With so many electronic readers and apps available to book lovers nowadays, there's never been a better time to get your hands on free books online in Australia - thousands of them, in fact!
Free books certainly aren't limited to textbooks, history or decades-old romance fiction, either. These days you have access to audio books, children's books, young-adult fiction and recently published adult fiction. It's all just a matter of knowing where to look.
And that's just what we'll show you.
So put away your wallet, and get ready to add a whole lot more reading to your list.
Free Kindle Books
The Amazon Kindle App is probably the most well-known and used reading app in the world. It's completely free, and you don't need a Kindle to use it.
The app can be downloaded to iOS and Android devices, as well as to desktops, and it is the perfect way to access free books on Amazon's colossal library without spending a cent.
Once downloaded to your chosen device:
- Head to "discover"on the footer menu
- Search for "free kindle books" or "free books"
You'll be rewarded with a list of over 50,000 titles that will stand you in good stead for more than a while.
If you do happen to own a Kindle, the Amazon Kindle App will sync with it; this is fabulous for times when you don't have your Kindle with you but want to fill in some time, and pick up your reading exactly where you left off.
Free Reading Apps
These days, it's safe to say that most free books online are in digital format. But this doesn't mean you need to run out and spend hundreds of dollars on an e-reader.
There are a number of free apps that you can download to your smart phone or tablet within a few minutes, and these will give you access to more books than you can read.
- Google Play Books - From your Google account, select Google Play, and then books. From there, it's as simple as typing in "free books" and you'll be rewarded with lists of freebies to download. (This works much better on a desktop browser that through the mobile app.)
- NOOK - This free app allows you to read any free ebooks downloaded from the Barnes and Noble catalogue. The library of free books spans virtually all categories, from kids' titles to science fiction.
- WATTPAD - This incredible platform connects readers directly with writers. Users can read countless international works from aspiring novelists - and it's all free!
Free Reading With Amazon Prime
Many people sign up to Amazon Prime for the FREE shipping and access to Prime Video, but Amazon Prime in Australia also includes unlimited access to Prime Reading, which means free books!
What is Prime Reading?
Prime Reading is a library of digital books available only to Amazon Prime members, and it operated just like a library as well, with borrowing and returning.
The library includes comics, fiction, kids' books, non-fiction, current magazines and short works; and there are over 1000 titles to select from! Better still, content is updated constantly at Prime Reading, and this keeps the library fresh and up to date with relevant works that we all want to devour.
How to Access Free Books on Prime Reading:
First, make sure you are signed up to Amazon Prime in Australia.
Next, head over to the Prime Reading catalogue on Amazon Australia. From there it's simply a matter of choose a book or publication you'd love to read, heading to the product page for the title, and selecting the device you'd like to download to you compatible device, be it a Kindle e-reader or Kindle App. (It's easiest to borrow books from a web browser.)
Free Audio Books
Audio books are no longer something for kids, people of all ages, all over the world can't get enough of them.
As opposed to a written book, audio books free up our bodies - we need only listen. This means audio books can be enjoyed just about anywhere.
Free audio books are plentiful online, and these are our top destinations to finding them:
Librovox is the home of thousands of public domain audio books, as read by volunteers around the world, and in many languages. This not-for-profit website makes it incredibly easy to download free audio books to your computer or chosen device. You can even burn them to CD!
For free audio books with an educational or cultural focus, Open Culture should be your first stop. There are 900 free audio books to download and listen to, with works including poetry, fiction and non-fiction.
Project Gutenburg is well-known for providing a massive library of free audio books to the general public. At this site, you have the choice of human-read books or computer-read books.
At Loyal Books, you'll find thousands of public-domain audio books ready for download. The library covers most major categories, including kids' books and history.
For the parents, Storynory is definitely one to bookmark. It's the place to find free, unlimited audio books for kids, including fairy tales and classics. This is an excellent resource for beginner readers, as the text is also printed, and children can read along.
The ThoughtAudio website is filled with free audio books in the categories of philosophy and classic literature. You can't download the audio from this site (you will need to listen directly off the website), although you can download the PDF of the transcript.
Light Up Your Brain
Light Up Your Brain is another fabulous resource for kids. It's a fun site, with not only free children's audio books to enjoy, but colouring pages to download and other activities.
Audible is Amazon's audio book store, and while it's not free ($16.45 per month), you do get 30 days to trial it for free. In that time, you can devour as many bestselling titles in audio form as you want!
Free Classic Audio Books
This is where to go for MP3 downloads of classic literature. Free Classic Audio Books has works catalogued by author name, so it's simply a matter of searching and downloading.
Free Paper Books
Getting your hands on free paper books is certainly not as easy as finding digital copies, but it is possible through offline opportunities.
Here are some ways to find free paper books in Australia:
- Join your local library! This is the most obvious method for getting free books, and it's a godsend for parents with kids who devours books faster than they can keep up! Just remember to stick to your library's borrowing terms and enjoy reading hundreds of books at no cost.
- Are you an influencer or blogger? Sometimes Australian publishers may be open to offering bloggers books in exchange for honest reviews. It's worth asking!
- Look out for garage sales. Over the years, families amass mountains of books, and often they don't know what to do with them. At garage sales, you'll often find free books up for grabs.
- Check public book swap areas. Shopping malls and cafes often have Book Nooks or lounge areas with books available for swapping, sitting and reading, or even taking. Keep your eyes out for these!
- Check sites like Gumtree. Just like with garage sales, people often use Gumtree to advertise the fact that they have piles of books up for grabs.