unlimited.
If you have never heard of it, Kindle Unlimited is an Amazon service that, for 9.99 euros/month, allows you to freely access 20,000 titles in Italian and over 1 million titles in other languages. I point it out because the first month of subscription is free and the subscription can be deactivated at any time.
If you want to activate Kindle Unlimited on your Amazon account, access the main menu of your Kindle, press the button? which is located at the top right and select the Kindle Store item from the menu that appears. Then, tap on the Kindle Unlimited item, press the Subscribe now button, 30 days free. Pay later and that’s it. Alternatively, connect to this Amazon page from your computer and press the Subscribe button, it’s free for 30 days.
Once you have activated your Kindle Unlimited subscription, you can download free books to your Kindle by simply selecting their cover images and pressing the Read Free with Kindle Unlimited button. Of course, you can only download the titles included in the service for free.
If after the 30-day trial you want to deactivate Kindle Unlimited, connected to this Amazon page, log in to your account (if necessary) and first click on the item Unsubscribe from Kindle Unlimited in the left sidebar and then on the End subscription button on the page that opens. You will be able to continue using the service until the end of the trial period (or the current subscription period).
Amazon Prime Reading
If Kindle Unlimited seems a little too expensive and you have an active Amazon Prime subscription, know that you can access part of the service catalog for free through Amazon Prime Reading.
By selecting the item relating to Amazon Prime Reading in the Kindle store, you will in fact have access to a library consisting of over 500 ebooks and comics in electronic format (the comics are not all in Italian, indeed most are in English) to download and read freely on your Kindle and on all apps and services related to the Kindle world.
To download a book or comic included in the Amazon Prime Reading service, select its cover, press the Read now button and wait for it to be imported into your personal library: it will take a few seconds.
Download paid ebook extracts
If you don’t want to subscribe to Kindle Unlimited, you can still download paid portions of books for free by using the excerpt download feature offered by Amazon. Thanks to this function, you can select a book for sale on the Kindle Store and download an extract of some pages (usually 2 or 3 chapters) to read for free and without any time limit before purchasing the complete work.
To download an extract on your Kindle, select the ebook of your interest in the Kindle Store and press the item Send extract now which is in the description of the work. Alternatively, you can act as a PC by selecting an ebook on Amazon and clicking on the Send a free sample button in the right sidebar (you must make sure that the name of your Kindle is selected in the drop-down menu below).
The selected ebook excerpt will be automatically downloaded to your Kindle and will appear on the Kindle’s home screen.
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