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How does a booklover pack for an extended out of state trip without going over the weight limit or leaving her beloved stack of books behind?

I’m the girl who never left the house–even for a grocery run–without a book in my bag. Packing for my first long trip posed a unique challenge. When it came down to deciding between clothing and books, books won. Who needs an extra pair of shoes when it means leaving out a favorite title that was beckoning from the bookshelf just feet away? I may have not been the most stylish girl that DC ever saw, but I did get to sit under a beautiful shade tree by the Potomac River and read a few lines from an old favorite while I rested my feet. I sometimes regretted not packing a second pair of shoes or a few extra shirts, but I never regretted having my books with me.

A decade later, I discovered a new invention that let me carry an entire library with me–along with that second pair of shoes, leaving room to spare! Thanks to the Kindle App and my first smartphone, I never lack for good things to read–or extra clothing!–on a trip.

It has never been easier to have unlimited reading material.

Services like Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited give you endless books at your fingertips for one flat rate. Many local libraries also offer a free service called OverDrive that allows you to have access to thousands of Kindle books via the Libby app, as well.

Even if you don’t have a line item in your budget for eBooks, access to Amazon’s paid services, or a library card to login to OverDrive, there are many books you can still download to your Kindle App for free.

The first time I found a book on my wishlist available for free, I began to realize the potential for building a virtually free eBook library. I felt like I’d just unwrapped a perpetual Christmas package. What book lover wouldn’t get excited about free books and more free books?

Some authors and publishers put Kindle books on sale for free for a limited time.

It can be difficult to find the free eBooks you would like before the often very short free download window expires. But I’m not the only one looking for the best in free eBooks. The Facebook Community Free eBook Alerts for Christian Readers crowd sources free eBook deal recommendations. I don’t have to spend all my time searching Amazon for the latest deals; I just watch my Facebook notifications!

Thankfully, not all free eBooks are only available for short, unpredictable time periods.

There are literally hundreds of books–from classic fiction​ to modern day fiction, from entire reprinted series to firsts in new series–that are always free to download.

Permafree eBooks, perennially free Kindle books, permanent Kindle freebies–however you phrase it, this is a list of books that are always free on Kindle.

This ultimate collection of permanent Kindle freebies includes some of the Kindred Grace Team’s favorite titles. Having access to all these wonderful classics and firsts has given us many hours of reading pleasure.

Don’t forget to read all the way to the end for more great resources to help you build your eLibrary without breaking the budget!

Please Note: While every one of these titles was free at the time of posting, please be sure to check the price before ​you purchase!

(Last Updated: July 23, 2020)

Free Kindle Classics

  1. Aesop’s Fables
  2. Little Men by Louisa May Alcott
  3. Jo’s Boys by Louisa May Alcott
  4. Eight Cousins by Louisa May Alcott
  5. An Old-Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott
  6. Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott
  7. Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott
  8. Aunt Jo’s Scrap Bag by Louisa May Alcott
  9. A Garland for Girls by Louisa May Alcott
  10. Under the Lilacs by Louisa May Alcott
  11. Emma by Jane Austen
  12. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
  13. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  14. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  15. The Silver Horde by Rex Beach
  16. The Spoilers and others by Rex Beach
  17. Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Brontë
  18. Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  19. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  20. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  21. A Lady of Quality by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  22. The Holy War by John Bunyan (also available in updated, modern English)
  23. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (also available in updated, modern English)
  24. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
  25. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  26. Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
  27. Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
  28. The Pickwick Papers and more by Charles Dickens
  29. The Man in The Iron Mask and more by Alexander Dumas
  30. Silas Marner and more by George Eliot
  31. Elsie Dinsmore and more by Martha Finley
  32. The Trail of the Lonesome Pine by John Fox Jr.
  33. Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
  34. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
  35. Wives and Daughters and more by Elizabeth Gaskell
  36. Twice Told Tales and more by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  37. In Freedom’s Cause and more by G.A. Henty
  38. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo
  39. The Little Colonel and more by Annie Fellows Johnston
  40. Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb
  41. Teddy’s Button and more by Amy Le Feuvre
  42. The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
  43. Malcolm and The Marquis of Lossie by George MacDonald
  44. Sir Gibbie and Donal Grant by George MacDonald
  45. Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
  46. Further Chronicles of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery
  47. The Golden Road by L.M. Montgomery
  48. Kilmeny of the Orchard by L.M. Montgomery
  49. The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery
  50. The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
  51. The Story of the Treasure Seekers, The Wouldbegoods, The Bastable Children in Search of a Fortune, and Oswald Bastable and Others by Edith Nesbit
  52. The Scarlet Pimpernel books by Baroness Orczy
  53. Just David and more by Eleanor H. Porter
  54. Pollyanna and Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H. Porter
  55. Heidi by Johanna Spyri
  56. Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
  57. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and more by Robert Louis Stevenson
  58. A Girl of the Limberlost by Gene Stratton-Porter
  59. Freckles by Gene Stratton-Porter
  60. Laddie by Gene Stratton-Porter
  61. Michael O’Halloran by Gene Stratton-Porter
  62. The Song of the Cardinal by Gene Stratton-Porter
  63. Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini
  64. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew and other books by Margaret Sidney
  65. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
  66. War and Peace and more by Leo Tolstoy
  67. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  68. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and more by Mark Twain
  69. The Complete Works of Mark Twain
  70. Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
  71. Dear Enemy by Jean Webster
  72. The Blazed Trail and more by Stewart Edward White
  73. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and more by Kate Douglas Wiggin
  74. The Calling of Dan Matthews by Harold Bell Wright
  75. The Shepherd of the Hills and more by Harold Bell Wright


