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The best thing about having a Kindle is that you can read anywhere, at any time . . . but all of that reading power means you’re going to go through your reading list pretty quickly!

If you’re looking for more things to read on your Kindle, have no fear. Here are all the websites, tools, and tips you need to fill your e-reader with high-quality free content that will keep you reading for hours without breaking the bank.

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Free Books

Most people buy Kindles to read books, so we’ll start here. There are a lot of services that will give you a heads-up on free Kindle books, and you can get this news in a lot of different ways.

For example, Free Kindle Books & Tips, eBook Daily, and Free Kindle Books will send alerts to your inbox with free and heavily discounted Kindle books every day so you can see what’s on sale. I actually discovered one of my favorite books this way; I saw it in an email, it sounded interesting, and I downloaded it for free. Turns out it was absolutely amazing.

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One Hundred Free Books provides a similar service, but it can also send you price alerts on specific books, so if you want to find out if one of your favorites is currently free or down to $1, it will let you know.

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Want to use Twitter to find free books?

Check out @FreeKindleDaily, @kindlefreebook, @FreeBookDude, @FreeEbooksDaily, @SweetFreeBooks, or @Kindleebooks. With all of these options, you don’t really have an excuse not to snag at least a few free books!

And, of course, there are sites that are just full of free books. Project Gutenberg hosts a number of public-domain works, as does Open Library. Feedbooks has both public-domain books and original works that you can download for free.

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For something a little different, check out indie authors at Smashwords.

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Borrowing Books

One of the best parts of having a lot of books around the house is lending them to people who haven’t read them yet — it’s like having your own personal library. The popularization of e-readers seems like the death knell of the home lending library, but you might be surprised that you can actually borrow Kindle books in a couple of different ways.

One way is through Amazon’s built-in lending and borrowing feature.

In Your Account > Manage Your Content and Devices, you can see a list of all of the Kindle books you’ve purchased. Hit the Actions button for the book you want to lend, and if it’s loanable, you’ll see the Loan this title option. Click it and enter your friend’s email address, and they’ll get the book.. If you don’t see the link, you can’t lend that book.

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There are a number of communities that will help you find people to lend and borrow books with. Lendle is a website that has the process down to an art; find your book and request it, and someone will get in touch to lend it to you. You’ll also have to be prepared to lend books out when you get a request, too. BookLending.com is another good place to look.

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Possibly the best way to borrow Kindle books is from your local library How To Find A Nearby Library Which Lends Kindle Books & Other eBooks How To Find A Nearby Library Which Lends Kindle Books & Other eBooks As our society becomes more paperless, more people are looking for ways to replace their paper habits. Buying eBooks online is not a bad choice, but not everyone is into buying their books. Many of... Read More . Check out the Overdrive Library Locator to see if there’s a library near you that lends e-books. If there is, sign up for a library card (you might even be able to do it online) and start borrowing!

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My own local library has a pretty great selection of Kindle books and an active borrowing community; I’m on the waiting list for three titles at the moment, all of which are pretty recent and popular books.

Send to Kindle

Many sites are now offering a Send to Kindle button, which makes it really easy to get a specific article on your Kindle so you can read it later (or read it sooner on a much better screen What Is E-Ink? How It Works & Why Every Ebook Fan Needs It What Is E-Ink? How It Works & Why Every Ebook Fan Needs It If you read ebooks and haven't switched to E-Ink yet, then you're seriously missing out. Here's everything you need to know about why E-Ink rocks for ebook lovers. Read More ). Just hit the button, enter your Kindle’s email address, and you’re set to go. The first time you do it, you might need to add an email address (like kindle@readability.com) to your approved email list How To Send eBooks, Documents, And Articles To Your Kindle App Or eReader How To Send eBooks, Documents, And Articles To Your Kindle App Or eReader Kindle makes it easy to buy and read eBooks from Amazon. But what if you want to read your own eBooks, documents, or articles on your Kindle? Amazon's Send-to-Kindle has you covered. Read More .

The example below is from Longform.org, but there are other sites out there that have this function built in, too.

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Hippocampus magazine, one of my favorite creative non-fiction sites (and a great alternative to one of the most popular podcasts Don’t Like Podcasts? Read 17 Alternatives to the Most Popular Shows Don’t Like Podcasts? Read 17 Alternatives to the Most Popular Shows Not everyone likes podcasts. That doesn't mean we don't want to learn about the fascinating things that are going on in our world. Here are the best podcast alternatives. Read More out there, This American Life), also lets readers send articles to their Kindles, though it takes a couple clicks.

Even some academic journals are now providing this capability. This is one published by Cambridge, which is probably the largest journal publisher that’s enabled this functionality:

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If you know of other sites that have send-to-Kindle abilities built in, share them in the comments below!

