Frugal Momma: Free and Cheap E-Books


I’m an avid reader. At least, I was until I decided to go back to grad school. I still get a book in here and there, but nothing like I used to do when I worked at the public library. I loved that job. *Sigh* Anyway, grad school will be over (Praise sweet baby Jesus!) in three weeks and my evenings will once again be my own. No more discussion questions; no more papers; no more research. Best of all? No more team projects. Those about drove me insane. Once the kids go to bed it’ll just be me and a good book.

About a year ago, I broke down and decided to get a Kindle Fire. I never thought I could handle reading on a glorified computer and not holding an actual book in my hands. Turns out, I didn’t like it at all. I loved it! The best part for me is the amount of free and fairly cheap books that you can find by using a few resources on the internet. Using the following resources I have my Kindle loaded and ready for a post-grad school reading marathon.

  • Amazon/Barnes and Noble– The great thing about these sites is that you don’t have to actually own one of their devices to read their books. Just download their app onto your computer or smartphone and you are on your way.
  • Book Bub- I have gotten so many free books through the daily e-mail that I receive from Book Bub. I’d rather not have to spend what little free time I have searching for e-books so I love that Book Bub does it for me!
  • Project Gutenberg– If classics are what you are looking for, Project Gutenberg is the website for you. I haven’t used this site but I have several librarian friends who have recommended it.
  • Deal/Couponing Websites– A lot of those sites you might already follow for deals and couponing tips usually run posts about free and reduced price e-books. One of my favorites is Money Saving Mom.
  • Local Library– More public libraries these days are offering e-books through their online catalogs. Now, keep in mind that this works just like going in to an actual branch and checking out the book. There may be a wait list and you will only have access to the file on your device for a specified amount of time. As a very loud advocate for public libraries, I strongly urge you to see what your local library has to offer. 🙂

What are some of the way that you find free and/or cheap e-books? Share them in the comments or send me a tweet!

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About Jaimie

Jaimie is 26 years old, wife of five years to JR, and mother of two beautiful children: Ashley, 4 and Justin, 1. When not spending time with her family, and watching movies based on Jane Austen novels, she finds new ways to live a healthy and fulfilling life. Jaimie lives in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Follow Jaimie on Twitter or on her blog, Education of an Oilfield Wife!

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