Ebooks are taking over the reading market. I still prefer a good old paper book but no one can beat the fact that I can take 100+ books anywhere I go without needing an adjustment to my back. And there is the fact that free ebooks are massively increasing in number. From public domain books to self publishing there are 1,000,000+ free books on kindle. Yes, a million plus free books on Kindle. Here is a list of free resources for Kindle users. A lot of it would work for other ereaders like Nook as well. In fact, you need not have any e-reader to get these free ebooks, download Kindle for PC or Nook for PC to read them on your computer. If you want a Kindle, head over to my Amazon Kindle giveaway to win one and read all these free books.
Free books on Kindle from Amazon
Amazon itself has a free Kindle Store. You can do all your ebook shopping there, but they also offer a lot of books for free for a few days as part of their promotion/advertising. So the selection keeps changing but as there are close to 17000 books (public domain and non-public domain), I am sure you can find something that you like. And you can return every few days to get another free book as the promotion would have changed.
- Click here to see a list of all public domain free ebooks (15,873) – Free Kindle e-books (public domain)
- Click here to see a list of all non-public domain free ebooks (27,173) – Free Kindle e-books (non-public domain) Note: this search includes Kindle games as well, so not all the 20952 titles are actually books.
Free books on Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is THE place to go if you like classic literature. Project Gutenberg’s mission is “To encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks”. It is a repository of all public domain books in an electronic form. If a book is not copyrighted (most of the classics are no longer copyrighted) you can find it here. Free text is the most preferred format, but other formats like mobi, epub and pdf are also available. As of this writing Project Gutenberg hosts more than 33000 titles. If you enjoy classics, this is the place to go. Check out the following two links as well, as they host many texts which are public domain according to Australian/Canadian copyright law, but still under copyright (or of uncertain status) in the United States.
Feedbooks is a publishing and distribution service for ebooks. You can buy books for your Kindle here, but they also host a lot of free original works. Sometimes the authors give away their works as a promotion. It is worth a check.
Free books from your fellow Kindle Users
You can borrow or lend eligible books to your friends and family using the Amazon Kindle Book Lending program. Eligible Kindle books can be loaned once for a period of 14 days. The borrower does not need to own a Kindle — Kindle books can also be read using free Kindle reading applications for PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry, and Android devices.
Free books on Kindle from your library
One of the major complains against Kindle so far has been its incompatibility with epub format. Most of the public libraries offer ebook rental in epub format. Now starting later this year they will be available at your finger tips too. Amazon recently teamed up with Overdrive, which is the platform that is used by libraries around the US to do ebook rental, to offer the library books directly on Kindle. You can check out books from your local library now in less than 60 secs without leaving your couch. In the program, users will be able to add notes and highlights which are synced to the user’s Kindle account. If the book is re-rented or purchased, all the annotations and highlighted passages are retained. They do not pass from user to user.
In the mean time any epub format book can be read in a Kindle using Calibre. It is simple to use and a great addition to any Kindle users tools.
Free audio books on Kindle
Kindle can be great for audio books too.
- LibriVox : LibriVox is an online digital library of free public domain audiobooks, read by volunteers. As of Feb 2011 end, there were ~4500 titles available. Most of them are English collections, but LibriVox does have titles available in 33 languages.
- Learn Out Loud : LearnOutLoud is a subscription based audio/CD/Podcast library. But there are a lot of free downloads. Learn Out Loud free directory has free audio books, lectures, sermons, speeches and interviews. It also has a self publishing platform called TeachOutLoud. In the Teach Out Loud free section you can browse all the free audio downloads and podcasts that have been published through the TeachOutLoud service
Free ebooks on Kindle from Open Library & Google
- Google Books : There are over a million titles available. But they overlap a LOT with Project Gutenberg and free books from Amazon. Also you will have to download the book in pdf format or use Calibre to convert them from epub to mobi.
- Open Library : Open Library is a Internet Archive project. The books are uploaded by users/volunteers. They also have over a million titles. They have plenty of titles that are not available in Project Gutenberg. They also have a lending library, you cna borrow upto 5 ebooks at a time.
If you already have a Kindle, do you have any sources of free books that is not listed here?