While purists may deride the lack of romance or connection with eBooks (haters gonna hate), eBooks and readers are making huge strides in acceptance. It was hardly months ago when Amazon reported that digital books for their Kindle reader outsold paperbacks through their website. After highlighting free eBooks in our Sales & Events Calendar, reader RocketScientist asked for more, and here at Unplggd we sure do aim to please. We've scoured the internet for the best sites and sources for literally millions of free eBooks for your reading pleasure, as well as point you in the right direction in choosing the right reader.
Amazon has a free eBook collection of free classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books, as well as limited-time free promotional ebooks available for Kindle
Borders touts over a million free public-domain books. Their own disclaimer notes that many are physical scans and can vary in quality, so buyer beware.
Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Nobile has quite a few free NOOK eBooks for download. Registration (and a credit card for future purchases) is required.
The Internet Archive Text Archive (say that ten times fast) touts almost 3 million free books and texts.
Open Library has a lofty goal of creating a web page for every book ever published.
According to Project Gutenberg, this past Independence Day marked the 40th anniversary of the invention of eBooks: July 4 1971. Check out their 36,000 free eBooks for download, available in ePub, Kindle, HTML, and simple text formats. Their affiliate World Book Fair touts 6.5 million eBooks, of which free access is granted between 7/4/2011 and 8/4/2011 (after which membership is $8.95 annually). Project Gutenberg also highlights they have over 100,000 additional free eBooks available through their partners, affiliates and other resources.
Over 29,000 free eBooks available for free, sortable by author, title, genre, and language. They also provide lists of recent additions to the library, most popular titles, recommendations, recent reviews, and special collections.
More free eBook resources:
- The Online Books Page
- Baen Free Library
Unclear or undecided on which eBook reader to buy? Check out the following articles from the Unplggd archives:
- A Roundup of the Best eBook Readers
- 5 Reasons Why eBooks are Here Now
- A Bookworm's eReader Experience
- Why I Decided on Nook Color Over Kindle, iPad & Books
- Why My Mom Returned Her Kindle For An iPad