Did somebody say Free? Yes, I did. If you love to read great books as much as I do, grab your device, favorite blanket and bottle of wine and get ready for some fun.
With the creation of e-books, it is now easier than ever to access book anytime from anywhere with any internet-ready device. However, it’s not always affordable to get a new book after you’re done with your old one, especially if you’re a voracious reader. That could easily add up to over ten books per month.
Luckily the reading gods have smiled upon the ranks of the enlightened (that’s you and me) and bestowed upon us a vast collection of books from sci-fi and mystery to romance and memoirs. All for FREE! So where are all these books? Keep reading and I’ll show you.
12. WattPad- Check out WattPad for stories by independent authors, historical fiction, fanfiction, and more. There’s also a huge active community over there to talk about books with. Like an online book club!
11. Goodreads- At Goodreads, you can find more contemporary online books for free on their eBooks shelves . Most are contemporary, so if newer books are your thing, this might be the spot for you.
10. ManyBooks-Just as the name implies, ManyBooks has loads and loads of online books for free. Over 30,000 in fact. The majority of their eBooks work for Kindles, Nooks, iPads, and other readers.
9. OpenCulture- Open Culture connects readers with a curated collection of great FREE stuff including movies, audiobooks, and eBooks. You’ll find 800 free and downloadable eBooks through their site, ready to download for iPads, iPhones, Kindles, or to read in your browser directly.
8. Open Library-Open Library offers over 1.7 million free eBooks online to users. It’s part of the Internet Archive, which also allows users to contribute. They both offer free versions of full books and links to access paid books elsewhere.
7. Project Gutenberg- Project Gutenberg continues to be a fantastic resource for classic novels and obscure older texts alike that are already in the public domain. The organization is run entirely by volunteers who digitize and then also proofread works. In all, they’ve added over 50,000 free books online.
6. Riveted- If you’re into YA books (and there are some really good ones) Riveted is the place for you. They offer a tone of free YA books for online, either full books or excerpts on a time-limited basis. By signing into the site from Simon & Schuster and becoming a member, you’ll be able to read some sweet free books, download them to any device, join in giveaways, and discuss your YA favorites.
5. Overdrive-OverDrive connects you with your local libraries to check out eBooks on your personal devices. You only need a library card and you’ll be able to check out classic and contemporary eBooks for free, anywhere and anytime. They host a catalog of over two million eBooks, as well as audiobooks.
4. Tor- If you love all things science fiction and fantasy, check out Tor’s eBook club and weekly newsletters. The publisher releases weekly original short stories from some of the biggest sci-fi/fantasy authors. And, seriously, receiving a smashingly fantastic short story in my inbox every week has been such a joy and has helped me find great new authors.
3. World Public Library- The World Public Library’s online Millennium Collection isn’t free, but for less than $10 a year for millions of free books in over 300 languages, it’s basically FREE. They also offer free memberships for physically disabled or special needs members. You’ll find eBooks from all over the world, including audiobooks.
2. Short on time, but dying for some drama or adventure? Audiofile is offering new audiobooks each week during the summer months for FREE. So now you can connect through your Bluetooth on your commute to work and listen as you drive.
1. Read Print- Looking for the classics? Read Print is a user-friendly website that allows users to read classics online. It also has a fancy bookshelf widget where you can track books read and books that you want to read.
Now put your credit card back in your purse (and save your money for shoe shopping). You can thank me later. For now, enjoy the unlimited possibilities that reading great books provides and pass this blessing along to others.
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