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Kindles are awesome. In fact, I know several colleagues who once hated the idea of a Kindle but became converts as soon as they tried one Why You Should Buy a Kindle, Even If You Love Real Books Why You Should Buy a Kindle, Even If You Love Real Books In just one week I've been convinced that the Kindle is the future of reading. The Kindle offers everything you love about books, but with a few added extras that justify the whole expense. Read More . But as awesome as Kindles are out of the box, there are a handful of third-party sites that you should be using to get even more out of your Kindle.

If you don’t own a Kindle yet, here’s why you should consider it: e-readers are much easier on the eyes What's The Difference Between An E-Reader and A Tablet? What's The Difference Between An E-Reader and A Tablet? Read More , have dramatically longer battery lives than smartphones and tablets, and allow you to carry around thousands of books everywhere you go. Ultimately, a Kindle can help you read more books in less time How to Use Your Kindle to Read More Books How to Use Your Kindle to Read More Books Many of us have a desire to read more books, but it's hard to find the time and inclination to do so. Your Kindle can help you achieve this goal. Here's how... Read More .

Thinking of getting one? There are several models to choose between How to Choose the Right Kindle for You in 2016 How to Choose the Right Kindle for You in 2016 There are currently four different Kindle e-Readers available to buy, from the budget Basic model to the pricey Oasis. But which one is right for you? Let us help you decide... Read More and they’re all good. But note that you can read Kindle ebooks without an actual Kindle device Should You Buy a Kindle or Just Use the Free App? Should You Buy a Kindle or Just Use the Free App? Just about everyone owns an e-reader these days -- and most people own Kindles. But do you really need a Kindle when you can just use the Kindle app? Let's find out... Read More , so most of these sites can be useful to know even if you don’t own a Kindle proper.

1. KindKindle: Search Ebooks by Price

One of the worst aspects of the Kindle Store (and Amazon products in general) is the interface. Browsing is far from intuitive, search results are a mess, and filters are both complicated and borderline ineffective. Not to mention all of the other reasons to hate the Kindle Store What's Wrong With the Kindle Store? Everything. What's Wrong With the Kindle Store? Everything. The Kindle Store is the largest eBook retailer on the face of the planet, with over 4.6 million titles. However, cracks are appearing, and it's not clear Amazon will be able to paper over them. Read More .

And that’s why KindKindle is a nifty site to know. This specialized search engine isn’t just fast, but also has quick filters that let you search by max price: Free, <$1, <$2, <$5, <$10, and <$20. There aren’t any other filter options so you’ll have to be smart with your queries. But hey, it works well!

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2. BookZZ: Download Free Ebooks

Of the many sites for finding free Kindle ebooks The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks If you're a voracious reader, buying ebook after ebook can burn a huge hole in your wallet. Thankfully, there are plenty of websites offering free ebooks, and these are the best. Read More , this one is the best. It has a terribly clunky interface, which we admit is a huge drawback, but the size of its library blows every other site out of the water. As of this writing, you can find close to 2.8 million titles here all for free.

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BookZZ also has another section dedicated to scientific articles. Again, the interface is clunky so you’ll have to be clever with your search queries to find the exact kind of articles you want, but as of this writing you can search over 52 million free articles — a must-know site for free Kindle content How to Find Free Unlimited Content for Your Kindle How to Find Free Unlimited Content for Your Kindle Looking for more things to read on your Kindle? Here are all the websites, tools, and tips to fill your e-reader with high-quality free content that will keep you reading for hours Read More .

3. Overdrive: Borrow From Public Libraries

Anybody can browse Overdrive‘s selection of ebooks and view preview samples of any title, but you’ll need a library card to check one out to your Kindle. As of this writing, the borrowing period for an ebook is 21 days by default.

