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Get eBooks for Free!


(See my other posts on Reading) – I came across the article “10 ways to download and read books online for free” today and wanted to share the suggestions it contained. I was aware of some of the suggestions, but not all. For any avid readers who want a source of lower cost reading material, these suggestions may be of value.

The suggestions:

  1. Authorama features hundreds of public domain works
  2. Project Gutenberg has more than 58,000 free eBooks
  3. LibriVox has free public domain audiobooks
  4. ManyBooks offers a selection of classics and contemporary novels
  5. BookBub is a website with books, some free to download, and some are on sale for prices as low as 99 cents [I used this site many times when I first started reading ebooks – check out my full list of ebook sources on my Books & Reading page]
  6. Goodreads community created lists including free e-books from indie and self-published authors, public domain classics, audiobooks from Librivox, books for kids, previews, samples and more
  7. Smashwords has an extensive catalog of contemporary and classic fiction, non-fiction, essays, plays and screenplays that can be filtered by price
  8. Digilibraries has a similar layout to Project Gutenberg with mostly public domain titles
  9. BookLending “matches” users who can help out with someone else’s literary needs
  10. public library apps can be a good source of ebooks

We all like free eBooks . . .

We all like free ebooks when we can get them. One approach is ReadMill (https://readmill.com) a social reading service that provides a reader for iOS and Android that lets you read and share books in it’s library.

Alternatively, you can subscribe to an all-you-can-read service for a monthly fee and read as much of the provided titles as you have time for. There are three of these services I have become aware of:

  1. http://www.allyoucanbooks.com – free trial, $14.99 per month, 30,000 audiobooks and eBooks.
  2. https://www.oysterbooks.com – $9.95 per month, 100,000 eBooks, iOS 7 is required.
  3. http://www.scribd.com – $8.99 per month, free trial, offers a large assortment of free content, including more than 40 million documents and books.

I have not tried any of these yet myself, but Oyster does look to be a promising option. See my Books and Reading page for other information I have collected.