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This page lists places where you can find free eBooks. It includes links to sites which allow online reading, and sites which provide downloads. Be sure to check E-book stores that also include some free eBooks. (They should not be listed on this page.) See also: EBook Lending Libraries, which allow you to borrow books for a limited time and Google eBook stores that provide access to lots of free eBooks. See Dictionary for available free dictionaries that may work on your reader. See Project Gutenberg for lots of free eBooks.

This is not the place for links to sites hosting illegal content!

Contents


[edit] Downloadable eBooks

In alphabetical order

  • Adelaide University -- Contains Classic books on Literature, Philosophy, Science, History, Exploration and Travel in ePUB format or for reading online.
  • BookBoon.com -- Download your textbooks for Free. BookBoon.com publishes over 200 textbooks that students can download totally for free.
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library -- This is a bit of a specialty site, but an excellent one with wide appeal. It provides a massive collection of texts, making it an unbelievable library of the classic Christian writings, covering a wide range of authors. Downloads are available in TXT, PDF, and some in PalmDOC, DOC.
  • E-Books Directory -- Legally free eBooks, documents, and lectures from all over the internet, available in PDF format and organized by subjects.
  • EbookClassics.org.uk -- Out of copyright classics in epub and mobi formats, proofread and checked against authoritative print editions.
  • epubBooks -- High quality public domain books available in the ePub format, many of which include illustrations and linkable footnotes.
  • eleboo -- permanently growing choice of free ebooks, mostly novels in the epub format.
  • Foboko.com -- A place for authors and readers to create and download ebooks, all in a fun, social environment.
  • Free Book Centre -- Free eBooks On Many topics. Useful for students, Teachers and professionals.
  • readfreebook.net -- Free eBooks in various categories featuring fiction, non-fictions and education. They are available in PDF format.
  • Internet Archive:Text -- Free Books from a variety of sources, most available as scanned PDFs and OCRed plain text. More that 2,000,000 books available.
  • Kati eBooks contains original eBooks that are copyrighted but available for free download. They have support for ePUB, MOBI, and PDF
  • Library of Congress -- Historical books, images, and music from America. Books are normally scanned to PDF but the text is often available on-line. Images are usually TIFF and Music may be MP3 or other formats. Maps and other digital items are also available.
  • Memoware -- Another giant collection of texts. This one is not just classic texts, but does include classics. The advantage of this site is that you can usually find a PalmDOC or iSilo text for most of the books. Other PDA formats are also supported on some books. They have their own excellent guides for many aspects of eBook reading on PDAs. It's a great resource even if you don't download any of their books.
  • MobileRead uploads -- 28,000+ postings in Sony Reader, MobiPocket, ePub, IMP, and miscellaneous other formats. Many of these are hand checked versions of the highest possible quality. They have been prepared by MobileRead users.
  • Munseys -- The new name of BlackMask. 20,000+ titles in a variety of formats.
  • OBOOKO free ebooks -- Hundreds of free ebooks for direct download. Fiction and non-fiction. Authors may publish books on the site free of charge.
  • Open Library -- Millions of books indexed, many are downloadable (select the "Only show ebooks" option). It's an initiative of the Internet Archive.
  • Planet eBook -- Free classic literature that has fallen out of copyright. Available in PDF format.
  • Project Gutenberg -- Thousands of out-of-copyright books available for free, with more being added every month. This is a huge collection of classic texts that is sure to include your favorites. It is growing all the time, and the most popular books are even available on a CD or DVD that you can receive for free if you don't have adequate online access. You might even want to consider donating a small amount to support their ongoing work to expand their library. And don't miss their page on converting texts for PDAs and eReaders.
  • Project Runeberg -- Project Runeberg is a volunteer effort to create free electronic editions of classic Nordic (Scandinavian) literature and make them openly available over the Internet.
  • PulpGen.com -- Pulp fiction magazines scanned and available in PDF format.
  • Renascence Editions -- Specializing in English works written between 1477 and 1799. PDF or HTML, generally, and an excellent source for works in Early Modern English.
  • RetroRead -- Library of over one thousand Google ePubs converted to mobi format for Kindle. Users may upload Google ePubs and they will be converted and added to library.
  • Stanford Collection -- Documents and some eBooks - check the dime novels and medieval collection.
  • Tararadam free ebooks -- Free ebooks to download on different topics - culinary, business, health, beauty, etc. All ebooks are free. No redirection or registration. Book count is small - 44 but will be increased daily. Most of books are PDF and a few are for Kindle.
  • The Fifth Imperium -- CD-ROM images. Mostly the images are of the free CD-ROMs included with some Baen Books. Baen Books allows the CD-ROMs to be copied and distributed for free. Every CD-ROM contains several complete novels in HTML format, and some have extras, like MP3 readings. All CD-ROMs also contain artwork for the CD-ROM itself.
  • University of Virginia Electronic Text Center -- Has been closed down. Remnents of the ETC can be found at VIRGO, which lists the library's holdings and links to online eBooks wherever they might be available.

