The world is becoming more and more digitized and mobile, it has now become easy for us to carry a lot of information with us which can be browsed during free time. Ebooks are a favourite source of consuming information in digital form. Though ebooks need to be generally bought, there are many places from where a variety of ebooks can be downloaded. We are listing here 50 great websites which we feel are the best places to download free ebooks from the net.
1. Download Any stuff : Once again comes on the top as a favourite because searching ebooks is very easy here. Just search for any name/author (alongwith word ‘ebook’) and get the links to download pages. To get better results,click on the category ‘eBooks’ on the results page. You may also find some audio books/mp3 etc on that topic during the search.
2.Gutenberg: has over 27000 free ebooks to be downloaded from their online catalogue.
3.Arvix : Download over 500,000 e-books in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics from the Cornell University Library.
4.Internet Archive: A huge(possibly the largest) collection of open source etexts on the net. Just make a quick search and reach the description page and on the left panel get the links to download the ebook in various formats.
5. Scribd :Scribd has a huge database of files uploaded by members. A large number of them are ebooks. Just search for “x-y-z ebook” and check out the results and download.
6. Online books page :The Online Books Page was founded, and is edited, by John Mark Ockerbloom, He is a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania.The site is maintained by the University and has a very large database of free ebooks which you can read online also.
7.Ebookhood: Basically the site allows you to convert text and webpages to formats readable on the iPod and other reader devices, share the ebooks and reviews with other readers in the neighborhood.The files uploaded by members are downloadable and hence a good collection of free ebooks is generated.
8.Hotfilms : don’t be mislead by the name. There is a good collection of ebooks also on this site in the ebooks section.
9.GetfreeEbooks: This site provides free and legal ebooks with some books available for download immediately and some are linked to other sites.
10.Franklin Free Library: One of the largest online electronic publishers, they have a good collection of free ebooks as well. Just follow the link given. Downloads are quite easy from the link given against each title.
11.Freebookspot: Have ebooks on varied topics and the links to download the same are provided at the bottom of the page. These links and descriptions are also uploaded by the members on the site.
12.Booksshouldbefree:Taking cue from their own name, they are offering free downloads of books in Text and Mp3 formats(audiobooks).
13.AcrobatPlanet: As the name suggests, plenty of Pdf files for download available here for free. Browsing is easy
14. Free online Novels:Provides download links to a collection of novels.
15.Filebook:They have shared files links to over 2000 ebooks for download.
16.ebooksPdf :Free Online Library- contains Ebooks, primarily in PDF format .
17.Fullbooks: A collection of (thousands –they claim) ebooks which can be read online . However, since the books are divided in a few pages, the individual pages/chapters can be downloaded.
18.Globusz: It is a e-book publishing house and tries to promote the works of lesser known authors. Most of the works are available for free download.
19.Memoware: MemoWare has a collection of thousands of documents (databases, literature, maps, technical references, lists, etc.) formatted to be easily added to PalmOS device, Pocket PC, Windows CE, EPOC, Symbian or other handheld device.99% of documents are free and some are shareware for which you have to register after downloading as Zip.
20.Diesel ebooks:Though Diesel Ebooks is an online retailer of books, it has a free download section where a number of titles are available for free . Follow the link.
21.Manybooks:Search for thousands of ebooks on this site and download .The option to download in multiple formats increases the usefulness of the site.
22.MyEnbook:They provide downloads of ebooks, magazines, newspapers, reports, documents, essays etc.
23.Harckerz: Hundreds of free books related to hacking and other computer related topics. Just click on the links of the books and download.
24.Mobipocket:Search for over 11000 free ebooks on topics ranging from literature(max no.) ,economics ,history etc from Mobipocket (Amazon.com)
25.Free tech Books :This site lists a large number of technology books and provides links to other webpages which have the download links of those books. A good collection.
26.Computer books :A collection of free ebooks on computers related topics.
27.Filmsdown: Another site which may not look like a likely place to find ebooks. But their ebooks section has lot of cool ebooks with their download links.
28.Ebook Space: another cool ebook site which details mainly Technology related books and provides their links on shared files.
29.Freeinsociety: They have an ebooks section which can be searched for a number of free ebooks (mainly pdf) under 16 categories.
30.Pdf Search Engine:Necessarily it is a search engine which searches PDF files. Just enter search term and search to find if there are any pdf files for that term.
31.eBook3000 :They provide details of ebooks and links to their location in shared files servers.
32.Free-eBooks:This site has a good collection of free ebooks. But you need to register to download the same.
33.2020ok.com :Has hundreds of categories under which ebooks are listed with their links to their download pages on other sites.
34. Onlinebooks4free :This site has listed ebooks under about 20 categories and provides links to their downloads. However, beware of many broken links that you will find.
35. Authorama : Rather than exactly providing download, it lets you read their ebooks online . The chapterwise browsing is easy and each chapter can be downloaded separately to get complete ebook.
36. University of Adelaide library :The university of Adelaide has a large collection of free ebooks online. Just browse by Author or Title the classic works of Literature, Philosophy, Science, and History.
37.e-Books Directory :E-Books Directory is a free web resource which contains links to free downloadable e-books, technical papers, documents, as well as user contributed content, articles, reviews and comments.They have about 1200 ebooks .
38. Networkgood :An ebooks blog which posts links to download ebooks regularly.
39. eBooks Canada :Has a small collection of ebooks on about 20 topics. However, the data does not seem to be updated very regularly. Still the ebooks are worth checking.
40.Witguides: Another good site with range of titles on Computers, Health, Business,Self Improvement, Cooking and more. They claim to have their files fully checked for viruses.
41.Freebooks: The site has listed a good collection of ebooks with links to the webpages where download links are there. Some of these links were found broken.
42.TechbooksforFree :Mainly links to Techbooks downloads.
43.Feedbooks: It provides an easy way to find, publish and download e-books in a large number of formats.
44.Audiobooksforfree: Mp3,iPod,DVD audiobooks on adventure, detectives, horrors, classics, children, philosophy etc. Listen to the book sample and download in different bit rates.
45.Planetebook: Focusing on Classics, this site provides downloads for the same in Pdf format.
46.PdfOO :Register free and search for ebooks and download.
47.Divine Life Society :Offers free books on Yoga,Religion and Philosphy.
48.ByGosh :Free illustrated kids stories,poems,novels etc . Can be read online or downloaded as individual chapters.
49.BooksinMyPhone:This site formats and packages books so that you can read them on a java enabled phone. Search books by Author,Titles,’All time classics’ or by tags.
50.Sharewarefreebooks: In about 60 categories, this site has a cool collection of over 1300 ebooks which can be downloaded .
Though there are many a number of other sites that could be listed, pl do let me know in comments if I have missed any good sites in the list.