How to Find Cheap and Free e-books online

Ereaders are a god send for those of us that love to read, but keeping one filled up with books to keep our reading obsession happy is difficult, time consuming, and expensive.  For that reason, we’ve put together this article on how to find and download cheap and free ebooks for your e-reader!

Book promo sites

This one might seem obvious since this is what we do here at bookspry, but hear us out…using promo sites gives you access to cheap books you wouldn’t find otherwise for a couple of reasons.

One, some daily deal sites (like bookspry) are scouring the internet for great book deals all the time and then report the cream of the crop back to you. This lets you take advantage of someone else’s work and all you have to do is check the site, or even better, sign up to the newsletter and check your email whenever you’re in the mood for more deals.

The other benefit of following book deal of the day sites, is that authors will often reach out to these sites and alert them when they have a release coming up. This relationship means you’ll often see new releases listed on promo sites before they make bestseller lists or review sites.

Get our Free Romance Books here, and our free and cheap sci-fi/fantasy books here!

Public Domain Collections

Sites like the Gutenberg Project and Standard ebooks have hundreds of volunteers who have spent thousands of hours building and cleaning books that are in the public domain, in order to make them available for free. Classics like Pride and Prejudice, Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are all available for free and are available in various formats. You won’t find any recent bestsellers here, but it’s an amazing resource for older classics you haven’t had a chance to read yet.

Amazon Daily Deal lists

One of the beautiful things about ebooks (especially self published ebooks) is that the prices can change constantly and quickly (this is also one of the most frustrating parts of reading ebooks). That means that checking the Amazon Daily Deals page can often result in finding cheap and free books for your Kindle that will only be on sale for a limited time. Bookmark it and check it often!

Author mailing lists

A lot of authors give out free books, epilogues, short stories and bonus chapters to people who are signed up to their mailing lists. All you need to do is go to your favourite author’s website and sign up to their mailing list. The good part of this is that the stories you receive are hyper-specific to you. They’ll all be written by an author that you know you like, so the chances are you’ll enjoy them. The downside is that not every author has a mailing list and some that do, don’t send out freebies. Still, it’s worth checking out your favourite author’s websites to see if they do.

Ebook giveaways

A lot of authors will join together to giveaway free or cheap books en masse in order to gain new readers or draw attention to a new release. There are websites like Instafreebie that offer these giveaways to readers. Simply find a giveaway that matches your interests and look through the books. Note that a lot of these giveaways will require you to give them your email address. That’s a small price to pay for free books, but if that makes you uncomfortable, this one may not be for you.

Updating this because there’s a new giveaway in town! Stuff Your Kindle Day from Romance Book Worms is a quarterly free romance book giveaway that features hundreds of free books! Check it out to find out when the next giveaway starts.


Saved the best for last. I know we’re an online daily ebook deal site, but we’ll always have a soft spot for our public library. A lot of people don’t know that most libraries have extensive online ebook and audiobook collections that are completely free. Sites like Overdrive can help you find libraries that have online ebooks, but their list isn’t complete, so make sure to search for libraries in your area or, better yet, go and talk to your librarian to understand everything they have to offer!

What to avoid…

Hopefully this list of places to get free ebooks is more than enough, but we thought it would be a good idea to include what to avoid.

Beware of websites that claim you can download new or bestselling books for free. It’s very rare you can get free bestsellers from anywhere but the source (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, etc) and that’s only when they’re having a promotion. Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Also avoid torrenting books! Someone might tell you it’s a free way to get books, but lots of torrents are filled with malware and if you are downloading a book that isn’t free elsewhere, you’re stealing it. Downloading your cheap and free ebooks from legitimate sources makes sure that the authors and promoters will continue to offer these books!

That’s it. Happy reading!

The bookspry team


How to Start a Book Club that People will Actually want to Join

How to Start a Book Club that People will Actually want to Join

“Rules are important, but no matter what the rules say (or what you read on other blogs) book clubs are about reading and having fun.

You want to start a book club?! Amazing!

I’ve been in quite a few book clubs in my day and am currently organising two different groups (one with my close friends, and one with a group of co-workers) and have learned a few things about how to start up a book club and how to make sure your reading group is successful early on (as well as what NOT to do when starting a book club).

What to expect?

