Free Downloadable eBooks
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The following is a short list of good sources for free ebook content. Sites have been marked with “ePub” if they will play on Nook, Kobo and other non-Amazon ereaders and “Kindle” if they will play on the Kindle. Ebooks available from these sites will also play on most computers and are available in other formats like pdf and html. Most titles will also play on iPhone, Blackberry, or Android smart phones ereader apps. Other ideas to add to these lists? Email email@example.com.
Nearly 2,500 ebooks spanning best-selling Fiction, Non-Fiction, YA and Children’s content are available as downloadable eBooks. This is in addition to the ever-growing collection of downloadable audiobooks. Both the eBooks and audio books can be checked out and downloaded by library card holders of participating libraries across Maine, which includes Maine State Library. Requires active library card from participating Maine library. ePub
On the Maine InfoNet Download Library site look for the icon for "Additional eBooks, Always Available" free content (bottom left of Maine InfoNet Download Library home page). These titles will not count against your checkout limits. Most of the books are from the Project Gutenberg (see below).
Public Domain Books
Books in the public domain are those titles for which copyright has expired or been forfeited. These are generally widely available. Many of the ebook services listed below offer free access to public domain titles, some in addition to fee-based titles. This is a short list of some of the best known services.
- Project Gutenberg - www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
Over 36,000 free public domain ebooks available to download to PC, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android, or other portable device. ePub, Kindle
- ManyBooks - www.manybooks.net
Over 29,000 free public domain titles; 35 languages represented. ePub, Kindle
Mobile version: mnybks.net ePub, Kindle
- Open Library - www.openlibrary.org
A project of the non-profit Internet Archive. Claims over 1 million titles. Search for eBook specifically by checking the box that says "show only eBooks" under the main search box. ePub, Kindle
- Smashwords - www.smashwords.com/
Many free ebooks from independent authors and publishers.ePub, Kindle
- FeedBooks - www.feedbooks.com/publicdomain
Includes free original books in addition to thousands of previously published public domain books. Not all books are free, but many are and fees are low for those that are for sale.ePub, Kindle
- Scribd - www.scribd.com
Scribd calls itself the world’s largest social reading and publishing company, making it easy to share and discover entertaining, informative and original written content across the web and mobile devices. All html
Online Book Stores and Device/Format-Specific Services
Web-based bookstores offer a variety of options for acquiring ebooks, from bestsellers to purchase to free ebooks made available as marketing promotions, public domain offerings, or samples from independent authors and publishers. You will have to sign up for accounts with these services in order to access. Among the best sources for free content are:
- Amazon Kindle Store - www.amazon.com/kindle
Amazon offers free titles for promotions each week. To see what’s available, go to the Kindle Store on the Amazon.com web site, select the ‘Discussions' tab at the top of the page, and look for “Free Books” in the Forums discussions list. A regular poster named Happy Reader “Joyce” posts a daily list of free Kindle books. Kindle
- www.ereaderiq.com/free/ is an Amazon Affiliate Program member that offers a list (updated hourly!) of free titles for the Kindle. There were 825 titles recently listed on one day! Users can sign up to receive an email notification of new titles as they are added (see box at top right of web page). You can actually view this list on your kindle at m.eReaderIQ.com
- Prefer to have free Kindle books announcements delivered as RSS feeds to your online news reader? Add the following feed URL to your RSS reader: http://feeds.feedburner.com/addallamazon
- Barnes & Noble Nook Books - www.barnesandnoble.com/ebooks/index.asp
Look for ‘Free Nook Books’ under ‘Customer Favorites’ tab on left side of page. ePub
- Prefer to have free Nook books announcements delivered as RSS feeds to your online news reader? Add the following feed URL to your RSS reader: http://feeds.feedburner.com/addallbn
- Borders - www.borders.com/online/store/MediaView_kobo-ebooks
Click on Free ebooks link.
- Sony Reader Store - ebookstore.sony.com/category/free-ebooks
Limited time offers and other selections from Smashwords.com (see above). Good user interface BUT you have to download the Sony Reader software to get the books. Kind of a pain if you already have Adobe Digital Editions. Better just to download from Smashwords directly into Adobe Digital Editions, if you’re already using that program
to read/transfer books from Overdrive. ePub; Kindle versions also available through Smashwords.com
Index Sites and Other Helpful Finding Aids and Tools
- Inkmesh - inkmesh.com
Calls itself a “Ebook search engine to find free ebooks and compare ebook prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and more!” A slick tool which indexes 34 major web sites for ebook title availability, both free and for sale, with info on Amazon ratings, device compatibility, price, etc.ePub, Kindle
- Pixel on Ink - www.pixelofink.com/ - Free & Bargain eBooks, visit Pixel of Ink throughout the day. Note: Though free at time of posting, prices may change at any time. Please verify that the “Kindle Price” is $0.00. If you see a price for “Prime Members” or “read for free”, then the book is NOT free any longer. Kindle
- AddAll - ebooks.addall.com/
Indexes 30 sites. Includes free and for sale books. Especially useful for price comparison. Search results display in clearly readable grid format featuring sortable price and format fields. ePub, Kindle
Both sites also index books, audiobooks and magazines; Inkmesh covers Audible.com as well.
- Books on the Knob - blog.booksontheknob.org/
Bargain reads, free ebooks and book reviews for the Kindle, Nook, kobo, Sony and other ereaders.ePub, Kindle
- dailycheapreads.com - dailycheapreads.com
Kindle specific. Free and cheap. Kindle.
- MobileRead - www.mobileread.com ePub, Kindle