To say we live in a golden age for reading would be an understatement: a lot of the most important and entertaining books ever written—from ancient Greek philosophy to Russian novels, from romantic comedies to horror stories—are available completely free as ebooks. Whether you want to read them on your computer or on your phone, on a Kindle or just using the Kindle app, you can read hundred of books not just without breaking the bank, but without spending a cent.
Below we've highlighted some of the books available as free ebooks that have been recommended by experts on Five Books. If you want to read them on your e-reader or Kindle, here are a number of ways of finding them:
1. via Amazon. If you have a Kindle, Amazon make it very easy to read ebooks for free, especially if you already have Amazon Prime membership. Go to the Kindle store on your computer or phone, punch in the title of the book you want, and set the filter to 'price lowest to highest'. (You'll need to reset this filter every time you change the search term, unfortunately). You'll hopefully see the book you're looking for listed for $0.00.
One caveat: anyone can publish via Amazon, so it could be an edition riddled with strange typos. We've noticed that Amazon do an 'Amazon Classics' range of ebooks, free for Amazon Prime members, which seems to have some quality control in place (judging by the books we've looked at so far).
Note: you could search for the book on your Kindle directly, but it's not easy to filter by price, so hard to find that holy grail of 'Kindle Price: $0.00'
2. What happens if you cannot find your ebook for free on Amazon? Don't give up yet. If the book is in the public domain—which most books over a century year old are—the next place to search is Project Gutenberg. This is a wonderful initiative making ebooks freely available. You can read the books online, download them to your computer or device, or download them to your Kindle or other e-reader.
The first step is to go to Kindle's experimental browser. Use it to go to the Gutenberg.org site, search for your book, and download it in the format you want (e.g. Kindle (with images)). Note: this will also work for other e-readers, not just the Kindle.