Calling All Bookworms: 30 Places to Read Free E-Books


We love eBooks! Yes, we do! We love eBooks! How about you? Excuse the intense level of excitement we just displayed. eBooks are  where it’s at these days and we are very excited to share some information about them.

We’re prepared to tell you everything you need to know from why to give eBooks a chance to where to get them for free. There’s a ton of information headed your way, so get your inner bookworm ready!

What’s So Great About eBooks, Anyway?

A simple answer to this would be: everything. We know you like a little bit more information than that monosyllabic answer offered, so here are the reason that we think you should join the eBook club!

  • Portability: Books are heavy and take up a lot of space, which isn’t exactly practical when you want to travel with some literary goods for you reading enjoyment. eBooks solve this problem since you can house hundreds of titles in your little eReading device and forgo lugging around a ton of books.
  • Money, Honey: eBooks are way cheaper than physical books. There aren’t many costs that need to be made up by the publishers, so they are able to offer them at a much lower cost or even for free.
  • Instant Gratification: No more waiting in line at the store or for the mail man to deliver your new books. You get the instant satisfaction of starting right away with an eBook.
  • Personalization: Each book you read can be tailored to your specific visual needs and desires. No more squinting to read the font or trying to find the right lighting with eBooks. You can tweak whatever settings you need to and begin to enjoy reading the way you were meant to.
  • Environmentally Friendly: No trees are harmed during the creation of eBooks and the environment thanks you for it.
  • Helping Hand: It turns out that reading eBooks is pretty helpful to those with disabilities. The features available are said to help increase reading abilities and encourage people to read more since they have some helpful tools to do so.

There’s An App For That

Sure, having a fancy device designated to read your eBooks on sounds great. We realize that not everyone has one nor can they afford to drop the cash on a luxury item like that, especially with the costs of tuition creeping up along with the crazy costs of textbooks. So, you may be thinking “what am I supposed to do if I don’t have an eReading device?” That is actually a really excellent question with a super simple AND super affordable answer!

Let’s put it this way, you already have a device to read your eBooks on if you have a phone, tablet or computer. All you need now is an app or two to start enjoying loads of free online books.

We’re keeping things on the free side today and there’s no better way to do so than with one of these super easy to use eReading apps. Take a look at your options and test a few out!

  • Kindle: Yep, there’s really no need to go out and buy a new Kindle when you can turn your phone, computer or tablet into an eReader with Amazon’s app. It’s free, easy to use and available in the Android, iOS and Windows app stores.
  • Ibooks: If you’re part of the Apple nation you can use the free app iBook to get your reading fix taken care of. This app works with iTunes, iCloud and has it’s own iBook store where eBooks can be found.
  • Google Play Books: Google added a free eReader app to their growing collection with Google Play Books. There are some neat features available like a dictionary, text highlight feature and font customization tools. Android and iOS devices can utilize this app, but Windows peeps are out of luck for now.
  • Nook:The Nook app comes from Barnes & Noble as a way to let readers take advantage of the 3 million + books available for download. Apps for Android and iOS devices can be downloaded through the apps stores with a Windows version available through the Barnes & Noble website.
  • Moon+Reader: This is a super customizable app only available to Android users. There are lots of ways to enhance your reading experience with features like paging modes, autoscroll and more. You can find this app in the Google Play store for free!
  • Kobo: This app is really popular in Canada and France, but is starting to gain some headway here in the States. You can add your own books, buy new ones and tweak the settings to suit your reading needs. Kobo can be found for free in both Android and iOS app stores.
  • FB Reader: The FB Reader app is only available for Android users currently and is waiting for you to download it from the Google Play Store. You can read books in a many different formats like epub, rtf, doc, html, and mobi to name a few. There are many setting options that enable to you tailor your reading experience perfectly.
  • Aldiko: Another Android only reading app to consider is Aldiko. It’s a pretty nifty little app that’s easy to use and efficiently keeps your eBook library on point. The Google Play Store has this little guy for free, too.

Get Your eBook Fix For Free

We’ve made you wait long enough, so it’s about time we spill the beans on where you can score a bevy of free books online. Are you ready to fill your virtual library? Here’s where to go:

