Five Classics You Can Read For Free, Anywhere, and How to Find More.

If you’re not using your local library anyway, which you should be, before it’s gone. If it’s already gone, then this list is just the thing for you.

I’ve published a couple of ebooks on Kindle. My first book came out on Kindle a few days before coming out in paperback, and for those days my audience had only one question for me,

“When can I get a hard copy?”

A lot of the people I spoke to said they didn’t think they could read ebooks because they didn’t have a Kindle. Even more of them didn’t know that there are lots of books that are completely free on Amazon, and good books, too; all the classics that are in the public domain (as in, you can legally download them for free), all of Austen, Dickens, and the Brontës. I have spoken to an awful lot of people who didn’t know about Project Gutenberg.

I won’t lie, I have a vested interest in expanding my audience and encouraging people to buy my books on more platforms, but thinking about it, I’m also interested in getting people to read full stop. I imagine people thinking they don’t have the time to read, say, Bleak House, and they don’t want to carry the big old tome with them on the bus. I want people to know that they can read Bleak House, at whatever pace they like, and they can do it on their phone or tablet whenever they have a spare minute, and that they can sync their progress between devices and make the print as large as they want.

The Kindle app is available on any phone that has an app store. Or any tablet. Amazon also has a web-based Kindle reader that you can use, if you want to read on a monitor. It is free. You log in with your Amazon account, and you instantly have access to all the ebooks on your account. Your progress will sync between all these things automatically. Anytime, anywhere. If you have five spare minutes, you can start reading that classic you’ve always wanted to try. I’ll also provide Project Gutenberg links for people who don’t want to patronise Amazon, or for people who just like being able to access multiple formats on any device they want.

Bleak House, by Charles Dickens

Kindle

Project Gutenberg

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson

Kindle

Project Gutenberg

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen

Kindle

Project Gutenberg

Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë

Kindle

Project Gutenberg

The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde

Kindle

Project Gutenberg

 

And there you have it, five classics you can read entirely for free, at any time and on any device you can think of. (I bet some of you even have watches you could read these on.) Free ebooks aren’t always well formatted, and you can’t always find exactly what you want, particularly on Amazon (you can always check Gutenberg). That said, if there’s a book you want to read, and it was published more than, say, 70 years ago, chances are you can (legally!) download it for free and read it on the bus to work.

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