These sites all provide free Ebooks that you can download to view on a Ebook reader or on your PC. Some of these sites offer both free and pay-for ebooks so check before you download. You will also need to check that the book is in the correct format. The Kindle supports Mobi, pdf, html and text files, other EbookReaders may require other formats such as ePub format (used on Sony Ebook readers).
General free books
- Project Gutenbert
- Google Books (choose full view)
- Amazon.co.uk (sorted by price - free first)
Amazon books are convenient if you have a Kindle, but these are protected by DRM and so difficult to share.
- Free Ebooks.net
- Retroread (can also convert book formats)
- Many books.net
- All Romance Ebooks
- Free Speculative Fiction Online
- Girl Ebooks Books by female authors
- Online books page
- Book Despository
- Freebyte guide to free ebooks
Self published books
Computing and technical books
Audio books are usually available as MP3 files or as ogg files (open format without patent restrictions). These can be listened to on your PC, using a portable media player or the Amazon Kindle supports the MP3 format.
Willing to pay for Freedom?
This page links to sites offering books that are free as in beer, but not all are free as in freedom. DRM restricts what you can do with books that you downloaded and in many cases paid for. Why DRM is bad for users - links to pay for books available DRM free.