Read Books Online FREE


Do you have a love of reading, but not the budget to back up just how much so? You are not alone. So many now read books online for free. Do you know how? If not, I’m going to tell you.

Almost everyone I talk to or see discussing this subject online, say the same things – “I can’t afford all the books I want to read.”

And I get it. I truly do. I’m one of those persons, as well. Today, times are tough. At least in my country, the majority of families don’t make enough money to “splurge” on books, especially since there are more books than ever before. And who doesn’t want ALL THE BOOKS?


But, pirating is not the answerBook-Bottle

You still with me so far? Don’t get me wrong, though. It is incredibly expensive to write and publish books, and it is only right (and really should go without saying) that authors be paid for their hard work – blood, sweat, and tears are shed for these stories you love so much. No one likes to work for free, so why should authors be any different?

Even more important, if writers cannot make a living by providing you stories, then guess what? They’ll be forced to stop. And then no more books. See how crucial it is to support your favorite authors?

Writers truly do pour everything they have into their stories, so please don’t take advantage by downloading illegal, pirated copies of books. Instead, there are other ways to get free books.

How to read online for FREE

There are many, many ways to do this. It all depends on how you want to go about it.

First, there are thousands of books that are completely free for you to read and is 100% legal to do so. Have you checked just how many your favorite online retailer(s) has for free? That’s right – Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo….every bookstore online has a whole section dedicated to these free ebooks. I know, you’re probably thinking: “Yeah, duh, Bailey. Everyone knows this. But how can you tell which is a good freBook-Coffeee book and a bad free book?”

I suppose…you can’t. I can promise you, though, that there ARE a ton of amazing books out there – especially in the free section. This is because many fabulous writers choose to not go with a traditional publisher, and so in order to entice you to give their work a try, they offer a free book – usually the first one in a series, or maybe a standalone of their earlier works – so that you’ll give them a chance. It could take some weeding through what’s out there, but I promise you. It’ll be worth it. Here’s a couple of my favorite free books:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Yes, many of you have probably read this classic, but if not, I highly recommend it. It’s one of my all-time favorites. The way the creature is portrayed in Hollywood movies is not at all who and how he really is in the book. So give it a try, and you might be surprised just how much of an emotional read this one is.

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher – I haven’t actually read this one yet, but it’s high on my TBR list. It has over 1,000 reviews with an average rating of 4.5 stars. And it’s free. Why not give it a shot? I’m willing to bet you’ll become life-long fans of these two authors if you do.

Cornerstone by Misty Provencher – Excellent writer, amazing person. Her books are a must-read, so definitely give them a try.

Sweet Oblivion by Bailey Ardisone – Nari gets intertwined with a dark, mysterious guy. She thought he was the devil, or maybe an angel. But she was wrong. He’s something completely different. —Okay, fine, this one is mine. Just in case you didn’t know it was free, I couldn’t NOT include it, could I? :) This is the first book in a series of four.

If you’re not interested in those, then take a look at Amazon’s TOP 100 FREE Books. You never know, you might find your next favorite read in there.


I know, libraries don’t always have the books you want. They’re extremely limited. But did you know that there are THOUSANDS of incredible authors with exceptional books that are available to libraries despite them not being on the shelves? It’s true. All of my books, for instance, can be rented through your local library. All you have to do is ask.

The same is true for many authors, so next time you go perusing through those dusty shelves and come up empty-handed, try giving their online search a try, or talk to the friendly staff for recommendations. Anything you don’t see physically there, they can get it for you, or you most likely can read it online for FREE, just like any of their hard copies.

Speaking of hard copies, have you seen those adorable – completely free – tiny libraries around your town? They’re called Little Free Library, and I adore them. I wonder what gems could be awaiting you in there….

Kindle Unlimited

This isn’t technically free, as it does cost a low monthly subscription fee, however, this is probably your BEST option if you want to read as many books as you want for a nominal price. Think about it…do you enjoy Netflix and Hulu? Then you’d love Amazon Kindle Unlimited.

I’m sure you’ve heard of it before, and if you already are a subscriber, then fantastic!Kindle

My entire series – all four books – are on there in a box set bundle. With these four books alone, you’d already make back the subscription fee, plus more! It’d cost you $12 to own all four of my books individually, but with Kindle Unlimited, you’d only pay $9.99 for the whole month, opening up an entire world of books to read with no limit to it. Just think of how much money you’d save! Honestly, this is the best value for your money if you want to read ALL THE BOOKS but can’t afford to. And, even better, you can sign up for a FREE 30-day trial to test out how you like it! How awesome is that? Join Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Here’s just SOME of the books available to you on Kindle Unlimited:

The Five Stages of Falling in Love by Rachel Higginson – An absolute MUST-READ. Rachel is not only a friend of mine, but my FAVORITE (modern day) author EVER. If you’re looking for an emotional, heart-gripping read, look no further with this one.