Also worth mentioning is that Overdrive serves audiobooks as well. These are different than podcasts What's the Difference Between Podcasts and Audiobooks? What's the Difference Between Podcasts and Audiobooks? It may sound like a simple question, but do you actually know the difference between podcasts and audiobooks? You will if you read this article. Read More , but podcast lovers will feel right at home with audiobooks because the benefit is the same: you can do other stuff, like drive your car, while listening to something compelling Getting Started with Audiobooks: How to Finally Finish Your "Reading List" Getting Started with Audiobooks: How to Finally Finish Your "Reading List" Audiobooks are a good way to tackle your reading list, but it can be difficult to get started with them. Let's make it simple. Read More . And since audiobooks are really expensive, you can save a lot of money by borrowing instead.

4. BookLending: Lend Your Ebooks to Others

BookLending is an interesting service that complements, rather than overlaps with, Overdrive. Whereas Overdrive is all about borrowing from a public library (one directional), BookLending offers a crowdsourced group of users who share their ebooks with each other (two directional).

As a participant, you can put up your ebooks to lend and choose to borrow the ebooks that others have put up. You cannot read ebooks while they are loaned out, and a typical loan period can last anywhere from 14 to 21 days. And since ebook lending is an Amazon feature, there’s no risk: BookLending simply matches borrowers with lenders.

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5. Instapaper: Send Web Articles to Your Kindle

Instapaper is a simple service that lets you store web articles in one place so you can read through them all at once when you have a block of time available. It also has a bunch of other nifty features Become an Instapaper Power User With These 6 Cool Features Become an Instapaper Power User With These 6 Cool Features Despite an impressive adoption rate, a plethora of Instapaper features often remain unexplored. Let’s take a look at a few of them. Read More , like being able to share those articles with others or exporting them to read on other devices.

As a Kindle user, Instapaper is great because you can set it to periodically send your articles over to your Kindle device in a readable format (e.g. no ads, clean font, etc). So as you browse the web, you can save articles for later, then wake up to your article-filled Kindle — basically a morning newspaper.

6. Kindle4RSS: Send RSS Feeds to Your Kindle

Many years ago, KindleFeeder exploded in popularity because it allowed you to set up various RSS feeds that would be aggregated, turned into an “e-periodical” ebook, and delivered to your Kindle device every night. Unfortunately the site stopped accepting new registers in 2013.

Kindle4RSS is a similar but lesser-known alternative that serves the same basic purpose: you set up a bunch of RSS feeds, which are then auto-delivered to your device every day with a “Table of Contents” for easy browsing. All post images are included in the delivery, and it can also convert partial-text feeds into full text, which is surprisingly convenient.

7. Online-Convert: Convert Between Ebook Formats

Not all ebook formats are equal, and not all ebooks are produced in all formats. Imagine stumbling across a free offer for a highly-anticipated novel that’s only available in LIT or FB2 formats, or maybe you have an older Kindle that can’t read a newer Kindle format. That’s when you need to turn to a converter.

Online-Convert isn’t the only tool for this, but it’s the most straightforward online solution we’ve found. Supported formats include AZW3, EPUB, FB2, LIT, MOBI, PDF, and more. The converters can go from any supported format to any other supported format. If you prefer a desktop alternative, Calibre is excellent for managing and converting ebooks How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre How To Manage Your Ebook Collection For The Amazon Kindle With Calibre The biggest problem with an eReader like the Amazon's Kindle is that it requires unreasonable effort to move books between different devices. Before Kindle, I fell in love with Calibre. A bit on the heavy... Read More .

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8. BookDrop: Transfer Files Using Dropbox

If you buy and/or acquire all of your ebooks directly on your Kindle device, then you probably don’t need this service. If you don’t use Dropbox at all, then this service won’t be much use for you. But if you prefer to buy/acquire using your PC and you regularly use Dropbox, then you’ll love this.

BookDrop is a huge time-saver that lets you send books from your PC straight to your Kindle with one simple action: drag-and-drop ebooks into a specific folder on your Dropbox account. And if you make the folder public, friends can send you ebooks by dropping into it.

One nice feature is that BookDrop supports EPUB, CBR, and CBZ files, which will automatically be converted into a Kindle-supported format before being sent to your device.

