I bought my Amazon Kindle more than 6 years ago. First I bought the original Kindle. A few years later, I bought the Kindle Paperwhite. I’ve been very happy with both. It’s such a fantastic thing to travel with all my ebooks in my pocket and not have five, or more, heavy books in my luggage.
Over the years, I bought and read over 120 books on my Kindle. At the time, I was thinking it was very cheap. And indeed, I was saving money compared to print books. I realize now that this may not have been the case.
For frugal people, there is one big issue with Kindle books: You can’t buy used books. In the last two years, I almost haven’t bought any Kindle ebook. Instead, I bought many used books. There is a second-hand shop, near my current job. I probably bought over 40 books in this time. I bought them for less than 2 CHF on average. And I only bought books in very good state. The problem is the room they take! My bookshelf is full and books are piling up! I’m going to build a new one. But after some time, the new one will be full too. The other problem is traveling. If I need several books, it’s a pain to carry them.
I’ve been looking for ways to find cheap Kindle books. Here are 7 tricks to find really cheap ebooks for Kindle.
1. Track books with eReaderIQ
Recently, I found a few personal finance ebooks at discounts of up to 80%. I immediately bought a few. I was lucky in finding these discounts. Then, I wondered if I could track these discounts. Turns out I can!
Recently, I found out about eReaderIQ. This service is pretty incredible. This website offers many things. On home page, you can search for discounted books. For instance, you can search for books that are at least 50% cheaper than usual:
As you can see, you can even find free ebooks! There are many search options to refine your search.
And that’s not all, you can also track the price of a book. For instance, you can receive a mail when a book you want drops below some price or has some discount. For instance, here are a few personal finance books I’m waiting a 50% discount on:
You can also track authors to watch for all their books at once.
I cannot believe I didn’t find eReaderIQ before. This is a free service. You don’t have to pay anything, but they rely on donations. So try it and if you get good discounts, consider giving a bit back to them.
2. Kindle Daily Deals
A good way to save money on Kindle books is to follow the Kindle Daily Deals. Every day, there are new deals on some books. And you can register to the newsletter to never miss one!
You can find some nice savings here. But since it’s a daily deal, you cannot wait one day to think about it. It’s not the place where I found the best deals, but it’s worth checking it.
Now, there is a problem with this technique if you are not an American Amazon customer. The deals are for each amazon site. If are with amazon.fr, like me, you’ll find another page with deals. But, that does not prevent you from buying ones from another country. A lot of the time, the english books discounted on amazon.com are also discounted for me if I buy from amazon.fr. You have to change website and search again. Sometimes, they may not be available in your country. It’s not a big deal, but not convenient either. I wish Amazon would unify all their websites somehow.
3. Kindle monthly deals
Amazon also offers monthly deals on Kindle ebooks. These deals last for one month (duh!). And there are a lot of them. As I’m writing this post, there are almost 600 ebooks on discount. This is a great place to find a good deal. You can filter by category of books. For instance, here are some business books on discount:
You’ll see that the discounts vary a lot from one book at another. It’s a good idea to check this page once a month to find good deals. You can also subscribe to the newsletter.
Again, if you are from another amazon website, you’ll have to find the book in your country.
4. Kindle countdown deals
Amazon offers yet another page for deals: Kindle Countdown Deals. This time, each deal has some duration. This can one day or a few days, it depends. Here are a few examples:
I don’t find a lot of good deals here for me. But you may be luckier than me. It’s generally new writers that want to increase their audience. There are tons of deals here (more than 2000 when I checked). The problem is that you cannot subscribe. So you’ll have to check from time to time.
5. Kindle first reads
The last Amazon page where you can find deals is the Kindle first reads. This page has a few deals (6 now). They are all for 1.99$. But you can only pick one each month. And they all hand-picked by Amazon editors. They are generally great books.
You only have to check it once per month. If you want, you can also subscribe to their newsletter to make sure you never miss a good deal.
6. Free public domain ebooks
If you like some classic (and old) authors, you may be very lucky. Some works are now in the public domain. The exact time after which a work falls into the public depends on the country. For instance, in the US, all works before 1923 are now in the public domain. You can find some of them in the Cheap reads for Kindle page.
For instance, I’ve read many Jules Verne and Alexandre Dumas books for free. I’m sure you can find some great books for free as well!
7. Switch to another country
This last tip is a bit less convenient. Ebooks have different price based on each amazon country website. Sometimes, they can much cheaper in one country than in another. For instance, a lot of ebooks are cheaper in India. But you can only buy ebooks in the country you have registered your Kindle to. What you can do is switch your Kindle device to another country. Then, you can buy from this other country Amazon website. For instance, for India, you can then buy ebooks on amazon.in. Once you want to buy again in your country, you have to switch back.
I’ve never used this technique, but many people are using it. You can read more about it on backpack.me for instance.
As you can see, there are many ways to save money on Kindle ebooks. If you are patient and track the different deals, you’ll be able to buy Kindle ebooks at incredible prices. With these tips, I’ve been able to found ebooks that are just as cheap as used books.
Only because they are cheap does not mean that you should buy them all! Only buy good deals if you know you are going to read them. Unless they are free, in which case you have more freedom.
What about you ? How do you get cheap Kindle ebooks ?