blog bookfinThere are thousands of free or deeply discounted eBooks out there for the taking. But how do you find them?  One way is to subscribe to an eBook deal alert service that uncovers the bargains — many of them available for just a short time —  and then shares that information with you through daily emails. Some services will limit those alerts  to the genres that you choose. And,  yes, that could include best sellers.

One of the best known of these eBook services is BookBub, which last year alerted its more than one million subscribers that Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” – which then retailed for $9.99 — was being offered free for one week by its publisher. As reported by The Book Insiderthat limited-time giveaway coincided with the tenth anniversary of  “The Da Vinci Code,” and was part of the publisher’s promotion of Brown’s newest book. (Note: When I checked BookBub today, 3/19/2014, that same book was again offered for free.) The story quoted a source calling sites such as BookBub “the Groupon of books.”

Here’s how BookBub works: Subscribers complete a short questionnaire noting which eReaders they use (Kindle, Nook, Sony, etc.) and which genres they prefer (mystery, historical novels, sci fi, etc.).  This sign-up will generate daily emails highlighting select deals on the types of eBooks you choose. The BookBub site itself also includes long lists of bargain eBooks meeting your preferences. My list included eBooks that were offered for free or for prices ranging from 99 cents to $2.99. BookBub — which is a free service — does not sell the eBooks itself, but has links to the sellers, whether they be Amazon/Kindle, Apple, Barnes & Noble/Nook or others. As of today, BookBub listed

BookBub is not alone in offering this type of free service, although it seems to be the most inclusive in terms of which eReader platforms it covers.  Other sites that provide information on free or bargain eBooks include:

  • Pixel of Ink (daily emails on free and bargain eBooks for Kindle)
  • Daily Free Books (daily emails on free eBooks for Kindle)
  • BookGorilla (daily emails on free and discounted eBooks for Kindle)
  • The Fussy Librarian.  Although this site is not focused on great deals, I include it because it connects readers with eBooks that not only match their preferred genres, but also their preferred type of content (no profanity, etc.)

For more hints on getting free eBooks,  check out “How to get free books for your Kindle or Nook,” on cnet. com.  And, if you wonder how and why authors and publishers offer their eBooks for free, read this standoutbooks.com post on the workings of  BookBub, BookGorilla and The Fussy Librarian.

What do you think? Have you found a great eBook deal alert service that we don’t know about?