Many may not know it anymore, but the beginnings of the world's largest online shop Amazon were originally in the sale of books. This is reflected even today in the wide range of diverse literature on Amazon.
A few years ago, Amazon created its own ecosystem for electronic books with its Kindle e-book reader product line and is considered the undisputed pioneer in this discipline. To the delight of all Amazon customers, the Kindle cosmos has grown so significantly that, in addition to the typical paid books, there is also a considerable amount of free e-books and free printed paperbacks to be found at the online retailer.
Bargain foxes and bookworms have known for a long time that every customer with the right knowledge can get free books permanently. If you want to get an e-reader first, you will find other top models in the following table in addition to the test winner from Amazon. For more information under Background to the test, we recommend taking a look at our detailed purchase advice. In the following, we will show you a few of the suitable contact points for free e-books.
E-book reader comparison
Amazon Kindle: Free Best Sellers
The most reliable place to go for popular, free e-books on Amazon is the list of bestsellers in the "Kindle e-books" category, which is a bit cumbersome to find.
In addition to the paid e-books in the "Top 100 – Paid" category, there is an additional tab with free e-books called "Top 100 – Free" on this page. These charts contain the top 100 most popular products from the entire Kindle Store. The orders placed by Amazon customers are used as a benchmark for popularity. In addition, the charts are updated every hour, which theoretically gives customers the opportunity to discover new free e-books every hour. With the help of the left-aligned navigation, the top 100 results can also be categorized into genres, so that every reader can find something for their personal taste.
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Free Classics for Amazon Kindle
Anyone who, contrary to the popular charts, prefers to turn to literary evergreens and classics of world literature will also get their money's worth for free in the Kindle Shop. On a specially created subpage, the online retailer lists famous works by influential authors that can be downloaded completely free of charge. Some of the books on offer were created hundreds of years ago, are no longer subject to copyright regulations and are therefore in the public domain. Despite their age, the listed works lose none of their timeless character and even today serve as templates for modern adaptations in other media areas.
If you also enter the term "AmazonClassics" in the search bar, you will find Amazon's own publishing label of the same name, through which the online retailer provides many classics in the original English.
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Find free ebooks
The Kindle Oasis is our test winner among the e-readers.
Probably the easiest way to find free e-books on Amazon is to enter terms such as "free e-books" in the Amazon search bar. Alternatively, users can also visit the Kindle Store directly and select the "Sort by: price ascending" method in the sorting menu. Within seconds, a list of e-books that are available for EUR 0.00 – the lowest price point – appears in the search results.
The biggest disadvantage of these methods: True to the motto "quantity instead of quality", all books that are available free of charge are displayed on almost 400 shop pages, regardless of reviews and customer ratings. While the sheer volume of free books may impress at first, it makes it difficult to find quality content. You can use the customer review filter to narrow your search even further.
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Free e-books for smartphones, e-readers & Co.
Thanks to the companion Kindle app and dedicated devices, it's now easier than ever to enjoy free eBooks and free Kindle classics on Amazon. With the free Kindle app for Android and iOS, respective smartphones and tablets can be converted into practical e-book readers. Separate reading applications are also available for free download for Mac and PC.
It is of course particularly easy to read on an e-book reader specially designed for reading pleasure, such as the Amazon Kindle, Kindle Oasis or Kindle Paperwhite. With their E-In displays that are easy on the eyes, storage space for thousands of e-books and several weeks of battery life, they have proven to be the first choice for all frequent readers. Amazon also offers a device specially developed for children for the little protégés. The Kindle Kids Edition includes a matching child-friendly case and a two-year worry-free guarantee.