Five best websites for free ebooks

Looking for access to tens-of-thousands of free ebooks? Look no further. These five websites offer access to more free ebooks than you could read in a lifetime.

Free eBooks
The name says it all, really. You can browse through the books or search by category, title or author. A great place to start your search for free literature.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg has been offering free ebooks since almost the dawn of the internet. As the first free ebooks website, it offers over 42,000 free ebooks which have all previously been published by a publishing house – there are no independent, unedited manuscripts to be found here. One of the best things about Project Gutenberg is that it offers all of the out-of-copyright classics in ebook format, some of which you can pay through the nose for on other websites.

Bookyards offers over 18,000 titles, some of which are free and others you’ll have to pay for. Don’t worry though – they let you search the ‘free’ category without paid titles popping in, so if you don’t want to spend any money it’s easy to browse your options.

Sainsbury’s eBooks offers a collection of 1000 free ebooks. All the books on offer are out of copyright, and you do have to login to access the free ebooks, but once you do, they are well-formatted and easy to download. 

The FreeBookSpot website offers over 4400 free ebooks in 96 categories, from engineering text books to fiction novels. You don’t have to register to use the site, and all downloads are free, but beware – this website is covered in advertising (the money from which keeps the ebooks free, so we’re not complaining too much), so it can be a little difficult to look at.