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You might be surprised by how many good free ebook sites there are out there. Nowadays, you can find pretty much any popular (and not) book online. You just need to know where to look. Here are my favorite sites where you can find ebooks free for the taking.

1. Free Ebook Search Engines

These are simple Google-like search engines but for PDF files. I usually start my free ebook search using one of these sites. Type in the title of the document or book name you’re looking for and click on the search button. Find your book in the search results and click on download link. Done.

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In case you have never heard of this one before, the simplest way to define Scribd would be to call it Youtube for documents. People can upload whatever text documents they want and easily share them with others.

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You’ll find lots and lots of free ebooks here. You only need to know what to look for. For instance try searching for George Orwell, Leo Tolstoi, etc.

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And obviously it gets copyrighted ebooks much like YouTube gets copyrighted videos. I am not sure if they are doing anything to deal with them, but the fact is there are plenty of them on Scribd – copyrighted ebooks free to take.

Oh and as we have mentioned before, Scribd is also an excellent resource for free document templates 3 Excellent Sites to Get Free Document Templates 3 Excellent Sites to Get Free Document Templates Read More .

3. Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg (aka PG) has the largest collection of public domain books. These are the books that out of copyright and available for anyone to use for any purpose. Lots of books from the world’s greatest fiction authors such as Dickens, Joyce, Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Anton Chekov and Edgar Allan Poe fall into this category.

This site is the oldest producer of free ebooks on the Internet. PG is an extremely popular site and now has over 20,000 works. If you’re not sure where to start check out their Top 100 page.

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4. Free Ebooks For Your iPod, PDA, Smartphone, Blackberry etc.

For those of you who like to have ebooks on their portabe device we got some sites as well. Below are what I believe the best websites for books that can be read on mobile devices.


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For iPhone users in particular there is a website called [NO LONGER WORKS] TextOnPhne. It’s a great ebook site that comes with its own ebook reader app. There are over 30,000 free books for your Apple device.

5. Free Tech Ebooks

These sites are mainly for tech books, covering everything from computer science, engineering and mathematics to programming and web development. All ebooks free and available to download


(Bonus) DailyLit

DailyLit is a bit different from the rest but I really like what they’re doing there. DailyLit can deliver a small excerpt from the book of your choice to your email on a daily basis. One excerpt per day, and so untill the book is finished.

The reason it wroks so well is that it only takes around 3-5 minutes to read each excerpt. If you feel like reading more you can request a next excerpt with a click of a button.

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While more than a half of all books cost about $4.95 per book others are free. There are plenty of good titles among the free ones as well, some of my favorites include My Life and Work (by Henry Ford), Siddhartha (by Herman Hesse) and Random Reminiscences of Men and Events (by John D. Rockefeller). Check it out.

Are you aware of any other cool websites for free ebooks? Share them in comments.

  1. Jack
    June 29, 2016 at 9:48 pm is great for text books is great for journal articles

  2. noussa
    January 9, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    hello, where can I download this book for free , please.
    Democracy Promotion as US Foreign Policy
    Bill Clinton and Democratic Enlargement
    By Nicolas Bouchet

  3. Anonymous
    December 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm is the best.

    • kim
      September 27, 2016 at 10:03 pm


  4. gaurav
    February 2, 2010 at 11:58 am

    which site u suggest for technical books??? apart from computerbooks.

  5. Bob
    February 1, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    also another good site would be i find it very useful

  6. John
    January 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Here you can find Free PLR ebooks that will help you make money legally

  7. Eky Dakka
    January 27, 2010 at 10:05 am

    This is the best site to get daily the lastest internet marketing and how to make money online.

  8. astigjohn
    January 24, 2010 at 1:46 am

    hello good day to you guys... since you know about ebooks for free sites... can you help me download this ebook

    author: ida jean orlando
    title: The dynamic nurse-patient relationship: Function, process, and principles

  9. mike smith
    January 22, 2010 at 11:08 am seems to carry lots of free books, ebooks and audio books. thats where I get mine from. No ads, and no cost.

  10. mike smith
    January 22, 2010 at 11:06 am

    I should point out, thats the best place to get free ebooks today.

  11. booksbuddy
    January 16, 2010 at 3:25 am

    you can try this free books download site-

    • Jimmy
      January 17, 2010 at 2:04 pm

      Well done.
      Booksbuddy is an excellent site, if a bit short on titles.
      Hopefully that will improve.
      Delighted to add it to my list of favourites.
      Many thanks.

