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7 Places To Buy Ebooks Besides Amazon

June 14, 2022
by Kristena Mears
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Were you as surprised as I was to find out that Amazon no longer allows android users to download ebooks onto their phones? This news sure caught me by surprise and I have to say, I’m more than a little disappointed.

Some people may use this as a reason to finally make the switch to an Apple phone, but not me. I’m not an Apple fan, and if anything, this just makes me want to dig my heals further in and leave Amazon altogether.

But this does present a problem… Where do we go?

I have some good news for you. There are other places. I found 7. Let me share them with you.


If you’ve never tried BookBub before, now is the time. They don’t have every book, but the ones they do have are top quality at an excellent price.


Did you know Smashwords is even bigger than Amazon? It is! The site offers more than 400,000 books, and more than 70,000 are indie/self-published books. You can be downloaded for free.

Authors can use the platform to self-publish their books, just like they can on Amazon, and then distribute the books to retailers and libraries.

Book Lending

Saving money is a big deal right now. And Book Lending can help an avid reader do just that.

This app doesn’t just let you borrow books, but it also lets you loan your own books out to others. This’s a perfect place to share that rare in your collection that you think other Kindle owners might enjoy.


I haven’t read a Harlequin books in years, but the people who like Harlequins, LIKE HARLEQUINS. If you are one of these people, this just might be your site. You can find all of their book here.

From what I saw from my quick peek, this is run with the same idea as Kindel Unlimited. You pay a monthly subscription and then read all the books you want. They aren’t yours to keep, but you can read them over and over.


OverDrive has both ebooks and audiobooks. This had millions of book. Most of US public libraries use OverDrive. You check out the book or audiobook you want and read or listen away.

You have an allotted time in which to finish your book, then it automatically returns.


This was a new one for me, but I like what I see. Blackwells has many books, both fiction and non-fiction. There are reference books, medical and arts books, and articles.

I am putting this one in as an honorable mention. This site is one of the largest ebooks sellers on the web, but you can’t get an AZW or Mobi. You’ll need to download into a PDF or EPUB file.

But on the upside, they have over two million books to choose from. There is also a wonderful variety of free titles.


I hope you enjoy this list. And even if you are an Apple user and are still able to download Kindel books from Amazon, I encourage you to utilize one or more of these sites. Most of them are free and, with this economy, the extra fund will find a safe spot in your gas tank.

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  1. Thank you for this very useful information Kristina. There were three on your list I didn’t know about because I thought Smashwords was just for short stories. Silly me!

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