7 Free Ebook Download Sites

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Free ebooks for download are hard to find unless you know the right websites. This article lists the seven best sites that offer completely free ebooks.

If you’re not sure what this is all about, read our introduction to ebooks first.

1. Overdrive

This screen capture depicts the free ebook vendor Overdrive's main menu

Overdrive is the cleanest, fastest, and most legal way to access millions of ebooks—not just ones in the public domain, but even recently released mainstream titles.

There is one hitch though: you’ll need a valid and active public library card. Overdrive works with over 30,000 public libraries in over 40 different countries worldwide.

In addition to free ebook checkouts, you’ll also be able to listen to audiobooks for free.

Note that a public library card also grants free access to Lynda online courses, so if you don’t have a library card yet, what are you waiting for? Get one as soon as possible!

2. Library Genesis

This screen capture depicts the free ebook vendor Library Genesis's main menu

If you used to use BookZZ for free ebooks and have felt lost ever since BookZZ shut down, then Library Genesis (also called LibGen) is the site for you.

Library Genesis is a search engine for free reading material, including ebooks, articles, magazines, and more. As of this writing, Library Genesis indexes close to 3 million ebooks and 60 million articles. It would take several lifetimes to consume everything on offer here.

Both fiction and non-fiction are covered, spanning different genres (e.g. science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, romance) and types (e.g. novels, comics, essays, textbooks).

Since it’s a search engine. browsing for books is almost impossible. The closest thing you can do is use the Authors dropdown in the navigation bar to browse by authors—and even then, you’ll have to get used to the terrible user interface of the site overall.

Better to search instead for a particular book title, author, or synopsis. The Advanced Search lets you narrow the results by language and file extension (e.g. PDF, EPUB, MOBI, DOC, etc).

The legality of Library Genesis has been in question since 2015 because it allegedly grants access to pirated copies of books and paywalled articles, but the site remains standing and open to the public.

3. Centsless Books

This screen capture depicts the free ebook vendor Centless Book's main menu

Unlike the other sites on this list, Centsless Books is a curator-aggregator of Kindle books available on Amazon. Its mission is to make it easy for you to stay on top of all the free ebooks available from the online retailer.

Note that some of the “free” ebooks listed on Centsless Books are only free if you’re part of Kindle Unlimited, which may not be worth the money 5 Reasons a Kindle Unlimited Subscription Isn't Worth Your Money 5 Reasons a Kindle Unlimited Subscription Isn't Worth Your Money A subscription service for Kindle ebooks sounds great, but Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited subscription isn't worth the money. Here's why. Read More .

Consider signing up to the free Centsless Books email newsletter to receive update notices for newly free ebooks and giveaways. The newsletter is only sent out on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, so it won’t spam you too much.

Note: Since Centsless Books tracks free ebooks available on Amazon, there may be times when there is nothing listed. If that happens, try again in a few days.

4. Project Gutenberg

This screen capture depicts the free ebook depository Project Gutenberg's main menu

Project Gutenberg is a charity endeavor, sustained through volunteers and fundraisers, that aims to collect and provide as many high-quality ebooks as possible. Most of its library consists of public domain titles, but it has other stuff too if you’re willing to look around.

As of this writing, Gutenberg has over 57,000 free ebooks on offer. They are available for download in EPUB and MOBI formats (some are only available in one of the two), and they can be read online in HTML format.

You can browse the library by category (of which there are hundreds), by most popular (which means total download count), by latest (which means date of upload), or by random (which is a great way to find new material to read).

Because it’s a charity, Gutenberg subsists on donations. If you appreciate what they’re doing, please consider making a tax-deductible donation by PayPal, Flattr, check, or money order.

5. ManyBooks

This screen capture depicts the free ebook vendor Manybooks's main menu

ManyBooks is a nifty little site that’s been around for over a decade. Its purpose is to curate and provide a library of free and discounted fiction ebooks for people to download and enjoy.

Much of its collection was seeded by Project Gutenberg back in the mid-2000s, but has since taken on an identity of its own with the addition of thousands of self-published works that have been made available at no charge.

The browsing interface has a lot of room to improve, but it’s simple enough to use. Downloads are available in dozens of formats, including EPUB, MOBI, and PDF, and each story has a Flesch-Kincaid score to show how easy or difficult it is to read.

