The era has changed, from Paperbacks and Hard covers to digitized screens to read and savor the literature. Earlier, you’d be too busy trotting down a library in your vicinity for every other title or any rare book, you’d like to add in your collection.
But now, it’s just a click away. Thousands of books and novels and whatever you’d like to read, is only a click away. Click, download and read. Listing down few good sources and online libraries from where you’d download ebooks for free, legally.
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These online libraries (websites), may look alien to the current web trends of responsive web design and mobile-first approach. Even, much more alienated than the whole world wide web. But, they get the work done. These legal websites allows bibliophiles to download most of the rich titles for free, legally.
Websites To Download ebooks For Free
Project Gutenberg – 45,000 free e-books to choose from!
The kind of ebook format (epub, mobi, pdf, html) you need, they’ve got it all. Despite the alien web design, just throwing in some HTML tags, you can navigate and download lakhs of ebooks in just few clicks. Not just readable, but Audio books, CD and DVDs are also available for the users. Download or read them online, as you wish.
It’s all free to download and share and read. Generous enough, you’d also donate for the good cause.
The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database. More like Project Gutenberg, the website hosts a huge number of titles for readers to read online or download (if you see an option in front). Just search in any rare classics and you’ll have all the bits and pieces written on the earth, right in front of you.
If you’re after some banned book or any other controversial title, help yourself. They’ve got it all.
As the name suggests, if you’re after fiction titles, not having much idea what to read and what not. Fiction.US has got it all covered for you through an easily accessible database of large number of fictions. A good and handy websites for an aspiring writer.
What to read, and what not. The noble laureates, Fiction awards and much more on everything labelled “fiction”. Short stories, books on writing, plays and everything. Read it all.
But, they do not allow users to download these books. You’ve got to read them online.
World Book Library – Where the World Goes To Read
Where the World Goes to Read, an apt sub title, for World Book Library’s diverse collection will have you in awe. Academic eBook collection, Graphic Novels, Journal and Magazine and Audio books. Users can please themselves with the wide variety and titles to choose from.
All the books are in PDF format and Audio books are in MP3 format, users can download and read in just few clicks.
And a little bit about Self-Publishing and guidance to route the aspiring writers on the correct path.
Fullbooks got thousands of books, if and only if, readers prefer to read them online. The website is pain in the arse, when it comes to access their database. Greasy elbows, all you need to read your preferred classics and other titles. It’s just the diverse collection, that has earned the name on this list. Check it out.
Apart from the huge database to trot and dig, they’ve placed few links at the footer, which would take you to other websites to dig books (Business, Nations and Countries, How Products are Made, Science, Films, Children’s Health, Surgery, Mental Disorders, Illnesses related) in other genres as well.
FreeTechBooks offers free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet. Computer Science books, Mathematics books, Operating System books, Programming books and other related genres to download and read, for free, legally. Another similar resource to download study material would be MIT OPEN COURSEWARE.
ReadPrint, is two step ahead than Project Gutenberg or any other university website that hosts huge database to read and share. Not only it offers free online e-books to read. But it allows to keep track of what you’ve read and what you’d like to read in future.
And, a platform to discuss books and titles with other bibliophiles all over the world. That’s all legal and free. Essays, Fiction, Non-Fiction, Plays, Poetry and Short Stories, whatever suits your style.
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List of such legal sites to download ebooks is long, but we’ve got numbered spot. But still, we’d recommend you to check few others websites serving the readers, which includes Classic Literature Library, Bibliomania, Classic Reader and more.
So these were some of the handpicked online sources to download ebooks for free and legally. If you have a secret database to share, please do. So, prep up your digital readers, search these online resources to download and read your choice of classics and cultic pieces. Whatever suits your style.
If your Digital Reader doesn’t support the ebook format offered by these websites, I’d recommend you to keep Calibre – E-book Management tool handy.