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I bought my Amazon Kindle more than six years ago. First, I purchased the original Kindle. A few years later, I bought the Kindle Paperwhite. I have been delighted with both. It is 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 well over 120 books on my Kindle. At the time, I thought 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 cannot buy used books. In the last two years, I almost have not purchased 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 during this time. I bought them for less than 2 CHF each on average. And I only bought books in an excellent state.
The problem is the room second-hand books take! My bookshelf is full, and books are piling up! I am 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 is a pain to carry them.
So I only bought Kindle ebooks for traveling. But there are still so many advantages to my Kindle. Therefore, I have been looking for ways to find cheap Kindle books. Here are nine simple tricks to find cheap ebooks for Kindle.
1. Rent ebooks with Kindle Unlimited
One thing you can do with paper books is to rent them. Getting books from your local public library is much cheaper than if you were to buy them all. In fact, the more you read, the more interesting it is to rent books instead of buying them.
Did you know you can do the same thing with Kindle ebooks? Not many people know that, but you can rent Kindle ebooks to make it much cheaper.
Several services offer this. But the one I prefer is the Kindle Unlimited service. This is the official service from Amazon. It allows you to rent up to 10 ebooks at a time. Once you want new ebooks, you have to return another one.
It is a great service if you read a lot. You can try it for free for 30 days. After that, it will cost you 9.99 USD per month. This is about the average price of two ebooks per month. So if you purchase more than two ebooks per month, this is the way to go!
Unfortunately, this service is not available in all countries. But it is available in the United States and Europe!
2. Track Kindle book deals 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. It turns out I can!
Recently, I found out about eReaderIQ. This service is pretty incredible. This website offers many things. On the 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 is 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 example, here are a few personal finance books I am waiting for a 50% discount on:
You can also track authors to watch for all their books at once.
I cannot believe I did not find eReaderIQ before. This is a free service. You do not 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.
3. Search Kindle eBooks by price
Most of the time, I use the official Amazon store for ebooks. I generally know which author I want to read next. If you do not know which specific book you want to read next, you may as well try to find cheap books, no?
There are two ways to find cheap Kindle ebooks directly.
Of course, you can use the official website. You go to the category you are interested in (Science Fiction, for instance). And then you sort by price. The problem is that some of the ebooks coming are part of Kindle Unlimited. And if you want to buy them, it is not free. It is not very convenient.
A better way to search for Kindle ebooks per price is to use KindReader. It is a nice service that is a search around Amazon offers. You can search based on a price. And then, you can select the categories you want to search for. You can also search by author or by title if you wish to. But in that case, you will probably not have a lot of search results.
Once you have found something interesting, the site will take you to Amazon to make the purchase. This is a straightforward and effective way to find cheaper ebooks!
4. Kindle Daily Deals
An excellent 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 is a daily deal, you cannot wait one day to think about it. It is not the place where I found the best deals. But it is 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 you are with amazon.fr, like me, you will 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 the website and search again. Sometimes, they may not be available in your country. It is not a big deal, but not convenient, either. I wish Amazon would unify all their websites somehow.
5. 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 am 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 will see that discounts vary a lot from one book at another. It is a good idea to check this page once a month to find good deals. You can also subscribe to the newsletter. So you will directly receive it in your inbox every month. No more excuses!
Again, if you are from another amazon website, you will have to find the link in your country. I do not understand why they make it so complicated and different for each country.
6. Kindle countdown deals
Amazon offers yet another page for deals: Kindle Countdown Deals. This time, each deal has some duration. This can be one day or a few days; it depends. Here are a few examples:
I did not find a lot of good deals here for me. But you may be luckier than me. It is 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 will have to check from time to time.
7. Kindle first reads
The last Amazon page where you can find deals is the Kindle first reads. This page has a few bargains (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.
8. Free public domain ebooks
This tip is one of my favorite tips ever. If you like some classic (and old) authors, you may be lucky. Some works are now in the public domain. This means that the intellectual property of these books is now free!
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 have read many Jules Verne and Alexandre Dumas books for free. These are French writers. But, you could also enjoy some Edgar Allan Poe. I am sure you can find some great books for free as well!
You will not find paperback books for free of course since people still must pay for the paper and printing. But for Kindle ebooks, there are many free or very cheap ebooks in the public domain.
9. 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 be 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 purchase ebooks on amazon.in. Once you want to buy again in your country, you have to switch back.
I have never used this technique, but many people are using it. You can read more about it on backpack.me, for instance.
You need to be aware that if you change to another country, you may lose the connections to other accounts. For instance, if you share books with your family, you may lose the sharing.
Cheap Kindle ebooks Conclusion
As you can see, there are many ways to save money on Kindle ebooks. If you are patient and look around, you can find cheap Kindle Ebooks online.
I own the Kindle Paperwhite. But these tips will work with any Kindle you own. The easiest way is to subscribe to all Amazon offers. There are some very nice offers, and you may end up getting cheap books. The other way is to use eReaderIQ to get alerts. If you are patient and track the different deals, you will be able to buy Kindle ebooks at incredible prices. With these tips, I have 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. We need to stay frugal! Unless they are free, in which case you have more freedom.
What about you? How do you get cheap Kindle ebooks?