When I first started hearing all the buzz about e-books, I wasn’t very interested. After all, who needs one more thing that needs to be charged? Who wants to worry about losing or breaking an expensive e-reader?
But once I saw how many free e-books were available, I started to change my mind. Combine that with the fact that I can instantly download something to read instead of driving the 54-mile round trip to the library or driving the same trip and shelling out money at the bookstore. And e-books don’t clutter up your space.
That’s why I want to share a tip with you: You don’t need a Kindle or a Nook to access free books.
Amazon offers a free Kindle Reading App that will allow you to read Kindle books on your Windows PC, Mac, iPhone (or iPod Touch), iPad, Blackberry, Android or Windows 7 phone. If you don’t want to bother installing an app, you can also read books on your web browser with the Kindle Cloud Reader.
Barnes and Noble offers a free Nook app that will allow you to read Nook books on your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone (or iPod Touch), or Android.
Both services allow you to sample books before you buy and will sync the apps across all your devices – which means if you start reading on your PC and then later want to read your book on your smartphone while waiting at the dentist’s office, you’ll be able to start reading where you left off.
You can adjust the size of the font, too, which makes it great for those with vision impairments.
Amazon has a great list of the top 100 free Kindle books you can download. Barnes & Noble offers a slightly smaller collection of free Nook books, and you can use either device to borrow eBooks from your local library.
While I still love holding a paperback in my hands, I must admit that I do love the convenience of using the Kindle and Nook apps. And I do love free reading!
Looking for more sources of free reading? Check out our list of 20 Places to Find Free Reading Online.
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