Find free online eBooks at sites like Barnes & Noble, Smashwords and Google eBookstore. You don't have to spend money to feed your love for the written word

Few people are privileged enough to be in a position to be able to shop and indulge in new books on a regular basis. Or at least, that’s how it used to be. With the onset of electronic reading devices such as Kindle, Nook and the iPad, not to mention free available phone apps for smartphones like Android and iPhone, you can now browse, download and delight in new books as often as you wish. The best part – it won’t cost you a dime.


Kobo has an easy-to-navigate website. By pressing the information icon on each book, you can see the rating based on reviews and read a brief synopsis. As with many free eBook websites, Kobo offers an incredible selection of classics to download. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling, Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens, Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott are just a small sample of what you can find.

Personally, what I find easiest to do (and also the reason that it took me two days to write this article since I so easily get caught up in what I’m researching), is to review the books on my computer and then just download them directly onto my iPhone.


Smashwords is one of my favorite sites for searching for free electronic books. Whereas some other sites place the public domain books (classics) on the front pages of the free reading section, Smashwords allows you to peruse the titles, giving search option selections such as “highest reviews” or “most popular.” The reviews are also available for reading, which you won’t find at all of the free eBook websites.

Google eBookstore

Google announced its eBookstore site in December, 2010. For free online books, go to “Best of the Free,” and browse to your hearts content. As with most of the free online eBook sites, be prepared to shuffle through many classics such as Leo Tolstoy’s, Anna Karenina or Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein (don’t forget to download several).


A long-favorite of book fans, Amazon has free books for Kindle-users. Some of the sites like Amazon and Barnes & Noble don’t make it easy to find the free books, available for download. One way to navigate your way to the free eBooks in Amazon, is to sort the eBooks by low to high prices in the preference box.

Barnes & Noble

Free eBooks are available at Barnes & Noble. This is good news for me because I like to use the free B&N eReader. Once you are at the Barnes & Noble website, go to nookbooks and then to the “Customer Favorites” on the menu. Once you open it up, you will find a great selection of free electronic books to enjoy. The free nook app is available for iPhone, iPad or Android.

Online Books for Your Computer

If you don’t have an electronic reading device such as an iPhone, iPad, Kindle, or nook, you can still take advantage of free online reading resources. Downloads are available for your computer to use. Incidentally, you may have to register at the websites in order to download free eBooks. If for any reason you can’t seem to find a time to read you can always switch to the audiobook and listen during cooking, commute, or traffic jam. At this time many great audiobook websites offering free and paid services.

Multiple Sites for Your Favorite eReader

Many of the eBooks that you can find at one site are available through the others. I have both Stanza and nook (Barnes & Noble) on my iPhone. When I find something on Kobo that I want to download for instance, I go into my nook app and search for the book through Barnes & Noble or add it through Stanza.

Happy Reading!

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