  • The Online Books Page: This source for free online books is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries and has well over 50,000 books available. All you have to do is select a title and get ready to read it on your device.
  • FreeBookSpot: There are thousands of books to download on FreeBookSpot and they are all free (hence the site name lol)! Simply search, select and download. You’ll be reading in no time.
  • Project Gutenberg: The Project Gutenberg site currently has over 46,000 free books available for download in various formats to jive with nearly any eReader. There’s even a mobile site for those of you without an eReader or app downloaded. Find a book, select a format and you’re good to go.
  • Questia: Here you can find an online library of 5,000+ books just waiting for you to read online. This is a great place to head to if you fancy yourself a classic literature buff, too!
  • Free-EBooks: Free-EBooks is kind of like a one stop shop for anyone looking for free eBooks, free magazines and some super helpful resources for anyone interested in whipping up a book of their own.
  • Internet Archive: Holy eBooks, Batman! You can fall down the eBook rabbit hole over at Internet Archive with over 6,000,000 titles available for your reading pleasure. There are some other really cool things available on their website, so take some time to click around before start reading!
  • FullBooks.com: There are thousands of books available to read online over at FullBooks.com. There are also some pretty nifty links on the website that will take you to other websites that offer reference books on everything from business to mental health disorders.
  • ManyBooks.net: Here you can find more than 29,000 eBooks just waiting for you to download for free. The easy search options make finding the books you are looking for a breeze and getting them on your device is even easier!
  • Open Library: Open Library is so cool that we really can’t find the words to express how cool we think it is. It is an open source website with 20 million records available, so it’s kind of like Wikipedia for bookworms! Cool, right?
  • Internet Public Library: The Internet Public Library takes a different approach to providing free reading material to anyone and everyone. This website has a huge catalog of links available that will take you to where you need to go to access the material you’re looking for.
  • GetFreeEBooks: Hit up GetFreeEbooks for a wide variety of eBooks at your fingertips that you can download for free and with ease. There’s also some other great information to check out whether you’re interested in some news or tips for your own eBook.
  • Google Books: Millions of books are calling your name over at Google Books. Type in a quick search and you’ll be on your way to reading heaven.
  • Smashwords: There are 50,329 free books available over at Smashwords. This is a great place to go if you’re a fan of discovering new authors or if you’d like to become one yourself. Read a book and then learn to write one if you’re so inclined.
  • FreeComputerBooks.com: Here’s a free online book resource for all of you smarty pants computer, math and technical folks. There’s bound to be something waiting for you in one of the 13 top level categories or 200 sub-categories.
  • Wattpad: Wattpad is a great place to read some great writing, see what others are reading and even connect with other writers if that’s your cup of tea.
  • Book.ish: There are loads of books to read over at Book.ish and it’s quite an experience. It’s easy to forget that you’re not actually holding a book in your hand as you click through the pages of the eBooks.
  • Classic Reader: This website will soon become your one stop shop for all the classics you know and love. There are currently over 3,834 titles by 359 different authors, so you’re bound to be pretty stacked for a while.
  • FreeTechBooks: Here we have another stellar source for anyone with an eye (and brain) for all things computer science, engineering and much more. There are books, various documents, textbooks and maybe even some lecture notes. You can read, save AND even print many of the selections available.
  • Authorama: There’s a lot to read and all for free over at Authorama. Each book on the website is formatted using XHTML and is super easy to read.
  • 24Symbols: All you need to read some of the 100,000 available titles at 24Symbols is a computer, tablet or smartphone and an internet connection. You can feed your inner bookworm with online books from nearly any genre and from tons of different authors.
  • KnowFree.net: Everything on the KnowFree website is free for anyone and everyone to download thanks to the help of other users generous enough to share the books, videos, software and other materials they already have.
  • Bored.com: You won’t be very bored once you head over to Bored.com and read any one of the books to choose from. There are thousands available, so be prepared to have more options than you can shake a stick at.
  • Baen Ebooks: Lovers of science fiction and fantasy may want to checkout the free library offered over at Baen Ebooks. There are some great titles available for free and you can even download them to read later if you want.
  • DailyLit: The system used at DailyLit is pretty great and is topped off with the the cherry of being free. This site has a great selection of books and sends installments of the book to the reader via RSS feed or email. Readers are able to read as they please and can change up their preferences at any time.
  • EbookLobby: EbookLobby has 13 different categories with hundreds of books ripe for the picking. It’s a sweet source for anyone interested in books about travel, art, law and more.
  • Bartleby: So many free books are available for free at the internet publisher, Bartleby. You can find tons of options in categories like reference, poetry, fiction and nonfiction. The possibilities are endless and exciting.
  • Bookyards: There are currently 19,562 eBooks available for your reading pleasure over at Bookyards. Simply select an author or category to find something great to read.

Honorable Mentions

These next two websites offer a little something special to those hooked on eBooks, so we figured we’d take a second to tell you about them. These sites don’t specialize in providing free books online to the masses like the other places we’ve mentioned, but they do make up for it in other ways. Here’s where to go and what to know:

  • Amazon: We typically don’t think of the word “free” when thinking about the online retail giant, Amazon. Well, that’s all about to change now! It just so happens that Amazon often offers free Kindle eBooks pretty frequently. These books are often part of a promotion offered when authors release new content and want to get some readers in the hopes of generating good buzz. The free price tag doesn’t last forever, though. The price typically creep up a bit every week or so after its initial release, so jump on the opportunity to add a new book to your collection while you can!

It’s pretty easy to find the free books, too! There isn’t a designated area to find them, so you can simple type something like “free books,” “free eBooks” or “free kindle books” into the search bar. This will direct you to what’s available and you can narrow your choices down by genre from there. You can also select nearly any category or genre within the Kindle section and have the option to view the “Top 100 Free” books in that section.

It’s really as simple as it sounds! Remember that you don’t have to own a Kindle to take a advantage of what Amazon has to offer, too. There’s an app available for computers and each cellphone operating system…Oh, and they are free!

  • Barnes & Noble: Here’s another major retailer throwing us a curve ball and offering up the goods for free. Barnes & Noble also has a pretty solid selection of free eBooks available and just waiting to be downloaded from their website. These books are in a different format than the ones we just mentioned from Amazon, though. Barnes & Noble has their own brand of eReaders and eBook formatting, which is the Nook and its various incarnations.

You can get your hands..err well eyes, on these babies by clicking on the Nook tab on the website. The rest is pretty simple! All you have to do is pick a genre or category and sort those results by price from “low to high” to have the free books at the top of the list. Find one or twelve you like and get downloading!

Barnes & Noble also has what they call “Free Fridays” on their Nook Blog. This means that they offer of a couple of new books for free on each given Friday. There are often apps and other freebies available too. The titles available are only free for 24 hours, so be sure to hop on the offers quick!

No nook? No worries! Barnes & Noble has each device and platform you could use covered with an app available for download from their website or in the app store available on phones or tablets.

One More Thing…

You can consider this to be our version of a shameless plug! We here at Learn U have recently tip toed into the world of eBooks as a way to keep spreading our message to college students around the world. We have already published two books that are available in the Amazon Kindle store. We’re bursting at the seams with ideas, so there will most definitely be more to come about some very interesting topics!

Head on over to the Amazon Kindle store if you’d like to see what we’ve been up to and snag your own copy of our books. Here’s what we’ve written so far:

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