Tuesday, June 05, 2007

44 Places to Get Free Books

I haven't had the time to check out all 44 of these sites yet but I know for a fact that several of the sites are great for ebooks and audio books. Most of the books on offer for free are classics and other books whose copyrights have long expired, but there are also sites that feature the work of new writers who see trading their early work for some exposure and word-of-mouth advertising as a positive thing for their careers.

Friedbeef's Tech has the Best Places to Get Free Books - the Ultimate Guide, a listing, with links, of the 44 sites. You might have some fun with this one. My favorites include Wowio which offers full version ebooks on just about every topic imaginable, ManyBooks which is a great spot to download the classics in ebook format, and Podiobooks which makes available audio books from new writers looking to spread the word about themselves.
But that's only 3 of the 44 that are listed, and I've only visited the sites of about a dozen of them so far. So if you find something that you really like, please leave me a heads-up in the comments section.

12 comments:

  1. I found this site a while ago, but I think that Podiobooks looks like a great idea. If I were an audiobooks kind of person, I'd download and copy a bunch of those to CD to listen to in the car.

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  2. I almost always have an audio book going in the car (when alone) or on walks or when doing chores around the house. These are surprisingly well done; I didn't know what to expect for something that was being given away but the limited ads on them seem to help defray the costs.

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  3. Well, now, that was a fun way to spend the afternoon! I like ManyBooks for its PDF versions of Project Gutenberg texts.

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  4. I like that site, too, Sylvia, because my eReader handles PDF versions of books pretty well. It's opened up a whole new world to me...all those out-of-print books out there just waiting to be discovered.

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  5. Thanks for this post--I'm looking forward to checking out as many of these sites as I can! I think I'll start with Podiobooks, because I always have an audiobook going in the car, too.

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  6. Great post! It's nice to have a compiled list like that. I would add DailyLit.com to it myself; it's making my consumption of classics easier!

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  7. Cool it's always good to find new ways to read :)

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  8. You're welcome, Gentle Reader. I think we're all on the lookout for those kinds of sites and it was nice to see that someone had gone through all the trouble to list them that way. I think there's something there for everyone.

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  9. Thanks for that link, siew cooper...I'm going to take a look at that one too. All of a sudden I have more links than time; that's a nice problem to have.

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  10. I hope you find some cool stuff on the list, rhinoa. If you know of other, similar links, please let us know.

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  11. Thanks for the mention - really appreciate it :)

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  12. Thanks for doing the hard part and putting that list together for the rest of us, James. Well done.

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