  12. andro
    January 16, 2010 at 3:21 am

    this is really great stuff. I love free computer books.thanks for sharing.

  13. Tyffanni
    January 13, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Thanks for all the recommendations. :]

  14. Jose
    January 7, 2010 at 12:30 am

    I am the founder of At Neotake we have developed a new ebook search engine.

    I have just visited your blog and I think that maybe you would like to take a look over

  15. mirimanzarshoh
    January 2, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Guys.... Thank you all... Here is another ( for english learners):

  16. Vikas
    December 30, 2009 at 2:15 pm
  17. Buddy Scalera
    December 29, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    It would be great to see an updated version of this article. Some of the links that people mention in the comments are interesting, but not all of the links seem to work. Maybe the sites have gone out of business or something.

    Now that I have a Kindle, I am looking to populate it with good stuff. It sold big this holiday season, so people will want to know where to get more stuff.

  18. Cov
    December 25, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    That's just great.
    So much information ... from there you can see how important it is to explore and satidfy our thirst for knowledge.

    I find it amazing, that we all share the same interest and understand very well, how to make our life that little bit easier.
    Actually I think that the global information should be freely exchangeable.
    Imagine, since the internet has spread so much, and the availibility of information in general is available with some mouse clicks.

    By the way, you find also a lot of interesting PDF files with the help of torrents.

    Have a nice day !

  19. jun son
    December 20, 2009 at 12:47 am

    my favorite would be, it's not the largest collection but there are reviews you can read before viewing or downloading any book

  20. Stuart
    December 17, 2009 at 7:35 am
  21. Gio
    December 9, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Check out the free ebooks, tutorials and lectures at Book Gold Mine

  22. Free ebook
    November 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for great list of free ebook providers.

  23. articlescreen
    November 17, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Thanks for the list..Specially Project Gutenberg and scribd is great.

  24. ThomanPhan
    November 12, 2009 at 1:18 am

    Free download ebook 15000+++ ebook update veryday

  25. bookee
    November 3, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Free Book Spot

  26. SpitFire
    November 1, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Could anyone advise me where can I download the book

    The Buffettology Workbook

    ISBN-10: 0684871718
    ISBN-13: 978-0684871714

    Thanks in advance

  27. Zane
    October 20, 2009 at 4:46 am

    lol, even forget, i suppose it has the best user experience among these sites. is the second, because it provide online reading...

    October 12, 2009 at 10:05 am

    good information..

  29. Dev Kumar
    October 5, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    i need the following ebook
    "800 Solved Problems in Vector Mechanics for Engineers Vol1 Statics"
    Author-Joseph F.Shelley
    Tata Mcgraw Hill Publication
    plz tell me where i can get it,or if u find it somewhere

  30. Jimmy
    October 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm

    Many thanks.
    The site mentioned in the notifying mail was;
    Hope this helps.

    • Aibek
      October 2, 2009 at 1:50 am

      Hi Jimmy, I checked the article page and even the site and can't find where we recommended that link. Could you send me a link to our article where it was mentioned.

      • Jimmy
        October 2, 2009 at 5:29 pm

        Hi Aibek,
        Many thanks for the trouble you have taken.
        The link was in the letter that I received from comments@make us of, which advised me of nitin's contribution.
        I tried a few minutes ago to send the original mail to you, but it was returned undelivered.
        Unfortunately, I know of no other way to send it to you as I am not that experienced on computers.
        You are welcome to write directly to me if that is any help.
        I am not used to picking up junks on these links and, hopefully Aibek, this was just a one off.
        Can I just say, finally, that Make Use Of is one of the most brilliant sites on the net.
        Congratulations to all!

        • Aibek
          October 4, 2009 at 1:59 am

          Hey Jimmy

          Unfortunately, I can't say anything about sites that were recommended in comments. While most of the commentary suggestion are usually good sometimes they can be pointing to malicious sites. We only stand by the websites mentioned in the article itself.

        • Jimmy
          October 5, 2009 at 6:48 pm

          Thanks Aibek.
          Every good wish,

  31. Jimmy
    October 1, 2009 at 3:35 am

    A virus was detected, nitin, while I tried to contact your recommended site.
    Connection was aborted and I didn't get through.
    Anyone else have any difficulties?

