Whether you’re a lover of romance novels or a seeker of support from the latest self-help bestseller, you don’t have to pay a lot to stock up on great e-books to add to your summer reading list. In fact, there are several great sites that you can sign up for or access without joining at all that let you download books to your IPad, Kindle or other device for nothing. Below is a round-up of the 5 best sites where virtual bookworms can find free e-books.
Google aggregates the top selling free downloads from various book sites on a weekly basis, and then lists them with links to where you can download them for free. The site even includes a blurb about each book and user reviews.
OpenCulture bills itself as “The best free cultural & educational media on the web,” and they’re not far off. They scour the internet to find the best public domain books, meaning books that are free to download. Currently, their database contains over 700. OpenCulture also includes links to free audiobooks, free textbooks, free college courses and over 700 free movies.
You need to register for Many Books, but registration is free and, once you’ve signed up, you have access to a whopping 29,000 free e-books. The site is very easy to navigate, and you can search by author, by genre, by language or by title. Or check out their most recent reviews and most popular titles search functions to find your next favorite book.
Think you have to shell out $100 for an e-reader to read all your free books on? There are free devices and apps for reading e-books, too. Most have limited functionality, but they get the job done. Some of the best free e-readers include Calibre, MobiPocket and Ice Cream Ebook Reader. All are 100% free.
Now you don’t have an excuse for not getting to your summer reading list!
E.T. Carlton is a freelance writer, blogger and content marketing consultant who specializes in literary topics and book promotion for self-published authors.