9. IFTTT: Automate Kindle Tasks

IFTTT is an automation service that lets you set up “triggers” and connect them with “actions” that are performed any time the given trigger occurs. For example, with this IFTTT recipe, any Feedly article that gets tagged as “Kindle” will be sent to your device.

You can search the IFTTT site for pre-existing recipes, but it’s most effective if you learn how to create your own recipes. Since the site supports thousands of different triggers and actions, your imagination and ingenuity are the only limits as to what you can do.

Learn more about getting started in our master guide to IFTTT The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use The Web's Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro The Ultimate IFTTT Guide: Use The Web's Most Powerful Tool Like A Pro IFTTT is an automation that will enable you to connect 2 services so that, when something happens with one service, a trigger goes off and an action takes place automatically on the other. Read More .

10. KBoards: Online Forum for Kindle Users

It might seem weird to you that thousands of Kindle users check into KBoards every day to discuss all manner of Kindle-related topics, but it happens. Here you’ll find subsections dedicated to specific devices (e.g. Kindle Fire), specific activities (e.g. publishing Kindle ebooks), and reading/discovering new Kindle ebooks to enjoy.

For me, I’m most interested in the sections for trading devices, finding deals and discounts on ebooks, device reviews, and of course the section on Kindle tips and tricks.

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11. /r/Kindle: Subreddit for Kindle Users

Not a fan of Reddit? Then feel free to gloss over this one. But Reddit is a Top 25 website in terms of worldwide traffic, so it should be your first stop any time you’re looking for an active online community. At the time of writing, this one, /r/Kindle, has over 31,000 subscribers and dozens of new threads every day.

Most new threads are support requests, but the subreddit can be a great way to keep on top of Kindle-related news. You’ll also find reviews for new devices, occasional links to deals, and a monthly “What Are You Reading?” thread which can lead to some interesting new reads for you.

12. Kindle Chronicles: Podcast for Kindle Users

The Kindle Chronicles podcast has been around since 2008, which is incredible for any podcast, let alone one that focuses on a topic as niche as the Kindle. Each episode has a guest with whom the host talks about various subjects related to Kindles, ebooks, ereaders, Amazon, tips, and more.

Some of the later episodes aren’t as Kindle-focused anymore, but you can always delve into the podcast’s archives and listen only to the ones that seem relevant to you.

Looking for something similar to Kindle Chronicles but focused more on the books themselves rather than e-reading devices? Check out our compilation of awesome podcasts for bibliophiles Listen Up, Book Lovers: 10 of the Best Podcasts for Bibliophiles Listen Up, Book Lovers: 10 of the Best Podcasts for Bibliophiles If you're always on the lookout for great book recommendations, these podcasts will keep your “to read” list full, and offer some insightful commentary into the lives of authors everywhere. Read More .

Other Useful Kindle Tips to Know

In addition to all of these sites, you should check out these incredible tips for taking full advantage of your Kindle 7 Ways to Take Full Advantage of Your Kindle 7 Ways to Take Full Advantage of Your Kindle Millions of people now own Kindles, but most of them aren't taking full advantage of these magnificent devices. There are various ways to take full advantage of your Kindle, and here are just seven... Read More . Some of the features, such as Kindle First, will require an Amazon Prime subscription 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now 6 Amazon Prime Benefits You Might Be Ignoring Right Now Scratch the surface. Amazon Prime has so many more benefits that people have forgotten about or simply don't realize exist. Read More , but not all of them do. For example, Kindle Unlimited is a separate service altogether.

Don’t forget to check out these common Kindle issues and solutions Kindle Giving You Trouble? Three Easy Fixes and Troubleshooting Steps Kindle Giving You Trouble? Three Easy Fixes and Troubleshooting Steps The Kindle range of e-readers from Amazon are excellent, lightweight devices that enable you to carry your library of books around wherever you go – but what happens when a Kindle goes wrong? Read More as well as these hidden Kindle features you may not know about Hidden Kindle Features You Need To Know About Hidden Kindle Features You Need To Know About Read More . Combine all of these together and you’ll be a Kindle master in no time. What could be better than that?

