8 Ways To Read Books For Free

Book lovers are constantly faced with this dilemma: do I buy it or not? I’d say we often like to buy books to support authors and also add more books to our ever-growing collection but it can sometimes be hard if we’re trying to save up money.

Throughout my time reading, I have always tried to buy books I enjoy and support authors. However, if I bought every single book I wanted to read, I’d probably go broke! Generally, I will buy the books that I enjoy or know I’ll likely love and read the ones that I’m unsure of online for free. 

Thankfully, there are actually many ways to read books for free! While I think it’s good to buy books, it’s also good to have a balance and be able to read for free. 


Here are 8 ways to read books for free:

  1. Netgalley

Anyone can sign up to receive advanced reader copies (ARCs) which are copies of the book before it comes out in exchange for an honest review. You’ll be required to create a profile to let publishers know where you’ll post your reviews. Once a publisher has accepted your book request, you’re ready to read!

  1. Review books

If you have a blog or put yourself out there on social media as a book reviewer, people will likely reach out and ask you to review their books. While this is a great way to be able to read more books for free, you’ll also be expected to provide an honest review of it so make sure you’re willing to do so because reviews are super important for authors and should be taken seriously.

  1. Library

Libraries are everywhere and free for use so make use of it! So many of the books I’ve read have been from the library. (They usually carry a lot of new titles too)! If the library in your area is closed due to COVID, you can still borrow eBooks and audiobooks!

  1. Google Books or Apple Books

If you go to Google or the Apple Books store, you’ll be able to choose from a bunch of free books to download!

  1. BookBub 

BookBub is a website to help readers find new books and authors. You can download free and discounted eBooks that are selected by their editorial team as well as book recommendations, author updates, and articles!

Check it out: https://www.bookbub.com/ebook-deals/free-ebooks

  1. Wattpad 

Wattpad is super simple! It’s a great website that provides you with free books to read as well as guides you through the writing process if you’re planning to write a book as well.

Check it out: https://www.wattpad.com/

  1. Open Library 

Browse the website for books in every genre! The books here are a bit older so I’d recommend coming here to read classics such as Pride and Prejudice and Little Women. It also contains recipes, biographies, and textbooks!

Check it out: https://openlibrary.org/

  1. Project Gutenberg: 

Another website that is great for classics. It includes books such as Frankenstein, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, The Great Gatsby, The Picture Of Dorian, and so much more.

Check it out: https://www.gutenberg.org/browse/scores/top


Do you ever feel like you don’t read as much as you would like because of your wallet? Check out these great websites that are free for everyone and let me know which one you like the best!

Published by Andrea's Book Corner

Lover of books, book reviewer, book blogger & YA fantasy author in progress! WIP: Project Arenegedden

14 thoughts on “8 Ways To Read Books For Free

  1. loved this post because as an avid book reader, i spend so much money on them. and as a minimalist, i’ve been trying to find ways to be more frugal and less wasteful. especially because i’m someone who rarely re-reads a book. i’m always giving them away to friends or donating them.

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  2. These are great suggestions! I have not heard of some before. Since the pandemic started, I’ve gotten really into borrowing e-books from my library on my kindle. Great way to save some money and still read all the books!

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  3. Lovely post & list. I have used Library and got books from a local shop which gives you to just take any book from their store for a voluntary donation.
    Thanks for sharing. Would help an avid reader.

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  4. Awesome! I’ve never actually heard of most of these so I will have to check them out. I can’t always get to the library so it’s nice to have other ways to get books. 🙂

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