[Web4lib] free ebooks

Chris (CE) crippel at ckls.org
Wed Aug 17 13:59:33 EDT 2011

Dear Colleagues,

The following listed was just posted on our Kansas state listserv.

4,600 Public Domain Books 
-- These are Kindle books available directly from Amazon.com 

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts <http://infomotions.com/alex/> -- 
This is a collection of public domain and open access documents with a 
focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.

American Mathematical Society E-books 

Baen.com <http://www.baen.com/library/> -- free and very inexpensive 
SciFi books for your Kindle.

Bartleby.com <http://www.bartleby.com/index.html> -- The Harvard 
Classics are among many free texts offered online at this award-winning 
site. There are also many classic reference works available here.

Bibliomania.com <http://www.bibliomania.com/> -- This site has over 
2,000 free classics. It also has reference books, biographies, and 
research works. You can read online in your browser.

Bookboon.com <http://bookboon.com/us> -- Bookboon provides online 
textbooks for students in PDF format. They can be downloaded without 

Bookshelf: The National Library of Medicine's growing collection of 
biomedical books that can be searched directly.

BookYards.com <http://www.bookyards.com/> -- BookYards has over 17,000 
free ebooks. Their goal is to be the "Library Of The World". They also 
provide access to hundreds of online libraries totaling over 800,000 books.

_California Free Digital Textbook Initiative FlexBooks for K-12_

Classic Reader: Search this online library of thousands of free books by 
authors such as Dickens, Austen, Shakespeare and many others.

CARL Digital Library collection _Combined Arms Research Library Digital 

_Connexions_ a place to view and share educational material made of 
small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, 
books, reports, /etc/. Anyone may view or contribute:

Ebook Exchange these are the lendme borrowing books 


_eBooks @ Adelaide_ University of Adelaide Classic Works of Literature, 
Philosophy, Science, History and Exploration and Travel.

e-library.net <http://e-library.net/free-ebook.htm> -- E-Library as a 
section dedicated to free ebooks.

Ellora's Cave offers free downloads of some of their titles. These range 
from short-short stories to novellas and "short novels". Their website 
is at http://www.jasminejade.com/
Their content are romances, from their Blush line (sweet, suggestive, or 
sensual, not erotic) to erotic romances, even GBLT, etc., so there may 
be items of interest to a variety of patrons. I have downloaded a full 
science fiction romance from them in the past from what is now their 
Blush line. Formats available include Adobe PDF Microsoft Reader 
MobiPocket Rocket Book ePub HTML

FeedBooks <http://www.feedbooks.com/publicdomain> is a digital library 
for both public domain and original books. Browsing friendly.

Fictionwise <http://www.fictionwise.com/help/kindleFaq.htm> -- over 
15,000 ebooks in Kindle format as of December 2007 so there's probably 
even more now.

_FreeBookSpot_ - 4500 free ebooks in 100 categories.

Free-eBooks.net <http://www.free-ebooks.net/> -- Another online source 
for free ebooks. You can also submit your own free ebook here.

FreeKindleBooks.org <http://freekindlebooks.org/> -- 1000s of Free 
Classic E-books in Kindle-compatible MOBI and PRC formats.

Freetechbooks.com <http://www.freetechbooks.com/> -- Great site for free 
tech books such as computer science, engineering and programming, 
textbooks and lecture notes.

FullBooks.com: Offers thousands of books that can be read online for free.

GetFreeBooks.com <http://www.getfreeebooks.com/> -- Hundreds of free 
ebooks from dozens of categories with a lot of free computer programming 

Girlebooks http://girlebooks.com/ebook-catalog/

_Globusz_ is unique in that it offers authors a place to publish their 
work in open content.

Google Books <http://books.google.com/>
Search inside full-text online books. Find entire e-books available for 
free or read snippets of books for purchase.

_Harvard University Open Collections Program_


"Best Sites for Free Kindle e-Books" site, 

_Illinois Harvest_

free books for your Kindle 

_Internet Archive's Ebook and Texts Archive_

Jungle-search.com <http://www.jungle-search.com/US/kindle.php#free> -- 
This is updated twice daily with free books for your Kindle.

Lendle http://lendle.me/ lend and borrow Kindle books

Literature Network <http://www.online-literature.com/>
Many literary classics including 1,900 full books, over 3,000 short 
stories and poems by over 250 authors.

Manybooks.net <http://manybooks.net/> A large selection of ebooks and an 
easy to use site.  Books are downloadable in many formats including 
Kindle. Many books is a digital library that takes e-books from Project 
Gutenberg, the Internet Archive, and other free sources and converts 
them to file formats suitable for e-readers. Browsing friendly.

Mobipocket.com <http://www.mobipocket.com/freebooks/default.aspx> -- 
There is a nice selection from the free ebooks section of MobiPocket.

Munsey's <http://www.munseys.com/joomla/> --some good books in Kindle 

NCBI E-books http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books

On-Line Books Page <http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/> at the 
University of Pennsylvania, is a portal connecting to over 900,000 free 
books on the Web, in many formats.

Online Library of Liberty: The Library is where electronic versions of 
classic books about individual liberty are stored. These texts go back 
some 4,000 years and cover the disciplines of economics, history, law, 
literature, philosophy, political theory, religion,

_Open Textbook Catalog FROM StudentPIRGs_

_Orange Grove Open Textbooks from University Press of Florida_

Perseus Digital Library: Online collection of classic writings from 
antiquity from Tufts University's Classics Department.

Project Gutenberg <http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page> is a 
volunteer effort to digitize and archive cultural works and to encourage 
the creation and distribution of e-Books. Containing over 100,000 
literary works which are in the public domain.

  Sony Reader Store http://ebookstore.sony.com/category/free-ebooks


Inkmesh <http://inkmesh.com/> - search engine of 34 Web sites offering 
free and pay eBooks. Browse by eReader or subject. Search by author, 
title, topic. Narrow searched listings by price, type of content, e.g., 
ebook, etextbook, newspaper, etc., Amazon rating, type of eReader, 
language, and exclude public domain. The listing for each title gives 
title, author, subjects, devices, e.g., Kindle, Nook, iPhone, Android, 
iPad, etc., short description (if available), and Amazon rating (if 
available). Clicking a title lists the sites offering the title, free 
sites at the top of the list, followed by pay sites from least to most 
expensive. Clicking a Web site goes to the listing on the Web site for 

eBooks AddAll <http://ebooks.addall.com/> - searches 30+ eBook Web 
sites: 18 U.S. retailers, 7 U.K. retailers, 1 Australian retailer, five 
free Web sites. At the bottom of the page are links to browsing several 
dozen categories, free eBooks from Amazon, BN, Sony and Harlequin and 
Advanced search. Advanced search lets you select by device brand, 
format, source and sort by price.

Good luck,

Chris Rippel
Central Kansas Library System
Great Bend, Kansas

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