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Top 5 Best Websites for Free Ebooks

Updated on March 6, 2012

Ebooks are increasingly becoming a popular form of reading material because of the success of Amazon’s Kindle, Apple’s iPad, and the Nook. Ebooks, like traditional books, come with amazing stories but have an added set of features – mainly, the ability to search and share what you’re reading.

For those that are all on board with Ebooks, you already know your collection can quickly build up and burn a hole in your wallet. Don’t fret because I’ve put together a list of the best websites for free ebooks. No gimmicks, snag ‘em and go.

1. ScribDB

ScribDB is a social publishing website that lets anyone with the capacity to write – a platform to share their work. The vast majority of the books on ScribDB are indie works but each have their own, excellent stories worth snagging – especially when they’re free.

2. Amazon’s Free Ebooks

The Kindle publishing platform, on Amazon, is best known for finding nearly any book in existence but did you know there are plenty of free ebooks on the marketplace as well? Indeed! Amazon has a massive library of free ebooks; many are even best sellers that go on temporary sale (free) for a short amount of time for those interested in snagging them up and getting a good read.

3. Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the largest website that has free ebook downloads of public domain works. Public domain works simply mean that the copyright is past due and the work (books, etc) have entered the public domain. Many of your favorite reads can be found on Project Gutenberg such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Grimm’s Fairy Tales, and many more!

4. WikiBooks

Built on the Wiki platform, WikiBooks is a large collection/wiki related to educational texts; you won’t really find the normal fiction here because the main focus revolves around topics you’d learn in school. WikiBooks is excellent for those that want to brush up on topics such as the sciences, history, math, and many more. Get your inner geek on by browsing through, snagging a few freebies, and learning something new, each day.

5. ManyBooks

How does a website offering over 290,000 ebooks, for free, sound to you? That’s what ManyBooks is here for. On this site, you can easily sort by author, title, genre, languages, and even by the type of eReader you have. The website has a great community with helpful reviews and spotlights on current picks of the week for free ebooks.

Don’t Have an EReader? Get One!

Of course, if you’re reading this and feeling excited with the thought of having an entire library in your pocket than you probably want to get started right away – but wait!

First, you need an eReader.

To the side, I’ve put together my suggestions for eReaders worth your money; pick one up and start downloading – the world is at your fingertips!

What's your favorite source for free ebooks?

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      Terry 2 months ago

      I use Overdrive through my library and Bookbub, both are great.

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      Priscilla Laybolt 2 years ago

      I use bookbub and kobo they have free books as well. Just go to Book and enjoy!

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      Travel Blogs 5 years ago from The world

      I just wrote a whole hub about a new page called Freebook Sifter. They list over 33.000 free ebooks every day:

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      Tara Carbery 5 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      Thanks for this. I got an amazon kindle a couple of weeks ago so this is really useful.

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      mayborne 6 years ago

      Thanks! Very useful article. For free ebooks I'd like to recommend also following sites:

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      mackyi 6 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this bit of information. This is one common question people have been asking. "Can someone refer me to a website for free ebooks?" I will definitely pass this on. Voted up useful!