I bought an iPod Touch last week and one of the first apps I downloaded from the iTunes store was the Amazon Kindle app, which allows you to sync your Amazon Kindle and your iPod Touch or iPhone. If you don’t have a Kindle, you can use your Touch or iPhone as a reader.
I borrow most of the books I read from the library, but there are times when I want to take a book with me when I travel, so this feature comes in handy. A kindle can also come in handy if you want to keep a book and reread it or use it for reference.
I wanted to try out the Kindle App on my iPod Touch, but I didn’t want to spend $10 on a book if I didn’t enjoy the reading experience (most best sellers are $9.99 at Amazon). So I looked for some free books to try it out. Most of the free books are older books where the copyright has expired, but there are some new books as well. I downloaded a couple collections of short stories and other books to try it out, and while reading a book on the iPod Touch is not the same as reading a paperback book, or even a Kindle because of the smaller screen, it is a convenient way of carrying around multiple books. I read a couple stories from the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and downloaded the Bible for reference and I enjoyed it enough to download a few more books.
Free Books for the Amazon Kindle
You can download books for the Kindle from many places, but the most convenient location is from Amazon because you can order with one click and have it automatically uploaded to your Kindle, iPod, or iPhone the next time you have access to wi-fi service. The following list is of free Kindle books you can download directly from Amazon (Amazon features multiple selections for many of these authors).
A short selection of free classics on the Kindle:
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
- The Art of War by Sun Tzu.
- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.
- Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri.
- Dracula by Bram Stoker.
- Edgar Allan Poe’s Complete Poetical Works by Edgar Allen Poe.
- Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
- The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells.
- The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806.
- The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling.
- The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving.
- A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare.
- The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci Complete by Leonardo da Vinci.
- Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens.
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
- The Rough Riders by Theodore Roosevelt.
- The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.
- Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.
- Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne.
And for the baseball fan:
- Spalding’s Baseball Guide and Official League Book for 1889.
- Spalding’s Official Baseball Guide – 1913.
Wow! Creating this list brought back memories of high school lit classes… Not sure if that is a good thing or not! There are hundreds of more free books for the Kindle, especially if you are willing to search from a site other than Amazon.com. There are thousands of books that only cost a dollar or two, so you can create an impressive library with a small amount of money.
Other places to get free Kindle books
Again, I listed these books from Amazon because you can download it almost instantly to your Kindle, iPod Touch, or iPhone the next time you sign on. You will need to manually upload books from other sources. Some other great places to find free books that are compatible with the Kindle include Project Gutenberg (nearly 30,000 free titles), FreeKindleBooks.org, Fictionwise (A Barnes & Noble company, 43 titles).