Recently authors have been speaking up against piracy in the YA world- which is rampant at the moment. Every time you pirate a book you are taking away not only from the author who has worked hard on that book, but also the publishing industry which means less published books in the future- it’s a vicious cycle.
Instead of pirating books, if you can’t afford any why not look at these ways of reading free books?
Ah, the magic word. No, not please, but FREE. Let’s discuss how to get these golden NO MONEY INVOLVED books.
Swoon reads is a website with crowd sources books, and lets readers vote on what book they most want to be published! Writers can upload their work to Swoon Reads and get constructive feedback from readers, and then readers will be allowed to vote on the winning book. There are always a big selection of books to choose from, and if you can take the time picking through books you don’t like all that much to find ones you will like then you might even be able to say you helped get a book published!
Swoon reads also publishes some great articles on upcoming YA books and news, so it’s a great place to be. On Swoon Reads you can even save books to your shelf and it’ll remember where you last read, so no forgetting your place!
Click here to go and start an account with Swoon Reads!
- Easy to use
- Saves your place
- No limit to the amount of books you can read at once
- You can help out aspiring authors!
- You can vote for your favourite books to be published into actual physical books, so when you pass it in the bookstore you can smile to yourself, knowing you HELPED for that book to be published!
- Due to plagairism you cannot download any books
- You can only read on Swoon Reads’s website and mobile website
- This is not a physical book
- Because of the nature of anyone being able to upload to Swoon Read’s you may have to spend sometime finding a good book
- Books on Swoon Reads are transient, they move around quite a lot. When they are published they are taken down, but authors can also choose to remove them from the site, so if you get attached to a story you’ll have to remember it could be gone tomorrow.
2. Classics/Out of Copyright
I’m assuming most of you will know about this one, but lets jog your memory if not.
Did you know that books go out of copyright after 70 years? (well, arguably, there’s a lot of rules and exceptions etc, etc) But what that actually means is YOU CAN GET THAT BOOK FOR FREE NOW! With the advent of e-books the only cost of producing out of copyright books, which used to be the cost of printing and binding, has been eradicated. If you want to read a classic on an e-reader or your phone or computer YOU CAN for FREE!
Amazon, or whatever company your e-reader belongs to, will have a catalogue of them if you search for one, but here’s some websites to get started;
Guttenberg.org is a website dedicated to cataloging out of copyright books
This goodreads list lists some popular out of copyright books for you to peruse
(also on sidenote this means you can read ALL THE AUSTEN YOU WANT for free!)
- It’s free!
- You can download them to your e-reader or app and take them everywhere you go!
- There’s loads of choice
- You can act well-read
- It’s not a physical book
3. Free audiobooks
Much like with out of copyright books, some audiobooks of out of copyright books have been made free for educational purposes. These are totally legal and free to download. There are apps for iPhone and android that will allow you to play them free of charge!
Openculture.com is a website used for archiving links to popular free audiobooks
Loyalbooks.com lets you download from their website to your computer!
Librovoxaudio does much the same, but has some foriegn translations of classics as well
Spotify also has a number of audiobooks available.
- Good for listening/reading while working
- Good for visually impaired people or people with dyslexic
- Portable on a mp3 player
- Not always the best narration
- Takes up a lot of memory/space on your device
- Not a physical book
Netgalley.com is a website on which publishers share e-ARCs (find out what an ARC is here)to reviewers. The majority of these books are upcoming releases, but some may have already been released and some are even ‘read now’ books, meaning you only have to sign up for a free account to download these books to your reading device and start reading!
Other titles you’ll need to apply to read. Publishers will check things like your location, and the amount of followers you have before they allow or deny you, so these may be harder to get to- but also free.
Do make sure you always leave a review after you’ve been allowed access to a book- even if its to say that you did not finish it, because publishers need these reviews to base marketing and publicity off of- plus netgalley keeps a percentage of the amount of books you’ve accessed vs the amount you’ve reviewed, and if this percentage is below 80% it may affect your future success in accessing books.
5. Your Local Library
If you are lucky enough to have a local library, then use it! It’s a great resource, plus the more people who use it, the more funding they receive. This is your best bet for getting to read the newest releases for free- and some libraries now have online e-book and audiobook services, so you may not even have to leave your house to check out books.