Did you know that there are several ways to find free and discounted Ebooks online?
And no, I’m not only talking about Amazon. These are Ebook discovery sites, where authors and publishers offer Ebooks at a huge discount, or even free for a limited time. Some offer specific genres, but most are excellent sites to discover new authors in any genre. These sites work on the basis of a mailing list – as a reader, in exchange for the bargains and freebies, you need to sign up to the service. Often you are asked at the onset, what type of books you prefer, but if you are an avid reader of all types of books, you can either leave these choices blank or tick all of them!
Here are five of the best Ebook discovery sites:
The largest one of these Ebook discovery sites is BookBub. This site is very picky about the books they feature: the titles need to have a certain number of verified reviews, they need to have good sales figures and fit into their current listings. The offers are seriously good though: in last week’s offering, for example, I picked up The English Girl, a novel by A Sunday Times bestselling author, Katherina Webb for £0.99 (normal price £3.99), and Northern Lights by Philip Pullman, the first book of the bestselling His Dark Materials series also for £0.99 (usual price £4.99).
Freebooksy or BargainBooksy
Freebooksy and Bargain Booksy are sister sites. Freebooksy promotes permanently and temporarily free Ebooks, while Bargain Booksy promotes discounted titles. There are Deal of the Day features and similar promotions. Bargain Booksy’s nonfiction categories are great values, particularly the Cooking, Travel, General Nonfiction, and Self Help categories.
Booksends operate their own discovery service, but they also feature deals together with EreaderIQ (another Ebook discovery site). At the £0.99 price point, Children’s Books, Teen/YA, and Mysteries/Thrillers are BookSends’ best value genres.
The Fussy Librarian
Fussy Librarian launched in 2013 with the promise of recommendations tailored to the individual reader. Subscribers can choose from 11 nonfiction and 29 fiction categories; specify their preferred language (English, Spanish, Hindi, Portuguese, German, French, Japanese, Russian, or Italian); and can filter books by their level of profanity, violence, and sexual content. I love the name of this service and have featured my books there. Their best categories are: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Mystery. The Fussy Librarian also features unique categories such as Suspense, Mystery – Female Sleuths, Mystery – British Detectives.
The new kid on the block is InstaFreebie. Their offering is slightly different in that all books are free, but in order to get the offer, you are required to sign up to the author’s mailing list. They cover most genres and you can find excellent quality books here for free. Look out for group giveaways where authors writing in a similar genre offer free books to Insatfreebie readers.
I hope you will find excellent bargains on these sites. If you’re an avid reader, it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for offers on all of these online book discovery sites – you never know, you might find your next favourite book for free!
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