Thrifty Thursday: Free Books!

I am a big reader and reading is one of my favorite past times. I also love bookstores, libraries, and coffee shops that have books. I love the feel of a paperback and there is just something about reading from a book. This is why I resisted getting an e-reader for so long.

That being said, at one point last year, I mentioned that a Kindle would be nice for vacations so I wouldn’t have to pack a ton of books that weighed down my bag. I think I made one or two comments about it just in passing, but my husband must have been listening and bought me a Kindle Paperwhite for Christmas. Sometimes I do miss the feel of holding a book, but I absolutely love the convenience of my Kindle.

I can check out books at my local library on my Kindle from the comfort of my home and it doesn’t cost anything. I am also an Amazon Prime member and could choose to check out a book from a list each month. Another cool thing about the Kindle is that you can get free or discounted books on Amazon every day. At the writing of this post, I have 489 books on my Kindle. Two of these books are library books and one of them I paid $0.99 for. The rest were completely free.

Amazon offers a certain number of e-books for free each day. All you have to do is search for them on Amazon. They also offer daily deals where you can purchase e-books at a discounted price. Now, not all these books are necessarily the best books you will ever read (almost anyone can write an e-book), but I have found some good cookbooks and books about home organization, green cleaning recipes, time management, and daily devotionals. One day I even got a free version of The Da Vinci Code. The worst thing that happens is that I download a book for free, it’s not very good, so I delete it off my Kindle. No big deal. I would suggest checking out Ereadergirl to get a watered down version of the best free and discounted options each day.

I still do read paperbacks from time to time, but I think, for me, the Kindle Paperwhite was a pretty good gift/investment, especially when I have literally only spent $0.99 for books since Christmas.

Do you have an e-reader? What are your thoughts?

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