7 Best Places to Download FREE Textbooks

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It’s not easy being a student.  With rising costs of education, it’s understandable that textbooks can be a real financial burden.  If you know where to look however, you can get much of what you need online.  With that, here are the best places to download free textbooks.

1. Where to download exclusive free textbooks

bookboon

BookBoon is a website where PDF textbooks are written exclusively for Bookboon by academics from different European universities.  Covering every topic conceivable, from Marketing to Statistics to Biology, everything you see on this site is 100% legal, and they even have a facebook app which allows you to also download these books directly.  

2. Where to download free computer science and programming textbooks

freetechbooks 

FreeTechBooks is a resource which lists out computer science and programming books which are made freely & legally available on the Internet.  No pirated links, or books here,just a regularly updated list of downloadable books about topics ranging from operating systems to computing mathematics. 

3. Where to download free medical textbooks

 freebooks4doctors

With more than 300 medical texts already on hand, Freebooks4Doctors makes available PDF ebooks, journals and links to other free medical books.  It’s mission is to promote the free availability of medical books on the Internet.

4. Where to download free university textbooks

universityforfree

University for Free is a student driven setup which encourages sharing of free University texts.  Their focus is specifically on mandatory texts required by many courses.  They also have a forum which allows students to discuss and share where to get more resources.

5. Where to read free textbooks online

flatworld

Flat world is an educational initiative that empowers students and let them decide how they want to learn.  All books in the program are placed online for free, and print-on-demand softcovers (for a low fee), and audio books are available as well.  These books are also open for instructors to modify and make their own.  The flexibility offered here is the key selling point, and students are even allowed to purchase single chapters rather than the whole book (or read the whole thing online for free).

6. Where to get editable free textbooks

wikibooks

Wikibooks is a Wikimedia community for creating a free library of educational books that anyone can edit.  Rather than be subject to expensive static books, Wikibooks readily encourages copying, modifying, reusing, and free distribution of it’s books. 

It also houses WikiJunior, an educational project for non-fiction books aimed at children under 12.

7. Where to download free highschool textbooks

fhsst

FHSST or Free High School Science Texts is a website which provides free science and mathematics textbooks for Grades 10 to 12 science learners.  Primarily meant for students in South Africa, the syllabus and content can really be used internationally as well.

Do you read or download online textbooks?  Do you know more sources to download more free books?  Tell us in the comments :)

7,565 Responses to “7 Best Places to Download FREE Textbooks”

  1. kimberlycun says:

    great post! have sent this link to my brothers for reference.

  2. Sandrina says:

    Great list. Especially liked the first two. Don’t know would it fit in but repec.org is a great resource place for students of economics.

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  4. wkp says:

    Dear Friedbeef,
    Great information. I’ll be going out book hunting tonight.
    Thank you,
    wkp

  5. James Yeang says:

    @kim, Sandrina, wkp – thanks for the support :)
    @lawland – thanks for the extra resource!

  6. ms_broccoli says:

    It’s good for undergraduate.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Nice

  8. Chima says:

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  11. Mark says:

    No.4, “University for Free” appears to be a ‘suspended page’

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  15. Thank you very much for posting this. I mean, this really help for me. I’m an engineering student and it’s very hard to find good quality textbooks lately. Thanks a lot.

  16. tabata timer says:

    Nice info. ill have check them out. Thanks again!

  17. Nodir says:

    Nice one. Thanks

  18. tabata says:

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  22. NabilAtlam says:

    I know the name of a website that contains hundred thousands of expensive academic textbooks especially in physics , math , engineering so you do not need to pay over 3 hundred dollars for a book .

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  25. dpaules says:

    Why download (where there is risk of computer infection)?

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  26. dpaules says:

    Why download (where there is risk of computer infection)?
    As a college student, I understand how expensive college textbooks can become. I just recently signed up to a nice gpt site with decent paying offers and tasks. You can read about the site here and how to get your textbooks for free, especially used ones. The GPT site allows you to order anything from Amazon and use your points (100 pts = 1 dollar)
    Here is the site explaining all this
    http://freecollegetextbooks.weebly.com/
    Or you can also just sign up here at one of these two links (first one gets you 250 points free, other gets you $0.50 free):   http://www.points2shop.com/register?ref=uin1327537448
     
    http://www.cashle.com/register?ref=uin1327537448
     

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