Free online books (or e-books) are one of the best sources we have for sharing knowledge and creativity. This post is a first ever collection of close to 200 websites allowing free ebook downloads.
In Future posts, I will be reviewing the best free ebooks website from this list. However for now I am publishing 2 parameters that may help you decide where you would like to search:
1. Google PageRank - this shows how much Google "trusts" a website in the information it displays. 1/10 being the highest trusted websites and 9/10 the lowest trust. Unranked or 0/10 websites probably did not even make it to the ranking level (or because they are new).
2. Website Popularity - Monthly visitors evaluation using Compete evaluation tool.
If you would like to send me your comments or your thoughts about any of the websites on the list (or suggest websites that are not included in this list for review) – you are most welcome to do that.
Not all the websites on this list are 100% free, not all of them allow you to download formatted files for handheld devices, and they don't all have editorial guidelines to monitor the quality of their inventory. This is why, in this first post, I would like to include my own selection of the top 10 places to download free ebooks from. I think these websites are the ones that really stand out from the list that follows.
1. Wowio - recent mainstream editions, perfect formatting for viewing and downloading
2. Project Gutenburg – Free and instant access to millions of public domain books (text and HTML formats).
3. Memoware - public domain books, formatted for a wide range of portable devices,
4. Zbooc – thousands of free ebooks, reports, how-to, tutorials and guides for instant download
5. Fictionwise - Specializing in SF with titles formatted for a range of devices
6. The Internet Archive – over 500,000 book scans from libraries around the world.
7. Baen Free Library - selection of free science fiction and fantasy e-books
8. Free-ebooks – one of the top free sites, recently turned paid. You are now limited to viewing html for free
9. Manybooks – free ebook downloads formatted for your PDA, iPhone or Kindle
10. Freebookspot - Free ebooks in categories such as science, engineering, programming, fiction and more.
The Complete List - 180 Free ebook Websites