Each weekday on that website, I post a hand-curated list of free Kindle eBooks -- books that you'd shell out your hard-earned cash for virtually any other day of the year. I'm not talking about old, out-of-copyright books (although these classic fiction books are available free, too). I'm talking about current popular fiction and nonfiction books by today's top authors -- mysteries, thrillers, romances, horror, detective stories, science fiction, cookbooks, textbooks, business guides -- you name it, it's in there. Including the cream of the crop, bestsellers by your favorite authors.
Sound too good to be true? That's what I thought when I stumbled onto this new world of Kindle freebies a few years ago -- that many of the most popular books available from Amazon.com are offered free during certain brief promotional periods.
I won't bore you right now with all of the details -- why top authors and publishers are giving away their best books, the ones you'd normally anywhere from 99 cents to $9.99 or more. But if you want the short course, here it is, boiled down to a sentence: Amazon and most smart authors and publishers know this secret -- folks who download the most FREE books also BUY the most books, and spend a ton of cash doing so. And the more time someone has their Kindle in their hand, even if they're busy downloading free books, the more likely it is that they'll actually buy something -- another book, or perhaps a bag of dog food or a new set of lawn furniture. Of course, there's no obligation to buy anything at all. As long as you're registered at Amazon.com, you're in the Kindle freebie game. Heck, you don't even need to buy a Kindle -- you can read these free books in your Web browser or on free Kindle apps available for virtually any smartphone, table or computer.
Anyway, there are a plethora of guides for finding the best free Kindle books, and I've mentioned every one I could find on the page you're reading now -- including the one I wrote, "Kindle Buffet," which is at the top of the list.
These are all fine books, and following their suggestions you'll find more great free books than you could possibly read in your lifetime, your children's lifetimes, and your grandchildren's lifetimes.
The great thing about Kindle Buffet, of course, is that it's free -- both the book and the website, which includes all of that day's top free books, plus profiles of your favorite authors, and free videos and apps for your Kindle or Android device.
And there's a lot more to the book -- it shows you how to borrow books for free from Amazon or your local public or school library (or any other library where you're a member).
You probably shelled out your hard-earned money to buy a Kindle, so why not take advantage of the thousands of free books available for it?
By the way, you might be wondering, "Why do I need 'Kindle Buffet' to find free books, can't I just go to Amazon.com and download them myself?" You sure can -- that's the way most people do it. But it takes an awful lot of time. You'll need to wade though thousands of books, and there's no easy way to skim off the cream. Frankly, many of the books aren't worth your time. You're looking for the proverbial needle in the haystack. Yes, there is a Kindle bestseller list on the website -- both free Kindle bestsellers and paid Kindle bestsellers, but that's only the top hundred books. The book YOU want to read probably isn't on there.
And that's where Kindle Buffet comes in. Each morning, I go through that day's list of freebies. I take a good look at each book, and make a judgment call, based on my years of experience as a bookseller and author: Is this a decent book? Would a lot of people download this, read it, and enjoy it? Will people benefit from it, learn from it? Most of all, is it a book that people happily pay money for when it's not on one of these freebie promotions? If it makes the grade, I post it to KindleBuffet dot com. I do this Monday through Friday, 52 weeks a year. I love doing it, and you will love using it to download free books from your favorite authors.
OK, enough jawboning. Let's get to the free books!