Previously I posted on my Facebook an article from Tim Challies blog that made theology geeks everywhere shout for joy. The title of the article is “A Secret Way to Kick-Start Your Theological Library” in which he gave tips on how to create a digital library without breaking the bank. Tim listed links of free downloadable theology journals from different seminaries or organizations. He even includes a link on how to use Evernote to save and catalog those fine resources. I already checked those journals and I can attest that they are great resources considering that they are free. So if you don’t want to buy expensive theology book, this article will give you the best alternative..
I do however have my own tips on how to create a digital library of Christian books. Like what Tim Challies gave in his article, it won’t hurt your wallet. In this way, you’re digital tablet will turn into a Christian library that will enhance you Christian walk and create a habit of reading.
But first you need to have an e-book reader. Here’s some that I recommend:
Kindle – Some tablets and phone have this app on default but you can get one for free over the Apple Store or Google Play. After downloading, create an account over Amazon. This is useful not just in opening e-books but also when you stumble upon a free ebook over Amazon (or getting a free e-book alert in your e-mail that I’ll share later) .
UB Reader – Another free app that is so versatile because it reads almost all digital format of a book.
Moon Reader – Basically it’s like the UB Reader and but if you go for the paid one, its a totally different story. I highly recommend you get the its premium app.
If you want have a more detailed treatment in using and reading ebook, you might want to check this excellent article by my friend Elijah Abanto. How to Read an E-book is an excellent article that includes how to’s and reviews of different reading apps not feature here on this post.
Now to dig to some free books….
Desiring God– This website has almost all John Piper’s book for free download. I recommend you download Don’t Waste Your Life, Spectacular Sins, Five Points and Finally Alive. Aside from books written by John Piper, there are books by Tony Reinke, Jon Bloom and David Mathis that are worth reading.
The Gospel Coalition– Some basic Christian doctrines are featured here. Books that are author by Kevin DeYoung, Tim Keller and others that guarantees that it will be an awesome read.
C. Sproul’s “Crucial Questions Series” – These booklets are free forever and it’s from R. C. Sproul. Nuff said! Come back for often because they add new booklets in the series.
Also if you sign for Ligonier Ministries e-mail update, they might have a free e-book offer (scroll down below to find the e-mail upate box). Don’t forget to create a free account so you can save the free ebook (or audio or video offer) on their site for later enjoyment.
D. A. Carson – A theologian and an prolific author, Carson generously has a couple of free books uploaded in the internet. Haven’t read all of the books in the list but Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor is a great read.
Mongerism – Now if you’re into classic stuff from authors, preachers or theologians, get your fix here. Features A. W. Pink, J. C. Ryle, Martin Luther, John Calvin and some unfamiliar but great personalities that are waiting for you to discover. And you’ll be the first to know their latest e-books by subscribing to their e-mail alerts.
Log College Press – If past American Presbyterian works are your thing, go to their website and dive in to old but great books. I have interviewed LCP here on my blog and they listed some must read free books. They also sell books in digital and physical format.
Calvary Grace Church Publication – This church owned small press has a couple of free books that you’ll find interesting.
Wany more free reformed e-books? Click on this link for other links.
Try free e-mail subscriptions…
E-mail accounts exist not to just to log you on your favorite social media accounts, but to receive e-mails (duh!?). Make use of it by subscribing to these e-mail list. Be warned though that you should be cautious to some of the free books they post (specially Gospel E-Books) . Dont forget to put on your discernment caps on.
Cross-Points – Just by signing up, you’ll receive a massive list of free e-books. Plus you’ll receive some free, great deals and discounte e-book alerts.
Crossway – From time to time, Crossway gives away free e-books on special events or through surveys. Sign up to their e-mail updates and enjoy their stuff.
David C. Cook – This big publishing company caters to books of Warren Weirsbe and John MacArthur. As much as they give out other books, those author I mentioned are worth it to sign up because DCC occasionally gives their ebooks for free.
10 of Those – This UK based publishing company gives away free e-book weekly once you sign up to their mailing list.
The Good Book Company – This book company has a “Free Book of the Month” worth checking out.
Gospel E-Books – Excellent site for daily discounted e-books. Sometimes they include freebies.
Faithlife – Like The Good Book Company, they have a free e-book of the month that you might want to try.
Wipf and Stock Publishers– Sign up their monthly newsletter and get their free e-book of the month. Also included in the newsletter are new release from their various imprints which you can request as review copy if you want to read and review it on your blog.
Other ways to get free e-books…
Sign up for a book blogging program- If you’re a blogger or have accounts on Amazon or Goodreads, why not sign up for a blogging program? Publishers do need promotions from bloggers that’s why they will give away free e-books (or sometimes physical books) in exchange for a review of their available titles. One good example of this is from Crossway books.
Another is Tulip Publishing. It’s a small non-profit publishing that is commited to Reformed theology. You can enroll or find additional information by clicking here.
Also check out the online home of Audra Jennings and sign up for the latest and upcoming books. There are lots to choose from because works for various publishers (but I recommend you to stick with New Growth Press ).
Join a book launching team – Your favorite author sometimes need a helping hand in launching his book. So keep your eyes peeled on Twitter or Facebook on his or her latest post. I suggest you follow up and coming authors. What so neat about this is that you can get to read in advance the book and have a digital copy first.
Now for some shameless plug…drum roll please!!!
Follow my blog of course specifically the Freebie Round-Up because sometimes it has free e-books for your digital library.
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