Everyone get excited because today I have my first guest post!
We all know that myth that if something is more expensive, that means it’s better. And while that might be true of some things, is it true of books?
Cassie is a blogger at Culture Coverage, and today she’ll be discussing free books as well giving suggestions for where you can find some potential great ones. Take it away, Cassie!
There’s an unfair myth floating around which says a book’s worth is based solely on its price. While bestsellers often come with a high price tag, this does not mean an expensive book is a good one. In reality, a far broader perspective is required when looking at today’s literary marketplace.
There are countless reasons why books may be distributed for free. Thanks to the modern age of e-books and the internet, the ability to distribute work for little-to-no cost is simpler than ever. This means readers often get a fantastic deal. If you still aren’t convinced that a large amount of these priceless releases are as invaluable as some of the most prestigious titles on the market, then check out some of these sources to find the best free books available.
Project Gutenberg is an invaluable source of high-quality literature. The foundation began with a student in Illinois transcribing the US constitution and now aims to transcribe all books in the public domain. It has grown exponentially to become one of the leading sources of free literature for the global digital community. Currently holding over 50,000 titles at no charge, the site includes timeless classics such as Pride and Prejudice, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and War and Peace.
This is a platform that will astound any book lover and truly stands as a challenge to the myth that free books are of little value. Often, when readers delve into these delights, they are left wondering why they ever spent so much time paying for quality literature that could be accessed for free.
The Kindle Store
When Amazon’s Kindle was initially launched, it revolutionized the standard model for book publishing. Since then this platform has collected a staggering array of literature, a sizable proportion of which is completely free. A wide range of the popular classics is offered to download for no cost. There are also thousands of free e-books published by a variety of contemporary authors.
Also unique to the store is an endless availability of promotions and offers that allow readers to download free books during a trial period. Due to licenses, these are usually dependent on location, so you can find ever more great free content by bypassing these geo-blocking restrictions. A Virtual Private Network (such as ExpressVPN) allows users to browse as if they were overseas and access an even wider range of titles!
This list denotes some of the best current free e-books available. Just remember again that they might be dependent on your location!
The self-publishing revolution has given a voice to some of the most exciting up-and-coming authors of our time. Now, via the internet, it’s easier than ever before to write and publish your work through distribution and publishing aggregate websites. However, whilst many young authors often have the writing talent, they lack a comprehensive marketing team and strategy to get behind their release. This means that lots of self-published authors produce work for low cost to hopefully get more eyes to it.
While these sorts of books aren’t always great, you can guarantee some hidden gems that bust the myth that all free books are worse than paid books. In fact, a good number of well-known books were self-published, proving that quality does not require a bookshop price tag.
Literature blogs are a great way to find the latest book offers online. Often bloggers work with authors to promote sales or giveaways, making them an underrated place to get your hands on free literature. They also provide an added bonus of in-depth reviews of the books on offer. This will give you a basic understand of the work before you commit.
These blogs provide new authors with a great promotional opportunity. Many claim that their books go on to reach high sales volumes following their promotional period. This is great for readers because it gives you a chance to get a slice of the action before the release finds notoriety.
If you find a free book, there are also several ways you can investigate it before you commit to reading it. Goodreads is an excellent resource for user reviews and ratings and a quick scroll will often tell you everything you need to know.
You can search through a whole plethora of titles as well as browse some booklists that might interest you. Alongside this, there are also a bunch of message boards and forums you can check out that will likely provide you with some useful information. Chances are you’ll find some great recommendations!
It must now be clear that today’s literature market is far too complex and rich for us to hold outdated notions about the monetary value of books. In many situations, free books can rival and even surpass the value of paid books.
With these suggestions for places to find, appraise and download a wealth of free literature, any reader can now find free books that provide some amazing entertainment and information. So why not start investigating now and see if you can find your new favorite read for no charge!
Do you have any other thoughts on free books? Do you think that there are any other sources that we missed? Please leave a comment below and tell us what you think!
About the Author: Cassie is an entertainment and technology blogger. She’s been an avid reader ever since she was a child and loves to search for free work to sink her teeth into when the purse strings are tight! She always has a list of recommendations on hand for anyone who will listen!