6. Feedbooks

This screen capture depicts the free ebook vendor Feedbooks's main menu

Feedbooks is a massive collection of downloadable ebooks: fiction and non-fiction, public domain and copyrighted, free and paid. While over 1 million titles are available, only about half of them are free.

The split between “free public domain ebooks” and “free original ebooks” is surprisingly even. A big chunk of the public domain titles are short stories and a lot of the original titles are fanfiction. Still, if you do a bit of digging around, you’ll find some interesting stories.

Most of the ebooks are available in EPUB, MOBI, and PDF formats. They even come with word counts and reading time estimates, if you take that into consideration when choosing what to read.

7. PDFBooksWorld

This screen capture depicts the free ebook vendor PDFBooksWorld's main menu

Between the three major ebook formats The Different Ebook Formats Explained: EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, and More The Different Ebook Formats Explained: EPUB, MOBI, AZW, IBA, and More In this article we look at all of the common ebook formats, explain their pros and cons, and tell you which ebook readers support them. Read More —EPUB, MOBI, and PDF—what if you prefer to read in the latter format? While EPUBs and MOBIs have basically taken over, reading PDF ebooks hasn’t quite gone out of style yet, and for good reason: universal support across platforms and devices.

If you want to stick to PDFs only, then you’ll want to check out PDFBooksWorld. While the collection is small at only a few thousand titles, they’re all free and guaranteed to be PDF-optimized. Most of them are literary classics, like The Great Gatsby, A Tale of Two Cities, Crime and Punishment, etc.

For other formatting issues, we’ve covered everything you need to convert ebooks The Essential Ebook Converter Guide The Essential Ebook Converter Guide There are many different file types for ebooks, so you may want to convert one at some point. Here's what you need to know. Read More .

More Ways You Can Get Free Ebooks

Don’t forget about Amazon Prime! It now comes with a feature called Prime Reading, which grants access to thousands of free ebooks in addition to all the other amazing benefits of Amazon Prime. And if you don’t want to bother with that, why not try some free audiobooks that don’t require downloading?

Start a free 30-day trial of Amazon Prime and start reading today!

Now that you have a bunch of ebooks waiting to be read, you’ll want to build your own ebook library in the cloud. Or if you’re ready to purchase a dedicated ebook reader, check out our comparison of Nook versus Kindle Nook vs. Kindle: Which Ebook Reader Is Best for You? Nook vs. Kindle: Which Ebook Reader Is Best for You? Here's everything you need to know to decide whether to buy an Amazon Kindle or Barnes & Noble Nook ebook reader. Read More before you decide.

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  1. John
    July 13, 2019 at 1:06 am

    forget big-dl.com

  2. John
    July 13, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Please Add big-dl.com

  3. Virginia
    December 14, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    THANK YOU (yes in big caps) for your generosity in sharing! I was able to download a particular book that I have been chasing ever since I had my pc. You have saved me from a lot of stressful time browsing. I found the book plus others too in Library Genesis. BLESS YOU!

    • PDFDb
      January 26, 2019 at 4:13 pm

      Don’t forget to check pdfdb.com! Classic ebooks and audiobooks. Always updated.

  4. kreela
    August 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    * general-ebooks.com (aggregates free books from different sites like ebook.bike and blacklib),
    * blacklib.com (must search for specific items),
    * smashwords (like Feedbooks),
    * ebook.bike (in Canada. Was formerly tuebl.ca),
    * forum.mobilism.org (similar to libgenesi but does allow searching via categories. You may have to search it through google to download specific books, or join the forum.)

  5. Bibin Sebastian
    August 18, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you for what u have done with this data informing sheer websites of downloading e-books for us.. All this data are important for people who like to access reading e-books for free... Also this is a kind of tangible service to the people who are being fascinated to enjoy reading books which are free....

  6. anomaly...
    August 18, 2018 at 5:32 am

    When I tried to download. pdf files from pdfbooksworld they did not download!! You should check it out. Using Firefox for Android, on LG G5.

    Thank you.

  7. Devansh Dubey
    August 10, 2018 at 4:28 am

    The station bus is coming. (End with bus)
    Just struck with this transformation of sentence.