Beyond the Library: Best Free E-book Sites

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Are you expecting a new E-reader for Christmas? Trying to save money on e-books? Or maybe you just want some fresh, new reads! We’ve got you covered. Houston Public Library already has amazing e-book and e-audiobook resources including OverDrive, Hoopla, and OneClickDigital. We’ve searched even further to spotlight the best free e-book resources of the web. Explore and find what best meets your digital book needs.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg was the original one-stop shop for e-books. In fact, its founder, Michael Hart, was one of the first creators of e-books. Project Gutenberg contains over 45,000 e-books for you to choose from including classics like Pride and Prejudice and A Tale of Two Cities.

Amazon Free Books
While exploring Amazon’s free e-books you can easily find hidden treasures. This is the best place to find books that authors list for free for a limited time or books that fill a need for genres you’ve been curious about. A few great reads include Rikki-Tikki-Tavi by Rudyard Kipling and Ted Dekker’s Water Walker.

ManyBooks.net
This collection of over 29,000 titles has downloads for many types of devices. They have everything from the classics to unique interests along with a variety of independently published books.  A good place to start is The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The exciting part is that you get to keep these forever! 

iBooks for iOS
This free app is Apple’s ebook and e-audiobook catalog. They offer many new and popular titles for free and the rest at affordable prices. They include whole lists of free books that are the First in a Series, the Getting Started Great Free Books category and they also have a Free Book of the Week.

Google Play Store
For Android devices, the Google Play Store also contains a full e-book catalog to choose from. This contains best sellers, top authors and other delightful discoveries. They also have a free classics section. From Rudyard Kipling to Zane – they have what you are looking for.

Jessica S. HPL Central Services

Check out previous posts in our Holiday Blog Series:
To E-Read or Not: An Introduction
Choosing an E-Reader: What's Right for You?
Know Your E-Reader: Classic Vs. Internet-Based

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