Below are some online sources for free eBooks. I updated this post from the original post published in June adding more free eBook sites found through Twitter. For the original post I signed up for an affiliate account for the free-eBooks.net and the account got cancelled as there were no purchases. I am sure there were clicks, but no purchases. The traffic for this blog has increased (and it is partially attributed to a one time purchase I made on 10khits.com), but still I do not have really any newsletter subscribers. There was one subscriber that signed up in September and I signed up myself in January and March (using two different email addresses). The number of RSS subscribers has decreased.
Project Gutenberg (gutenberg.org) – This site offers free eBooks ranging from Aesop’s fables to Paradise Lost to dictionaries. From what I understand originally most of the eBooks are older, the copyright is past, and or the original author(s) are no longer living and as a result the eBooks could be freely distributed. Undoubtedly, Project Gutenberg is named after Johannes Gutenberg (1395-1468) the inventor of movable type printing. The Gutenberg Bible was the first book printed on the press and was an edition of the Latin Vulgate. Teachers, students, parents and many others could definitely use the site and many of the book illustrations look very clear and of high quality.
You could also search on Twitter and even Amazon and of course Google for free eBooks. Free eBook sources I found on Twitter include:
- Zilch Ebooks @ZilchEbooks – tweets a free Kindle book daily, ZilchEbooks.com
- TweetinBooks @TweetinURBook – reviews, books, and bargains
- eChristianFiction @eChristFiction – free downloads, new releases and more
- Free eBook Library @Share_eBook – free eBook downloads ebook900.com, site looks like it has mainly free slideshow presentations
- Freebooksfound @freebooksfound
- Reading Deals @Reading_Deals – free and bargain eBooks every day in your email, authors can promote their bargain or free book with the site also, ReadingDeals.com
- Sweet Free Books @SweetFreeBooks – free and bargain Kindle and Nook books by signing up at SweetFreeBooks.com
A Google search for free eBooks brought up some good sites such as:
- free-eBooks.net – http://www.Free-eBooks.net/6001.html – includes ‘Libros en Español’ and ‘Livros em Português’ and has genres ranging from textbooks to web design to mystery. They have a free version and paid options.
- onlinefreeebooks.net – this site has a disclaimer that they search other sites with free information and do not assume liability. Looks like they have found eBooks in nearly every category but focus mainly on programming and technology eBooks
- http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=2245146011 – this page mentions the following resources:
- Archive.org – non-profit focusing on historical collections
- Openlibrary.org – goal to put a page on the web for every book ever published
- Gutenberg.org – mentioned above, I like this site
- Kindle Store – Free Popular Classics (http://www.amazon.com/s/?node=2245146011)
- Also, bookstore sites like barnesandnoble.com and kobobooks.com came up with free eBooks they offer
As an update I received an email from free-ebooks.net on March 12, 2015 that I referred a sale and earned a 25% commission of $5.00 USD. The payout threshold is $25 so possibly the account will get cancelled before the threshold is reached as that is what happened with my Commission Junction account. For whatever reason I thought the account with free-ebooks.net got cancelled but I guess it was probably labeled inactive. Nevertheless, I am adding the free-ebooks.net links again as of today, Saturday, March 21, 2015.