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booksIf you’re a fervent reader and nerd like I am, you’ve probably encountered quite a lot of writing online. However, most of them are either absolute garbage or entirely illegal.

It’s hard to find good, legal reads online – unless you know where to look. There are several sites that offer classic out-of-copyright writing, or publishes new e-books online as promotions.

If you know where to look, you can feast on these completely free Ebooks for all the time you’ve got, and today is the day we’ll show you where to look.

Planet eBook

Planet eBook is a classy site that offers classic literature for free. These books, because they’re out-of-copyright, can be offered to you in an entirely legal fashion.

However, Planet eBook doesn’t just give you any piece of ‘free literature’. Right now, they offer about 60 books to their readers, all of which have been carefully selected. True, you won’t have the buffet of thousands that you’ll find on other sites, but you can be assured that each and every piece of writing on Planet eBook is of outstanding quality.

Furthermore, if you feel like a book is ‘missing’ from it’s collection, you put it up as a suggestion.

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All books on Planet eBook can be read on the site, but can also be downloaded as a PDF, both in a 1-page and 2-page version.


ManyBooks works in the same way as Planet eBook, they offer pieces of classic literature for free that are out-of-copyright. However, where Planet eBook presents a carefully selected array of literature, ManyBooks handles in bulk (as the name truthfully implies).

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At the time of writing, there are 24,741 completely free eBooks available and although it might be true that not all of them will read your socks off, I’m sure you can find some good reads in the better part of them. To select a book, you can browse by author, title, category or language, or you can browse through the site’s recommendations.

Not only does the site offer an amazing number of books, it does so in an incredible number of formats. Although you might not be able to read it directly on the site, you can check out one of the mirrors or choose between a dazzling 25 different filetypes to read it on your desktop, mobile, or eBook device.

Classic Reader

Classic Reader takes a conceptual place in between Planet eBook and ManyBooks. It offers noticably more books than Planet eBook (3,629 titles at the time of writing), its material is still more selected (by a 1-man Canadian company) and controlled.

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Perhaps the major distinction with the two previously mentioned sites is that there are no eBooks available for download. Alas no PDFs, ZIPs, or anythings — the eBooks are all meant to read online, on the site.

You can browse the author or title list, or filter content out by looking into a specific genre: fiction, non-fiction, young readers, poetry, short stories, drama or classical.


Contrary to the three previously mentioned sites, PublicBookshelf is NOT filled with works of classic literature. Instead, PublicBookshelf relies completely on new, promising authors who publish online as a means of promoting their printed books. As such, you won’t be able to download the books, but will often find an Amazon link to support the author (who – with the books on this site – is often still alive).

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PublicBookshelf – focusing entirely on romance novels – is a great site to sample the writing if you’re looking for something fresh, but it’s also a great site if you’re looking for a good read. Check out their top novels for reading directions, or venture off into the depths of the site and discover treasures of writing yourself.

I hope you’ve got 4 fresh bookmarks for completely free ebooks that will be able to satisfy the literacy-vampire that’s inside of you.  If they are not enough, check out where to get more romance e-books 7 Great Sites To Get Free Romance eBooks For The Hopeless Romantic 7 Great Sites To Get Free Romance eBooks For The Hopeless Romantic Read More , 6 more e-book sites The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks The Best 6 Sites to Get Free Ebooks If you're a voracious reader, buying ebook after ebook can burn a huge hole in your wallet. Thankfully, there are plenty of websites offering free ebooks, and these are the best. Read More , where and how to read comic e-books How to Find and Read Comic E-Books Online How to Find and Read Comic E-Books Online Read More , and how to make your own e-books from Wikipedia How To Make Your Own Books From Wikipedia How To Make Your Own Books From Wikipedia Read More .

If you know of any other sites or have something to say about the ones discussed above, head for the comments section below.

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  1. seablue918
    June 2, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    This is an old, old site. Actually, these books DO suck. At least you can get books like this on so many sites. The most preferred site on this post in completely dedicated to romance novels. I looked at all four suggested sites and none, for me, are viable. Look online and you'll find lots of good sites with good books, not just classics and self-published books (most of which are free for a good reason.

  2. mad sad
    April 20, 2015 at 5:23 pm

    nice post

  3. Uisgea
    December 29, 2009 at 12:38 am

    Sometimes I want to kick my computer upside its stupid head. Other times it takes me to sites like this one. I inherited bibliophilia from my dad. If he had lived long enough to see this revolution, he'd be giddy. I never saw him giddy, but that would do it. Thanks to everyone for sharing.

  4. john
    December 23, 2009 at 1:11 am

    Great List, will be adding it to:

  5. Jef
    November 11, 2009 at 8:24 am

    Thanks for the post, sharing book is the key of knowledge.

  6. Kris Madden
    November 6, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I love these sites! Kudos to Justin on the custom Google search, that's pretty cool.

    I'd also like to recommend Seth Godin and Cory Doctorow, and Chris Guillebeau. They've written some awesome books that are available to download for free.

    And if you're interested in learning how to speed read, you can find my book for free on Google Books, Scribd, and my website.

  7. Riverrun
    October 23, 2009 at 6:11 am

    Does anyone know of anything similar to PublicBookshelf that isn't focused entirely on Romance?

  8. spotrick
    October 18, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    You might also mention this site: eBooks @ Adelaide,

    Over 1200 public domain titles, mainly fiction. Something for all tastes.

  9. Justin
    October 18, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    I've made a google custom engine for these book sites, along with many others for myself. You're welcome to use it:

  10. Acai
    October 16, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. They make great reading.

  11. M.Ayub
    October 16, 2009 at 12:38 am

    it is very good site for reader of free books

  12. Adam
    September 18, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I found this The site has thousands of ebooks. It says that its free and because it's not been submitted to copyright is considered "public domain" in the U.S. It goes on to say that any book can be copied, etc. as long as it is not for lucrative purposes. I downloaded some books from this site...and now I am worried about the legality of have to download a book and the first page you see is the notice from bookyard that I have just shortened.

    • Simon Slangen
      September 19, 2009 at 7:09 am

      If I get this right - if you live in the US, you've got nothing to worry about, just as long as you don't try to make money out of it.

      Nevertheless, laws differ from country to country - if you're living outside of the US, I cannot assure the legality.

  13. farooq
    September 15, 2009 at 8:00 am

    really awsome all that stuff

  14. Mamainak
    September 13, 2009 at 5:18 am
  15. trishadi
    September 11, 2009 at 11:52 am

    thanks for the info,
    see also

  16. Adam Sky
    September 10, 2009 at 12:22 am

    I've listed my website which includes many of my works for the
    person who wants to start his/her own business. All free.
    There is an offer for a monthly webletter..($2.50) but it's not required for the free BIG read. Thanks for the op to share this with your group.I hope they find it valuable info.
    Adam Sky

  17. Matt
    September 9, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    • Simon Slangen
      September 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm

      @Doc, Matt
      Great sites, thanks for the tips!

  18. Doc
    September 9, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    I can't believe you missed Project Gutenberg!, the ORIGINAL e-book site!

  19. Funk Doctor
    September 8, 2009 at 6:38 pm


  20. Richard
    September 8, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    Simon, thanks for featuring our Planet eBook site -- much appreciated!

    • Simon Slangen
      September 9, 2009 at 11:30 am

      It's my pleasure, thanks for Planet eBook, Richard :-)

  21. Christine
    September 8, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Hi. I run a blog listing links to free, legal, ebooks. Mostly fiction, mostly novels. All genres. I have a few posts linking to classics, but the vast majority of my posts are for modern ebooks.

    • allison
      May 23, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      Hi can you invite me