The lazy days of summer mean more time for rest and recreation. As the temperature skyrockets, grab a cozy lawn chair and a cold drink before settling in to read a good book.
Fortunately, reading is one of the most budget-friendly summer activities out there. From classic favorites to personal finance books, click through to see some of the best free books available.
1. Les Misérables
If you're fascinated by French history, you might want to check out Victor Hugo's classic novel. Available for free on Kindle via Amazon, "Les Misérables" tells the story of the French uprising of 1832 through the eyes of protagonist Jean Valjean. Published in 1862 and considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century, the book is the basis for multiple musical and film adaptations.
2. How to Build Your Brand Like Your Favorite Celebrities and Influencers
Authors Marlon Smith, Eric Love and Myra Peterson-Love will help you take your social reach to the next level with this e-book, published in 2016 and available for digital download. Spend your summer reading and building your business by learning how to increase your followers and gain likes.
3. A Tale of Two Cities
Enjoy this classic Charles Dickens tale for free on Kindle via Amazon. First published in 1859, the novel explores the events of the French Revolution as experienced by both London and Paris. Full of drama, violence and vivid scenery, this book is a must-read for literature fans in search of a bargain.
4. Student’s Guide to Credit
Thanks to skyrocketing college costs, debt is a major concern for American students. Written by Sarah Elliott, "Student's Guide to Credit" offers invaluable information about understanding credit scores and navigating the world of borrowing. Published in 2015, this well-rated e-book is available for free download at CreditRepair.com.
5. Launch Your Own Content Marketing Program
Content marketing is a vital tool for driving sales, winning customers and creating a strong overall brand. If you need tips for building a customized content marketing program, download the Content Marketing Institute's free e-book, "Launch Your Own Content Marketing Program." First published in 2015, the book is available for digital download from the company website.
6. The Shoes Come First
If you are a time-travel enthusiast, you should pick up Janet Leigh’s 2015 novel, "The Shoes Come First," this summer. Available for free in e-book form for Kindle via Amazon download, this romantic comedy follows Jennifer Cloud, a Texas shoe store manager, who travels back in time to 1500s Scotland. The novel is a must-read for fans of the "Outlander" book series and TV show.
7. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
If you're heading to the beach this summer, download a free Kindle copy of "Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea." First published in 1870, this classic Jules Verne novel is now in the public domain. A classic work of science fiction, it tells the story of a mysterious “sea monster" and the government expedition sent to hunt it down.
8. 80 Easy Ways to Supercharge Your Business Growth
Business owners, take note: Download this free e-book from Microsoft, and learn not only how to take charge of your business' growth, but also how to “supercharge” it. Available online via free download, this 2016 title offers practical tips to take your business to the next level.
9. David Copperfield
If you want to expand your literary range this summer, consider picking up this classic novel by Charles Dickens. The book, which follows the adventures of a young English boy as he grows to adulthood, is largely autobiographical. First published in 1850, "David Copperfield" is now available for free digital download on Kindle via Amazon.
10. Today’s Guide to Workplace Giving Success
If you are looking for ways to keep your workforce engaged, you should definitely pick up this e-book by Benevity, a global leader in workplace sharing, giving and volunteerism. Featuring real data gathered from Fortune 1000 clients, the e-book includes tips and strategies for incentivizing your employees. Published in 2016, "Today’s Guide to Workplace Giving Success" is available for free digital download online.
Find this James Joyce novel on Amazon for free in e-book form and available for Kindle download. First published as a serial between 1918 and 1920, the book chronicles a single day in the life of its characters. While you might think this classic makes for heavy summer reading, the novel is known for its puns, allusions and humor.
12. Scalable Execution: Tactics for a Killer Business Strategy
Published in 2016 by Jason Tapolci, president and CEO of VoIP Innovations, this e-book offers expert tips for managing and enacting a business strategy through careful planning. Visit the VoIP Innovations site to download your free digital copy.
13. A Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Take another trip with Jules Verne this summer by picking up a copy of "A Journey to the Center of the Earth." First published in 1864, this book features excitement in the form of prehistoric animals, natural hazards and more. It's available in free e-book form for Kindle via Amazon.
14. 5 Secrets of Successful Authors
If you're an aspiring author, you might want to download this 2011 instructional e-book written by a New York Times best-selling author. CJ Lyons offers insight into how he went from a pediatric emergency room doctor to an author overnight. Download a copy for free on BookBaby.
In 2016's "Booked," Wall Street Journal best-selling author John Turner explores the somewhat-unusual topic of setting appointments with business leads. Find out how to score new clients by downloading a free copy on Turner's personal website.
16. All Things Google: A Guide for Hotels
If you work in the hospitality industry, this is the book to add to your summer reading list. Published in 2016 and available online for free digital download, this book from TrustYou offers insight into why Google reviews matter, the hype over Google hotel ads, Google trip planning and more.
17. The Book of Tea
First published in 1906 by Okakura Kakuzō, "The Book of Tea" is now available for free in e-book form on Kindle via Amazon. Written by an English-speaking Japanese scholar, this book sheds light on the unique importance of tea in Japanese culture.
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