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The Kindle and Places to Download Free Books Online

Amazon’s Kindle

Amazon Kindle

 When I found out you can use the Kindle Wireless Reading Device to read the classics free I made my purchase.

Click to view the Top 100 FREE Kindle Ebooks at Amazon

The Kindle is absolutely amazing. It can hold thousands of books. Having several books to choose from in one hand is marvelous! In my opinion (I read about 8 hours a day), it’s the best thing since the computer. Here is a video giving an overview.
With a Kindle you can:

  1. read the classics to your children. Download free classics: Top 100 FREE Kindle Ebooks at Amazon
  2. automatically recieve newspaper or magazine subscriptions.
  3. jump from a Bible passage, to a Bible commentary, to classic fiction, to home organization, to a children’s book, to marriage help, etc. as the mood strikes and never move from your chair. I love bouncing back and forth between books (because my mind bounces around –just ask my dh)
  4. connect to the Internet free (no monthly fees). It is not designed for web surfing but you can email, browse Amazon, Wikipedia encyclopedia, and Twitter!
  5. look up words in the built-in dictionary
  6. adjust the type size (great for those over 40).
  7. easily find your place (each time you click on a book you are taken to the last page you read).
  8. search the books by keyword.
  9. highlight passages, make marginal notes, and “turn the corners” electronically.
  10. “clip” passages and upload to your computer. As an author this is my favorite feature. I can upload my research quickly and easily without typing (plus, the bibliography information is automatically included).
  11. carry around hundreds of books in one hand anywhere. It’s lighter and smaller than most books.
  12. read it easily (very clear, not back-lit like a cell phone).
  13. buy new books, and start reading them in seconds because Kindle has an automatic wireless hook up to Amazon (like a cell phone).
  14. use it as an MP3 player. Click here to see how.

Now it’s even better.

  • All-New, High-Contrast E Ink Screen – 50% better contrast with latest E Ink Pearl technology
  • Read in Bright Sunlight – No glare
  • New and Improved Fonts – New crisper, darker fonts
  • New Sleek Design – 21% smaller body while keeping the same 6″ size reading area
  • 17% Lighter – Only 8.5 ounces, weighs less than a paperback
  • Battery Life of Up to One Month – A single charge lasts up to one month with wireless off
  • Double the Storage – Up to 3,500 books
  • Built-In Wi-Fi – Shop and download books in less than 60 seconds
  • 20% Faster Page Turns – Seamless reading
  • Enhanced PDF Reader – With dictionary lookup, notes, and highlights
  • New WebKit-Based Browser – Browse the web over Wi-Fi (experimental)

Getting Free Books to Use with Kindle or Your Computer

Top 100 FREE Kindle Ebooks at Amazon

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can still get the books free on your computer. Project Gutenberg offers the books free. Thanks to people all over the world you can read a variety of books just by visiting and search a bit till you find something that interests you. There are tens of thousands of books available, many are true classics, and all of them have been hand selected by people who love them enough to take hours or sometimes months out of their lives to proofread or publish them in a text format you can download.

Gutenberg Book Catalog

  1. Online Catalog: main page with browsing options.
  2. Advanced Search: search page with more search options.
  3. Recent eBooks, updated nightly. Newly added or changed ebook files.
    RSS Feed of recent eBooks, updated nightly.
  4. Top 100 Books and Authors: the most downloaded books and authors.

More Places to Download Free Books Online

  1. Children’s Digital Library
  2. Classic Bookshelf
  3. The Rosetta Project
  4. Kids’ Corner


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  1. This is just too cool!!!!!! Thanks for sharing, I had not heard of it until you mentioned it a couple months ago, and then didn’t look it up to learn more. I don’t know that I will ever be able to afford it but I do appreciate knowing about the new technology. I love technology and keep myself as updated as possible, with the finances I do have. Getting a laptop with wireless last January was a huge step up for me. Who knows, the cost will probably come down in time and I might be able to get one too. For someone who is out a lot this would be great!!!!! It also would eliminate so much storage space and clutter for those of us who love books and just have to buy them!!!!! I really do not like to use books from the library-old, smelly, many others have touched them-so I buy when possible-I get a lot free in book clubs. However, my space it very limited and I have had to get rid of many the past couple years. It will save tons of money on buying books, too!!!! Maybe I will be able to afford the Kindle before I had thought!!:):):):)

    I do so appreciate your sensitivity to the fact that many could not even think of this because of price. And I understand that it might be more useful for someone, like you, than for many others. My question is this: how in the world do you get in 8 hours of reading a day???????????