    • Aibek
      October 1, 2009 at 5:15 am

      Which of the sites was it, could you send the URL. I will get it scanned.


      • Jimmy
        October 1, 2009 at 6:36 pm

        Please see separate entry for details.
        Sorry, I should have included details with your request.

  32. nitin
    September 30, 2009 at 5:28 am

    Search and download all ebooks for free
    from best ebook search engine Best ebook search engine

  33. niraja
    September 19, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    where can i get the book "Electromagnetic field Theory and Transmission lines,by G.S.N Raju, Pearson
    Education (Singapore) Pvt Ltd., New Delhi, 2005.".
    please post the site address to

  34. Jordan Christensen
    September 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    You should add Shortcovers ( under your mobile device section. We have a great iPhone, Blackberry and Palm application!

  35. Mance
    September 17, 2009 at 12:13 pm

    Free magazines for download:

    Free ebooks for download:

  36. John Kremer
    September 11, 2009 at 4:16 am

    I've created two websites where book authors can share their books freely as PDF books. Most of the featured books are new titles rather than old classics. features novels, poetry, short stories, and children's books. features nonfiction business, self-help, spiritual, and reference books.

    Lots of great books on both of these sites. All free to read.

  37. Sol Danmeri
    September 10, 2009 at 2:26 am

    I found your site really useful. Scribd was really resourcefull. Thanks you.

  38. The Nigerian Hacker
    September 6, 2009 at 4:31 am

    Hey guys l think this info are cool ,any body know where l can get free e books with reprint right. please mail me at

  39. jovany
    August 26, 2009 at 5:46 pm
    is also a good site for free ebooks

    • Nancy
      January 24, 2010 at 7:21 am

      This site says they have over 5 million books, but there is no way to browse; just a search window where you enter a title you're looking for.

  40. Naveen
    August 15, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I would like to recommend my site for inclusion in your website.

    This site focusses exclusively on a handpicked selection of the finest self help books both from the public domain and through explicit permission from the authors/publishers.

    Each book I send out to my subscribers is personally read by me.


    • Nancy
      January 24, 2010 at 11:37 am

      Again, I found no free ebooks here.

  41. Jill Forrest
    August 7, 2009 at 4:42 am

    Feedbooks is a great place – this free ebook is worth downloading if you don’t mind a bit of graphic language and are after some social observational humour – Cotton Wool World by Anna Westwood –

    August 5, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    There's tindo too.> free information technology books

    • Nancy
      January 24, 2010 at 11:35 am

      Link doesn't work.

  43. rose
    August 4, 2009 at 7:47 am

    There's bookcrossing too. For real books, not ebooks.
    It's fantastic! Check it out!

  44. Drago Zuparic
    August 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    how about

  45. Naveen
    July 31, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I would like to recommend another site:

    This is dedicated to free self help books handpicked by me.


    • Nancy
      January 24, 2010 at 11:28 am

      I'm not finding any free ebooks here.

  46. Nirmala
    July 29, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    Here is another site with free ebooks by nondual spiritual teacher, Nirmala, and his wife, Gina Lake to help you awaken, open your heart, and live more fully in the now:

    free spiritual ebooks

    The site also offers an ebook of free spiritual poetry:

    free spiritual poetry

  47. Ramesh
    July 18, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    go here.

  48. Jim Smith João Pessoa, Brazil
    July 10, 2009 at 6:57 am

    I have an iRex Iliad that I've had less than a year. At first it worked very well. But, after about 5 months, it has started exhibiting multiple problems. The page advance will often jump ten to twenty pages at a time and it sometimes will not connect via the USB port to my computer. In addition, the battery life has fallen from fifteen hours to about five or six hours.

    iRex wants me to return the unit with my personal SD card installed and all accessories. But they will not state that it will be replaced or repaired under warranty nor will they assure me that it will be returned with my SD card and accessories still with it.

    They have ignored my repeated requests for some assurance for several weeks now.

    I will never, under any circumstances purchase another iRex product and will discourage as many others as possible to shop elsewhere. They need to learn about customer service or go out of business, preferably, the latter.

  49. singh
    July 6, 2009 at 11:21 am

    thanks dude for giving great sites

  50. freebookuser
    June 21, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Osman piri, the you suggested is not a free ebook site.

    • Osman Pirci
      June 21, 2009 at 2:55 pm

      freebookuser, why do you think that is not a free book site? Can't you download ebooks there? I just did ita minute ago!

