Ever thought of creating a library with thousands of free books? You’d never have to spend a dime. It sounds impossible, but it’s not. Free books on nearly any subject you can think of are all over the internet, ready to be downloaded, read, and shared. These are the 16 best sites with free books covering a wide variety of subjects, anything from romance novels to computer technology manuals.
ManyBooks is one of the best resources on the web for free books in a variety of download formats. There are hundreds of titles here in all sorts of interesting genres and they’re completely free. Not all of the books are classics, so if you’re into other genres, this site is a good alternative to others in this list.
Free Computer Books Every computer subject and programming language you can think of is represented at Free Computer Books. There are free textbooks, extensive lecture notes, and more.
Librivox If you’ve been looking for a great place to find free audio books, Librivox is a good place to start. The site has many volunteers that work to release quality recordings of classic books. All the titles here are absolutely free, which is good news for those of us who’ve had to pony up ridiculously high fees for substandard audiobooks.
Authorama offers a good selection of free books from a variety of authors, both current and classic. They’re organized alphabetically by the author’s last name and are written in HTML and XHTML, which means they’re in an easily readable format. Most books here are featured in English, but there are quite a few German language texts as well.
Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg is one of the largest and oldest sources for free books on the web, with over 60,000 downloadable titles available in a wide variety of formats. The vast majority of books are released in English, but there are other languages available.
International Children’s Digital Library Browse through a wide selection of high-quality free books for children at International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL). These are scans of physical books, so each page is a separate image you can scroll through and read.
Read Print Read Print is an online library of thousands of free books. These classics are available under the Creative Commons license and include nonfiction, essays, fiction, plays, and poetry.
Reel PDF is an online store : eBooks for you to download for free. No annoying ads, no download limits, enjoy it !
Archive.org’s eBooks and Texts From the Internet Archive at Archive.org, eBooks and Texts is a library of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts, and academic books. The free books on this site span every possible interest.
Wikisource is an online library of user-submitted and maintained content. While you won’t technically find books on this site, there are still hundreds of thousands of pieces of content available to read, and some are in an ebook form.
Wikibooks is an open collection of mostly textbooks. Subjects range from computer and engineering to science, humanities, languages, and more. Every book has a list of contents and other information to give you a solid idea of what it’s about.
Open Library is a search tool that pulls data from Internet Archive. You might use it if Archive.org (listed above) isn’t helping you find the right book. You can search hundreds of thousands of books here, and most are in multiple formats such as PDF, ePub, Daisy, and DjVu.
Sacred Texts contains the web’s largest collection of free books about religion, mythology, folklore, and the esoteric in general.
SlideShare is another site with both free and paid books. It’s an online forum where anyone can upload a digital presentation on any subject. Millions of people utilize SlideShare for research, sharing ideas, and learning about new technologies.
Free-eBooks.net offers a wonderfully diverse variety of free books, ranging from fiction and non-fiction to textbooks, academic text, classics, and more. Some of the subcategories include advertising, parenting, humor, science, engineering, self-teaching, sci-fi classics, and poems.
The Online Books Page , maintained by the University of Pennsylvania, lists over three million free books available for download in dozens of different formats. The site itself is pretty boring, but the long list of titles might make you a repeat visitor.