The best free books on Kindle and Apple Books right now

Free books are good. very well.

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How good is the free stuff? Thanks to the magic of the public domain, there are many books that you can read for exactly 0 dollars on both Amazon Kindle Store And Apple Books. These include readings from Plato to Peter Pan.

Everyone knows a thing about Kindle, but Apple Books is a real star here. It has an extensive “Books You Should Read” list, which is full of books you can download for free. Many are also free on Amazon, but some will cost you a few dollars (or maybe a few cents). If you’re a Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you’ll have lots and lots of books to read “for free.”

There is a big and wide world of inexpensive and inexpensive books to be found on these platforms. Here are 17 classic games to get you started.

Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

Little Women has been a hit since the moment they were published in 1859, and has had their latest moments in the sun thanks to Film adaptation 2019 starring Emma Watson. It’s a coming-of-age novel that follows four sisters into womanhood, and has consistently been a hit over the past 150 years. Little Women was a popular novel, and has been adapted into plays, films, operas, and television shows. You can see what all that fuss is about for $0.

Download Little Women for free on Apple Books or Amazon Kindle for $1.63.

Peter Pan (GM Barrie)

This one’s for parents looking for something to read to their kids, or for Disney fans who want to read the play that inspired the novel that inspired the classic 1953 movie. Peter Pan, also published as Peter and Wendy, is the story of Neverland, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the evil Captain Hook. A worthy disclaimer though: It contains a picture of Native Americans…1904.

Download Peter Pan Free on Apple Books or for $2.23 on Kindle.

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

Like most classics, there is a possibility that you may have experienced through Frankenstein during high school English lessons. We have all been there. Grabbing a book at school is enough to turn anyone off a book, but Frankenstein has always been an exception to me. Frankenstein is not only seen as the first science fiction novel, but also a timeless tale, one of the best examples of Gothic literature and a true product of the Romantic movement.

If that sort of thing doesn’t sell you, you can still laugh at Victor Frankenstein grumbling as he reaps what he sows.

Download Frankenstein Free on Amazon Kindle or Free on Apple Books.

Dracula

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Dracula (Bram Stoker)

Another one for the Goths! If you’re a fan of our Living Friends, it’s worth trying one of the books that started it all. The story is great for those after a good and suspenseful gothic horror. It’s easy to think that Dracula must be another hard-to-read classic, but that could not be further from the truth. The writing has held up really well (more than 100 years later, that’s quite a feat) and it’s really scary in parts.

Download Dracula Free on Apple Books or Free on Amazon Kindle.

Republic (Plato)

Greek philosophers still keep going back all these later centuries, which means they’re not likely to go out of style anytime soon. Plato is arguably the most famous Greek philosopher – alongside Socrates and Aristotle – and the Republic is his most famous work. What is most remarkable about much (though perhaps not all) of ancient Greek writing is how closely it relates today.

Reading ancient Greek literature can also help you appear more ambitious at parties, which is nice.

download for Free on Amazon Kindle or Free on Apple Books.

The Psychology of Dream (Sigmund Freud)

Sigmund Freud is one of those rare, specialized academics who break through the zeitgeist. The Oedipus complex, Freud’s slips, the id, the ego and the super-ego, and even the phrase “defense mechanism” are all connected to Freud’s work. Unfortunately, many of these works are academic and intensely intense. At just 216 pages, Dream Psychology is one of Freud’s most famous works, and also one of his easiest to read.

Download Dream Psychology for Free on Apple Books or $2.91 on Amazon Kindle.

Metamorphosis (Franz Kafka)

There are a lot of long reads on this list, so here’s a short one. This transformation follows the sudden and inexplicable transformation of man into a gigantic insect, and while spanning less than 100 pages, it has been the subject of rigorous psychological scrutiny and interpretation in the 116 years since it was first published.

download for Free on Apple Books or 77 cents on Amazon Kindle.

Hamlet / Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare)

If you really want to challenge yourself, Shakespeare is the way to go. The language and format can take a while to get used to, but it is very rewarding once you do. There is play for everyone, for those who love romance, tragedy, comedy, or even completely non-disordered fantasy. Hamlet, Romeo, and Juliet are among the most famous, so they would be good places to start. Almost everyone is familiar with the stories at least – and trust us, familiarity with the plot helps a lot if you’re new to Shakespeare.

Download Romeo and Juliet for Free on Apple Books or For 80 cents on Amazon Kindle.

Download Hamlet for free on Amazon Kindle or Free on Apple Books.

Sherlock Holmes

Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes.

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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Arthur Conan Doyle)

Sherlock Holmes was great before he was played by Robert Downey Jr. on the silver screen. This collection of stories was published over 120 years ago, but the mysteries have a timeless quality to them: the intrigues don’t die with age. Sherlock Holmes may not be the most important book on this list, but it could be the most fun.

Download The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes for Free on Apple Books or On Amazon Kindle for $2.01.

Pride and Prejudice / Emma (Jane Austen)

We know what you’re thinking: Wouldn’t Jane Austen be more blotchy and bored Bridgeton? what are they saying? What is even going on? And yes, Jane Austen books can feel very intimidating and almost cute when you look at them through a modern lens. However, reading Austen’s books is like a candid window into the past: they make fun of Regency society and make fun of how absurd some of the social mores of the time were. If you want to start in Austin, we recommend going with Pride and Prejudice or Emma first.

Download Emma for free at Apple Books or For 87 cents on Amazon Kindle.

Download Pride and Prejudice for free on Apple Books or $1 on Amazon Kindle.

The Communist Manifesto (Karl Marx)

Let’s say explicitly that including this is not an endorsement of communism. And by that far, The Communist Manifesto is one of the most influential writings of the past few centuries. Written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, it inspired a movement and philosophy that eventually took over half of Europe within a century of its publication in 1848. It’s also much easier to read than Marx’s more comprehensive work, but it’s also freely available if you want to read thousands of pages The economics of the nineteenth century.

Download The Communist Manifesto of Free on Apple Books or 78 cents on Amazon Kindle.

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Mark Twain)

There are many books that are known as the “Great American Novel” – Catcher in the Rye, Moby Dick and To Kill a Mockingbird among them. But perhaps the most protested novel for the title is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Twain is considered America’s greatest comedian and one of its most famous authors of all time. Huckleberry Finn is his most famous book and a must-read for anyone wanting to learn about American literature.

Download The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for Free on Apple Books or $4 on Amazon Kindle.

Moby Dick (Herman Melville)

Huck Finn certainly isn’t the only American novel you can read for free. Moby-Dick gave the world the term “white whale,” as well as one of his most famous opening sentences. The book is 170 years old, but it remains a staple on “must-read” lists everywhere.

Download Moby Dick Free on Apple Books or $1 on Amazon Kindle.

The Federalist Papers (Alexander Hamilton)

You may have tried these for the first time as very boring historical class texts, but The global phenomenon is the musical Hamilton Breathe new life into them. The Federalist Papers is a collection of articles by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay (but mostly by Hamilton) in which writers encourage ratification of the United States Constitution and also advocate a more centralized state. This wallpaper will be dry for many, but a worthwhile background for fans of the musical Hamilton.

Download Federal Papers Free on Apple Books or For 79 cents on Amazon Kindle.

War and Peace (Leo Tolstoy)

We have provided the largest for the last. War and Peace is a beast, so much so that his name has become a nod used to describe eerily large actions. And make no mistake, war and peace there is a lot to get past. But doing so means getting to know the “lion of Russian literature,” as the book is called. If you’re up for the challenge, it’s free on Apple Books.

Download War and Peace for Free on Apple Books or for 80 Cents on Amazon Kindle.

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