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

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If you like free ebook downloads and lesbian stories you are in for a treat!

Tight month? Looking for something new? Can’t have lesbian novels showing up on your account history?

Whatever the reason, it is always handy to know where you can grab the best lesbian books without paying out. We’ve all been there! It’s one of the reasons I try hard to have great free books to give away.

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).

Why not check out my post on Six Great Ways to Support a Lesbian Author Whose Work You LOVE, to give you a few more ideas!

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

Tip 1. PermaFree Books

If you are looking to get your hands on some of the best lesbian fiction books around, completely free, then look no further! I’m about to show you 5 great places you can get your hands on PermaFree lesbian books.

Permafree books are simply books that are permanently free. As an author myself, I know how important PermaFree books are too 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.

So, don’t feel bad about downloading free lesbian fiction. It is often the best way to get to know a new author, and if you share their free book with others then that can mean even more people find their work.

Tip 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!

Tip 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.

Tip 4. Author Newsletters

I’ve put together a list of authors who are all giving their readers free lesbian novels or short stories when they join their newsletters or sign up to their mailing lists. Authors find new readers, and voracious readers like you find free lesbian romance novels from a writer whose work you will absolutely love.

Tip 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!

Tip 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?

Tip 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 Copies are an essential tool of every author and reviewers arsenal: Authors need readers to shout about their books, and you want to shout about the books you love! It’s a match made in heaven!

Tip 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!


If you enjoyed this list, then you will LOVE my list of Ten Awesome #LesFic Authors Who Are Giving You Their Work For Free!


About Niamh Murphy

Hi there! I’m Niamh Murphy and I’m a bestselling author of adventure books with lesbian main characters!

Niamh Murphy Author

I tell romantic and exciting stories of gripping adventure and epic fantasy. My favourite places to explore are historical settings, science fiction landscapes, and fantasy worlds. My stories involve exciting characters such as knights, pirates, vampires, and mermaids. But I also tell more down-to-earth stories involving teenage angst, coming out, and exploring lesbian relationships for the first time.

I most enjoy rewriting fairy tales for the modern reader or re-telling mythical stories of old with a sapphic twist. But whatever the genre I choose to write in, my stories always include romance, love, and a lesbian main character.

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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/

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