Top 10 Best Places to Get Free Books (Part 1)

In our fast paced world of email, and RSS feeds, sometimes it’s best to just slow down and read a good book…but if you’re unwilling to shell out big bucks for the latest bestseller – try out these great resources, and read to your hearts content!

1.Find Popular Public Domain Works With The Gutenberg Project Top 100 List 

This site is the oldest producer of free ebooks on the Internet.  Their collection, pieced together by thousands of volunteers, now amount to over 20,000 works which have fallen into public domain.  With great numbers however, comes the headache of picking true literary gems from the fodder –  That’s why this Top 100 page is so valuable.

2. Exchange Used Books With BookMooch

book mooch

Want a real physical book for a change?  BookMooch is a community for exchanging used books.  Under a points system, it lets you give away books you no longer need in exchange for books you really want.

3.Get Technical Books With ebookspyder

ebook spyder

This site specializes in technical books ranging anywhere from C# to AJAX.  Many commercial works can be found here though.  This makes the legality of this particular site questionable… but we of course assume you own these books before you download them :)

4. Read the Classics Online with Google Book Search

google book search

This service has been giving Google a fair bit of copyright headaches, but has moved forward quite well in spite of the circumstances.  It comes with a book-like interface which many people like – I am unfortunately not one of them.  Maybe it’s just me, but I like to download my books rather than read it of a website. If you’re going to use this service, select ‘full view books’ under the options page for best effect

5. Download Plain Text Novels With Dwalin

This is as basic as it gets, and consists of an open directory with plain text files for download.  Don’t be fooled.  Their library is comprehensive, and plain text would be the most portable file format around. 

Get more resources in Part 2 of this series or look through the ultimate list of free books….

Know any other good book sites? Had any good/bad experiences with books online?  Tell us in the comments!

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2,946 Responses to “Top 10 Best Places to Get Free Books (Part 1)”

  1. frustwrited says:

    There’s a really new place, http://www.xxiis.com, and they are taking submissions from writers. all ebooks, you can even embed scribd documents directly into the archives and get paid for your stories.

    Very cool place. Just really new and kinda dead at the moment.

  2. Just a little update on Project Gutenberg: there are now closer to 25,000 eBooks at gutenberg.org, and 100,000
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  23. Asia Lu says:

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  24. Darkpilgrim says:

    Try this one. Innovative and comfortable, not just ebooks~

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  26. ben says:

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  27. James Yeang says:

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