21 Resources for Free E-Books on Your Kindle
Reading on Kindle or an other e reader can become an expensive proposition if you are reading 6 books a month. Reading the newest books available is great but sometimes it is nice to take a step back and enjoy a classic. Well you can do that for free.
Whether it is an e book you find by searching these sites I’ve listed, a manual for your Jeep Wrangler, or a Greek Cookbook. Sometimes it is fun to hoard e books, just like many of us like to never let go of our hardcover books.
What you will find below in these sites are many different ways to find e books to read on your e book reader. Some of the sites offer many of the same books for download, only presented to you differently. Some sites offer e books that are unique to them. The benefit of some of these resources is how the list of e books is presented to you.
I recommend you go and visit a few of these sites to see what you think. Leave a comment below and tell the world!
PeJome is a nice and simple way to search and get e books for your Kindle or mobi pocket device. When you search on this web site you are basically searching the Project Gutenberg web site. These books are all free and in the public domain. PeJome does all of the converting and spits out the E Book for you within 15 seconds in most cases.
FeedBooks is probably the most popular option for Kindle users. There website is easy to browse and understand. They offer helpful lists of books within categories, most popular books, and even a random book button. Feedbooks is a website that is operated in France with a mission to make the availability of free public domain e books easily accessible. The offer e books in many formats and any device that can read a PDF file will work fine.
Many Books is a great site to browse and find something of interest. The website is well laid out and you are able to search among authors, categories, titles, and languages. Some example categories are: Post 1930, Espionage, Harvard Classics, to Pirate Tales. Obviously some great reading can be found here. The e books here are all downloaded in PDF format.
Project Gutenberg is the Grand Daddy of all e book sources. They have a huge collection of e books available and many other sites only use their available e book collection and arrange it differently. Project Gutenberg is an actual Wiki made up of contributors all over the World. They also have taken almost every public domain book known to man and cataloged it within their vast database.
Scribd is probably the site with the most user interaction. They offer a real value when you visit. Not only are you given access to millions of free e books you join a community of users you can share interests with for further reading ideas. Scribd also has some very unique content that is often times extremely interesting even just to glance over. The offer their e books either in plain text format or PDF format.
Yes, even Amazon has books available for the Kindle at no cost. Many times they are a promotion from the publishing house, or a promotion from Amazon themselves. Sometimes these free Kindle books make it to the top of the best seller list, which has created somewhat of a buzz among the grass roots Kindle community as far as “list fixing” and wrongly categorizing works of indie authors. That’s a whole different story.
The Mobile Read forums are the busiest and most informative forums on the internet when it comes to e readers and e books. They stepped it up a notch and made their own list of free public domain books. The list is currently over 3,000 books large and has some great reads in it.
Planet E Book is a nice condensed list of classical literature available for download as PDF. This website has nothing really to it other than that. I like that you can look at one page and see the titles of around 50 classical reads and go for it. Makes for a quick easy visit.
Free Kindle Books is a web site that categorizes books from the Project Gutenberg. What is nice about this site is on the front page is a huge list of Authors just to scroll down on. This is great sometimes when you are just browsing with no Author in mind to just see a list and go from there. They also offer for download the Project Gutenberg catalog via PDF.
EBookee is a great source for that odd e book you would never imagine existed. They have e books available in many categories, especially computer and IT. They have e books written by normal internet users such as how to guides, blogging guides, and software guides. Cons: sometimes their links do not work and the site can be a little spammy.
PDF Geni is a really cool tool more than a place to download e books. It is really a search engine for PDF files, easily put on an e book reader or Kindle. One search gives you many results on any topic imaginable. This is a definite favorite among many Kindle and computer users.
Ibiblio coins itself “The National Public Library and Digital Archive”. They are much like the Gutenberg Project but with more emphasis on education. This site would be a great resource for any high school or college student. They have e books on language, math, science, religion, history, geography, and everything else in between.
Munseys is a site created for mobile devices to search their categories listed on their front page. This site works great with a PDA, Kindle, and Blackberry. They have thousands of e books that are easily downloaded. The web site looks very basic and is no frills, this is so that it can more easily be browsed with a mobile device.
Book Yards is a great way to browse an impressive collection of e books in PDF format. They have a great category and author listing making it easy to find a previously unknown book. They have categories from Spanish to Military. I even found a cool guide for the US Marine Corps M 40 Rifle, who would have known.
LibriVox is actually a web site for free Audio Books. What they do is have users or volunteers read and record books that are already free in the public domain on their own, and upload the files into the public domain for free download. They currently have over 2,000 audio books available for free download. Very cool idea.
Wowio is a new type of website offering free e book downloads. They have a business model that is able to profit while you can still get limited free downloads. Once you become a user you are entitled to a certain amount of free e book downloads, and you can also purchase e books for yourself or friends for minimal cost.
Free E Books is a site that hosts e books from a range of interesting topics from personal health to poetry. They have many titles available that you will not be able to find on other sites. The downside is that this web site is cluttered with ads and you have to become a member to download.
This is a huge database of e books available for free download from the University of Pennsylvania. Many of these e books are nowhere else to be found. Many of these e books are research papers from college students and professors. This would be a great research tool for students of all ages.
Read Print is a beautiful web site that is very well laid out and easily accessible. They do things a little different though. They do not actually offer e books, instead entire books, split up by chapters, available to read directly on their web site. Kindle users can browse here and so can any other reader that can read html.
This was the most fun web site for me to browse around. If it isn’t the largest it certainly seems so. They give you access to several libraries, including the Gutenberg libraries. The Universal library seemed to me the most interesting. Files are easily viewed and downloaded in PDF format.
I found repair manuals for Porsche transmissions on this site among many things. This is a really cool site for quick visit to see if anything trips your interest. This site is very much automobile oriented, however also has manuals on karate and chess.
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