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The 5 Best Websites for Free E-books

When e-readers first started to become popular, a lot of us imagined that e-books would be cheaper than regular books. After all, publishers don’t have to pay for all that ink and paper and binding to publish an e-book! Unfortunately, many e-books are just as expensive as their paper counterparts. But if you don’t have a big e-book budget, don’t despair—there are lots of e-books online that you can download for free! You can borrow e-books from your local library, as Bill has explained here, or you can visit the sites in the list below and download e-books to keep.

Project Gutenberg                                         

Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is usually my first stop when looking for any older book. It specializes in books whose copyrights have expired. Some of the books are also available in multiple languages, so it’s worth checking out even if English isn’t your first language. If you just want to browse, click on the Book Categories link, and decide what kind of book you’re in the mood for.

They’ve also recently created the Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing Press, where current authors can post their work. You won’t usually find famous authors there, but you might find some good books by new authors.

Many Books

manybooks

Many Books also offers mostly older books. This site is a little more user-friendly than Gutenberg because it uses more detailed categories. Many Books also lets you select a language and see all the books available in that language. This site has an incredible selection of old-ish science fiction and mysteries, so it’s my first stop for those. It also has a Creative Commons section, which has free books by current authors.

Pixel of Ink

pixelofink

Maybe by now you’re thinking, what if I just don’t want to read old books? Never fear; some websites offer books that aren’t ancient! Pixel of Ink is the one I use. This site basically tracks the list of free Kindle books that Amazon offers and posts when new ones are added. In addition to tracking free books, it also tracks paid books that have gotten cheaper. I haven’t found similar sites for iBooks, Nook, or Kobo books, so try this next website to get new books for those readers.

Smashwords

smashwords

Smashwords is similar to Gutenberg’s self-publishing site, but it’s been around for longer and has more books available. In order to download full books, you’ll first need to create a free account. All of the books are recent, but not all the books are free, so check the price before you download!

MakeUseOf

makeuseofMakeUseOf is the only site on this list that isn’t primarily about e-books, but if you’re looking for a book to help you upgrade your technology skills, check out their e-books section. They have e-books on anything from podcasting to iPhones to Windows 8, and the books are useful and easy to read. MakeUseOf is mainly a technology blog, so if you’re interested in new apps for iOS and Andriod, check out their homepage.

There are many places to find free e-books online, but these sites are my favorites. Are there free e-book sites you like that I haven’t listed? Let us know in the comments!

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16 Responses »

  1. its good for ebook readers. good work and good blog. as i’m also a ebook reader, before these iwent withlot of ebook sites and collection sites. but its the best one.
    omgtop5.com/best-sites-to-download-free-ebooks/

  2. Lots of free eBooks here, on loads of subjects. In PDF, EPUB and Kindle:
    http://www.globalgrey.co.uk

  3. SURPRISE … SURPRISE !!!
    Welcome to the land of free ebooks, a blog where you can find here a lot of ebooks in novel and literature. Just Google it and ENJOY!!!

  4. I found this site that gives free eBooks for the books we already own (worldebook.net). I got my eBook pretty easily.

  5. Newly launched eBookStak to provide Free Technology eBooks, White Paper, Magazine. More than 300 eBooks are available to download and adding everyday. – ebookstak.com

  6. Here is a fantastic web site where you can learn a lot about computing and where to get free software for your computer and many many other things. For example, here is an article which lists over 900 websites where you can download free legal e-books on just about anything.

    http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-ebooks-online.htm

    Like the web site, there are a huge number of articles on numerous topics related to computing and the internet. Additionally, you can sign up for a number of different newsletters which are all very informative.

    The main web site is:

    http://www.techsupportalert.com

    Bill

  7. I found this site that gives free eBooks for the books we already own (http://www.reddit.com/r/ebooks/comments/23vq2o/want_an_ebook_version_of_your_physical_book_check/). I got my eBook pretty easily. Here’s more info. http://www.straight.com/life/630281/vancouvers-bitlit-bets-hybrid-future-books-mobile-app. Thought you might be interested since I’ve seen your blog before!

  8. Your style is really unique compared to other folks I have read stuff
    from. Thank you for posting when you have the opportunity,
    Guess I will just bookmark this site.

  9. I found a book that I want to read. I can’t wait to see what else they have!

  10. appreciated for the above article that you published to us.

  11. your website is interesting and would like to try. thanks to inform me how to use it. Elvie

  12. Go to your local library! They provide a good selection of e-books through their Overdrive or Axis 360 subscription. Many also offer free magazines with Zinio too.

  13. Many thanks for taking the time/trouble of sharing this information. I might add that those people who don’t have Kindles can try using Calibre (free to download) which will change ebooks written in one language into one compatible with your device, providing the original is not “locked”. It’s certainly worth investigating if you have a Kobo say.

  14. Reblogged this on Tech 4 Boomers and commented:
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