In this article we’ll talk about how to start a book club that people will actually enjoy, including the things you need to keep in mind when starting any kind of reading group or book club, as well as some of the common pitfalls to avoid when organising.

How do you start a book club and how do you make sure your book club is successful?

First things first, while the rules and ideas below will give your book club a good chance at succeeding, no matter what the rules say (or what you read on other blogs) book clubs are foremost about reading and having fun. It’s about what the members want to do and what they enjoy. Don’t take it too seriously. 

Now, that being said, on to the tips!

Pick the friends

This is everything. You can’t have a book club by yourself. Well…you can, but people look at you funny when you get in arguments with yourself at the local library. 

The key here is to start with a core of people that are as reliable as possible. For the first couple of months it’s all about getting into a rhythm. People are busy, life gets in the way and everyone loves leaving things (like reading your book) to the last minute. You need at least one person who is going to read the book and show up to the meeting with you. Try to keep the group smallish at first (think 5-6 people MAX) and make sure there are a couple of people in there who you can trust to show up on book club day!

Pick the books

Now you’ve got your crew, you need something to read. For the first month, I suggest picking a book for the group yourself and just telling people that, that’s what you’ll be reading. If you can get everyone together to pick a book together, fine (or you can handle it through an email thread), but that often leads to delaying the first meeting. Pick your own book to start. People will follow. 

In subsequent meetings, I like to ask people to bring one book recommendation each and then we discuss each book at the end of the meeting and vote (if you do this, remember to leave time for it!). As the organiser, make sure you bring a couple of options yourself just in case some of the other members forget. Like I said, getting your book club going is all about rhythm. You don’t want to have to miss a week while people discuss what book they want.

Pick the location

Where’s the best place to host a book club? There are a lot of potential answers: cafes, libraries, your house, but we all know the real answer.  The bar.  Ideally a place where you can spend some time, is quiet enough that you can hear each other, but also noisy enough to drown out and arguments you might be having about the meaning of the Scrabble game in the Handmaid’s Tale. Bonus points for having your event on an off-night when the drinks are cheaper!

Pick the time

Book ahead. Some people will always bail at the last minute, but you want to give them enough notice so that they don’t have a good excuse. 

If some people can’t make it, it’s up to you if you want to reschedule or not, but be aware, if you reschedule every time one person can’t make it, you’ll never have your book club. Set the date far enough in the future that people don’t have an excuse, then have your event, rain or shine.

Pick the next book

As mentioned before. I’m a big fan of democracy (when it comes to picking new books for my book club). This means fewer complaints (usually) and lets people get a bit more engaged with the new book and maybe get a bit of background before they start reading it.

So set the rules for how the next book will be picked ahead of the meeting and make sure everyone knows what the rules are. I like to “force” people to bring at least one book recommendation and then vote, but I always have a couple of extra book ideas in my back pocket in case people don’t bring anything.

Note: I recommend leaning towards shorter books at first. For the same reasons I keep mentioning, you want to give you book club every chance at success. Shorter books let people make sure they have time to read it and let you get off on the right foot. Build on the momentum of two or three successful meetings and work up to longer books.


There! Now you know how to organize and host a book club! Next in the series, I’ll give you some tips on how to guide conversation during the actual meeting, in case it stalls out (hint: it will).

Remember, at the end of the day, book clubs are pretty low risk. Worst case scenario you read a book. That’s what we call a win-win.

Until next time! 

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What to read for Hallowe’en 2020

What to read for Hallowe’en 2020

Halloween Lockdown or Not – What to Read this Spooky Season

Hallowe’en is going to look a little different this year, and I know what you’re asking yourself “Why is he spelling halloween like that!??!”. Well, first of all, that’s how you spell Hallowe’en, but more importantly, let’s focus on the important thing here: Spooky Tales!!!

Hopefully you’re allowed to have a somewhat normal Hallowe’en, but if you aren’t, why not spend some of that extra time getting spooked!  We had a timeless (and I’m sur highly celebrated) Hallowe’en reading list a couple of years ago that still stands up, but we’re here to add to that venerable tradition. 

So…here is bookspry’s Hallowe’en Books to Read (and not).

The Troop by Nick Cutter

Don’t read this book. It’s not spooky or scary or (if we’re being honest) scary at all. I hate to say this about a fellow Canadian, but man, that’s not how they talk in PEI!!! 