If you know of any other websites that are great for Kindle users, please don’t hesitate to let us know. Do you know of any interesting tips or tricks? Then please share those with us too in the comments below!

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Originally written by Jessica Cam Wong on September 14, 2011

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  1. Abhishek Upadhyay
    February 16, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    my niece is a kindle lover... she will sure love your article...

    Aweesooomee article..

    Thanks,
    Abhishek
    Aretebyte.com

  2. Gregory
    January 13, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    I'd like to add to the list a new site: Kind Kindle http://www.kindkindle.com

  3. Susan
    March 11, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    BookBub has reduced price books for Kindle, Kobo and other readers.

  4. eBookBabe
    November 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    Try my new website for higher-quality titles -- ebookbabe.com. I'm a librarian and only select books with professional reviews.

  5. Anonymous
    October 1, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Kindlefeeder unfortunately stopped taking any registrations about 2 years ago (2013) and seem to be ignoring all communication from interested users.

  6. Progress Solomon
    September 9, 2015 at 5:04 am

    The Kindle Book self publish experience has been a very fun process for me. Do any of you guys have any suggestions on how to attract new readers to your new book?

    David H. Solomon , MBA

  7. Kevin Halloran
    August 31, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    If you are into free and cheap Christian eBooks, Cross-points.org/ is a good go-to place. Their email list notifies you of freebies.

    • Mihir Patkar
      August 31, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Nice one, Kevin! Thanks for the recommendation!

  8. sadye
    August 27, 2015 at 8:42 pm

    The Fussy Librarian, a reader matchmaking site, has a free ebooks page as well: http://www.thefussylibrarian.com/for-readers/fussys-free-ebooks.

  9. Anonymous
    July 24, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Great list! Love the Kindle Chronicles too! I also love Clippings.io which lets you import your kindle highlights and notes onto your laptop..also a nifty kindle website worth mentioning.

  10. James Jean-Pierre
    May 7, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Love the list, thank you.

  11. Jim Liston
    April 26, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    NewFreeKindleBooks.com has an updated listing of Kindle books available on Amazon.

  12. Jessica Cam W.
    October 18, 2011 at 10:37 pm

    That is a very handy search engine. Thanks for the suggestion!

  13. Jimmy
    October 18, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Checked that.
    Excellent site.

  14. Jessica Cam W.
    October 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    Great find. Thanks!

  15. Aibek
    October 6, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    thank you

  16. Pyritesstar
    September 16, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    Great list will use it when i get the chance and also pass it to my epub friends

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      We will appreciate that. Thank you!

  17. Jollymoon
    September 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    lovely list... free books forever... I shall never get out

    • Jessica Cam W.
      October 8, 2011 at 5:13 pm

      Haha, have fun reading! Just don't forget your duties/jobs! :)

  18. Ankur
    September 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Useful links for book lovers 
    Thanks 

  19. Leerabin
    September 15, 2011 at 10:59 am

    While I appreciate this list, I am tiring of this and similar articles always forcussing on Kindle. Although Kindle certainly remains a powerful force in the industry, the books issued in epub format (used by nook and other cutting-edge ereaders) is the industry standard and, unlike kindle books, are often available in non-proprietary format.

    • Jessica Cam W.
      September 15, 2011 at 10:30 pm

      That may be true, but Nook owners could well make use of this and similar posts because even though the sites mentioned on this article target Kindle owners in name, some of the ones with discounted e-books also list plenty of good deals for Nook owners as well. In particular, Pixel of Ink & Books on the Knob often indicate when they find e-books in epub format for Nook owners.

      • CoolHappyGuy
        September 16, 2011 at 6:04 pm

        Jessica:

        I appreciate this reply.  I am torn between getting a Nook and a Kindle.  This article nudges me toward the Kindle.  However, this could benefit Nook owners as well.  Additionally, I think you can use Calibre to convert the Kindle format to ePub.

        • Jessica Cam W.
          October 8, 2011 at 5:12 pm

          Yes, Calibre is a lifesaver. Good luck with whatever device you decide to go with!