Free eBooks

You can check out and download eBooks from many libraries.  You can buy them from online sellers.  You can also get them FREE from a variety of sources.

Where do you find them?

DailyLit.com brings books to your email inbox in convenient chunks that take less than 5 minutes to read.  It’s a very fun way to read a book — even long ones.  I’ve read Dracula by Bram Stoker, The Complete Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli, Get Cooking by Molly Katzen, and Authors in the Kitchen by Megan Halpern this way.

eBookFling allows you to “swap unlimited eBooks with thousands of readers nationwide.”

Gizmo’s Freeware provides a listing of sites that legally offer free eBooks and audiobooks for children.

InkMesh is a search engine that crawls multiple online sources searching for free eBooks.  You can also use it to compare eBook prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader, and more.

Kids World Fun is “dedicated to pre-teen children, parents and teachers” and includes all kinds of games and activities as well as free eBooks to download.

Online Books Page is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries to facilitate “access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.”

Open Culture features “the best free cultural & educational media on the web.”  The site includes “a collection of free eBooks, mostly classics, that you can read on your computer, smart phone, or Kindle.”  You can also download free audiobooks.

Project Gutenberg is the granddaddy of them all (it began in 1971) and offers more than 39,000 free eBooks, mostly classics and other works in the public domain.  (Note: The eBooks are free in the United States because their copyright has expired.)  No fee or registration is required, but if you find Project Gutenberg useful, donations are welcome.

Want to help make more eBooks available for free?

KickStarter is a funding platform for creative projects where individuals pledge various amounts to support projects … such as raising enough money to get authors to make their works freely available as eBooks.

Unglue.it is a a place for individuals and institutions to join together to give their favorite eBooks to the world.  The idea is to use a crowd-sourced funding (or “crowdfunding”) model to raise enough money to pay book authors to open up their books as free eBooks.

Things change rapidly. The Digital Reader blog (“the best news and info on eBooks and eReaders”) will help you keep up.

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