With all the technology around these days, we don’t need a tree to make a book. Scholastic survey of 2014 shows that 61% of school kids in the USA read digital books vs. 25% in 2010. Print books, CDs, Blu-ray discs are going to the past. Now we can download eBooks onto our Kindles, iPads, iPod, phones, laptops… the list is endless. Here’s a useful collection of sites for getting free eBooks (yes, free!) for all of you virtual bookworms.
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This great website is exactly what it says on the tin – a huge free source of eBooks available for download. You’ll even get to search comprehensively through various categories, too.
To download a free ebook, follow the steps below:
Step 1. Sign up and activate a free account on Free-eBooks.com
Step 2. Use the search bar to find the ebook you need or browse the categories.
Step 3. Choose the format of the ebook to download: TXT or PDF.
For VIP members, EPUB and Kindle are also available. Also you may send the book to your device.
Step 4. Enjoy reading your free ebook!
Note that with the free account, you may download up to 5 books each month.
Google Play Books
If you are a lucky owner of Android smartphone or tablet, then you don’t need to look for free ebook sites. You just need to visit Google Play marketplace from your mobile gadget and select “Books” category and turn on the “Free” price filter. Here you’ll find dozens of free classic literature and contemporary masterpieces. The majority of books are in PDF or EPUB formats.
Amazon Free Kindle Books
For all Amazon Kindle fans, the free section of Amazon library is a top place for downloads. The download process is quick and easy. Visit Amazon Kindle Books from your device and log into your Amazon account. Select a book by genre, author or name and download it. There is classics, romance, science fiction, thrillers. The great advantage of Amazon is the ability to discover new books according to your taste and previous downloads. Plus, you can read other people reviews before investing your time into reading.
This isn’t a free of charge place, but prices are low. eCampus is a website made for students. Here you can rent a digital textbook, buy a used textbook or sell your old book. eCampus offer a reader app for iOS, Android, Kindle, Windows PC and Mac. So you can download a book quickly. Besides, eCampus has a substantial fiction books library if you get tired of learning.
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble lets you download Nook textbooks. Their peculiarity is that they definitely look like real ones: with book sizes and pictures. You can search the book you want or browse by categories. If you choose a chargeable book, you will get a free sample first. There are textbooks in different languages and kids stories. The drawback is that the majority of books are paid and it is not so easy to find a free book there. So, if you are ready to pay for your choice about $1-3 or want a real-looking digital book, “follow the white rabbit”.
The Book Depository
Book Depository is an alternative for ebook sites. It sells “real” hard-copy books and offers great discounts. The library has over 30 million titles in many languages. Book Depository provides free delivery to 100 countries (please see their FAQ section for details). So if you’re after a reliable source for cheap books, then this site is for you. The purchase process is simple as can be:
- enter a book title or an author name in the search bar at the top of the site and hit the “Enter” button on your keyboard.
- click on the book tile and click the “Add to basket” button and proceed to checkout.
- then you’ll have 2 payment options: a quick PayPal payment or a full order placement with your Visa, MasterCard or American Express. It’s up to you to decide which way to go.
- finally, you’ll put your delivery address and get your book in your mail box.
eBooks.com is one of the best ebook sites with an impressive library. Find a book up to your liking from any genre: fiction, romance, educational, history, technology, etc. You may buy a book at a small price or download gift books. The electronic books are in ePub format. The site claims that their books are compatible with Kindle Fire, Apple iPad, Barnes & Noble NOOK, Kobo readers.
Baen has a small section of free ebooks for download. There are both fiction and non-fiction books. All you need to do is simply to scroll the list of books and pick the one that you want to get. EPUB, MOBI, RTF are top book formats. Please note that you download a zip archive with the book inside. So if you don’t have a special app on your mobile reader, you have to use your PC with some compression software to unpack it.
Scribd is the place you can’t miss. The free 14 day trial allows you to access millions of books, comics and audiobooks. Scribd apps are available for Apple and Android gadgets. So you don’t have to deal with text format conversion or poor reading experience. The library is huge: fiction, romance, fantasy, history, arts, science, business and books for kids.
Issuu is another publishing platform that lets you access books, magazines and tutorials produced by famous and independent authors. You can read many creations online without an account. Some authors allow you to download content for free if you have a free Issuu account. Here’s how to do it:
- Make an Issuu account.
- Enter a magazine or a book name or a topic in the search bar.
- Click on the tile to open the book.
- Under the viewer, click the “Share” option.
- If the author permits to download it, you’ll see the “Download” link next to the “Embed” link. If the author doesn’t allow download, there won’t be the “Download” option.
- If you see the “Download” option, click it to get the text in PDF format.
Project Gutenberg is founded by Michael Hart, the man who invented ebooks in 1971. The goal of Project Gutenberg is to encourage people to publish and share electronic books. There are about 49,000 books in HTML and ePub formats. Most of them are free for distribution because their copyrights have expired. So don’t expect to find Happy Potter, modern text book or fresh science magazin here. But you can get any classic novel.
Open Culture have 700+ free eBooks for free download. This site is ideal for all students. It contains dozens of classic fiction books by Stefan Zweig, Mark Twain, William Shakespeare, etc. The list is constantly updated and curated by human editors.
O’Reilly Media books, magazines and tutorials are known by every geek on this planet. The publishing house was founded by Tim O’Reilly in 1978. It started with printed publications, but now they host a huge section of free digital books on technology, computers, hardware and IT industry. All ebooks and free book samplers are available in PDF format. However, to download a book, you should submit your name and email address.
Safari Books Online
Safari Books Online contains over 30,000 professional books, videos and courses on technology, project management, business, coding, big data, analytics and other IT topics. With 10 day free trial (no credit card required), you can browse all catalog and enjoy desired content. If you want to get profound IT knowledge and learn new things from a reliable source, then Safari $39 monthly subscription will deserve its price tag.
Bibliotastic is a platform for indie writers. They publish contemporary books. There are many science fiction, historical, mystery and romance novels that are not so well-known by general public. You can read all books online. But if you want to download a book, you’ll need to create an account.
Book Boon is a marketplace for educational books for teachers and students. The design is smart and simple and you’ll be able to find what you want within seconds. You can either use the search box or browse by categories. There are business books, travel guides and educational text books. With 30-day free trial you can get access to 800 premium textbooks. Then, you’ll be asked to sign up for a monthly plan starting at $3.99.
Feedbooks collects public domain books. Thus, you can find old fiction books (novels, detectives, short stories) by Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and Jules Verne. Digital library supports top 3 ebooks formats: PDF, EPUB and MOBI. So you can download texts for almost all readers. The website is user-friendly and fast. You can browse books library by categories on the left menu or you can use the search box. No account required.
Open Library is like Wikipedia for books. Here you can find information about almost any book that exists. Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive. So if it doesn’t stores the books itself, but provides references where you can get them in hardcopy (offline) or in digital format. Open Library welcomes all contributors. So if you know a book, they will be happy if you add a description to the public catalog.
FreeBookCentre is a helpful resource for students and teachers. The site provides links to educational books on every topic: Biology, Math, Physics, Languages, Computer Science, etc. Usually, these are links to public books published on University sites. Unfortunately, you can’t be sure whether a book is available for download or not. And website design looks like it’s 1998.
PRO TIP: And if your gadget can’t open a digital book, try to convert it into EPUB format. Here is the list of many free EPUB converters that we compared side by side.
Here we have reviewed 20 great sources for books. What site would you recommend for this list?