Saturday, March 23, 2013

How to Find Kindle Deals

I am a huge fan of ereaders. I LOVE my kindle. I wonder how I ever survived without it. There are a lot of things I love about it, but I think what I love the most are the awesome deals I find. I'm a bargain shopper like that. Because how often can you buy a print book for free? Try next to never. But I find free books for my kindle on a daily basis.

A few months ago, I found an awesome deal and posted in on facebook. Since then I've had people begging me to continue posting the deals I find. People ask me all the time, "How do you find your deals? Please keep posting them!" So I thought I'd share my secrets, which aren't really secrets at all.

Since I have a kindle, those are the deals I look for. On facebook, I generally only post deals on books I've personally read and loved, or books being recommended by people I know and trust. That being said, read at your own discretion.

However, there are a LOT of deals I find that I don't post on facebook because I know nothing about the book. There are three basic ways I find my deals--email subscriptions, twitter, and facebook. So keep reading, and get ready to buy a whole lot of free books.

Email Subscriptions
Most of the ebook deals I find are from a few email lists I subscribe to. I get an email once or twice a day, letting me know what's free and heavily discounted that I might be interested in. Just go to the websites, enter in your email address, and sit back and enjoy the deals. I love BookBub because it customizes your tastes, and lets you know how long the deal lasts and what format you can get it in. This is the first list I subscribed to, and is where I find most of my deals. This features deals on Christian books. I like buying the free romances from here, because I'm pretty much guaranteed they'll be clean.

You can also go to your Amazon account and edit your account settings so that you receive the daily deal email for kindle. 

If you don't like subscribing to email lists, you can just visit the websites daily for the deals. I like having them delivered to my inbox. Huge plus: I haven't really noticed an increase in spam since subscribing. Hopefully that continues being the case!

I find a lot of deals on twitter. Just start following your favorite authors and publishers. They always can be counted on to post deals when they become available. You can also follow bookstores, the above websites, and book reviewers on twitter to find deals.

I am either facebook friends with or "like" the pages of a lot of authors and publishers on facebook. Most authors have a page devoted to their writing or a facebook persona where they don't mind adding fans as friends. Again, they always are good to post promotions and deals on facebook. The majority of the deals I share on facebook I find on facebook. If you do a search, you can also join facebook groups devoted to posting deals on books in specific genres.

Some stats for you: Probably 70% of the deals I find and buy are from email subscriptions. However, I'd guess 80% or more of the deals I actually share with others (these are the REALLY good deals) I find on facebook and twitter.

So there you go! Keep in mind that there are a lot of free books on Amazon that are not necessarily great reads. I figure since I paid nothing, it's worth it to wade through the bad books to the good ones. That being said, a lot of fantastic authors and publishers do promotional events for a limited time on truly amazing books. So enjoy finding your kindle deals!

Oh, and if you don't want to do the leg work for yourself, you can always friend me on facebook (if you haven't already) and let me do the work for you.

Where do you guys find your favorite kindle deals? If there are places you find deals that I haven't mentioned here, please, post a comment and share! We all love a good deal.



Donna K. Weaver said...

There's some great stuff here, Lindzee. I usually hear about things on FB.

Wendy Jo said...

Way to share all your secrets! Love all the info here :)

Shantal said...

These are all great ideas and I'm signed up for most. I just need to take advantage of them. Please keep posting???:)

Zach Archuleta said...

Wow! I'm glad I asked. Thanks for all the tips. I'll try some out.

Lindzee said...

Thanks, everyone! I'll definitely keep posting what I find on facebook.