Bookish News—How to get free (or mostly free) books

 

To inaugurate my Bookish News section I want to share with you all the two websites that have aided me in filling my virtual bookshelf to the brim, while paying almost nothing, and kindling (get it??) a new faction of anxiety: too many books. At the rate I’m going I’ll have more books than time left to live!

Anyway, the first is the website Bookbub. Sign up with your email, input the types of books you like (horror, fiction, romance, etc…) and get daily emails with ebooks on sale (I haven’t seen one over $2.99) or for free. You wont find too many bestsellers popping up, but there is an occasional jewel. You can also search for authors and following them specifically. I mainly use Bookbub to download troves of horror to read amidst or between some serious literary fiction. I now own many books that look interesting, but never would have bought if they cost more than $1!

There's a reason why I'm not a photographer. Here's my (physical books) bookshelf. That unreadable yellow one on the top left is "The Fly Trap" by Fredrik Sjöberg. It's next on my list. Behind it is "Thing Explainer" by Randall Munroe, which I have been digesting little by little for a month or so.

There’s a reason why I’m not a photographer. Here’s my (physical books) bookshelf. That unreadable yellow one on the top left is “The Fly Trap” by Fredrik Sjöberg. It’s next on my list. Behind it is “Thing Explainer” by Randall Munroe, which I have been digesting little by little for a month or so.

The second website is Bookperk, run by HarperCollins. This one is not personalized, and apparently there is more to do if you join and pay a fee. You can sign up to get an email of the daily sales, and there’s also a twitter that talks about giveaways and other fun things, like more book sales.

Of course there’s also the Goodreads Giveaways, that I mentioned before. Ah, so many hours spent here. I had a winning bonanza when I first started entering a year ago but haven’t won anything since. I think it’s because I didn’t read and review all of the books I won. So if you win something, make sure to read it if you want more!

And that’s all the news I have for now. (If you have anything to add, please do!) In addition to these longer posts, I like to fill my twitter with all kinds of books stuffs on a daily basis. However, I run it dually as a books/science news feed, so you might have to wade through tweets about Pluto, farting plants, and string theory.

Fin!

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About Annie McGovern

MA student in Science and Medical Writing; Creative Writing BA; consumes books and science for sustenance (and tea); questionable Korean language skills; end
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