Great free books to read on Kindle and Apple Books right now

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Cheap books are great and both Amazon’s Kindle store and Apple Books have a steady rotation of excellent reads for under $10. But you know what’s better than a cheap book? Yep, a free book. Thanks to the magic of the public domain, there are many books you can read for exactly $0 on both Amazon and Apple’s reading services. 

Apple Books is a real star here, as it has an extensive “books you’re meant to read” list, which is stacked with books you can download for free. Many of these are also free on Amazon, but some will cost you a couple of bucks (or maybe just a couple of cents). If you’re an Kindle Unlimited subscriber, you’ll have many, many more books to read for “free”.

There’s a big, wide world of cheap and costless books to be found on these platforms, but here are 15 classics to get you started.

Peter Pan (J. M. Barrie)

Here’s one for parents looking for something to read to their kids, or Disney enthusiasts wanting to read the play that inspired the novel that inspired the 1953 classic. Peter Pan, also published as Peter and Wendy, is the story of Neverland, Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and the nefarious Captain Hook. A worthy disclaimer though: It contains portrayal of Native Americans that’s very… 1904. 

Download Peter Pan free on Apple Books or for $2.23 on Kindle.

Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)

Like most classics, there’s a chance you may have suffered through Frankenstein during English classes in high school. We’ve all been there. Picking apart any book in school is enough to turn anyone off a book, but Frankenstein has always been an exception to me. Not only is Frankenstein seen as the first…