Kindle Reading 101

I’ve made it a habit to share as many free (or highly discounted) Kindle books as I find on my Facebook profile and I occasionally hear people lament that they don’t own a Kindle. I’ve decided to take a moment to share what I know about reading on a Kindle… without a Kindle! In fact, I’ll tell you just about everything I know about e-reading in general. And I’ve decided to share it on here so that I can help everyone read as many free books as they want. :)

 Reading Kindle Books

There are five ways to read Kindle books and only one of them requires a Kindle. They are listed below with applicable links:

  1. On a Kindle: link
  2. On a phone: (Droid, iOS, & Windows): link
  3. On a tablet: (Droid, iOS, & Windows): link
  4. On a web browser:
  5. On a computer program: link

Finding Free Kindle Books

In my opinion, the best place to find free Kindle books is E-reader IQ. Every day they update their listing to include all the free Kindle books available on Amazon. Another cool feature of E-Reader IQ is called “Price Watch.” It allows you to track any Kindle book until the price drops a certain amount and they’ll automatically send you a notification that your book price has dropped. For example, I refuse to pay $15 for an e-book, so I’ll plugg it into e-reader IQ and if the price ever drops, I’ll get a heads up while it’s cheaper.

There are also dozens of places that have compiled some of the classics such as:

Additionally, many states have partnered with Amazon to provide Kindle check-outs through your public library website. You can read here for more information.

Purchasing a Kindle

If you’re thinking of purchasing a Kindle, I personally recommend the Kindle Keyboard  or the regular Kindle. I prefer the version with the keyboard so that I can add notes to my books as I read them. These notes are then available on any other device onto which I load my book. I looked at the touchscreen in the store and was not impressed with its (lack of) responsiveness.

Unless you plan on watching videos and playing games, I don’t recommend a Kindle Fire. The reason I love reading on my Kindle Keyboard is because there is no glare or LED shining in my eyes. It’s relaxing to my eyes and looks a lot like paper; at least, it’s as close as you’ll get on an electronic device. This is because the regular Kindle devices all use e-ink for their display. To me, the Kindle Fire defeats the purpose because it does have an LED backlight and the shiny screen will reflect a glare. Overall, if I’m going to purchase a device for reading, I will purchase the device that provides the best reading experience.

Why Kindle?

That’s my reader and I’m stickin’ to it.

There are dozens of e-readers availalbe on the market right now, such as Kindle, Nook, Sony E-Reader, Kobo, BeBook, etc. Why do I so adamantly recommend a Kindle? Simply put:  Amazon is going to be around for a while. When you buy an e-book, you’re essentially starting a personal library that is maintained by someone else.

When you want your book, you go to your ‘librarian’ and download your book. If I had to bet money on who is going to be in the e-book business the longest (and who is going to provide the best service and devices in the future), I would put my money on Amazon. Oh, and whether you realize it or not, whenever you buy an e-book you are betting on who you think is going to be around the longest.

Also, if you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can ‘borrow’ one free Kindle book per month. Click here for a complete listing of Prime Eligibile e-books. For these reasons, I have decided to bet that the Kindle is going to continue being the best e-reading experience available and will have the best devices in the future.

That’s all the info I have for y’all. Now none of you have any excuses not to read books for free for the rest of your life! :-)

Let me know if you have any other questions or ideas and please share this post with your friends. Let’s get the word out about all the free reading opportunities people have these days!