Read for Free at Waterstones

Read for Free lets Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite (3G + Wi-Fi) and Kindle Touch (3G + Wi-Fi) customers download eligible books in any Waterstones bookshops in the UK (not including our European branches) and read them for free for up to one hour each day.

To use Read for Free, you must be connected to the Waterstones Wi-Fi network in any Waterstones store in the UK and and your device must be updated to the latest Kindle software. For more information on connecting to our Wi-Fi, visit Kindle and eReader help and select your Kindle device.

A default payment method is not required to use Read for Free. To find your nearest Waterstones bookshop, visit the Waterstones Store Locator.

Once you are connected to the Waterstones Wi-Fi network, visit the Kindle Store on your Kindle device. The Read for Free books will be listed in the Waterstones on Kindle section.

How to Read for Free

In order to Read for Free on your Kindle you must be connected to the Waterstones Wi-Fi network.

Connecting your Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Touch
  1. From the Home screen, tap Menu
  2. Tap Settings, then Wi-Fi Networks
  3. You'll see a list of detected Wi-Fi networks. You may have to wait a moment as your Kindle Paperwhite detects networks in range.
  4. The experimental browser will open and direct you to the Waterstones Wi-Fi landing page where you will need to enter your email address and name. Once you have done this you will not need to enter them again.
  5. You are now connected to the Waterstones Wi-Fi network.
Connecting your Kindle
  1. Press the Home button, then press the Menu button.
  2. Use the 5-way controller to navigate to and select "Settings".
  3. Select "view" next to "Wi-Fi Networks" to display a list of detected Wi-Fi networks. You may have to wait a moment as your Kindle detects networks in range. Kindle automatically scans for available Wi-Fi networks at periodic intervals. To rescan for available networks, select "rescan" using the 5-way controller at any time.
  4. Choose the “Waterstones Wi-Fi” network and select "connect".
  5. The experimental browser will open and direct you to the Waterstones Wi-Fi landing page where you will need to enter your email address and name. Once you have done this you will not need to enter them again.
  6. You are now connected to the Waterstones Wi-Fi network.
Finding your Read for Free book
Frequently Asked Questions

I don't see Waterstones in the Kindle Store and none of the titles show Read for Free. What happened?

Ensure that you have the latest version of software for your Kindle. The software version on your Kindle needs to be the latest version in order to use Read for Free.

Also ensure that Aeroplane mode is off, and that you are connected to the network called Waterstones Wi-Fi.

Can I make highlights and annotations in a book that I'm reading for free?

Yes, you can. If you purchase the book on the same Kindle Paperwhite that you used to Read for Free, your notes, annotations, highlights, and last page read will all be available in your purchased copy of the book.

How many Read for Free books can I read during the one hour period?

You can choose to read multiple Read for Free books during the one hour period. Simply visit the Kindle Store and select another eligible Read for Free book on your Kindle. Your total free reading time per day is limited to one hour, no matter how many books that you have downloaded.

Are all Kindle titles available to Read for Free when I'm connected to the Waterstones Wi-Fi network?

Currently, only a selection of books is available to Read for Free. We are working to expand the selection.

When will other Kindle devices be eligible for Read for Free?

We are working on making more Kindle devices Read for Free eligible in the near future.