Read More for Less

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I’m a writer and an avid reader. On average, I read at least eight books per month and each of my children read at least 2 books per month. I don’t have over one hundred dollars a month to spend on books although I spend at least half that amount. So, I’ve learned to read more for less.

Below are several places you can get free reads.

Local Library


The past two counties that I have lived in loaned library books via Overdrive. Books can be borrowed in the Kindle, mp3 and other formats. Sign up for a card at your local library and ask your librarian for details. NOTE: There are other e-lending libraries out there so find out which on your county uses.


Read More for Less - eReader Love

I started using eReader Love, which use to be Free Books for Kindle on Facebook, a little while after I received my Kindle. Through this website I have found some great reads, some good reads and some I hurt my eyes reading this reads. The publisher of eReader Love features a good many independent and self-published authors alongside traditionally published authors so you will find some gems.


Read More for Less - BookShout

I learned about this website through my friends over at BookShout is GoodReads on steroids. Bookshout sends out promotional emails about books or book previews sponsored on their website. The catch? You must use their app to read the books.

Take a penny, leave a penny.

Near the cash register at many Southern gas stations, there is an astray filled with pennies. If you need one of the copper coins to complete your purchase, you take one no questions asked. Now, if you happen to visit the store on a day you get change it is common courtesy to leave a penny or two for the next person who might not be able to make change.

The same applies for free books you read. While the public library buys the right to loan ebooks, when publishing companies offer free reads through websites like Amazon, Bookshout, Goodreads, and eReader Love so them some gratitude by leaving a book review or sharing a link to the book on social networks. Word of mouth still sell books and authors need purchases so that publishing companies will keep them under contract. So, if you get a free book and you love it please let your friends know.

How do you feed your need to read without breaking the bank–read more for less?

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on

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