One of the great things about Kindle e-readers is that there are many places where free e-books are available. It’s likely your public library allows you to borrow books using the Overdrive or Libby app. If not, or if you can’t find the book you are looking for, there are other options. And you don’t need a Kindle to use these services. You should be able to download the Kindle app on any tablet, smart phone, or computer.
Hoopla is a digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow audiobooks and eBooks. The neat thing about Hoopla is that there are no wait lists.
Check with your library if they offer this service, or you can go through the registration process on Hoopla to see if your library card is accepted.
Amazon Kindle Unlimited has over one million free books available. Some of these come with Audible narration. They usually offer a one month free trial. (It looks like they’re running a two-month special at the time of this post.)
Project Gutenberg has a library of over 60,000 free eBooks. They specialize in high quality classic literature that is in the public domain.
If Project Gutenberg seems daunting you might want to check out Ambleside Online. This is a popular homeschool site. They have a list of classics arranged by grade level with links to the free eBook on Project Gutenberg (if a free version exists.) Here’s their Grade 5 book list to give you an idea of the books they include.
Loyal Books has a nice selection of audio and eBooks available. They advertise themselves as being the best collection of completely free public domain audiobooks and ebooks.
LibriVox offers books in the public domain. These books have been recorded by volunteers. Some narrators are better than others, so don’t get discouraged if the first one you listen to isn’t to your liking.
Of course, Amazon is an obvious place to look with their massive selection of over 6 million free titles. The volume of books available can be a bit overwhelming, but their filter feature lets you narrow the options down. For example here is a search result for the top 100 free books in Best Sellers in Childhood Education & Reference.
Learning Ally used to be a free audiobook website for those who have reading disabilities. They now require a yearly fee, but the website is still a fantastic resource if your child has a documented reading disability.
Other Free eBook or Audiobook Sites
Read Print (I believe the books are all available online. No app needed.)
Spotify (a playlist of audiobooks)
Storynory (audiobooks for kids)
If you have an option that I missed, feel free to let me know in the comments.