As popular as the iPad is for the eBook reader market, there didn't seem to be any slow down in Kindle sales this holiday season. In fact, according to media reports, Amazon was scheduled to ship more than eight million Kindle e-Readers this year - 60 percent up from previous forecasts. And not only are there now more Kindle owners, it is becoming easier to pay for your Kindle with the money you save in receiving free books.
Priced as low as $139 for WiFi and $189 for 3G, the free book resources are popping up all over the Internet. Some are public domain books which number in the thousands and some are 'free book' libraries that include new authors and established authors alike.
For a comprehensive listing, users are bookmarking EreaderNewsToday.com which is an aggregator of free books. Here Kindle users can find free book resources all in one place instead searching across the Web. The site includes a free service that sends free new release eBook listings right to one's inbox as well as listing them daily on their Facebook page. Sign-ups can be made at their Web site.
For more resources, Mashable's "Free Kindle Books: A Guide" notes the following Web sites that are currently offering free eBooks for Kindle readers:
- Project Gutenberg: 33,000 free e-books, including all of the classics, available in Kindle, HTML and simple text formats.
- Google E-Bookstore: The free section is filled with thousands of free, scanned copies of books, available in Kindle-friendly PDF formats.
- Internet Archive: Millions of primarily rare, out-of-print works in multiple languages and formats (including Kindle), especially useful for academic work.
- Open Library: 20 million user-contributed items in multiple editions and formats (including Kindle).
- ManyBooks.net: Nearly 30,000 titles, many of which have been pulled from Project Gutenberg. Has a good collection of little-known Creative Commons works.
- LibriVox: Thousands of free audiobooks.
E-Readers like the Nook and the Sony Reader automatically give you access to the thousands of free books in Google's online library. But for the Kindle, you need to overcome a few obstacles before you can gain access.
The work-around is to download a program called Calibre. It will convert your Google Book downloads to a format any e-Reader can recognize- and will send them to your device automatically.
With most of these resources, it is important to note that while you can download free Kindle books to your Kindle, smartphone or desktop, you will need to transfer the books manually using a computer and a USB cable. This is not the case however when you obtain free books or buy them at the Kindle Store. The "Free eBook Collections" represents Kindle's free offerings.