With the recent closure of a major pirated book site, I’ve seen so many people on social media in outrage. I get it. Books can be expensive, especially when you’re on a low salary, but piracy is still illegal and affects all authors.
My mum and I often complain about book prices, mostly from bigger authors and publishers who still charge a fortune years after a book’s release. Maybe they deserve to be pirated. I dunno. But the indie authors I follow on bookish social media definitely don’t deserve this.
Rather than rant and moan more, I thought I’d share some tips for free or cheap books to support the deserving authors.
- Be an ARC or beta reader for pre-releases. Not only are they free, bit you get to read the book before anyone else in exchange for a review or feedback.
- Free/discount days on ebooks. Most ebook apps have them. A lot of self-published authors have flash sales of offer their own discounts at their discretion.
- Subscriptions. Kindle unlimited has countless indie books in their library. Audible also have a great subscription where you get to keep one book per month as well as access to their subscribers catalogue.