Some months your budget only stretches so far, which is a killer when you are a mad bookworm, but there is a solution and no, it’s not Kindle Unlimited. This solution doesn’t even have a subscription cost or a joining fee. Here’s how to get free books.
TELL ME MORE!
Well, the truth is, you already know the solution. It’s your local library. Nowadays libraries also lend e-books and audiobooks, isn’t that fabulous? And it’s all free of charge. You don’t even need to physically visit the library you can do it online. Just register your library card and get reading. Or listening.
It gets better
What if you look up what they have but they are missing your favourite author? Simple, just ask them to get them in stock. Again, this doesn’t cost you anything. Pretty incredible really. And once you’ve enjoyed your new book, tell your friends about it so they can love it as well.
This feels like I’m pulling a fast one? Only I benefit
Not at all! Everyone benefits. You do, certainly. But so does the library because they have more users accessing their service which makes them more viable in the eyes of their council authorities and god knows, libraries need the support right now. Which means that you are helping your community because communities really need libraries. So that’s you, your friends, your library and your community taken care of. Who else?
But they don’t get paid? Free books don’t help authors. That’s not true actually. For every borrow we get a small payment. We’re not going to retire on it but each year we can earn up to £6000, and that’s enough for at least some champagne. But it’s more than money. Authors love libraries and we really want to support them, we know that sometimes they are the only way that some readers are going to be able to read our books and we love readers even more than libraries.
Okay. You’ve sold me. I love free books
Next step. Go online, find out how to access your local library and see what they have on offer. Have fun, discovering new titles or reserve that new bestseller that you’ve been saving up for. Better yet, check if they have my books in stock 😀 If not, request them. (You can do this for other authors as well!) My books are available in print, digital or audio and your library should be able to get all of them.
- Even if you have already bought all my books and enjoyed them, be an author advocate. If you have an author you love (me or someone else) check that the library has them in stock. if they don’t request them so that others may discover them.
So there we are. This started out as a way that you could get a free book and ended up with you supporting a new author, your local community, as well as the entire publishing industry, and basically the whole of civilisation as we know it.
Well done you 😀
To read more about what libraries mean to me, you might enjoy this blog post.
If you aren’t a library member follow this link and find out how to join your local service. This is UK based, hopefully your own country will be just as wonderful, or even better?!
Liz Hurley as well as being the owner of this blog, runs a bookshop in Cornwall, right by the sea and writes books. You can buy them in her shop (of course), Waterstones and other outlets, as well as Amazon.
When she’s not reading, she’s writing and when she’s not writing, she’s walking. And when she’s not doing any of that she’s binging on box sets and sleeping.
This website is for her fictional works. Her Cornish non-fiction titles and walking guides can be found at https://www.cornishwalks.com