Owners of the Amazon Kindle may find themselves out in the cold by many sites listed here. The Kindle uses a proprietary form of software and is not compatible with many other E-book formats. We believe the links below still warrant investigation -- some may have Kindle compatible materials, as Amazon finally understands how offering Kindle owners more options makes good business sense.
This article from Suite 101 lists several sites with free content.
This article from Top Ten Reviews evaluates seven sites with free content.
iLibrarian offers a list of 5 e-Book Collections with over 100,000 free e-Books.
Project Gutenberg is a place where you can download over 33,000 free e-books to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.
Free-ebooks.net represents itself as the Internet’s #1 online source for free ebook downloads, ebook resources and ebook authors.
Getfreeebooks.com is a free e-books site "where downloadable e-books are totally free."
Barnes and Noble claims to offer thousands of free e-books, but only about 100 or so are listed. These can be used on iPad, iPhone, Android, NOOK, and PC.
Manybooks.net "There are more than 29,000 e-books available here and they're all free!”
The Online Books Page maintained by the University of Pennsylvania Library is described as "listing over 1 million free books on the Web."
At Kindle e-books, look under Special Features/Free E-Book collections. “Free classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books, as well as limited-time free promotional e-books available for Kindle.”
At Smashwords you'll "discover great E-books from indie authors and publishers.”
Although its name mentions a specific brand of E-reader, at Kobobooks you'll find hundreds of titles in multiple formats.
The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.
At Google Ebookstore you can “read nearly 3 million free e-books and hundreds of thousands of titles that are ready for purchase; you can read all of your favorite books using just about any device with an Internet connection. You can read Google e-books on the Web, with Android phones, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and supported eReaders. You can't use your Kindle to read any e-books you buy from Google.” See the link above for free books from Google.
The Handley Regional Library thanks the Carnegie Stout Public Library in Dubuque, Iowa, for assembling and sharing this very useful list of online resources for free E-books. The Handley Regional Library encourages you to investigate these free resources available for E-readers but also reminds you the Library itself has a growing collection of OverDrive E-books that are always free to cardholders!
Still have questions about how e-books work? Check out help page on our Blue Ridge Download Consortium web page.Return to library home page