21 Free Kindle Books for Preppers

This is an updated post on Free Kindle Books for Preppers. Our first post was published in 2016, and we will continue to update as new books are published and to keep this article accurate for price changes (nothing worse than a free book that ain’t free).

Free is always the best price. We have hunted down the best free Kindle books for preppers available. You don’t have to take my word for it- each one has rated four or more stars. Having a digital library available at your fingertips can be great for downtime during the holidays, or as a reference during emergencies.

Whether you are looking to add to your resource library, or a good read about societal collapse, there are plenty of options to check out below.

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Free Survival Guide Books

Preparedness and Survival Guide for Beginners

by Vitaly Pedchenko (121 pages)

If you are a hardcore prepper, you may find the material a little too light and basic, but that is exactly what it is meant to be. The guide is short, large in scope, and easy to read- which makes it a great pickup for beginners.

Getting Started in Survival Prepping: Learn from Ex-Military, Firemen, and Survivalists

by Jason Peterson (59 pages)

Full of guides, checklists, and more to get you started in prepping. A solid free download that can help you kickstart your preparedness journey.

Happy, Healthy, and Prepared: Top Tips From the Hosts of The Survival Mom Radio Network

by Lisa Bedford (81 pages)

Lisa runs the Survival Mom blog and has put together a pretty basic list of her top tips. Homesteading, gardening, emergency preparedness, and essential oils are all at the top of the topic list.

SEAL Survival Guide: Active Shooter and Survival Medicine Excerpt

by Cade Courtley (68 pages)

Basic first aid and active shooter sections are part of a larger book, but this free excerpt is worth a read with very informative content.

Off-Grid Living: Beginners Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming Self-Sufficient

by Robert Andrew (152 pages)

A relatively concise guide on how to live off-grid for those just starting out.

The Rules of a Good Prepper

by Jim Grylls (49 pages)

A mini-guide with spelled-out rules and easy steps to follow to start prepping.

Free Prepping Skills Books

Food Preservation and Canning for Beginners

by Bradley Stone (63 pages)

A great free how-to guide to help kickstart your food storage plans.

Simple Sabotage Field Manual

by United States Office of Strategic Services (38 pages)

A free US field manual on sabotage tactics? Some of the strategies seem downright cruel, while others are seemingly innocuous. It is amazing how many ways there are to make things not work.

Hunting with the Bow & Arrow

by Saxton T. Pope (174 pages)

Pope goes into bow construction, his own personal experience hunting, and talks of his Native American mentor in this well-received book. Whether you are into bow hunting or not, this freebie should not be passed up.

The Theory and Practice of Archery

by Horace Ford (223 pages)

Another great archery book for your prepper library, this all-time classic is written by one of the greats. Some of Horace’s records stood for over 70 years, so he knows what he’s writing about.

How To Preserve Eggs: Freezing, Pickling, Dehydrating, Larding, Water Glassing, & More

by Leigh Tate (52 pages)

If you’re a homesteader with chickens this should be required reading. Otherwise, it’s a solid book to have in your survival library as a unique skill to learn when you need it.

Wommack’s Self-Defense for Women: 3 Seconds to Live

by David Wommack (171 pages)

A simple and straightforward guide on self-defense specifically for women. Wommack knows what he’s writing about with several decades of experience, so it’s great that this guide is free for all.

The Home Medical Library, Volume I (of VI)

The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)

The Home Medical Library, Volume V (of VI)

all by Kenelm Winslow (469 pages)

While it’s not the whole six-book library, getting half of this comprehensive home medical library for free is a good deal. This is very useful information geared towards not having access to professional medical assistance, which can obviously come in handy during an emergency.

The Prepper’s Ultimate Forager’s Bible

by Lesley Hiding (172 pages)

Identify and forage for wild plants using this acclaimed book from the several book series by Lesley Hiding.

Free Disaster/Apocalypse Fiction


by Heather Sunseri (376 pages)

One of the more acclaimed books on the list Emerge is post-apocalyptic fiction at its finest. Pessimism and optimism square off and the last human hope lies in one or the other.

Kahayatle (Apocalypsis Book 1)

by Elle Casey (406 pages)

An odd apocalyptic scenario tees off this book which sets the stage for the character-driven turmoil. Over 300 five-star reviews prove that this book is worth a look.

The Darkest Winter: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Adventure

by Lindsey Pogue (498 pages)

Book 1 of the Ending World series is a free offering in hopes that it’ll get you hooked on the series (the other 6 books are not free).

Neighborhood Watch: After the EMP

by EE Isherwood (560 pages)

Book 1 of the Neighborhood Watch 6 book series is by a New York Times bestseller and is highly rated with over 1500 five-star reviews.

Glimmer of Hope

by Ryan King (428 pages)

Book 1 of 4 in the Land of Tomorrow series follows an army officer and his family through the aftermath of a nuclear holocaust.

Bonus: Free Prepper Books on Kindle Unlimited

250 DIY Survival Hacks: 25 Everyday Household Items and 10 Lifesaving Uses for Each in a Life or Death Situation

by Nicholas Randall (69 pages)

Not exactly a book- but more like an extended blog post. While we have all seen posts on useful everyday household items- this freebie takes it to the next level and goes into some detail. At the cost of a whopping $0, taking a look at this full five-star rating book is a no-brainer.

Bushcraft Survival 4-Box Set: Bushcraft for Beginners, Foraging for Beginners, SHTF Survival Guide, Water Purification

by Dave Allen, Lars Anderson, Dan Walker, James Brooks (66 pages)

A collection of books by several authors makes up this great free kindle set. Pick it up to learn about foraging, bushcraft, general survival, and water purification.

Snow & Ash: Endless Winter

by Theresa Shaver (220 pages)

A short read on two characters’ experiences in a nuclear winter.

Contamination Boxed Set

by T.W. Piperbrook (465 pages)

This set is a highly reviewed and entertaining zombie series.

The Last Survivors: A Dystopian Society in a Post-Apocalyptic World

by T.W. Piperbrook  (278 pages)

T.W. Piperbrook’s second freebie for the kindle also scored high marks with reviews. His penchant for dystopian stories is just as clear in this second series.

Edge of Collapse Series

by Kyla Stone (316 pages)

This post-apocalyptic EMP survival thriller series adds some drama well past the typical post-apocalyptic tropes.

The Final Word

That rounds out our list of prepping-related, 4 stars or higher-rated, and completely free Kindle books.  Get to reading- there are over 2500 pages of material here. Let us know in the comments below if you find any other good free reads worth picking up for the Kindle. Here are some other good resources for learning:

Keep exploring, stay prepared, and be safe.

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21 Free Kindle Books for Preppers

Rusty Collins

I am an engineer, Air Force veteran, emergency manager, husband, dad, and experienced prepper. I developed emergency and disaster plans around the globe and responded to many attacks and accidents as a HAZMAT technician. I have been exposed to deadly chemical agents, responded to biological incidents, and dealt with natural disasters. Check out my full story here: Rusty's Story

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