Slow Dance in Purgatory by Amy Harmon – New York Times Bestselling author, this is a great way to introduce yourself to this fabulous writer’s work.

Under Different Stars by Amy Bartol – With over 1,000 reviews online and an average rating of 4.6 stars, I highly recommend giving this a try if you haven’t already.

Always Forever by Mary Smith – This woman does it all. Get acquainted with her work, because if you like hot, steamy guys, then this author is for you.

The Sweet Series by Bailey Ardisone – Of course, I had to include my own series. I HAD TO!!! I’m sorry. :)

In order to see all the books available in Kindle Unlimited, you must have a subscription. It’s totally worth it, and I truly do hope you consider how much money you’d save + how much awesomeness would be available to you. Give the risk-free, 30-day trial a chance, and you might wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

Already a Kindle Unlimited subscriber? Already a free-ebook guru? Please, comment below with your top favorite books to read for free! I’d love to see what you’ve got!

18 Responses

  1. Jen

    good options thanks for sharing

  2. Diane F.

    I love those little free libraries! A great idea for communities. I’ve been thinking of giving kindle unlimited a try. Thanks.

  3. Heidi

    Love love love Kindle Unlimited. I like the online library too.

  4. Emma

    I had honestly never thought of these things! For me, it was either get it from the library or buy it it! I have been finding the fees stressful though! It costs $1.50 to put a book on hold which doesn’t seem like much unless you multiply it by ten! There is actually a whole series that I would like to read that is unavailable to me unless I put them on hold :(

  5. Bailey Ardisone

    Me, too, Emma! I know what you mean. It can get really expensive buying all the books that you want, especially if you’re a fast reader! That rots that your library charges you to put a book on hold! I’m grateful that my library district doesn’t do that. I wonder if that series you’re looking for is available through Kindle Unlimited? What you’d pay in hold fees would literally be LESS than two whole months of Kindle Unlimited, since you get the first month free! I hope you give it a try. :) If you don’t like it, it’s super easy to cancel right through your Amazon account settings, and even if you cancel before your month is up, it allows you to keep using the service until the entire 30 days has ended, so it’s completely risk-free. I have nothing but great things to say about KU. Thanks for your comment!

  6. Brent

    Beautiful site and great content. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Bailey Ardisone

    Thank you, Brent! I appreciate it!

  8. Dan

    I never really heard about these free ebooks. In highschool, I read a great book by Nancy Farmer called house of the scorpion. I wonder if kobo has that book for free. I would love to read it again!

  9. Bailey Ardisone

    Hi, Dan! I’ll have to give House of Scorpion a try! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Maurice

    You have opened up for many who did not know how the Internet can open the world to reading. Hard copies can hard or to expensive to obtain. The avenues you provide for reading in this post is truly welcomed

  11. Bailey Ardisone

    Thank you, Maurice! Reading can definitely be an expensive hobby, so I like to find ways to ease the pressure on my wallet! :)

  12. Kathy

    These are great suggestions for resources for books. I have a Kindle and I am currently subscribed to Amazon. Thanks for the post.

  13. Bailey Ardisone

    Thanks, Kathy! I love my Kindle!

  14. Will

    I need to bookmark this page for all the goodies. I love to visit the library but like you said, sometimes the books I want are always lent out. How much is the kindle unlimited? This looks like a good alternative!

  15. Bailey Ardisone

    Thanks, Will! Kindle Unlimited is only $9.99 a month, so for someone who reads more than 1 book a month, it’s a great option. :) Thanks for the comment!

  16. Simon

    Dear Bailey,
    thank you very much for your post.I had the same problem till now about books. I love reading but many books are expensive and you don´t find them in the libraries. At the end I always buy them. I have done some calculations and that Kindle Unlimited option is cheaper at the end of the month. I read about 1 book every 2 weeks.
    Thank you for your tips again.

  17. Bailey Ardisone

    Hi, Simon! Thank you so much for the comment! Good luck with Kindle Unlimited! :)

  18. Linda Moffitt

    Being a Prime Member They have a program called Kindle Owners Lending Library where we can borrow one Kindle Unlimited book a month for free
    prime also offers Kindle 1st program – One free pre-order from a selection of 6 once a month
    They also now have a Prime reading program (which is sort of like Kindle Unlimited) except it’s free if you have prime and they have less choices than KU
    Those are some of the ways I get free books

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