Linda’s been looking for places to get electronic books. And she got lots of great ideas in the comments. This post sparked a question– where can you get things to read if you don’t have a whole lot of money.
First, of course, is your local library, obviously. Similarly, if you live near a university, you may be able to use their library as well (university libraries also have fiction!), though rules may vary. And there may be libraries outside your community that allow outsiders library access (apparently the SF library does this!). If your library belongs to a consortium, it may be free for them to get books from other libraries in the consortium delivered to you, sort of like a small interlibrary loan. Interlibrary loan itself is, of course, an option as well.
You can also look for find little free libraries in your area– these usually look like little birdhouses on sticks, but they’re filled with books. They’re super-cute and usually full of a combination of best-sellers and genre stuff from like the 70s (at least that’s what it seems like in my experience, YMMV). (here’s a map!)
Similarly, you could like, make friends and borrow stuff from them.
On the Internets
Free (if you have internet access, which you can generally get at your local library because libraries are AWESOME)
Project Gutenberg has all sorts of electronic stuff whose copyright has expired. If you have a kindle, you can download these titles via amazon by searching for free stuff via kindle. Also amazon has free stuff of varying quality that isn’t from Project Gutenberg. Bookbub can also hook you up with free books.
If you have a kindle, your friends with kindles can (for free) loan you many of titles that they have purchased.
You can read unpublished YA romance novels for free on swoonreads.com
the internet is full of fanfic to read for free, some of it better than others
longform.org is a podcast with good recommendations
Here’s more sites where you can read stuff for free online
Not quite free
Amazon Prime lets you borrow a book for free each month, if you have amazon prime
Audible has a free trial for audio books, but you can also pay for their service on a regular basis.
Grumpy Nation, what did we miss? Where do you get reading material for free or almost free?