[edit] Specialized eBook Sites

This section shows sites containing one book or a specialized subset of books on one topic. This differs from sites that have a wide selection of eBooks available. Author sites should be here. This should also be in alphabetical order.

  • Cory Doctorow -- Author's site. Fiction and non-fiction by Cory Doctorow.
  • Flag Fiction -- Download site for FanFiction in eBook format. It supports a number of FanFiction web sites and creates eBooks in ePub, MOBI, PDF, RTF, HTML.
  • Free Christian Books -- Includes writings, Bible study tools, PDF files, and daily devotionals that you can read online or download to study later. Also ePUB and Kindle MOBI eBooks.
  • Free Spiritual Ebooks -- Download free spiritual eBooks by Nirmala and his wife, Gina Lake, to help you awaken, open your heart, and live more fully in the now.
  • Gayles Books -- Gay general fiction by Alan Keslian. Free eBooks in PDF format.
  • Lessig.org Lawrence Lessig's author page, whereat his Creative Commons eBooks may be freely downloaded.
  • Linear Algebra -- A free linear algebra textbook in PDF format. Licensed under both Creative Commons and the GFDL.
  • Motion Mountain -- Free physics textbook available in PDF. Released under Creative Commons.
  • NYC2123 -- Graphic novels optimized for PSP but can be read online or converted for other devices. Released under Creative Commons.
  • Online Library of Liberty -- A collection of electronic texts related to the concept of liberty, to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. Titles include texts on philosophy, politics, and economics, going back as far as 4,000 years, and are generally available as page scans, PDF files, ePub, and HTML.
  • Opening Up Education -- A series of articles about Open Education and current Open Education projects. The Sample Chapters link at the top of the page leads to an option to download the whole book.
  • Pinfinity creates insightful medical eBooks and distributes them for free. We value the learning process, and have no respect for the status quo. Currently these are iBooks and support multi-touch features.
  • Plough Publishing House -- Free e-books and articles on the Christian life, discipleship, fear of death, nonviolence, finding peace, and prayer. Adobe PDF, .prc (Kindle) and .epub (Nook) files.
  • Psychology Classics -- Historically significant documents from the scholarly literature of psychology.
  • PublicBookshelf -- Over 540 free books to read using a built-in, easy-to-read book format, specializing in all types of romance books including classics and contemporary.
  • Stories for My Little Sister -- Free original kids' books written and illustrated by a team of two sisters. These are available for children of all ages.
  • The Pirate's Dilemma by Matt Mason -- Author's book-download page. The Pirate's Dilemma is available on a "pay-what-you-want" basis, and may be had for zero dollars. The book looks at the history and current iterations of pirate culture in a pretty groovy way.

[edit] Online Reading

The focus of this section is on web sites that are designed for on-line reading. In some cases there may be methods to download the eBooks but that is not the intent of the site. Some sites are in both groups due to the fact that they support both modes. Some sites appear in both groups and probably should be removed from one or the other.

