You know what never goes out of fashion? A good book. Perfect for a relaxing moment spent by yourself (if you can find one) – what better way to take your mind off the real word, than by losing yourself in a fictional one.
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Amazon: Prime Reading
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you can choose from over a thousand book titles, magazines and comics to read for free. You don’t even need a Kindle device to enjoy Prime Reading – download the Kindle app on iOS or Android and get access to your books wherever you are. Or if you prefer a kindle you can grab the latest ones here.
If you’re looking for a little more variety – from famous authors, to up and coming stars – a Kindle Unlimited subscription gives you access to over 1 million titles, as well as selected magazines and unlimited audiobooks. Amazon are currently offering a two month free trial for Kindle Unlimited, so there’s really nothing to stop you from giving it a try.
Sometimes it’s nicer to have a story read to you. Maybe you like to read in the bath, but don’t want to have to worry about getting a book wet. Or perhaps you like to hear an autobiography read by the actual person who wrote it. Well, Audible is one of the go-to places for audiobooks – and they offer a 30 day free trail
If you want to look off the beaten track, there are a few e-book libraries that have huge collections of free or discounted books for you to read. Many Books has over 50,000 free e-books – from romance to horror, and everything in between. Or you could try Project Gutenberg, a library of over 60,000 publications, with a focus on older works for which copyright has expired.
If you’re not a big reader, but still want to learn about the key ideas explored in best-selling non-fiction, then Blinkist is for you. You’ll get the key takeaways from a book, distilled into bitesize text and audio, ready for you to digest whenever you’re ready. You can also try Blinkist free for 7 days.
Not sure what to read next? Goodreads is a social networking app for book lovers. It’s a great place to find your next favourite novel, self-help book or short story. Read reviews and get insightful recommendations based on the genres you like.
For those of you who can’t live without the feel of a substantial hardback in your hands, or miss the smell of a brand new book, don’t forget that while you may not be able to get out to a bookshop at the moment, many may still be offering delivery. One of our favourites is Hive who support local bookshops by giving a percentage of the sale to a local book shop of your choice.
If you like surprises you could consider a subscription. Check out our review on The Willoughby Book Club. These guys create you a sub based on your tastes and post a crisp new book to you each month.