11 Places to Find Free E-Books

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You can download thousands of e-books for free -- with or without an e-reader. Here's where you can find them.

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 a slew of websites that offer them, covering virtually every book genre and every reader age. Here’s everything you need to know to put thousands of e-books at your fingertips without spending a dime.

1. Amazon

You’ll find free e-books 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, though, 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 Amazon’s Prime Reading and Kindle First features.

Not a Prime member? Sign up for a free 30-day trial.

2. 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 about four dozen genres listed under “Subjects” on the left side of the page.

3. Kobo

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

Rakuten Kobo is a Canada-based subsidiary of the Japanese e-commerce conglomerate Rakuten.

4. Google Play

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

5. Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg describes itself as “the first provider of free electronic books” and now offers more than 53,000 free titles.

Its website explains:

We carry high quality ebooks: Most Project Gutenberg ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. We digitized and diligently proofread them with the help of thousands of volunteers.

Project Gutenberg is able to offer these freebies because the books are not protected by U.S. copyright law, usually because their copyrights have expired. To start exploring the website, try the:

6. ManyBooks

ManyBooks offers discounted and free e-books, with more than 33,000 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, author or popularity, among other options.

7. Sesame Street

The “Free eBooks of the Week” page on Sesame Street’s 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.

8. University of Chicago Press

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

To download the current freebie, enter your email address and click the “Get E-book” button. You will be emailed a link to download the book.

9. InTechOpen

InTechOpen considers itself the world’s largest publisher of free science, technology and medicine books. Its mission is “to help academics make a greater impact by giving readers free access to all published work.”

Since 2004, InTechOpen has published more than 2,800 books and more than 46,000 scientific works.

To check out the offerings, visit the “Books” page or click on “Subjects” in the horizontal menu near the top of the site.

10. O’Reilly Media

O’Reilly Media is a media company geared toward technology and entrepreneurship.

It offers e-books as well as webcasts and video tutorials for free. Dozens of free e-books are available on topics such as:

11. Your local library

Many libraries allow their members to borrow e-books. If you have a library card, you might want to ask your local public library system if that’s an option too.

If you prefer physical books over electronic ones, check out “5 Easy Ways to Get Free Books.” Also check out “5 Sources of Free Audiobooks.”

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

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