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20 Sites That Let You Read Books for Free Online

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Jacqueline PaumierGuest Blogger
July 23, 2016 · 3.7k Views

Calling all bookworms! Cozying up on the couch with a cup of hot tea and a good page turner can be a perfect time out, but have you checked out the prices at some of those high-end bookstores? Yikes! Put down the hardcover and switch to digital with these free ebook sites.

1. Open Library

Source: Open Library

Open Library has over a million titles to search through and contributes it’s users to add books actively. You can easily navigate through authors, subjects, and titles just as you would in a real library, and like an actual library, it's entirely free. 

2. Project Gutenberg

Don't be fooled by the sites modest appearance; Project Gutenberg offers over 50,000 free ebooks. Most of the books found here are either past their copyright or are not protected by U.S copyright, so it's the perfect place to find all the classics.

3. Google eBookstore

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Gotta love Google! Go to the Google eBookstore and search “Free.” You will find everything from history to fiction, and a few random selections thrown in. They also hold a strong selection of weight loss and healthy cookbooks. 

4. Internet Archive

Some books are hard to find in general, especially if they are in a different language or out of print. Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library that is particularly useful when searching for historical and academic books that are difficult to find.

5. Kindle Books

Source: Amazon

Downloading books for your Amazon Kindle can get pricey unless you're a fan of the more timeless titles. Amazon has thousands of books that are past their copyright or come from before copyright laws even existed. Subscribe to our Amazon coupons to get the best offers and deals.

6. BookBoon

Ideal for textbooks and business literature, BookBoon carries over 1,000 free titles and likely carries the educational book you are looking for. One reason to choose BookBoon over its competitors is the fact that you don't need to sign up for any membership to download the ebooks.

7. ManyBooks

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The name isn’t overselling it - ManyBooks carries over 29,000 free titles on a broad range of subjects. While some of the other sites on this list provide a pretty basic listing of their books, ManyBooks includes reviews, authors, genres and even languages. The downloads are also compatible with both Kindle and iPad.

8. LibriVox

If you spend the majority of your time in traffic or on a treadmill, you may be among the many book fans that prefer listening to their books over reading them. Audiobooks have increased in popularity, so it’s only logical that a site like LibriVox would offer them as downloads. The site has thousands of free audiobooks including some classic, pre-copyright titles.

9. Hoopla

Source: Hoopla

Got a library card? Then it’s time to tap into your virtual library with Hoopla! Hoopla is an app that pairs with your library card (if your library is a part of the program) and allows you to “borrow” ebooks, audiobooks, television shows, movies, and even albums.

10. 2020ok

2020ok is a particularly good choice if you are looking for books regarding religion, the arts, or science. You can easily find and download titles from the many subject links found on the homepage.

11. TradePub

Source: TradePub

TradePub is considered the #1 resource for professional and technical research, white papers, case studies, magazine, and ebooks. If you are looking to collect additional sources for a term paper or thesis, this site is highly recommended.

12. eBookLobby

Don't be fooled by this site's simple design. eBookLobby hosts an extensive library of ebooks separated into categories including business, art, computing, and education.

13. Get Free eBooks

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If you are a fan of fiction and sci-fi books then getfreebooks.com is an excellent choice.  Not only does the site host ebooks to download, but you are also able to contribute your own ebooks or post as a guest writer.

14. FreeTechBooks

FreeTechBooks is a great resource for people working or studying to be in the tech field. The database of books contains over 900 free online computer science and programming books, textbooks, and lecture notes.

15. Scribd

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Scribd requires membership for you to receive monthly access to books, audiobooks, and PDF files. However, by visiting the site, you can sign up for their free 14-day trial.

16. Bookyards

With the goal to be "The Library of the World" and encourage youth literacy, Bookyards carries over 20,000 free ebooks that can easily be downloaded to your device. The sites app seamlessly integrates with your iBook app so your books can be stored all in one place. 

17. Foboko

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Foboko is a valuable site for both authors and readers. As an author, you can write your book on the sites free wizard, get help from the community, publish, and profit.  Readers can register for free or as a VIP, browse the site's library, and download the books they want.

18. Girlebooks

Girlebooks is an online ebook catalog devoted solely to classic ebooks by female writers like Jane Austen and Virginia Woolf. The ebooks are handcrafted and formatted into multiple ebook formats to accommodate most ereaders.

19. PublicBookshelf

Source: Public Bookshelf

If you're a fan of steamy paperback novels, this is the site for you! You can easily download romantic ebooks, or write and share your own story. The ebooks are separated into different categories of romance like Historical Romance or Romantic Suspense, so you can easily find what you’re in the mood for.


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Jacqueline is a modern day gypsy, who has lived in several countries and has traveled to over 20. A sucker for all things pleasing to the senses; her world revolves around food (any and all food), foreign indie films, and salsa music. The first to jump off a waterfall and the last to say no to sushi, she has been described as a bit of an “extremist”. In her perfect world, no one ever spells “cool” as “kool” and Ryan Gosling has more tattoos. She enjoys spending her free time in her New Orleans home with her Cubano guitarist husband and 1-year-old son.
ashleydempseyJul 24, 2016
Great post! Thanks for sharing ♡

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