Where to find great deals on e-books
Not just deals on any e-books, but deals on quality e-books that you want to read
People are constantly asking me where I find deals on quality e-books that I want to read. I can find plenty of deals on all types and varieties of e-books; however, those deals rarely have any e-books that I want to read. I read historical, literary, and contemporary fiction, young adult, middle grade, and occasionally, romance. I’m excited to share with you how I find great e-book deals, and hopefully, there will be one or two that you can use to find e-books that suit your reading tastes. Even though the e-books I like to read may not be what you want to read, some of the sites I’m highlighting below can be configured to your reading tastes.
There are two emails I receive daily and a few other sites I frequently use that usually offer e-books that speak to my reading tastes, and those are:
Modern Mrs. Darcy, great e-book deals. To my knowledge, Anne Bogel does not accept paid e-book placements. However, her links are affiliate links. The e-books she highlights are usually e-books she has read and liked or has heard good things about or quite possibly knows the author. These are quality e-books, and she also features audiobook sales where appropriate. The only downside to her e-book deals is that you can’t select which genres you are interested in. However, she only features 6-8 e-books each day, so the list is easy to get through.
Mom Advice Book Club, daily e-book steals. Like Modern Mrs. Darcy above, I do not believe that Amy Allen Clark accepts paid e-book placements. However, her links are affiliate links. She usually has several recent e-books and quite often a good selection of Historical Fiction, and she does an outstanding job of sleuthing out the best deals of the day. The daily email offers a collage picture that shows the discounted e-books she is featuring that day. You can glance at the collage to see if any of the deals interest you and click through to purchase.
eReaderIQ, a price-drop notification site. I love this website, and there are several different ways to use it. A reader can track e-books and authors and set price drops, and the service will notify you via email when your specific criteria about price drops have been met. I’ll tell you how I use it, but I encourage you to explore the website to discover what works best for you. I am more interested in the author price drops than specific e-book price drops, so I have set a watch on dozens of authors that I enjoy reading. When the price drops (I don’t specify how much of a price drop is required) on any e-book of an author I have selected, I receive an email. It takes just a second to open the email to see if it’s a book I’m interested in. Specific e-books or price range drops might be a better option for you, so check out the website thoroughly.
BookBub and Book Gorilla are two sites that offer authors the ability to promote their e-books to readers through daily emails. Both have a cost and other requirements to be featured in a daily email, and BookBub has the most stringent requirements and the highest fee for placement if accepted. Each of these services allows the reader to choose one or more genres presented to them in the daily email, and occasionally there may be a free e-book or two offered in that same email.
The Book Club Girls, Facebook group is run by HarperCollins publishers. This group features a weekly free e-book offer and frequently a free backlist e-book offer; you do have to be a member of NetGalley as the e-books are distributed via NetGalley. At 40 thousand members strong in the FB group, there are always robust and engaging book discussions happening in the group; your TBR will thank you for following along. As of 9-3-21 Harper Collins has archived this FB group to focus on other types of social media.
Kindle Unlimited, Amazon based unlimited reading subscription. For a monthly fee of $9.99, you can sign up for Kindle Unlimited and read as many e-books as you want from authors that participate in the program. Yes, not all authors participate, and you will most likely not find the most popular authors either, but I have discovered some new authors to me, and I have read some excellent e-books. A couple of times a year, you can catch this on sale at a significantly reduced price.
Libby, Overdrive, and Hoopla, accessed through your library. Overdrive and its newest app Libby are ways to connect to your library’s e-book lending program. With a library card, the e-books are free to read, and you are limited only by the number of e-books your library will allow you to check out and have on hold at any given time. Library waits can be several weeks long, but there are always other e-books that are available immediately. Check with your specific library to see which of these services they offer, as not all libraries offer all of them.
Goodreads giveaways. I enter most giveaways whether I’m interested in reading the book, and you may be asking why. I have several grandchildren of various ages, I have several friends who like to read, and I frequently stock Little Free Libraries close to me. Goodreads giveaways are both print and e-books, and if I think a print book is something I’d like to read, or it fits into any of the groups above, I will enter the giveaway and then decide what to do with it, if and when I win it. I am a little more careful about which e-book giveaways I enter as I can’t share e-books I’m not interested in with others; they only reside on my kindle.
Author and publisher websites. I subscribe to many of these, and occasionally I will receive emails from them telling me of an upcoming e-book sale. If you subscribe to these, you will also receive other emails not related to e-book deals which may or may not be what you are interested in.
I hope I’ve given you plenty of ways to fill your TBR with e-books. I’m always looking for great deals on e-books that I’d like to own, and I know others are too. Let me know in the comments if you know of other ways to find quality e-books at reduced prices. Happy reading!