Best Places to Get Free Books – The Ultimate Guide


When we were reviewing 10 of the best online resources for free books, we had a LOT of readers chime in with their own favorites as well.  Thank you for all your helpful contributions!

In fact, we had so many suggestions, we have enough to compile a huge list from them, so here they are in no particular order:

  1. ManyBooks – Free eBooks for your PDA, iPod, or eBook reader – Thanks Tony Bryan & abben
  2. BookCrossing – Where real books are released into the wild to be found by others – Thanks Engtech
  3. LibraryElf – The perfect companion to a public library system – Thanks Engtech
  4. Scribd – Open library to publish and discover documents online – Thanks CincauHangus
  5. Word Public Library – 400,000 PDF ebooks for download – Thanks Ellen
  6. Free Tech Books – Free computer science and engineering books (+ lecture notes) – Thanks Ellen
  7. Bookins – Swap real books with other readers – Thanks Jimbob
  8. WellToldTales – Free short story podcasts (like audiobooks, but shorter) – Thanks Kevin C.
  9. Wowio – Public domain, free legitimate copyrighted materials & one of the only with a selection of Comic Books – Thanks Jane and Art Dardia
  10. BizBooktalk – Free book giveaway contests on Fridays – Thanks Brandon
  11. MoochMuch – Organize your book lending with your friends – Thanks Bobby
  12. CHMPDF – A collection of general interest and technical ebooks – Thanks Manish Garg & Brian Di Croce
  13. Realtime Publishers – free IT eBooks by many of the world’s best authors – Thanks Kevin
  14. FrugalReader – Trade Books for free – Thanks Brent
  15. TitleTrader – Swap books, movies, and music – Thanks Brent
  16. ZunaFish – Trade your old media and books items for new titles you’d rather have – Thanks Brent
  17. SwapSimple – Swap your used books here – Thanks Brent 
  18. SwapThing – Community of users who swap items including books – Thanks Brent
  19. BookCart – Internet paperback exchange – Thanks Brent
  20. SF-Books – Exchange Sci-Fi Books here – Thanks Brent
  21. PaperbackSwap – Swap books for free – Thanks jane dough, IBelieveInFairies, & Lauren
  22. PinkMonkey – 450 Study Guides / Booknotes / Online Chapter Summary Notes and Analysis – Thanks Spellchecker
  23. eBookWorld – Technical resources – Thanks 5n7p3r
  24. Flaxx – IT and computer books – Thanks tejinder
  25. Baen Library – Free science fiction and fantasy novels – Thanks lanthus & Glen Davis
  26. LibraryThing – Social networking and free books – Thanks Michael
  27. Online Books Page – Facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet – Thanks Aman
  28. Podiobooks – free audiobooks that you can subscribe to with iTunes or any other podcatcher – Thanks KJToo
  29. BookRags – Research material in the form of eBooks – Thanks Henry Delany
  30. Technical Books Online – Old tech books from the “vacuum tube age” of electronics- Thanks obiewiz
  31. ebookSearchr – Google powered Thanks Rico & Rokker
  32. Internet Archive – The Intenet indexed – that includes a vast text library – Thanks jojo
  33. BookYards – Books, videos, education materials- Thanks Victor
  34. Memoware – Free books for your PDA – Thanks Doug
  35. DocStoc – online document sharing website. the œYouTube of documents – Thanks Sean

The items below were taken from my original Top 10 list with full reviews (here and here)

  1. Gutenberg Project Top 100 – Popular books from the oldest producer of free ebooks on the Internet
  2. BookMooch – Community for exchanging used books
  3. ebookSpyder – Specializes in technical books ranging anywhere from C# to AJAX
  4. Google Book Search – Read the classics online
  5. Dwalin – plain text novels
  6. Free Computer Books – Technical resources about computers
  7. Librivox – Audio works and podcasts of books
  8. CliffsNotes – Get the notes to cram for the exam
  9. WIkibooks – Free textbooks
  10. DailyLit – Receive small parts of books via email

This list will be updated regularly. If you want to add to it – please leave a comment!

[tags] free books, ebooks [/tags]

563 Replies to “Best Places to Get Free Books – The Ultimate Guide”

  1. Enjoyed reading your post.

    For everyone’s info, we at Bookyards ( ) have compiled a good collection of free digital libraries with books available for downloading for free. Just go to Bookyards Library Collections – E Books at
    There are approximately 550 digital libraries separated alphabetically and by category, with over 500,000 unique ebooks

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  2. There’s no need to jump from site to site to find that free ebook one wants to read.
    The only thing one needs is a free ebooks search engine.
    Justfreebooks is a search engine that allows the user to search the pages of more than 250 sites of free books.
    With Justfreebooks, one can find public domain texts, open ebooks, free audio books and ad-supported ebooks.
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  3. Best trading site by far is because you can trade any combination of media items. other sites are not as good because they value all books the same.

  4. Technically not free, but BookShare has an incredible selection of books, including recent New York Times bestsellers. You have to be certified as being print disabled (i.e., visually impaired or mobility impaired and unable to turn pages) and pay a yearly fee, but you can earn credits towards that fee by scanning in books for them.

  5. You might also consider the project I’ve been working on: Feedbooks.
    There’s public domain books, user generated contents, and newspapers created out of multiple news widgets.
    Our system work as a “print on demand” PDF system. You can easily customize the font, size of the document and margins. There’s a template for A4 PDF and for the most popular e-ink readers out there: Sony PRS-500 & iRex iLiad.

  6. There’s a very good place to get free eBooks directly in .jad and.jar files for phones (on the phone or on PC), with many languages available , it’s Wattpad . You can change the color of the police , the color of the screen , the text size , scroll down .

  7. Hey, thanks for including the site I started, LibraryThing. Two quick points:

    1. The girl in the photo is attractive, but she’s reading a *magazine*. Boo!
    2. LibraryThing has added something called Early Reviewers–basically free ARCs (Advanced Readers Copies) in exchange for reviews.

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