A lot of us are switching to digital books these days. They don't weigh anything, you can obtain them instantly, and you can read them anywhere that you have your e-book reader, mobile phone, or internet access. Most e-books are cheaper than physical books since there is no printing cost. But you can get plenty of them for zero cost at all. Here are ten sites where you can download e-books (and audiobooks) completely free and legally.
Also see iTunes Audiobook Bestsellers
1. OVERDRIVE MEDIA
This is a one-stop place to find downloadable e-books and audiobooks. You search for a title or author, and then, after you provide your location or zip code, it will link you to your nearest public library to get the download.
2. PROJECT GUTENBERG
Here, you'll find over 30,000 free e-books to read on your computer, iPhone, Kindle, Sony Reader or other device. These books are out of copyright, which is why they're free, so you won't find current bestsellers here, but you will find great classics by Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, etc.
3. BARNES & NOBLE
Try the free titles from this popular bookstore, and you can read them on Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, and Barnes & Noble's Nook device.
Barnes & Noble Nook
4. AMAZON KINDLE
Amazon Kindle Free Books
The Internet Archive has over 2.3 million book and text items to download, completely free! This is an interesting and unusual collection because it's not just books, but also articles, sermons, memoirs and more.
6. UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA'S FREE E-BOOK LISTING
The University of Pennsylvania has thoughtfully compiled a searchable listing of thousands of free online books. These books are located all over the internet. (It is not a listing of the University's book collection.)
Bookyards has over 17,000 book titles to download, in various categories from business to literature and more.
8. FREE TECH BOOKS
This site offers a bunch of free book downloads, along with some for sale. The free e-books are mostly non-fiction, on topics such as health or cooking.
The majority of their books are offered in your choice of: HTML (website display), PDF (Adobe document format), ePUB (for Sony Reader or Barnes & Noble Nook) or MobiPocket (.PRC) for Kindle or mobile phones. However, the quality may vary widely; many of their titles appear to be user-submitted ones, not well-known authors.
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