6 Websites to Legally Download eBooks for Free

There are many different websites out there that provide books for free. Searching through Google will usually bring a lot of results for free downloadable eBooks. However, most of the sites offer pirated copies and are illegal.

Nonetheless, there are still a few good websites that offer free eBooks without violating the law. We have dug though the Internet to compile this list of six websites where you can get popular books free of charge.

1. Project Gutenberg


Project Gutenberg is a renowned source for free eBooks, and with over 49,000 to offer, it’s a place you should definitely be checking out from time to time. There are different books from a ton of genres. You can find classical stuff from authors like Jane Austen, Agatha Christie and the likes. Books are available in different formats such as pdf, epub, Kindle, and in some cases audio books. You can get strated with Project Gutenberg by searching for a book by name, author or category or simply browsing through their top 100 list if you’re not sure where to start.

2. Book Boon


If you’re more interested in getting free textbooks or books about business and marketing, then Bookboon probably has something for you. There are more than 1000 free titles on offer, and you not need to register to download any of them, although they do require you to subscribe to their weekly newsletter.

3. Many Books


Many Books is another popular source for free eBooks and offers over 30,000 books in a variety of formats compatible with NOOK, Kindle, iPads and most eReaders. You can browse through the website for recommendations, or view the most popular books by number of downloads. Once you select a book, you will be given the option to choose your preferred format for download or read the book online. No registration required.

4. Free Ebooks


There’s a wide variety of books offered here from fiction to non-fiction, children’s books, academic books and audio books, and categories such as mystery, humor, religious, science fiction and the like. You need a to sign up for a Free-ebooks account to access their collection. However, registration is free.

5. Google Books


The free section of Google Books features lots of free books in several formats, and you can also check each book for user reviews and ratings. These books will be stored in the cloud. That means you will be able to access them from any of your devices whether they are mobile or PC.

6. Open Library


Open Library is an online ebook catalouge with over a million books available. It’s an open project which means users can contribute books and other information to the catalog. There are books you can download freely, while others can be borrowed and read via Adobe Digital Editions.

Bonus – Blogging for Books


This one is most relevant to bloggers and writers who love to review the books they read. You can get free books (eBook and paperback) here from a variety of genres ranging from fiction and cookbooks to crafting, business, religious books and more as long as you promise to write an honest review after reading. It’s free to register and pick any book you want.

If you have any other sources for free books, do let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Libraries are starting to offer members the ability to borrow ebooks as well. I know that my public library offers this and uses 3 different services (Overide, 3M and Freeding) to look for books (Overdrive seems to be the biggest selection). Many of the books offered are from well known offers and some of the latest releases in both epub and mobi and also many are offered as audio. The rules are the same as checking out physical books with the added bonus, once the book comes due it automatically returns. The only negative, like the physical library they only keep a limited supply, but you can place titles on hold or add to wish list for future consideration.

  2. Another great site for free ebooks is topshelfbook.org They have a wealth of quality ebooks for free.

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