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10 Websites That Offer Free E-Books


10 Websites That Offer Free E-Books

10 Websites That Offer Free E-Books
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Thousands of free e-books are at your disposal. You don’t even need an e-reader to enjoy them.

You just need to know where to find these freebies galore.

We’ve identified 10 places that offer them, covering virtually every book genre and every reader age.

1. Your local library’s website

Many libraries allow their members to borrow e-books, as we detail in “Stop Paying for These 10 Things That Are Free With a Library Card.”

Check your local library system’s website to see if it offers this option.

2. Amazon

You’ll find free e-books here for Kindle, which is Amazon’s line of e-readers, on the e-commerce giant’s “Cheap Reads for Kindle” webpage.

To explore the free offerings, click on a genre listed under “Top Rated Free Books” on the left side of that page.

Note, however, that Amazon says free books sometimes vary in quality or don’t support all Kindle reading features. The company recommends first checking out reviews and ratings for free books you’re considering downloading.

If you’re an Amazon Prime member, you have access to even more freebies via Prime Reading.

If you’re not a Prime member, know that you can test it out for free. Just sign up for the free trial.

3. Barnes & Noble

You’ll find free e-books for Nook, which is Barnes & Noble’s line of e-readers, on the retailer’s “Free eBooks” webpage.

To explore the offerings, click on any of the many genres listed under “Subjects” on the left side of the page.

4. Kobo

You’ll find freebies for Kobo, a line of e-readers from Rakuten Kobo, on the Kobo website’s “Free eBooks” page.

5. Google Play

The Google Play store includes a “Top Free Ebooks” webpage offering a sampling of freebies.

6. Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg describes itself as “the first provider of free electronic books” and now offers more than 58,000 free titles.

Its website explains:

“You will find the world’s great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.”

To start exploring the Project Gutenberg website, try the:

7. ManyBooks

ManyBooks offers discounted and free e-books, with more than 50,000 free titles. There is some overlap with Project Gutenberg’s offerings, although ManyBooks’ website is arguably more user-friendly.

From the home page, you can use the search bar or browse by genre or author, among other options.

8. Sesame Street

The “Free eBooks of the Week” page on the Sesame Street website offers a few free children’s titles each week.

You can’t download them, but you can read them right from the website using any device with an internet browser — such as a smartphone, tablet or computer.

9. University of Chicago Press

The “Free E-book!” page on the University of Chicago Press website offers one free title each month.

10. IntechOpen

IntechOpen considers itself the world’s leading publisher of open-access books. Its focus is scientific publications.

To check out the offerings, visit the “Books” page.

Do you know of any other places to find free e-books? Let us know below or over on our Facebook page.

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