I’ll try Nick Cutter again because I like to see a Canadian boy do good, but this is a miss. 

0 out of 5 Booooooksrpys.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Ever been to a Scholastic book fair? I f**king loved this book. I saved up and brought my little pencil and order form to my parents and was like “guys, this book is too spooky, I probably can’t handle it, but I need to know.”. My parents called my bluff. 

Bonus points for getting the original cover with the weird-skull-head-man-smoking-a-pipe-for-some-reason.

4 out of 5 Booooooksrpys.

The Shining by Stephen King

Have some extra time these days? The Shining doesn’t compare to the The Stand’s 800+ pages, but it’s a solid 400 pages of classic spookiness! I can’t possible make a Hallowe’en list without mentioning Stephen King at least once. 

4 out of 5 Booooooksrpys.

Lovecraft Collection

by H.P. Lovecraft

Lovecraft is not without his controversy, but he’s also not without his incredibly spooky stories. The Colour out of Space is not only on Netflix these days, but is also great because it spells “colour” correctly (and is also a really fun story). 

H.P. Lovecraft is a legit treasure trove of crazy, spooky, fun seasonal stories. Try to go for a cheap book of short stories if you’re just looking to get a taste. Otherwise, feel free to just buy the Cadillac of Lovecraft and call it a day. 

4 out of 5 Booooooksrpys (depending on which one you get)

Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson

This may or may not have made a previous Hallowe’en Reading List. You’ll have to search to find out if that’s true. But regardless, it deserves to be here

Especially now that it has a follow up on Netflix filled with hidden ghosts and bad accents. Get into the spirit and lean into the fact that Hallowe’en can be both incredibly meaningful and incredibly goofy all at once. 

Looking for something fresh to read?

Check out our reading lists here


We made a thing!

We made a thing!

writing prompts for all ages by

The exceedingly awesome team here at bookspry finally put their drinks down long enough to finish their first collaborative book! This book of writing prompts is fun, silly, creative and thought provoking all at the same time. But more importantly, it’s actually good. 

You can get it on Amazon now for the price of a cup of coffee!


Black Friday Deals for Your Reading Nook!

All of us here at love to read (obviously!) and we’re constantly talking about our current favourite places to read. Sometimes it’s a new local cafe, sometimes it’s the bath, sometimes it’s the library or a quiet local bar, but at the end of the day, we all need a nice, cozy, reliable place to read at home. So! For that reason, we’re scouring this year’s Amazon Black Friday deals for things that will spruce up your home reading nook!

OK…admittedly this won’t make your actual reading area better…but it will make your preparation for reading better! It’s amazing how much nice equipment will improve your mental state. This kettle is fast, has great safety features (I always worry I don’t have enough water in the kettle) comes in a bunch of different colours, and looks fantastic. Being able to make a nice cup of tea while you’re reading is one of my favourite things.

I’m not sure anything lends adds to the “cozy” feel like something warm on your feet. One of our readers pointed out these wool socks (in a number of lovely colours) that are amazing for snuggling up on the couch with a book. Also on sale this Black Friday.

Ambiance! In my opinion, there are two major players in the reading nook ambiance game. Plants and lights. You need both, and you need them in the right combination to make the coziest possible reading nook. When it comes to plants, all you need is a couple of simple planters with some nice, robust indoor plants, and the nicest planters we’ve found so far this Black Friday season are these mid-century, clay planters. All it would take is a couple of these (plus plants!) and you’re well on your way.

Onto the lighting…we here at are always keeping our eyes open for candles and lighting solutions. We’ve been having “arguments” here about what light to have in a room when reading and honestly, sometimes we prefer the lighting a little darker than our eye doctors might recommend (Don’t do that!).

Step one…get one of those himalayan salt lamps! Aside from the numerous benefits these lamps are purported to give off, they do offer a lovely light and really help any room feel especially cozy. These ones are on sale now for black friday!

Thanksgiving Cookbook Recommendations!

bookspry thanksgiving cookbook recommendationsStruggling to think of what to cook this Thanksgiving? Looking for the foolproof cookie recipe to use for some holiday treats? The bookspry team brings you this year’s Holiday (Thanksgiving) Cookbook Recommendations!

These are all affordable, highly rated cookbooks that we love (for different reasons). There’s a little something for everyone in there, so check it out now.