where to find free ebooks?

ebooks are hot hot hot!

As ebooks grow more popular, the demand on the library’s ebook catalog (currently provided through OverDrive at http://tln.lib.overdrive.com) rises. If you’re the owner of a new Nook, Kindle, or other e-reader, you may’ve noticed that a lot of the library ebooks are already checked out. So, what’s a reader to do while waiting for a hold?

There are some other good sources for free ebooks, including the following:

InkMesh — specialized search engine that searches more than 30 on-line sources for free ebooks. Search by title or author, or browse by subject heading.

Project Gutenberg — the site that started it all! Project Gutenberg pioneered the digitization of books several years ago and has been building their collection ever since. More than 30,000 free ebooks, mostly classics and public-domain works. Easy to browse using the bookshelf feature.

Baen Books — this publisher of science fiction and fantasy generously offers free downloads of several of their titles, including works by Mercedes Lackey, Fred Saberhagen, and David Weber.

The Online Books Page –the University of Pennsylvania Libraries indexes hundreds of thousands of on-line books free to read on-line. Browse by Dewey location, search by author, title, or subject, or explore special collections (ie: women writers or award winners).

eBookFling — swap the ebooks you already own with other readers nationwide. For every five books you list to loan out, you’ll get one credit towards borrowing. Works for a variety of ebook readers, including Kindle and Nook.

Lendle — similar to eBookFling, but for Kindle owners (or app users) only. Lendle allows you to share and borrow ebooks with other Kindle owners.

And don’t forget the kids! Most of these sites have categories for children’s ebooks, sometimes divided into more specific age groups (InkMesh has a list of books for 4-8 year olds, for example). Try searching for ‘children’s fiction’ to get started.

If you know of other good sources for free ebooks, you’re welcome to share them in the comments section (below). Hopefully this list will help you load your ereader with great books at minimum cost!

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About Heather Sturm

Director at Manchester District Library
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