Free Kindle Fiction

  1. The Baron’s Blunder by Susan M. Baganz
  2. Finding Her Way by Leah Banicki
  3. An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund
  4. Out of the Storm by Jody Hedlund
  5. The Enchanted Barn and other books Grace Livingston Hill
  6. Ride With Me by Janith Hooper
  7. The Lawyer’s Luck by Piper Huguley
  8. In Between by Jenny B. Jones
  9. Murder at the Mayan Temple by Mary Jane Hathaway
  10. A Prairie Heritage by Vikki Kestell
  11. A Rose Blooms Twice by Vikki Kestell
  12. Tabitha by Vikki Kestell
  13. Wisdom to Know by Elizabeth Maddrey
  14. His Baby Bond by Lee Tobin McClain
  15. Love at First Bark by Dana Mentink
  16. The Appomattox Saga Omnibus by Gilbert Morris
  17. The Twenty-Fourth of June by Grace S. Richmond
  18. Unveiling Love and more by Vanessa Riley
  19. In His Steps by Charles Sheldon (also available in new, abridged edition)
  20. Ireland Rose by Patricia Strefling
  21. Wired Love: A Romance of Dots and Dashes by Ella Cheever Thayer
  22. Fairchild’s Lady by Roseanna M. White
  23. A Hero’s Promise by Roseanna M. White
  24. My Man, Jeeves and other Jeeves books by P.G. Wodehouse
  25. Psmith in the City and other Psmith books by P.G. Wodehouse


Free Kindle Classic Mysteries

  1. The Innocence of Father Brown by G.K. Chesterton
  2. Father Brown (Complete Collection) by G.K. Chesterton
  3. The Man Who Knew Too Much by G.K. Chesteron
  4. Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie
  5. A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green
  6. Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Thief and more by Maurice Leblanc
  7. The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne
  8. The Old Man in the Corner by Baroness Orczy

Free Kindle Modern Suspense

  1. Hazardous Duty by Christy Barritt
  2. Winter’s Secret by Lyn Cote
  3. The Collins Case by Julie C. Gilbert
  4. Red Rover, Red Rover by Perry Kirkpatrick
  5. Secrets of the Heart by Kelsey MacBride
  6. Shackles by Dianne J. Wilson


Free Kindle Classic Fantasy & Fairy Tales

  1. The Complete Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
  2. Oz: The Complete Collection by L. Frank Baum
  3. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  4. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
  5. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  6. The Blue Fairy Book and more by Andrew Lang
  7. At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
  8. Lilith by George MacDonald
  9. The Princess and the Goblin and The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald
  10. Five Children and It by Edith Nesbit
  11. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

Free Kindle Modern Fantasy & Science Fiction

  1. World Whisperer by Rachel Devenish Ford
  2. The Movement of Crowns by Nadine C. Keels
  3. Severed Signals by Steve Rzasa
  4. Darkness Reigns by Jill Williamson


Free Kindle Non-Fiction

  1. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe
  2. Trees Tall as Mountains by Rachel Devendish Ford (read Jeannie’s review)
  3. Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart (read Jeannie’s review)
  4. The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer (also available in updated edition)


Free Kindle Poetry

  1. The Poetry of Robert Browning
  2. Poems by Emily Dickinson
  3. The Complete Poems of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and more by Longfellow
  4. A Child’s Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson
  5. Poems by William Wordsworth

Free Kindle Christmas

  1. The Battle of Life by Charles Dickens
  2. The Chimes by Charles Dickens
  3. The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens
  4. The Haunted Man and the Ghost’s Bargain by Charles Dickens
  5. The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry
  6. The Christmas Child by Hesba Stretton
  7. The Bird’s Christmas Carol by Kate Douglas Wiggin
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Photography: JenniMarie Photography

(originally published in 2017; last updated July 23, 2020)

Thanks to Gretchen Louise and Kelly Kathleen–both moderators of the Free eBook Alerts for Christian Readers Facebook Group–for their help in compiling and updating this list of “permafree” Kindle books.