Following on from my post about The Boss, I realised just how many free ebooks I have stacked up on my Kindle, and thought that now might be a good opportunity to show y’all the joys that the free ebook world has to offer.
Let me introduce you to a wonderful website: BookBub.
This absolute gem of a website collates together all of the cheap/discounted books available from reputable sellers, across a range of devices, including kindle and nook. You can either scroll through the website itself at your own leisure or sign up. Signing up means that you will be sent a daily email based upon your chosen interests, with a selection of books which they’ll think you’ll like. Now I was initially quite wary of doing this, thinking that I’d just end up ignoring their emails and eventually getting annoyed, but that actually hasn’t happened. I actually read their emails daily. It’s great – not only does it open up a whole range of free, less mainstream books without you having to trawl through pages and pass on Amazon, but it also alerts you when more well known books are going for great deals. The Silkworm was on their a couple of days ago, and I also saw We Were Liars for £0.99, which was almost annoying since I already own the paperback. So all in all, worth a look at least.
Now I know what you’re thinking: aside from those cheap mainstream titles aren’t most of those ‘free’ books pretty awful? And to you I say no! True, they can be rather hit and miss – but if you aren’t enjoying the story three chapters in there is nothing stopping you from putting it down, and since they’re free, you haven’t lost anything, except maybe a bit of storage space on your kindle. On the other hand, you might find something that’s your new thing. I think it’s perhaps one of the most accessible ways to get into a new genre too, especially one you’re not sure you’re going like. I have a few cowboy romances waiting to be picked up that I would no way have bought in a shop, but am rather intrigued by now that I don’t have to pay for them. And if you’re going away on a budget, you’re holiday reading is sorted.