Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How to get free books on a Kindle or computer without using a credit card

Thank you to my awesome husband for writing this tutorial up!  Some of us are less than comfortable putting our credit card info out on the web...especially when it's connected to an account.  To get books on your Kindle though you have to have one, even if you're just getting free books.  So here is a way to avoid that!

Things needed:  
·Amazon account or email account to create one (described below)
·computer with internet access
· WIFI to transfer books to Kindle (Not needed for computer)

Summary: You can use an email address to create account on a computer, by leaving the credit card information blank when creating the account (this doesn’t work on a Kindle).
If you want to read free or purchased books on your computer, you can download software from amazon and then send e-books from the Kindle Store to the computer and read them.
If you want to read them from your Kindle, smartphone or tablet, you can send them to your device using your computer and then connect to WIFI using the Kindle or Kindle app on the device.

If you don’t have an Amazon account, go to and create an account by scrolling over “Sign In” on the upper right and clicking on the “New Customer click here”.  Complete all the steps required to create an amazon account (using your email address), leaving the space requesting credit card information blank.

Now with the Amazon account you can send free books to your computer or Kindle.

·If you are sending books to your Kindle click “Manage your Kindle” from the “Your Account” area in the same location as the previous “Sign In”. Follow the directions from Amazon. Please note: you have to use your computer to create the Amazon account and send books to your Kindle from your computer; you are required to enter credit card information if you try to do this on your Kindle.

·If you are sending books to your computer or any other device go to and download the desired software.

Now you can go to the Kindle eBook store on your computer and start looking for free books.  An easy way to find free books is to click on “Top 100 free” towards the bottom right of the web page or the desired category. You can also go to “Free Collections” section in the lower left of the Kindle eBooks page.  Select your desired book and click “Buy now with one click” and then send it to where you want it to go.

Please feel free to ask any questions and we'll do our best to help!

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