What about those eBooks?
So you’ve purchased an ereader! Congratulations! Now, you’re ready to download ebooks and start reading! But wait, did you know that there are many websites that offer free ebooks? The sites listed below offer free legal ways to download ebooks.
Our Library Digital Catalog has thousands of titles with more being added every day. Once you are in the Digital Catalog, click on the “Help” tab to access Overdrive’s fully searchable Help website. Here you will find everything you need to get started enjoying the digital media available at your library.
Project Gutenberg The Internet’s oldest — and one of the largest — provider of free electronic books,” where you can download over 36,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone or other device.” (Usable on Macintosh computers too.) Find classic works or relatively unknown texts in many, many different languages.
Google books provides a wide variety of free ebooks; read them in your web browser or ereader.
Baen Free Library – A small library of downloadable science fiction novels, mostly the first in an ongoing series to get you hungry for more.
Boston Public Library eCards – BPL eCards are virtual library cards that allow users immediate entry to all of Boston Public Library’s remotely-accessible electronic resources, including magazine databases, downloadable audio, video, e-books, and music.
eReader Resources – ipl2 Special Collection
A place where you can explore the world of eReaders and eBooks.
A collection of horror short stories with a variety of themes. Thousands to browse and view.
Just Free Books
This is a custom search engine for finding ebooks and summaries of works in the public domain.
KnowledgeRush Book Directory
Large directory of popular literary works and historical documents available on the Web. Includes biographies of some authors and can be browsed by author, genre, or title.
A free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. Browse by author, title, or search the database by author, title, or reading level. Many selections can be downloaded directly into iTunes or your Mp3 player. You can also read the stories online.
ManyBooks.net – A large selection of books to be read on your PDA, cellphone, iPod, iPhone and more.
Mslit.com – Over 1,500 texts provided by Microsoft for their MS Reader.
Features original short stories submitted by non-professional authors on a variety of subjects, including mysteries, science fiction & fantasy, romance, and humor.
The Online Books Page
An easily navigable central access point for over 35,000 “free books on the Web.” Search for books and articles by author, title, or subject. Allows readers to suggest new materials to add.
Oxford Text Archive – Over 2,000classical texts you can download as ASCII or DOC files, some do require permission of the original uploader.
Public Literature.org Check out free full text and audio classic works from Public Literature.org. News and information is posted for readers and aspiring writers. The site features works by Jane Austen, Leo Tolstoy, Charles Dickens, Herman Melville, Leonardo da Vinci and many more.
Turning the Pages on the web
The British Library has digitized important historical works, such as Lindisfarne Gospels, Da Vinci’s notebook, Sherborne Missal among others. User can “turn the pages of rare books or manuscripts in a highly realistic way. They can zoom in on the high-quality digitized images and read or listen to notes explaining the significance of each page.” …
UVa Text Collection
Search the University of Virginia’s collection of thousands of ebooks, “including classic British and American fiction, major authors, children’s literature, American history, Shakespeare, African-American documents, the Bible, and much more.”