Best Free eBook Sites
For the college student and the classic connoisseur, free eBooks offer a cornucopia of choices from Dracula to The Scarlet Letter. There is also an additional bonus - clutter control. As a bibliophile, I once could not comprehend giving up my shelves filled with books. Now all I want is to clear out most of my books, reclaim the space and be free of the never ending shuffling that is necessary whenever I add new titles to my collection.
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1. Amazon Free Book Collection
If you own a Kindle, this should be your first stop. Amazon offers thousands of popular classics.
2. Project Gutenberg
Started in 1971 by Michael Hart, volunteers have succeed in digitizing 36,000 plus free eBooks which are compatible with a wide range of devices.
Project Gutenberg is always looking for volunteers to fill a wide variety of roles. Anyone is welcome to help in ways big or small. Consult the FAQ Volunteers Page for information on how you and contribute to the original eBook project.
3. Many Books
Not the largest site, but they offer a respectable number of free eBooks (26,000). You can search by author, title genre and/or language.
4. The Open Library
Searching by author or subject seems to be the best way to navigate this site. They have a huge database of over 1 million free books, plus an eBook lending service which draws from 150 libraries.
The Open Library is constantly growing with over 20 million records. This volunteer driven project hopes to one day to have a listing for every book ever published. If you have unwanted books laying around, they accept donations. Find out how and where to send your books on the Book Drive Page.
5. Reader Public Library Service
Find local public libraries that loan eBooks. This is a great way to access the latest and greatest books not in the public domain.
Requires a valid library card and software download. I found the best way to search is by zip code. This will bring up a list participating libraries within the surrounding area.
Not all eBook devices are compatible. The Amazon Kindle is currently on the list of incompatible devices, but is scheduled to be added to the compatible list later this year.
Checkout the device resource center to find out if your eReader is compatible with the library lending program.
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