      • Nancy
        January 24, 2010 at 11:32 am

        The ebooks at appear to all be computer books with links to pay at Amazon. I found no free ebooks there.

        • osman pirci
          January 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm

          Nancy, you are right that there are links to Amazon. However there are links to downloads also, search for "direct download" in the browser you'll see what I mention. After you click it you will go to another page and there is another link "download ebook", there you'll get the file.

          You may think why they are not so visible and it needs to go around to find the link instead of being simple? I think it is understandable that these sort of sites needs ads to be supported economicaly.

  51. nikhilk369
    June 11, 2009 at 10:21 am | collections of ebooks | magazines

  52. Archangel Michael
    June 11, 2009 at 8:13 am

    eBooks on Quotes for Life, Love, Motivation and Inspiration):

    Enjoy. :)

  53. Piyush
    June 10, 2009 at 7:26 am

    east or west
    is the BEST

  54. praveen
    May 24, 2009 at 10:41 am

    here in this site u can get lot of free ebooks direct download links

    • Jimmy
      May 24, 2009 at 6:50 pm


  55. Smartypants
    May 21, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Stop being such a wierdo!

  56. moneydm
    April 29, 2009 at 6:18 pm
    Free download ebook

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    April 1, 2009 at 11:00 pm

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  58. Marsha
    March 19, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Why would say "I think people already know." I didn't know..I find this website very helpful.

  59. Chris
    March 16, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    Great list, it's exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! I appreciate it. :)

  60. mohit
    March 12, 2009 at 9:26 am

    we have got the best site providing free ebooks......

    • Jimmy
      March 12, 2009 at 7:44 pm

      2 Autobiographies leaves you trailing a long way behind the best.
      If I miscalculated please let me know, but that was all that I saw in the autobiographies section.
      That would be disappointing.

  61. Jessi
    March 9, 2009 at 5:47 pm is a really great websit also.

  62. vinod
    March 3, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Please advise me where i can find the ebook ISBN 0131471228 titled "Probability Statistics and Random Processes for Electrical Engineers". Even 2nd Edition is fine. Please guide.

  63. Lea
    February 25, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Ebook lovers please come to my site, and get free ebooks there.

    • Jimmy
      February 25, 2009 at 6:39 pm

      Found this site to be disappointing.
      In fairness, it seems to be a work in progress, with a long, long way to go.
      No threat to the superb DailyLit at the moment, but I wish you luck in what you are trying to do.
      Although the ebook sites are mostly free, standards are quite high and it will take a very good site to compete.

  64. megapixel
    January 30, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    Great list of ebook sites. With the failing economy it is becoming hard to find the extra money to get books and now here are sites where people can read for free. This is wonderful.

  65. Pogung177
    January 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm

    You missed this one

  66. A. Sander
    January 16, 2009 at 8:12 am

    Another interesting site especially for those still in college:
    On the site short & concise versions of theories in the areas of business, marketing, strategy, engineering and IT are provided free for download. No need to provide any personal details.

    • quacki
      January 17, 2009 at 5:03 pm

      you have a typo in your link I guess :)

      • A. Sander
        January 19, 2009 at 8:41 am

        You're right. It is supposed to be Thanks for making me aware :)

  67. koolstud
    January 8, 2009 at 10:06 am

    An ebook search site that searches over 150 quality free or open source ebook sites many of them listed in the comments above with advanced options like torrent links, direct doenload, rapidshare links, online reading, format selection available.

  68. jaide
    January 1, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    WOW all of these sites recommended are incredible! thanks to all that contributed, it makes me want to read and expand my mind to gain infinite knowledge!

  69. yuval cohen
    December 31, 2008 at 1:25 pm
    the ebook library, over 10,000 e-books are waiting for your reading.

  70. Azhagiya Tamilmagan
    December 27, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I have some eBooks collection on Metaphysics:

    I have been using and I think it's good one. Thanks for listing those sites. I'm checking on them. :)

  71. ebookey
    December 21, 2008 at 7:00 am

    Here is my site, a daily growing list of categorized ebooks, lecture notes, and documents:

  72. N.R. HARRIS
    December 18, 2008 at 6:23 pm

    Offers an ebook directory!