More Articles on Your Kindle

Just because a site doesn’t offer a Send to Kindle button doesn’t mean you can’t get their articles on your e-reader. There are plenty of apps and extensions that will let you send just about anything to your Kindle (this is great for reading longform articles Too Long But Do Read: 6 Places To Go To For Some Of The Best Reading On The Web Too Long But Do Read: 6 Places To Go To For Some Of The Best Reading On The Web TLDR is now an accepted part of Internet slang. Too Long Didn't Read is symptomatic of our attention spans…or rather lack of it. But there's a subtle shift that's happening beneath the layers of the... Read More  that might strain your eyes on a backlit screen).

Push to Kindle, for example, has a browser extension that lets you send anything you want with a click of a button. Here’s what it looks like when you get an article on your Kindle with this service:

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There are no images, so if you’re reading something that has some important visuals, you may want to consider another option. Beyond that, though, everything is perfect, and a lot easier on your eyes!

Klip.me, a similar service, will also send images, though it’ll only send small ones that don’t make the page too large. The text isn’t formatted quite as nicely, but it’s still very readable. Here’s an example of a small author photo sent using Klip:

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In addition to extensions like these, there are a few other ways that you can get articles to your Kindle:

P2K (Pocket to Kindle), for example, does just what you’d expect it to: send articles from your Pocket reading list to your Kindle. You can choose daily or weekly updates, and other options include “newest or oldest X articles,” “articles worth X minutes,” and “X random articles” for your sync. Unfortunately, if you’re a free member, it can take many hours for your articles to actually get delivered.

I’m a big fan of RSS, and if you are too, you can also get your RSS feed sent to your Kindle using Calibre, one of the best options for ebook management 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 available.

To start, go to Fetch news > Add a custom news source and use the resulting window to create a new collection of feeds.

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You can create as many different collections as you want — it’s a great way to keep your reading list segmented.

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Once you’ve done that, click Fetch news, and select your custom news source under Custom. Click Download now to get your RSS feeds downloaded immediately, or set up a schedule for automatic updating.

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Now plug in your Kindle, right-click on your news source, and select Send to device > Send to main memory. Just like that, your RSS feeds are on your Kindle!

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You might be able to email your feeds as well, but I couldn’t get that to work. It’s possible that the file was too large, as it does include images. Here’s what the table of contents and an article looked like after they were transferred:

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Of course, you don’t just have to use these methods just to send articles. You could send whatever you want! A recipe you want to try, someone’s LinkedIn bio, a conference agenda, and pretty much anything else that’s text-based will work, too. If you already thought Kindle was the best thing ever Books Suck: Why I Love My Kindle More Than Dead Trees Books Suck: Why I Love My Kindle More Than Dead Trees Modern e-readers hold thousands of novels, weigh next to nothing, have built in lights, and don't give you a concussion when they hit your nose. Read More , prepare yourself to never put it down ever again.

Other Kinds of Documents

Want to read other things on your Kindle, like PDFs, Word documents, or other e-book formats?

The best way to do this is to use your Kindle’s email address. (You can find this on your Amazon account by going to Manage Your Content and Devices > Settings > Send-to-Kindle E-Mail Settings.)

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Whenever you want to add something from your inbox to your Kindle, just forward it to that email address. Amazon will grab any attachment and do its best to convert it to a Kindle-friendly format. Here’s a draft résumé that was a Word document:

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Certain types of documents work better than others; a scanned PDF, for example, doesn’t always come out super clearly (unless you’re using a good OCR app The Best iPhone OCR Apps Tested The Best iPhone OCR Apps Tested For those of us dedicated to going paperless, the ability to scan documents and have the text recognized and converted to text is an essential time saver. Read More , of course).

Even with the difficulties, it’s certainly worth a shot, especially if people send you large text-based attachments on a regular basis.

IFTTT Recipes for Your Kindle

If This, Then That (IFTTT) doesn’t have a dedicated Kindle channel, but you can use your Kindle’s email address to create some pretty cool recipes that will let you control what gets sent to your Kindle. This recipe converts things in your Dropbox and sends them to your Kindle, for example.

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Here’s another that will send any article tagged as “Kindle” in Feedly to your Kindle.

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There are plenty of others out there, and if you know how to create IFTTT recipes, I’m sure you can come up with a useful one that fits your reading needs. And if you already use one, let us know in the comments!

Where Do You Get Free Stuff for Your Kindle?

These tips should keep you reading for a long time — the free books would take you years to get through, and that’s not even taking into account the number of articles and other kinds of documents you could be reading. But everyone has their own favorite place to get free Kindle content. What’s yours?

Where do you download free things for your Kindle? Or do you usually stick with paid books from Amazon? Do you strip DRM from books and lend them yourself? Share your thoughts, experiences, and tips below so we can all get more cool stuff!

  1. Wayne
    May 14, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Great article! Comprehensive and well researched! Thanks!

    • Dann Albright
      May 16, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks, Wayne! I'm glad you liked it; I had a really good time writing it. I read on my Kindle pretty much constantly, so a lot of this will be really useful for me personally, too.

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