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. 🙂 Hi Sharon Sue. The eight hours is rough estimate, I have never timed it. But when I’m not cleaning I’m reading–it could be the Internet, books, or homeschool time. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was more than 8 hours.

    I just squeeze it in between everything else because I love it. Clean a room, take a break and read, finish the laundry, reading time. After dishes, plop and read.

    We turn in very early and get up early. I read to my children every evening after dinner dishes. They go to bed about 8 while I get in at least two hours or reading time at night. Next day, coffee with God, breakfast chores, homeschool time, blog time, I get in several hours before noon.

    Yesterday at church while waiting on my boys and got in an hour on my Kindle.


  3. Kathleen

    Robin, thanks for all the links to the free books – especially those with childrens’ books. I had no idea all that was out there in cyberworld.

    Oh, and now you know what I want for my birthday :-). Hint, hint, hint.


  4. Neat! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I agree, Gutenburg is great!
    Thanks for sharing on the other for places like Rosetta!

  6. avagee

    You all should try using your cell phone as a book reader. The screen is a little small, but I quickly forgot about that and found I was just reading. There is a huge portability advantage in adding books to the phone you carry anyway. You Can get free books, including most of the classics, from you can install directly from their mobile site or download and install via a PC.

  7. Now I’m coveting. Great. :[

    🙂 Just kidding. That looks awesome! Love it!

  8. It gets better every day. I was out with my children in Walmart letting them browse the toy section while I read my blog on my Kindle. ACCCKKK!

    I didn’t realize I could actually read web sites on it too! Its not designed for that so there is a lot of clicking through pages of links but how neat is that!

    One day last week we lost Internet access. No computer, no problem. My Kindle was instantly connected.

    This might not be a big deal for you that use your cell phone on the web but those screens are way too tiny for me. My Kindle..sigh…If I’m stranded on an Island I hope I have my Kindle. 😉

    I’m on my way to Wed night church. The children’s program starts at 6:00 my church starts at 6:30. Guess what I do while waiting….yep, reading my Kindle and saving snippets of anything good to bring here to you all. 😀

  9. I wanted to buy a ebook reader, but ended up getting a laptop instead. I read alot ebooks so it is still on my wishlist.

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  10. Free Kindle book available now on Amazon until July 3, If you check the Kindle RSS feed or The Kindle Daily Post you can find out about new Kindle books that are being offered for free. Here are a couple for you to check out.

    FREE Sherrilyn Kenyon Download

    In anticipation of the upcoming release of Acheron in her bestselling Dark-Hunter series, you can download Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Seize the Night for free until July 3rd. Seize the Night follows Valerius who isn’t a popular Dark-Hunter–he’s a Roman, which means that the largely Greek Hunters have a major grudge against him and his civilization for superceding them.

  11. You may also want to list feed books (, it’s another site with Gutenberg books, but they are all formated in mobi format (which the kindle uses). You might also want the check out the kindle book club (

  12. Melanie

    Thanks for the great tips and links! Any idea on where one can store songs (audio media) online for free? Sort of an audio version of snapfish?

  13. If you’re looking for a quick way to search and download free books directly to the Kindle (no PC required), check out the PeJome site at:

  14. Thanks Robin! a customer asked if we had this capability at our Library. Unfortunately we didn’t but your site helped a lot.

  15. I’ve started writing children’s books for Kindle, and I would love feedback from parents.

    Check out the books (all less than $1) and the philosophy behind the books at

    Becca (author)

  16. I have a Kindle too and love it but I have my eye out for something a bit bigger. I love the Nook and am looking forward to the release of the new Asus lineup coming later this year.
    .-= Cindy ´s last blog ..What Do You Think? Will E-readers Catch On? =-.

  17. Amazon just released a new version of the Kindle as well, with even more features. It’s slimmer and sleeker than the old one, too. And, in order to push more users to it (and compete with the iPad), they are really upping their selection, and pushing publishers to make a Kindle version of their books.

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