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8 Great Places to Find Free Lesbian Fiction Online (Without Resorting to Piracy)

From online book stores to author newsletters, there are dozens of great places to find free books. So many that it can be difficult to find reliable sources of free lesbian and wlw books for you to download (without jamming up your computer with viruses).

I’ve put together this handy resource of legitimate sites where you can find free downloads of lesbian fiction and LGBTQ+ books you can read with the author and publishers permission. Because everyone loves a list, I’ve divided these sites into eight different categories based on the type of freebie you can get or what you need to do to get it.

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If you feel bad about downloading free books online then just remember: the author often wants more reviews and an increase in their readership.

The next time you stumble across a free ebook download and absolutely fall in love with the writing; why not repay the author by leaving a review? Or shout about the book on social media (if you can). Check out my post on Six Great Ways to Support a Lesbian Author Whose Work You LOVE, to give you a few more ideas of how you can give back!

Right, grab your favourite beverage and take a seat. This post is PACKED is with tips on finding free lesbian books!

1. PermaFree Books

Permafree books are simply books that are permanently free. As an author myself, I know how important PermaFree books are to many authors marketing efforts. Authors often use this as a way of getting their books out into the world so that readers, like you, will find them and take a chance on them.

These five are sites and apps on which you are able to easily find free lesbian novels and wlw through sorting, categorisation, or a simple search, without having to scroll through endless junk for hours on end.

If you need more detail about what each site contains or how to find lesbian fiction within the app, check out my blog where I talk more about these PermaFree Sites.

2. FanFiction Sites

If the terrible fate that fell upon Clexa is still haunting you, or if you are desperately waiting for Kara Danvers and Lena Luthor to admit their undying love, then you need this list of the six places that all your fantasy lesbian pairings can come true!

With everything from Carmilla to Avatar: Legend of Korra, these websites have you canon and non-canon femslash wishes granted!

If you want a slightly more rundown of what each site contains a how to navigate the thousands of stories, check out my post on FanFiction sites.

3. Promo Emails

None of us can get enough of lesbian romance and some of the best lesbian fiction ever is being produced at the moment. More and more books are moving to the mainstream shelves and big names like Barnes & Noble are stocking LGBT fiction alongside publishers such as Bloomsbury who are actively looking for YA fiction with LGBT main characters.

These fab email lists are either dedicateLGBTQ+/wlw fiction or have an option to let you narrow your options down to an LGBT category.

If you want a bit more info about just who and what you are handing your email address over to, check out my blog going over each of these mailing lists.

4. Author Newsletters

Authors love to find new readers, and voracious readers like you are just what they are looking for! Many authors give away free novels or short stories when you sign up to their mailing list, which is a great way to get to know their work while filling up your TBR pile on your eReader!

I’m not going to list every wlw author with a newsletter here, but that’s only because I’ve already done it on another page.

I’ve put together a kind of directory of all the wlw authors I could find who are all giving their readers free lesbian novels or short stories when they join their mailing lists. The list is constantly being updated with new authors so make sure you bookmark that page and check back regularly.

5. Publisher Websites

Going direct to the source is a great way to find new books and freebies. Publishers want you to find and fall in love with their books and many have a page dedicated to their current free books, others do giveaways and contests.

I’ve compiled a list of publishers who are offering wlw and lesbian titles for free so you can check them out for yourself:

Again, if you want a bit more detail, including some tips on getting hold of the free books these publishers offer, then check out the blog on free books from lesfic publishers.

6. Digital Libraries

Libraries are having a huge resurgence, despite so many of them suffering cuts all around the world! They are a fantastic resource but what about their digital equivalents?

There is more detail about each digital library on this dedicated blog, which also includes some bonus library apps and tools you might be interested in.

7. Review Copies

If you are a professional book blogger, a newbie reviewer, or just an avid reader, finding the books you want can be an expensive pain. Authors don’t always come knocking on your door, and when they do they might not have the kind of books you want to read.

Advanced Review Sites help you match your interests with authors looking for reviews! Here are a few of my favourites:

Remember, these are review copies and although there is never an obligation to review books you receive it isn’t fair to authors to sign up to these websites if you have no intention of reviewing any books you receive and in some cases, you can get blacklisted from these sites if they suspect you of doing just that.

8. WIN THEM!

What better way to get hold of your next hot lesbian romance, or kick-ass lesbian sci-fi than to win it in a contest?

All over the internet, there are constant giveaways and contests, all you have to do is keep an eye on the hashtag #Giveaway on Twitter and you’ll soon see what I mean.

But how do you narrow down the field to prizes you are actually interested in winning? And how do you find places with regular contests, so you know you aren’t missing out?

This is where my handy list of places to win Lesbian Novels and wlw Books comes in! I’ve listed the best places I know of that hold regular contests, offering audiobooks, paperbacks, and ebooks with sapphic characters.

Now all you have to do is join the fun and win some books!


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I would LOVE to hear about your discoveries! Give me a shout if you find something fantastic or have a tip for me that I have missed, and check out those comments for fab suggestions from others!

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4 thoughts on “8 Great Places to Find Free Lesbian Fiction Online (Without Resorting to Piracy)

  1. The Atheneum http://www.xenafiction.net but it covers other fandoms as well as lots of uber/original stories. And The Story Lounge but I don’t know the url off the top of my head. There’s a couple more but I will have to look them up. But thanks for posting this list. Hey Niamh…why don’t you use smashwords more because it is so much easier to download books from their site than anyone else’s. Especially if you want or need another format than kindle and don’t want to be burdened with another app just to be able to read them on android. I already have an excellent android reader. But Amazon locks you out of other formats unless you download their choice of reader. Smashwords you just pick the format you want and presto it’s yours. And I think you can have it free awhile then change it back to a price. At least I know of a couple of books that did that. If that’s the reason. Thanks again for this posting.

    1. Hi Judy!
      Fantastic suggestion! I shouldn’t forget the Atheneum, it has some fantastic fiction on there! Thanks for the link – I’m sure people will find some great reads 😀
      As for Smashwords, I absolutely do use it! Here’s my profile page: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/NiamhMurphyAuthor
      I use to have ALL my books on there, but right now I only have the anthology and you are absolutely correct about the price; it is incredibly flexible. I might change in the future but for now my novels are enrolled in KDP Select, which means they have to be exclusive to Amazon. I have chosen to do this as I will simply get more money through that scheme (right now) than I will if I spread the books out over all the other retailers – Amazon is a monster but it is giving me the oppportunity to reduce my work hours and write another book.
      However, I do make sure that my books are DRM Free – this should mean that you can read them on any device and don’t need to use the kindle app.
      Let me know if I am wrong about that because I would hate to think I have been misled 🙁

  2. I still love ‘Passion and Perfection’, also known as RALST. Back in the heyday of fanfic, you could find several dozen fan spins on (mostly) American TV shows there. I loved ‘The Facts of Life’ F/F fanfic that paired bad girl Jo with debutante Blair. These days, people still submit their stories and there are a lot of newer shows covered but new stories don’t come out daily or weekly as they did several years ago. Here’s the link: http://www.ralst.com/

    1. Oh my Gosh! The list of shows on ralst.com with fanfics is HUGE! I could LIVE in there! 😀 Awesome suggestion – Thank you!

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