8 Great Places to Find Free Lesbian Fiction Online

Tight month? Looking for something new? Or just want to try before you buy?

Whatever the reason, it is always handy to know where you can grab your next LesFic kick without draining your bank account.

So I have gathered together a few of the websites I use when I want to find free lesbian fiction online.

 

1. Amazon Kindle Bestseller Lists

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It may seem obvious to some but a lot of people don’t know that Amazon Kindle have a huge selection of free books and the best part is that they are ranked and categorised right alongside the paid for fiction.

Some of the books, like my anthology Magic and Romance, are permanently free. But most of the books are on a short five day promotion, so check back regularily to see what’s on offer.

 

2. Smashwords Free Listings

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Very similar to Amazon but a little less known, Smashwords has a huge selection of eBooks on offer and a whole section dedicated to free Gay and Lesbian fiction. So head over and see what’s on offer.

 

3. Instafreebie

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This is a great tool for authors because it allows us to find new readers with giveaways but also Advanced Copy Reviewers. This means that you will often find books here for free that aren’t even out in stores!

But take your time looking around and sign up to the email list, the selection of Lesbian fiction isn’t as vast as some of the other sites. But for the one off’s and advanced copies, it’s well worth taking a look.

And if you haven’t seen it already, check out ‘Finger Food‘ the sample platter of lesbian fiction I’m part of, it’s on instafreebie right now and has a great selection of writers, read more about it here.

 

4. Wattpad

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This site is HUGE. There is everything here from poetry by Margaret Atwood to One Direction fan fiction by your neice’s best friend (maybe that’s just me?).

There is no dedicated LGBT section (despite huge campaigns) so the key here is the search function. As well as the obvious #Lesbian and #LesFic hashtags some other popular ones include #GirlxGirl or #GxG.

Why not start your journey by checking out my profile, give me a shout if you want some recommendations!

 

5. The Royal Academy of Bards

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This started out as a Xena fan fiction site and if that isn’t awesome enough to get you interested, it has expanded to include thousands of different stories! Some fan fiction from other fandoms, but just as many are completely origional and there are a fair few well-established authors on here.

It’s the site where I got my start in writing alongside so many other fantastic lesbian writers. Why not dive in and see what gems they have on offer?

 

There is so much Free Lesbian fiction out there, both as downloads and available to read online, the following sites have great catalogues of where you can find even more free online lesbian fiction:

 

6. Women and Words

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Not only is this a fantastic blog and well worth following for the great giveaways and articles they have, but there is an entire page dedicated to logging Author’s who have free stories on their websites.

It may not be a definitive guide, but it is well worth a look to see if your favourite author is mentioned or to try a new author you might not otherwise have found.

Find it here: WomenAndWords.com

 

7. Online Lesbian Fiction.com

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This is another directory dedicated to free lesbian fiction online, this time the site owners have included free ebooks, comics, and stories available to download or read online from everywhere, not just author websites.

The site is sorted into genres so it is a great resource if you know the type of story you would like to try but don’t have a particular author in mind.

Find it here: onlinelesbianfiction.com

 

8. I Heart LesFic.com

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Last but not least, TB Markinson over at IHeartLesFic.com has just started a page dedicated to LesFic author’s newsletters. She includes authors who giveaway a free book when you sign up to their mailing list. It is well worth bookmarking that page and keeping an eye open for new additions.

Newletters may not be everyone’s cup of tea but they are a fantastic way of keeping up to date with an author whose work you love. Being on a newletter means you’ll often have exclusive access to price drops, promotions, and competitions. So if you’re on a tight budget, signing up to an author’s newsletter is a great way get all your new books without breaking the bank.

 

Bonus – Giveaways!

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This is by no means a guarantee but follow your favourite author on twitter and goodreads and keep an eye out for giveaways of their work.

Both IHeartLesFic.com and Women & Words also run regular giveaways alongside their guest blogs, so that is just another great reason to bookmark those websites.

Check out my own giveaway page to take a look at some of the giveaways I’m part of: AuthorNiamh.com/Giveaways

 

NB – A Note About File Sharing

File sharing websites and torrents often appear like fantastic ways to download an author’s work for free. But I can’t emphasise enough how you should avoid these like the plague!

At best these sites are offering pirated (i.e. ‘stolen’) e-books or in some cases scanned copies of paperbacks, not only does this upset the author whose books are being stolen but it can directly affect their livelihood. However, more often these books are poorly reproduced copies with unreadable sections or entire missing chapters due to file distortion. At worst there is no book at all and the downloaded file is a virus which can take your bank details, security information, and even access the camera on all your devices.

If you really want a particular author’s work but cannot pay (for any number of reasons) and you can’t find it on a legitimate site or library. Then contact the author, you’d be surprised how many people are willing to gift a copy of their work to someone in need. 

 

I hope you enjoyed this list!

If you found it useful, why not share it using the social media buttons below and if I missed something, let me know in the comments!

 

2 thoughts on “8 Great Places to Find Free Lesbian Fiction Online

  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 🙁

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