A few years ago when I was thinking of getting rid of my car, I looked around for ways to get books without driving. Amazon.com gives away the Kindle reading application software free. Go to www.amazon.com to their Kindle store. Click on “free reading apps” below the search box. I downloaded the free software to my laptop. There was no need to buy an actual Kindle device.
Amazon gives away many Kindle books free. Those that are not free are still less expensive than physical books. I downloaded a number of free classics as well as several mystery fiction books. Public libraries also now lend eBooks. Kindle has a built in dictionary. You can click a word in the text and it will look in the dictionary for you! You can easily adjust the font size and color, page width and style; it’s terrific.
Project Gutenberg at www.gutenberg.org has hundreds of books that are out of copyright in the U.S. They recently added a section of current, self-published books. They offer works in a variety of languages as well. You can search alphabetically by author or title. You can browse the most recent additions or the most popular items. Many entries also offer a link to a Wikipedia article about the author. These don’t require the Kindle app; they appear on the screen at the web page.
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.