  • Bartleby -- Online eBooks and reference data. Classic books
  • Baen Free Library -- Over 100 free Science Fiction/Fantasy books, mostly from baen books. Available in several unencrypted, non-DRM formats: HTML, Rocket, Ebookwise, Mobipocket, RTF and Microsoft Reader.
  • Blackmask Online -- The original Blackmask.com collection hosted by Project Gutenberg of Web readable books.
  • BookGlutton -- BookGlutton offers a web-based ebook reader and catalog. The Unbound Reader has chapter-by-chapter chat integration for book groups to talk about books online and annotation capabilities.
  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library -- This is a bit of a specialty site, but an excellent one with wide appeal. It provides a massive collection of texts, making it an unbelievable library of the classic Christian writings, covering a wide range of authors. A delightful source because most of the best Christian writing was done a long time ago, and therefore is copyright-free.
  • Connexions is a site devoted to Text Books. The modules (chapters) are individually downloadable but you can read an entire text book online. You can also contribute modules or assemble your own book.
  • Documenting the American South -- University of North Carolina free online collection. Many unique books and other documents available; each is presented on a single HTML page for online reading, and thus is easily saved and read on a portable device.
  • eScholarship Editions -- eBooks from academic presses on art, science, history, music, religion, and even some fiction.
  • FanFiction.net -- For anyone interested in reading fan fiction online. A program called FLAG can be used to download these eBooks.
  • Fine Stories -- Short stories and novels, in-progress and completed. Free reading online, and free downloading while in beta.
  • Google Books -- Features book searching and reading. You can download epubs and PDFs of public domain books.
  • Higher Intellect -- Many older texts along with some newer content on a large variety of subjects.
  • Hot Free Books -- At HotFreeBooks.com you can read online more than 22,000 high quality classic and modern books on a comfortable screen. All books are full-text and free.
  • Internet Archive -- Contains copies of web sites, moving images, music, audio, and of course Text, including many eBooks.
  • Langridge, Huw -- Author's site. Provides fiction (Science Fiction and General Fiction) for free reading online, some DRM-free downloads available in Adobe PDF.
  • Library of Congress -- Mostly research and online reference information. Historic documents and lots of images. Also serves as a point to other sites with information.
  • L. Lee Lowe -- YA fantasy and SF novels, complete with podcasts
  • Marxists Internet Archive -- Books and articles by hundreds of writers, Marxist and non-Marxist. Some of the books have an option of PDF download, but the PDF version is the webpage printed to a PDF file and thus not very suitable for most ebook readers. Constantly updated.
  • Mortal Ghost -- YA fantasy novel, also with downloadable podcasts.
  • Munseys -- The new name of BlackMask.com with 20,000+ titles in a variety of formats. Select the HTML format for online reading.
  • O'Reilly publishes technical books and eBooks. They have started a wiki commons web site to write books online at http://commons.oreilly.com/. It is also a great resource for reading.
  • Project Gutenberg -- Thousands of out-of-copyright books available for free, with more being added every month. This is a huge collection of classic texts that is sure to include your favorites. It is growing all the time, and the most popular books are even available on a CD or DVD that you can receive for free if you don't have adequate online access. You might even want to consider donating a small amount to support their ongoing work to expand their library. And don't miss their page on converting texts for PDAs and eReaders. Click "read online" for online txt file.
  • PublicBookshelf -- Over 540 free books to read online using a built-in, easy-to-read book format, specializing in all types of romance books including classics and contemporary.
  • Public Literature -- Provides for online reading with continuation on future visits for multiple books. Also provides some read-along audio on certain books.
  • Project Wittenberg -- Project Wittenberg is home to works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans. These are mostly HTML texts.
  • ReadCentral -- Has thousands of titles to read online for free.
  • Readprint.com -- Has many good books and you can even search the text within the books.
  • Stories online -- Has a wide collection of all genre's of stories, most with a greater or lesser erotic content, but a fair proportion of it of professional grade.
  • TextFiles.Com -- Old text files from BBS days (but some very interesting).
  • Von's Books -- Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy.

[edit] Tips

Online reading generally means reading with your browser. Some of the sites have specific add-ons for your browser but most just depend on HTML formatted documents.

  • On-line reading can often be cluttered with advertising and other distractions. Fonts may not be the ones you would choose. http://lab.arc90.com/experiments/readability/ is a site containing a browser add-on to filter out the distractions and improve readability.

[edit] eBooks in languages other than English

  • Wiki Books -- Aimed at supplying educational textbooks. Multiple languages available, predominately English.
  • Wiki Source -- A source for online reading in multiple languages. The offerings differ depending on the language.

[edit] Chinese

  • Shucang -- Free books in Chinese.

[edit] Dutch

  • DBNL -- Dutch and Frisian literature

[edit] Finnish

[edit] French

  • Ebooks libres et gratuits -- Textes classiques libres de droits, téléchargeables dans les formats PDF, Mobipocket, PalmReader, Sony Reader et Word. Nombre de livres disponibles sur le site : plus de 2100. French books only, of course. Conversions very well done, generally.
  • Gallica -- All eBooks in French. These are mostly archived images with some text versions. The text is intended for searching and may not be word perfect. The image (PNG) for viewing the book.
  • Plough Publishing House -- Free e-books and articles on the Christian life, discipleship, fear of death, nonviolence, finding peace, and prayer. .pdf files with bookmarks
  • CIEL d'Oc-- The "CIEL d'Oc" is a digital database for documents written in the Occitan language (Langue d'Oc) or about Occitan language and culture. Literature, linguistics, politics, authors & texts studyings, press, history & traditions, translations, cartoons & comics in occitan and french. Most of the authors come from Provence. All files in PDF.
  • InLibroVeritas -- InLibroVeritas vous permet de lire, télécharger et publier gratuitement vos oeuvres et ebooks en ligne et en livre papier ! Des milliers d'oeuvres du domaine public et d'auteurs contemporains à lire directement sur notre site ou à télécharger en ebook (PDF et ePub) sur votre ordinateur, votre iPad, iPhone ou tout autre e-reader.

