So, free ebook time again. A few months back I sort of touched the topic but never really went into offering the best sources of free ebooks, so I decided it’s time for a short list of free legal ebook sources. I find that more and more people are looking to read books for free, and you can’t blame them, the price of a traditional “dead-tree format” book is often ridiculously high. $50 for a book?!? No way! Not even if I had billions in the bank.
The Gutenberg Project: Project Gutenberg offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. They carry high quality ebooks: All their ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. They digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers. No fee or registration is required. All books are downloadable.
ReadPrint is another great website that offers free ebooks. One thing different though is that yo cannot actually download the book if you’d like it for free, so you’ll have to read it online. But, that is fine given the fact that tablets and ereaders are both capable of connecting to the internet.
ManyBooks is another great source similar to Project Gutenberg. Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you’ll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they’re all free! If you still can’t decide what to read you might want to browse through some covers to see what strikes your fancy. Or try the Recent Additions to the library, with genre filter. All books are downloadable
FeedBooks while at first look might look like just another online book-store at closer look you’ll find that it does offer loads of free books via their “Free Original” and “Free Public Domain” sections. Very interesting and wide selection in both sections. Definitely worth checking out. All books are downloadable
BooksInMyPhone while featuring an uninteresting and boring design, don’t let that fool you. The number and selection of free ebooks available is quite impressive though I have to admit, it’s not an easy to browse collection. Still, worth checking out. All books are downloadable.
FullBooks: this one is a bit similar to ReadPrint, as in the books are to be read online, but without the cool design. It’s basically just simple text and HTML, relatively easy to browse.
Upenn as most of you probably don’t know, offers a great collection of ebooks online for anyone interested. The number of books is now over 40.000. Can’t confirm if all the books are downloadable but it sure looks like they are.
2020ok while a bit difficult to browse, still offers loads and I mean thousands of books available for free download. Worth checking out.
Finally, I’d like to offer 3 links for those interested in technical books covering everything from computer science, engineering and mathematics to programming and web development: www.freecomputerbooks.com ;
www.freetechbooks.com ; www.onlinecomputerbooks.com