Saturday, July 25, 2020

Have you ever wanted to read an ebook, but didn't own a Kindle or Nook? 

Well, there's a way. It's super easy, and it's free! 

Amazon has hundreds of thousands of amazing free and low-cost ebooks from every genre imaginable. Whether you want to read on your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer, you can be reading books in no time. In a few steps, I'll show you how to do it.

Step 1 - Download the app

Click the link below, then choose the button for the device you are using. Download the Kindle app that pops up. This will put the Kindle reader on your device. Come back here when you're done, and I'll help you find tens of thousands of free books to read.

iPhones & iPads

Android phones & tablets

Macs & PCs

Step 2 - "Buy" a free ebook

This is where the fun begins.  Now you're going to find a free ebook to read. Please read the "Pitfall Alert" carefully, because Amazon will try to trick you into a paid subscription if you're not careful. Go to your Amazon account and type "free ebooks" into the search field.

This will pull up tens of thousands of free ebooks. Look through them until you find one you may like to read. I've chosen this one to read on my PC.

PITFALL ALERT: There are two prices here. The most prominent is NOT your free ebook. This will link you to Kindle Unlimited, which is a subscription program that charges a monthly fee. But look at the bottom of the picture. "Or $0.00 to buy" shows you that the ebook is free of charge. No subscriptions or any other cost will apply. It's absolutely free.

Once you've clicked the ebook you want, you'll see your purchase options. Again, you want to choose the "buy" option, and not the Kindle Unlimited option.

Step 3 - Read Your eBook!

Open the Kindle app on your device. It will look something like this app on my computer desktop. 

When the app opens, you will see your library of books.  If you don't see the book you bought, find the "Library" link and click it.  That should open up the list of books you've bought. This is what the library looks like on my computer. It will vary a little with each device.

Double-click or tap the book, and begin reading!

Building a library of ebooks is fun, cheap, and provides you with all the reading material you'll ever need.


James Elliott Mitchell is a Word Addict, a gardener, and a friend to his cats and dogs. Read more about him HERE.

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Giving someone an eBook is quick and easy. Consider giving an eBook for birthdays and other special occasions. You may also consider helping your favorite Word Addict sell books by purchasing a few copies and giving them away to your friends and family.

In a few simple steps, here's how you purchase an eBook—or several eBooks—and give them away as gifts. As part of the package, if your recipient doesn't have an eReader device, Amazon will help the recipient download and read the eBook on any device. 

CLICK HERE to learn how you can read eBooks on any device.

Part I - Buy The Books

Find the eBook you want to gift someone.  I chose a Christmas book with great reviews. It only costs 99 cents, and Christmas books make handy gifts.

In the purchase section of the book's page, there's the regular "Buy Now" box you get on Amazon.  Don't click that. Instead, look below that box to find the "Buy for others" button. 

I'm going to buy two copies. I'll select "2" in the Quantity drop-down box and click the "Buy for others button.

The next screen asks you to enter emails.  I do not want to give these books away until December.  If you don't want to give the books away right now, then don't put email addresses in that field.  You can give them away later, whenever you wish. Simply click the "Place your order" button.

Part II - Gift The Books

NOTE: The purchase will take a little time to finalize before Amazon will allow you to gift the books. So, go run some errands, take a nap, or clean up the disasters your child has created in the last 4 or 5 minutes, etc...

On your Amazon account, hover over the "Account & Lists" link. When all the accounts and lists pop up, select "Your Orders."

Now, select "Digital Orders" to find your eBooks

Scroll down your Digital Orders list until you find the book.  There should be a "Manage eBooks" button.  If that button isn't there, you may need to wait just a little longer for the order to clear.
When you click "Manage eBooks" the list of books will appear. Click "Copy link with instructions."

Go to your email account and create a new email message. Paste the link in the body of the email, and send it to the recipient. Your recipient will receive a)the link to accept their free book on Amazon, and b)instructions on how to download the Kindle App, which allows them to read the book on any device.

Once you send the email, you're done! You just have the gift of an eBook.

NOTE: I find it difficult to remember some of these steps, so I've made myself a cheat sheet. If you think you might forget the steps, keep this post bookmarked and use it as needed.

James Elliott Mitchell is a Word Addict. He writes whenever he has the time. He puts too much on his plate and gets stressed out. He needs to learn better time management skills. CLICK HERE to learn more about him.

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