There are several websites where you can download free ebooks for the Amazon Kindle. Some of these ebooks are free in the United States because their copyright has expired. Other free ebooks are provided as a limited time promotional offer by Amazon.com. You can use your Amazon Kindle, iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to view this abundance of free reading material. There’s even a free application to transform your PC or Mac computer into a virtual Kindle. Keep in mind that some of these free ebooks are in experimental formats, which may cause some of the text not to render properly.
Free Amazon Kindle eBook Downloads on Amazon.com
Amazon.com offers hundreds of free promotional ebooks in its Kindle Store, including many titles which have been released within the last few years. There are also classic ebook titles which are free because their copyright has expired. These include the works of famous authors such as Jane Austen, Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Leo Tolstoy, Jules Verne, Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott and H. G. Wells. To download free ebooks from the Amazon Kindle store, click on the ebook title, then click “Buy Now with 1-Click.”
Free Amazon Kindle eBook Downloads on Internet Archive
The Internet Archive has over 1.8 million ebooks that you can download for free, many of which are available in Kindle format. To find free ebooks on the Internet Archive website, select one of the sub-collections on the “Texts” page, then search or browse for the ebook you’d like to read. Click “Details” or select the search result to see more information about the ebook. Select “Kindle (beta)” from the navigation bar on the left side of the page, then save the file to your hard drive.
Free Amazon Kindle eBook Downloads on Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg has over 30,000 free ebooks for download on its website. Many of these free ebooks are in Mobipocket format, which can be read on an Amazon Kindle. You can search for ebooks by title or author on the Project Gutenberg site or browse the catalog. To download free ebooks from Project Gutenberg, click on the title of the ebook, then click the link beside “Mobipocket (experimental)” under “Computer Generated Files.”
Free Amazon Kindle eBook Downloads on Google Books
Google Books has many free ebooks and magazines available for download, many of which have been provided by libraries in the Google Books Library Project. The ebooks on Google are not in Amazon Kindle format, but you can view them on an Amazon Kindle if you download them in EPUB format. The Amazon Kindle for PC app won’t read EPUB files, but you can use a program called Lexcycle Stanza to convert them to Amazon Kindle format. Download and install Stanza before continuing. To find free ebooks and magazines on Google Books, type a search term in the box at the top of the page, then click “Search Books.” On the left side of the page, click “Full view only.” Select the title you want from the search results. In the upper right hand corner of the page, click “Download,” then select “EPUB.” Open Stanza, then click “File” and “Open File.” Browse to the downloaded EPUB file on your hard drive. Then click “Export Book As…” and select “Amazon Kindle.”
Free Amazon Kindle Application for the Computer
If you have Windows XP, Vista or 7, you can download and install the free Amazon Kindle app for your PC. You don’t need a Kindle to use this app. The system requirements are small. You only need a computer with a 500 megahertz (MHz) Intel or AMD processor, 128 megabytes (MB) of memory, 100 MB of hard disk space and an 800 by 600 pixel viewscreen.
There is another application that will allow you to read Amazon Kindle ebooks on a Mac. To use this Kindle app, you will need a Mac with a 500 MHz Intel processor, 512 MB of RAM, an 800 by 600 display, 100 MB of hard drive space and Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard) or Mac OS 10.6 (Snow Leopard.)
Any ebook which can be read on an Amazon Kindle can also be viewed in Amazon Kindle for the computer, including free Project Gutenberg ebooks in Mobipocket format and the free ebooks from the Amazon Kindle store. Amazon Kindle for the computer has a full screen mode, alternate page colors of white, sepia and black, and options to install updates automatically, show notes and marks and bookmark pages. You will need a free Amazon.com account to read Amazon Kindle ebooks on a computer.
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