24 May 2012

50 Free self-reliant and preparedness books for your Kindle reader

If you've read our posts for very long at all, you probably know this: the only thing we like better than preparedness and self-reliant resources are free ones! Fortunately, there are many Kindle books available for no cost over at Amazon.com.

Many of the free books are simply old books from the early 1900s that are in the public domain, but there a number of newer ones too. Of course, some of the older books are useful just because they often describe how to do things without complex machinery or modern processes, which is very helpful for the self-reliant do-it-yourselfer.

Below is a list of 50 Kindle books that are related to self-reliance and/or preparedness, which are free to download (at least as of the time of this writing).

By the way... don't have a Kindle e-reader? No worries. Don't forget that you can download apps for both Mac and PC, most smartphones or tablets, and also read the books in Amazon's free online Kindle Cloud Reader

Before we get to the no-cost books, it's worth pointing out that there are many worthwhile Kindle books that cost just a dollar or two (including a number of them on prepping), so it's worth looking at them too. Perhaps one of the best bargains I've seen is Homesteading by Abigail R. Gehring for just $0.99! That is a great book, at an astonishing price; it's well worth it for less than a dollar.

Now, on with the show — here are 50 free self-reliant and preparedness Kindle books:
  1. The Modern Kitchen Pantry: How to Design, Create and Use Your Pantry by Kev Williams
  2. 100 Gardening Tips by Georges Louis
  3. Backyard Chickens for Beginners: Getting the Best Chickens, Choosing Coops, Feeding and Care, and Beating City Chicken Laws by R.J. Ruppenthal
  4. Homebrew Your First Beer by Michael Spitzer-Rubenstein
  5. Elements of Plumbing by Samuel Edward Dibble 
  6. Weekend Homesteader: August by Anna Hess
  7. A Simple Guide to Raising Chickens by D, V.M
  8. The Porridge Book by Sambodhi Prem
  9. Growing Herbs Indoors: Your Guide To Growing Herbs In Containers For A Vibrant Indoor Herb Garden by Lee Anne Dobbins
  10. The Home Baking Guide to Substituting and Measuring (In the Pantry Baking Standards) by Joyce Middleton
  11. The Skilful Cook: A Practical Manual of Modern Experience by Mary Harrison
  12. Iron Making in the Olden Times as instanced in the Ancient Mines, Forges, and Furnaces of The Forest of Dean by Henry George Nicholls
  13. Science in the Kitchen by Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  14. The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise Its Habitat and its Time of Growth by Miron Elisha Hard
  15. Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making by William Hamilton Gibson
  16. The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)
  17. The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)
  18. The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI) (Note: Volumes III, IV, and VI were not available.)
  19. In Time of Emergency A Citizen's Handbook on Nuclear Attack, Natural Disasters (1968) by United States Office of Civil Defense
  20. The Art of Making Whiskey So As to Obtain a Better, Purer, Cheaper and Greater Quantity of Spirit, From a Given Quantity of Grain by Anthony Boucherie
  21. Making a Fireplace by Henry Hodgman Saylor
  22. Vegetable Dyes Being a Book of Recipes and Other Information Useful to the Dyer by Ethel M. Mairet
  23. Gardening Without Irrigation: or without much, anyway by Steve Solomon
  24. Every Step in Canning The Cold-Pack Method by Grace Viall Gray
  25. Small Gardens and How to Make the Most of Them by Violet Purton Biddle
  26. Organic Gardener's Composting by Steve Solomon
  27. Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses by Maurice Grenville Kains
  28. Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A Book of Valuable Information for Growers as Well as Collectors of Medicinal Roots, Barks, Leaves, Etc. by Arthur Robert Harding
  29. Nature Cure by Henry Lindlahr
  30. Agriculture for Beginners, Revised Edition by Daniel Harvey Hill, Charles William Burkett, and Frank Lincoln Stevens
  31. Electricity for the farm: Light, heat and power by inexpensive methods from the water wheel or farm engine by Frederick Irving Anderson
  32. Yeast by Thomas Henry Huxley
  33. The American Practical Brewer and Tanner by Joseph Coppinger
  34. The Practical Distiller An Introduction To Making Whiskey, Gin, Brandy, Spirits... by Samuel McHarry
  35. Confessions of a Prepper by D.B. Fletcher
  36. The Handbook of Soap Manufacture by W. H. Simmons and H. A. Appleton
  37. Everyday Foods in War Time by Mary Swartz Rose
  38. Woodcraft and Camping by George Washington Sears
  39. How to Camp Out by John Mead Gould
  40. Simple Sabotage Field Manual by United States Office of Strategic Services
  41. Individual Preparedness and Response to Chemical, Radiological, Nuclear, and Biological Terrorist Attacks: The Reference Guide by Lynn E. Davis and Tom LaTourrette
  42. Backpack Gourmet: Good Hot Grub You Can Make at Home, Dehydrate, and Pack for Quick, Easy, and Healthy Eating on the Trail by Linda Frederick Yaffe
  43. How To Grow Onions From Seed: Tips on growing big onions, onion sets and different varieties including garlic, shallotts, leeks, spring onions and chives by Oliver Ramsey
  44. Sandwiches Cookbook by Gooseberry Patch
  45. Knots, Splices and Rope Work A Practical Treatise by Alpheus Hyatt Verrill
  46. How and When to Be Your Own Doctor by Isabel Moser and Steve Solomon
  47. Things Mother Used to Make by Lydia Maria Gurney
  48. What I know of farming: a series of brief and plain expositions of practical agriculture as an art based upon science by Horrace Greeley
  49. The Cooking Manual of Practical Directions for Economical Every-Day Cookery by 
  50. Juliet Corson
  51. Hunting Dogs Describes in a Practical Manner the Training, Handling, Treatment, Breeds, Etc., Best Adapted for Night Hunting as Well as Gun Dogs for Daylight Sport by Oliver Hartley 


  1. Another recommendation (it's free to download today). "Blueberries in Your Backyard: How to Grow America's Hottest Antioxidant Fruit for Food, Health, and Extra Money," by R.J. Ruppenthal. Link below:


    1. Thanks for adding to the list!

  2. Just found that Composting Inside & Out by Stephanie Davies is free as of today too!

  3. Are these available on the Nook?

    1. I'm really not sure. I'm working on updating this post, so I'll have to see what I can find.