I just sat and wrote a massive discussion about book piracy but after stepping away for a moment, I realised it was pointless.
There is never an excuse to steal books, and I'm not going to list reasons why. Wether you can or cannot afford books you do not get to have something just because you WANT it.
The reason this post is no longer a discussion is because it doesn't matter. People who are so set in their ways to steal a book because they want will do it. I can't help them. But what I can do is offer alternatives to those who don't have the opportunities to buy books that I do and just want to read.
First of all, I want to thank Naomi (@shutter_j on twitter) for the info and also want to state that these options may not allow you to read the big releases all the bloggers and booktubers are talking about, but they will allow you to read books legally and for free which is all that matters.
Amazon has a multidue of websites for different countries and, thanks to kindle self-publishing, there are a LOT of free eBooks.
This site has over 50k titles. To be fair, most of them are old titles for which the copyright has expired so if you like classics this is your place.
MANYBOOKS and OPEN LIBRARY:
Similar to the above.
You can purchase newer realises on here for a fee but they also have a selection of public domain (expired copyright) and original titles for free. You can select books in 5 different languages: English, French, German, Spanish and Italian. My only negative is if you are just looking at genre you can't order by price so make sure you check the price of the title before you pay for it, but there are about 250 FREE original YA titles here.
BookBub offers free and discounted books with a lot of popular YA being about £1-3
I love Wattpad. People think it's full of fan fiction but in reality many amazing original novels have come from here, including DIMILY! There are even some titles still on Wattpad that are now also published so you can read it for free (albeit without the editing but still!)
I also found this blog post that has categorised sites and everything but I am a little wary. It claims they are all legal but one of them had Outlander and Sophie Kinsella's Finding Audrey but you just read it online and it seemed a bit dodgy so do be careful with these sites.
I hope this is helpful for those of you struggling to access books! Is there any you use and I've missed out?