[edit] German

  • PaperC -- A german startup that brings all sorts of high quality books (mainly educational or science) free for online reading.
  • Gutenberg-DE -- This has nothing to do with the wellknown Project Gutenberg! - It has German literature gbde.py makes it easy to create automagically ebooks of the chopped books. gutenberg2html is sleaker and works with the current page.
  • Zeno -- German Literature chapterwise webpages. Unfortunately Automatic Downloading with special software is prohibited.
  • Plough Publishing House -- Gratis Ebooks auf Deutsch - free e books in German on Christian Life and discipleship. .pdf files with bookmarks
  • eleboo - Die eBook Community -- free eBooks in German, easy to download without registration - additionally a good variety of indiebooks and bestseller.
  • ebooks for free -- More than 1.500 free eBooks in german language. No fees, no registration - aviable in PDF and ePub.

[edit] Italian

  • LiberLiber Italian Classics and not-so-classics, in multiple formats (odt, pdf, epub, txt, rtf); very rich library. Unfortunately a lot of files won't use the standard ASCII, so beware if you're going to need file conversion.
  • simplicissimus book farm: freeboox Italian ebook reader distributor and editor. Many classics, not-so-classics and newest, in many formats; very groovying library.
  • Castello Volante freebook ebook distributor and editor of Italian Fiction and Italian edition of world literature . Different sections, mainly classics and beginning now with newest, in ePub formats; special interest in illustrated edition.

[edit] Japanese

  • Aozora Bunko -- A digital library for Japanese literature. Several thousands works all of which copyright has expired or freely made available by authors. Since 1997.

[edit] Latin

[edit] Nordic

  • Project Runeberg -- Project Runeberg is a volunteer effort to create free electronic editions of classic Nordic (Scandinavian) literature and make them openly available over the Internet.

[edit] Norwegian

  • Bokselskap -- Bokselskap is a web site which publishes classics of Norwegian literature in several formats, including epub and kindle.

[edit] Occitan

  • CIEL d'Oc-- The "CIEL d'Oc" is a digital database for documents written in the Occitan language (Langue d'Oc) or about Occitan language and culture. Literature, linguistics, politics, authors & texts studyings, press, history & traditions, translations, cartoons & comics in occitan and french. Most of the authors come from Provence. All files in PDF.

[edit] Russian

  • Lib.Ru -- Lib.ru, also known as Maksim Moshkow's Library, is the oldest electronic library in the Russian Internet segment.
  • Flibusta.Net -- Electronic library that mostly shares content from Lib.Rus.Ec. It forked when restrictions and fees were introduced on Lib.Rus.Ec in December 2009.

[edit] Spanish

  • Libuku.com -- Ebooks of all genres in EPUB.
  • Plough Publishing House -- Libros Electrónicos en Español - free ebooks in Spanish on Christian Life: marriage, raising children, seeking peace, living in community. .pdf files with bookmarks
  • Papyrefb2 -- Big library of free books in Spanish added everyday in Fb2, Mobi and EPUB versions.

[edit] Swedish

  • Project Runeberg -- Free books in Scandinavian languages, mostly Swedish. Only online access, AFAIK, but since they are free it is possible to download and make ebook.
  • Litteraturbanken -- Free books in Swedish, various formats available including ePub. Many classics, e.g. Selma Lagerlöf and August Strindberg.

[edit] Tamil

  • Project Madurai - free downloadable PDF version of Tamil literary works. Also available online as HTML pages in Unicode. தமிழ் இலக்கியங்களின் மின்பதிப்புகள் இலவசமாக வினியோகிப்படுகிற இணைய தளம்.

[edit] Turkish

[edit] Search Engines

[edit] Browser Extensions

Library extensions for popular browsers based on Library API:

[edit] Lists of Links

  • FreeLiterature -- 600+ links to free e-literature in many languages and more, constantly updated and extended.
  • Free Books -- Really big list of links to eBook sites, with descriptions.
  • Free Tech Books -- Links to free computer science, engineering and programming books.
  • QuasarDragon -- Links to many free SF, Fantasy and horror resources.

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