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Stuff Your Kindle Day is a special book holiday where you can get eBooks for absolutely free. And as a seasoned BookToker, I’ve got all the info and tips. The September event just ended, but the next one is set to run on Dec. 27.
I know it might be a little confusing if you’re new to the world of Amazon Kindles, or if you’ve never heard of the event before. But there’s no need to stress! I’ve done the research and can show you how to add free eBooks to your Kindle.
So from one certified bibliophile to another, here are the best Stuff Your Kindle Day hacks. I’ll show you how to find which books are eligible, as well as answer commonly asked questions about the event. You’ll be reading free books on your preferred device (because, no, you don’t need a Kindle to participate) in no time at all.
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1. You have 24 hours to claim your free books. But sometimes the event runs for longer.
Stuff Your Kindle Day usually only lasts 24 hours. But for the first time ever on Sept. 20, 2023, the event was set to last for three days. So that means you had extra time to get your free books — all the way up until midnight ET, Friday, Sept. 22.
2. Stuff Your Kindle Day happens four times a year.
It’s no big deal if you miss Stuff Your Kindle Day. The event happens four times a year, usually once every season. The dates included are March 31, June 30, Sept. 20, and Dec. 27. For the Sept. 2023 event, you could Stuff Your Kindle for three days — so the event ran from Sept. 20 to 22.
And the dates stay the same or occur around the same time every year.
3. It’s easy to find your free eBooks. You can shop at your preferred eBook retailer: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and more.
On Stuff Your Kindle Day, you can find free eBooks at your preferred eBook retailer, including Amazon, Google Play, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble Nook, or Kobo.
4. The easiest way to find free books is to sort low-to-high in your preferred retailer.
I personally prefer to just browse the store. All you have to do is sort low to high in your bookstore. The first results are going to be all the free ones. (Just double-check that the price is for sure $0.00 before you buy since price fluctuations can happen really quickly). You can use the store’s built-in sorting features to refine by genre, age group, and length.
Keep in mind that none of these search features or lists include trigger warnings or content warnings. Always look that up before you start reading if you’re sensitive to certain topics. I like to use BookTriggerWarnings.com and use CTRL + F to search for book titles I’m interested in.
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5. You can see the full list of participating books on the site the day of.
There are a few ways to find participating titles. For one, you can search through the list of books on the Romance Bookworms site. There you’ll find a brief synopsis; some keywords describing the genre, tropes, themes, and general content; and a link to download on your preferred bookstore.
However, this list is long. While you can use CTRL + F to find tropes and genres you typically like to read, it’ll still take a hot minute. Unlike June’s event, the list of titles available for this upcoming Stuff Your Kindle Day wasn’t available beforehand. This means readers weren’t able to prepare ahead of time. But, since the event is now three days long, you’ll have enough time to get all the romance books your heart desires.
Second, because Amazon does automatic price matching through bots, participating books can accidentally revert to their list price. So something listed as free on the Romance Bookworms list might not actually be free. This isn’t the fault of the site or authors, just an unfortunate glitch that’s known to happen. Always double-check that the title is truly free before using the one-click buy feature.
6. The event is open to anyone with any kind of eReader, not just Kindles.
That’s right, despite the name, you don’t even need a Kindle to participate. You can read on an iPad/iPhone, Nook, Kobo, or Android too. Different titles may be available on different devices, but there are a lot of books that are offered on all of those platforms. Just go into your preferred ebook store (again, Amazon, Google Play, Apple Books, Barnes & Noble Nook, or Kobo) and see what’s available. The process is more or less the same.
7. The event doesn’t only feature romance books.
Since the event is hosted by Romance Bookworms, it does tend to focus on romance titles. But, that doesn’t mean that it only features romance. There are plenty of genres represented in the event including fantasy, science fiction, YA, mystery, thriller, and more. Just don’t be surprised if there’s still a clear romance subplot.
8. Stuff Your Kindle Day is an author-organized event. And not a lot of people know about it.
To people outside of BookTok, Stuff Your Kindle Day is more of an IYKYK situation. That’s because it’s an unofficial event organized by independent authors and it’s not regularly promoted on major platforms. Basically, four times a year, a group of indie authors gets together and works with various retailers to offer their books for free for one day. However, as of today, the event has been expanded to three days!
And because this is more indie-focused, you probably won’t find the biggest and most popular titles on BookTok. Rather, you’ll find books by smaller publishing houses and independent authors like Shea MacLeod or Molly Maple.
9. Is Stuff Your Kindle Day the same as Kindle Unlimited? Nope!
A common misconception is that the event is basically just Kindle Unlimited (KU), but bigger. However, there are a few key differences between the two. Kindle Unlimited is just borrowing a book. If you end your KU subscription, you’ll lose all the books you downloaded on KU. And some KU downloads have to be returned within a certain amount of time.
With Stuff Your Kindle Day, you get to keep every book you download forever. There are no returns necessary or subscription fees involved.
You also do NOT need a Kindle Unlimited account to participate. All you need is an Amazon account to download the e-book files.
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