Best Places to Get Free Books – The Ultimate Guide

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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]

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

  1. I don’t see what’s probably the largest site on the Net for books that are out of copyright or “orphan books” (believed to be out of copyright but the copyright holder can’t be found to be contacted)

    http://www.hathitrust.org

    They also have some search-only books that are limited due to copyright restrictions. Only people who attend institutions that are members of Hathi Trust can download .pdf versions of the books in one file, but anyone can download .pdfs of individual pages, one at a time.

    Enjoy!

  2. I don’t have acsses to both to internate and biology books so please send me Books by my postal adress mentioned below.I am beding you,please!

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  3. Is there anyway to find a specific genre of book or style of writing with these sites? I’m looking for more <a href=”http://www.knoxglobalsolutions.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=26″>pet ebooks</a> to add to my continually growing collection (preferably ones I haven’t read). Does anyone have suggestions on what I could start with? I have a lot of reptiles and more specifically snakes and turtles. I love reading up on them to know how to better take care of them.  

  4. Is there anyway to find a specific genre of book or style of writing with these sites? I’m looking for more pet ebooks to add to my continually growing collection (preferably ones I haven’t read). Does anyone have suggestions on what I could start with? I have a lot of reptiles and more specifically snakes and turtles. I love reading up on them to know how to better take care of them. (ex. http://www.knoxglobalsolutions.com/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=26

  5. Check out http://www.foboko.comIt's a brand new website guaranteed to take the pain out of publishing. Foboko.com is unique from other “self-publishing” websites; we give authors access to a social community of fellow writers, published professionals, and readers who are available to help authors produce the best work they can. We’ve taken book writing from an arduous individual task and put it into an exciting social networking environment.

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