6 Kindle Book Classics You Can Download for Free

Joshua Lockhart 24-04-2012

kindle free classicsVery recently, we gave away a Kindle Fire Kindle Fire Review and Giveaway It’s a brand new year, and I am proud to be part of something brand new here at MakeUseOf: An independent hardware review followed by a giveaway. Today we’ll be giving away an Amazon Kindle... Read More , but did you know that you can start reading on Kindle right away without spending any more money? Fortunately, Amazon has provided quite a few classic books totally free of charge for the general public. The best part of all is that none the Kindle free classics are abridged!


Below, we have six classics that you may or may have not been able to read on the Kindle, so don’t hesitate. Also, for those of you who don’t have a Kindle The Secret Of Using A Kindle Fire Outside North America There are restrictions to using a Kindle Fire in territories in which it isn’t currently available. However Amazon would be shooting themselves in the foot if they prevented its use – after all, it is... Read More , you really shouldn’t feel left out. With the Kindle app and the Cloud Reader, you can join right in and read all of these on whatever device you happen to have.

The Adventures Of Sherlock Holmes

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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuth classic is available on the Kindle for only $0.00. The e-book includes all twelve of the original stories about the master detective, and the easy to read format will make it a breeze to fly through. Yes, I will include an obligatory “Elementary, my dear Watson” in this paragraph. Happy?

* At the time of this article, Amazon has made a note that the description of this book is under review on their site. Based on my own personal copy, it seems fairly accurate.

The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

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Before there was Fight Club, there was The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Right now, you can dive into the symbolic struggle of good versus evil for free. However, it does not include the destruction of the establishment or anything remotely similar to “space-monkeys”. So go ahead and pick up the classic story on the Kindle Store 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 .

King Solomon’s Mines

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Sadly, my first introduction to Alan Quartermain was through The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. As much as I loved that movie, I am rather embarrassed to say this was my only encounter with the character. When I saw that King Solomon’s Mines was available for free on the Kindle, I knew it was going on my reading list ASAP.

Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland

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Alice’s tale has always been very interesting to me (and that is not due to copious amounts of opium). There’s just something about the whole surreal feeling of it all. Fortunately, her adventures in Wonderland have been made available for free on the Kindle How to Find Infinite Free Kindle Books to Read Here are 10 awesome websites that will point you towards infinite free Kindle books. If you are ready to curl up with a new book, bookmark these sites to save yourself some money. Read More . Granted, I haven’t found Through the Looking Glass on the store, but the fact that this is even readily available is nice.

Great Expectations

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Honestly, I have always had a special place in my heart for the Dickens classic. Upon finding it on Kindle, I was a little too excited to re-read the story of Pip (despite how sad it is in some parts). What’s always intrigued me is how this story was brought to the public via serials. This has made me wonder if the Amazon Kindle The Top 10 Free Or Very Cheap eBook Thrillers [MUO Book Club] You’ll be hard pressed to find any long distance journey where none of the passengers are reading a thriller. This type of novel – packed with suspense, tension and excitement – has become a staple... Read More would be a good medium for a modern day serial in which a new chapter is brought to your reader every week.

Also, I haven’t checked the ending of this Great Expectations, so I do not know if it includes the original ending, the revised ending, or both.


Dorothy & The Wizard In Oz

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Oz is a pretty trippy place when you think about it, and I rank the world somewhere up there with Wonderland. Follow Dorothy in another Oz-related quest (this isn’t the original) when she is sucked back into the magical world against her will.

No word on whether or not the other Oz books 10 Free Or Very Cheap eBooks Suitable For Children Under 14 With such a wide selection of eBooks available, sorting the wheat from the chaff can prove difficult. As with mobile phone and tablet apps, making a choice depends on much more than a quick look... Read More are available for free, but this should serve as a nice introduction to the series.


Before you get too troubled about not seeing your favorite classic book on here, I want you to know that I am aware that there are quite a few Kindle free classics . It’s just a matter of finding them all! Also, once again, remember that you do not need a Kindle to read these books. Just use the app or the Cloud Reader.


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What free Kindle classics have you found? Which books do you recommend?

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    April 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

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    • Joshua Lockhat
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      I believe I've used this before! I may do a write-up on that. Thanks for bringing it up, David.

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    April 29, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Definitely on my list to download, when I get a Kindle.

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      April 29, 2012 at 6:31 pm

      Definitely. I'm inching my way through King Solomon's Mines right now. I just realized that I spelled Quatermain as Quartermain, too. (Egad.) But even having a Kindle is pretty great. I love mine.

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  7. Nick Swarfega
    April 24, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    Its really odd that this offer is only available in the US Amazon considering the age of these books, you'd think this offer would be on the UK Amazon site as well. So I guess Ill head to gutenberg for these. Thanks Amazon...

    • Joshua Lockhart
      April 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Seems odd. I'm located in America, so I didn't even think to check. My apologies. However, if Project Gutenburg has it, that's pretty great. Thanks for letting me know!

  8. Bobbi
    April 24, 2012 at 12:02 pm

    I use EReader News Today for my free kindle books. They post anywhere from 3 to 8 or 9 at a time. All different types - including cookbooks and kids/young teen books. On a really good day, they will post 4 or 5 times with multiple choices. Another good service is Pixel of Ink. Give them a try. I'm never at loss for something to read.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      April 24, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      Good find, Bobbi! I'll have to try it out.

  9. Ophelia
    April 24, 2012 at 1:43 am

    Go to Their stuff is all classics/public domain works, most of which is available in mobi or epub format as well as txt. It won't have a nice pretty cover is about the only difference.

    • Joshua Lockhart
      April 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks for sharing, Ophelia! (By the way, I recently worked on a Hamlet-inspired short film... fun fact of the day.)