  73. C Expert
    December 2, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    WebLiterature - - should fit the bill since Project Gutenberg-type classic literature books are also under consideration. WebLiterature brings forward a huge library, all classics, to read for free of cost.

  74. Saroj Dhongadi
    November 23, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    Hi Everyone!
    Tons of similar informaion in form of ebooks, software, scripts, templates and many more are also available free on our website

    Saroj Dhongadi

  75. sudarshan
    November 23, 2008 at 5:41 am

    wher can i find this ebook for free...

    "Multiplayer Gaming and Engine Coding for the Torque Game Engine"

    please reply my mail id

  76. Josh
    October 27, 2008 at 5:44 am has heaps of free ebooks that you can download
    without having to sign up or do anythig. Plenty of the latest title too.

    Go To - Free Ebook Downloads

    Nice list by the way

  77. mike
    October 21, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    Free ebooks and information, check out many can be re-sold or given away.THX

  78. eleonora
    October 18, 2008 at 2:25 pm

    Sell inventions, sell patents and sell ideas - Ever
    wondered - how can I sell my ideas and how can
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    October 18, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I would recommend this link ----->

  80. Jay
    October 13, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Librivox is a great resource for the audio version of books no longer under copyright... pop some literature into the digital audio device of choice and enjoy.

  81. Etl
    October 8, 2008 at 7:53 am

    What about baen publishing? ...they have tons of free inprint books in their free library.


  82. Benjamin VanEvery
    October 7, 2008 at 9:07 am

    Thanks for the great list. Another good website to check out for recreational reading is You can read thousands of books for free and it saves your progress, so that you can pick up right where you left off!

    • Roy Hayes
      December 18, 2009 at 6:48 pm

      According to McAfee, is a phishing expedition. I tried bringing up the website, and a McAfee warning over-rode it.

  83. khendar
    October 6, 2008 at 6:36 pm Contains the same set of books as the Project Gutenburg site but in a much friendlier format.

  84. Maggie Hilliard
    October 6, 2008 at 1:50 pm

    Thanks for including DailyLit in your list!

    I wanted to point out that more than half of our books are free. Currently we have 700+ free books with more added regularly.

    We also offer forums and other features for our readers so that they can talk about books and reading. That element of community is missing from many ebook sites, but we think reading is more fun when you have the ability to share the experience with others.

    Thanks again for collecting these resources--it's much appreciated by ebook fans.


    • Jimmy
      December 30, 2008 at 5:15 pm

      DailyLit is a great site and I am delighted to be a member.

  85. bob
    October 6, 2008 at 10:02 am GREAT site.

  86. Ali
    October 6, 2008 at 9:45 am

    My comment is: Thank you a ton. Great compilation of resources.

  87. Roger Mathura
    October 6, 2008 at 4:51 am

    Great article, and great links. Will check out your other lists.

  88. Hellboy
    October 6, 2008 at 9:47 am

    Ebooks for portable device, the BEST website is easily: Its exclusively for mobile device.

  89. Priya
    October 6, 2008 at 9:09 am


    Thanks a lot for this info.
    This site has a big collection of free ebooks. Can download it by becoming a member. The membership is also free.

    • Nancy
      January 24, 2010 at 11:12 am

      I'm not finding any free ebooks here, and the paid books are just a link to Amazon to buy them.

  90. Osman Pirci
    October 6, 2008 at 12:33 am

    Thoses are from Istanbul :) to add the list.

  91. Makarand
    October 5, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    This is a great list, there is a site, which can be added to this wonderful list

  92. Edward de Leau
    October 6, 2008 at 4:49 am

    Thank you for the great list, another addition to where to get these free e-books:

  93. Katrineholm Uncensored
    October 6, 2008 at 3:47 am

    Free great physics textbook:

    Motion Mountain

  94. nutty prof
    October 5, 2008 at 10:39 pm

    I'd like to point out one more

  95. Jan Newmarch
    October 6, 2008 at 2:44 am

    Form Charles Wright who writes computer articles for The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia, some commercial sellers of ebooks:

  96. Eric Shandil
    October 6, 2008 at 2:02 am

    Thanks for the collections


  97. Matt McNally
    October 5, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    What about

    • CC
      September 9, 2009 at 1:06 pm

      Yup, Read Print is a far better resource than all the ones listed here.

    • vicki
      January 26, 2010 at 9:19 am

      How none of these sites have the newer authors like Patterson and Grisham, etc?

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