So you’ve got yourself a Kindle Fire. (Maybe you even got it for free from us!) Awesome! And now you want to fill it with loads of great content, but you’ve maxed out your budget. No worries, there are plenty of ways to get free goodies, including ebooks, music and apps. Here’s a quick look at just how you can get the most out of your Kindle Fire without spending a fortune (or even a dime).
Sure, you already know how to get free apps on your phone or Kindle Fire, but most of those are ad-supported. However, the Amazon Appstore for Android offers a different full-version app for FREE every single day. These aren’t free trial versions, they’re the same version you’d pay 99 cents to $3.99 per app on any other day. So check back daily and download for free!
Download Free eBooks
Amazon offers hundreds of free ebooksyou can download anytime. Besides all the free classics (Pride & Prejudice, Dracula, A Tale of Two Cities), Amazon is constantly changing up it’s stock of free eBooks from fiction to cookbooks to children’s books.
Check Your Library
Have you been to your local library lately? The formerly stuffy/dusty ol’ places are quickly embracing today’s technology. Many of them will let you borrow eBooks for your Kindle, Nook or other eReaders. Check your library’s website (or Amazon’s list of libraries) to see if they participate. There are limits to the number of eBooks you can borrow and just like physical books, you may find yourself on a waiting list for the more popular titles.
Download Free Music from Your Public Library
Besides eBooks, your local ibrary’s website may also let you download (and keep) mp3s if they’re part of a music-sharing network like Freegal. There are limitations (such as “3 downloads per week, per library card”), but the selection is great and you get to keep the songs.
Borrow from Your Friends
Just like a real book, you can borrow an eBook from a friend. And you don’t even need a Kindle to do so! It’s up to the book’s publisher to decide if an eBook is eligible or not, but if so, each book can be lent out once for a period of 14 days. Amazon’s lending libraryruns the full process down for you.
Borrow Best Sellers from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library
Okay, so this one isn’t completely free, but the $79 annual membership fee for Amazon Prime comes with some great benefits. Besides getting Free 2-day shipping on any purchases from Amazon (with no minimum), you also get free access to Amazon’s instant streaming movies and TV shows. But the newest perk is that Prime Members have access to the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library where you can borrow over 100 popular NY Times best-sellers. You’re limited to one book per month, but with 50,000 titles to choose from, you shouldn’t have a problem finding 12 a year. Plus if you would’ve bought those 12 eBooks normally, that more than pays for the annual Prime Membership itself.
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