Stock your e-reader

Hit the library. More than two-thirds of public libraries offer access to e-books, reports the American Library Association. The catch: Only one person can have access to a copy at a time, so you may have to wait a bit for new titles and bestsellers.

Read the classics. There are more than 1 million titles in the public domain; the copyrights on them have expired, which means you can download them free. Find them at sites like, and

Check the bookstore. Search "free books" on for more than 2 million digital titles, or search "$0.00" at Amazon or iTunes. Also, take a look at Zero Dollar Books; the site tracks which of Amazon's Kindle bestsellers are currently free, a selection that changes regularly.

Borrow from others. Some e-books have a lending feature, which allows you to swap them with friends. Expand your circle of sharing with sites like and

Discover new authors. offers no-cost books from new and independent writers.

  @Money - Last updated August 07 2012 05:02 PM ET
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