Five best websites for free ebooks

Looking for access to tens-of-thousands of free ebooks? Look no further.

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.
www.free-ebooks.net

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.
www.gutenberg.org

Bookyards
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.
www.bookyards.com

Sainsbury's
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.
www.sainsburysebooks.co.uk 

FreeBookSpot
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.
www.freebookspot.es





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    Alipal
    26th Jul 2013
    11:38am
    I proudly took my new Kindle to the local Brisbane City Council library and asked for help in down loading from their web site. The librarian told me I was tied to Amazon and would have to pay for any books I downloaded. He said there was a way to circumvent this but it would compromise the warranty on the device. Help!
    Londoner
    26th Jul 2013
    7:26pm
    Try Calibre
    http://calibre-ebook.com/
    Hobbit
    27th Jul 2013
    10:10am
    Download to your computer. You can add books in the mobi format (kindle) from your computer to your Kindle. Just drag and drop into the documents folder on your Kindle.
    minnie
    16th Aug 2013
    12:00pm
    There's no warranty issue with putting other ebooks on your Kindle, I don't know why the fellow at the library said it. You can use .mobi format on your kindle as well as the Amazon .azw format. The Amazon books have a code embedded that means you can only read it on your Kindle, so can't lend out other than via Amazon which is quite restrictive. But the Kobo does the same with the books you download for it.
    fearlessfly
    26th Jul 2013
    12:16pm
    You never mention Smashwords in your free ebook sites ! www.smashwords.com Don't forget to click the "free" price category. Lots of dross in there, but also a lot of good stuff worth reading. Need to check the site weekly due to the huge amount of material published. Most of the other free websites are just loaded up with the same old dreary copies of public domain "Classics".

    Why do people persist in buying that Kindle rubbish ? Same category as the iRubbish !
    Alipal
    26th Jul 2013
    12:22pm
    As a technophobe, Shane, please advise me whether I can download smashwords to my Samsung android tablet, and, if so, will someone at YLC please take me through the process in baby steps? At least I steered clear of the iRubbish in my choice of tablet!
    fearlessfly
    26th Jul 2013
    12:37pm
    Yes, no worries, I use both a Kobo eReader and a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 10.1 for eBook reading. My reply could be rather long, so I invite you to communicate directly to me at shanedoyle49@gmail.com.
    biedronka
    26th Jul 2013
    12:28pm
    I am happy with my kindle have got free books and paid for others either way have a good experience
    WebGypsy
    26th Jul 2013
    2:19pm
    I've can't holding many books, esp. when reading in bed, and was ready to buy a Kindle. Then I found that it is not compatible with downloading books from Australian libraries. So I researched other brands + Discovered KOBO - named from letters BOOK - It is from Canada, was awarded as the Best eBook Reader - I easily download FREE books from my library. KOBO has inbuilt lighting. The cover switches everything off when you close it. Now I can read myself to sleep in absolute comfort. - Brenda H.
    WebGypsy
    26th Jul 2013
    2:38pm
    I forgot to say that I found the best price for KOBO was buying it from BookWorld - an Australian branch of a British chain of booksellers all owned by Pearson Publishing - the group that publishes Penguin books + much more. If you buy KOBO from Bookworld http://www.bookworld.com.au/- you get FREE books plus other special deals and discounts.
    fearlessfly
    26th Jul 2013
    2:54pm
    Reasonably good site for all things eReader - http://goodereader.com Worth signing up for their weekly newsletter and they have lots of video reviews of eReaders, which you can also find on YouTube of course.
    jaxons
    26th Jul 2013
    4:20pm
    I have a kindle and use Tuebl to download free books. It has heaps of popular authors. You do need to convert books using Calibre.
    Alipal
    27th Jul 2013
    7:50pm
    Thanks to all who have contributed to my wider knowledge of eReaders. Shane, you are a particular gem.
    minnie
    16th Aug 2013
    11:56am
    I love Calibre for storing my books. I buy some from Amazon and get some friends and free sites. I download to my computer and then transfer via USB then I'm in control of keeping my library. :-)
    fearlessfly
    17th Feb 2015
    10:14am
    And here's Good EReader's list of 34 websites where you can get free ebooks. As always, a great deal of them will be the endless offerings of free classics. I haven't (but will) try all of these links, but I usually only bother getting new stuff from Smashwords these days.

    http://goodereader.com/blog/electronic-readers/comprehensive-list-of-free-e-book-websites-for-your-e-reader
    fearlessfly
    17th Feb 2015
    10:26am
    Obooko's not bad, plenty of good stuff in there but it's all PDF. You might need to use Calibre to convert them to your ereader's native format.


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