Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Your Ultimate Guide to Free Books

Posted on April 9th, 2007 in Useful Tips by James Yeang

  1. ManyBooks - Free eBooks for your PDA, iPod, or eBook reader - Thanks Tony Bryan & abben
  2. BookCrossing - Where real books are released into the wild to be found by others - Thanks Engtech
  3. LibraryElf - The perfect companion to a public library system - Thanks Engtech
  4. Scribd - Open library to publish and discover documents online - Thanks CincauHangus
  5. Word Public Library - 400,000 PDF ebooks for download - Thanks Ellen
  6. Free Tech Books - Free computer science and engineering books (+ lecture notes) - Thanks Ellen
  7. Bookins - Swap real books with other readers - Thanks Jimbob
  8. WellToldTales - Free short story podcasts (like audiobooks, but shorter) - Thanks Kevin C.
  9. Wowio - Public domain, free legitimate copyrighted materials & one of the only with a selection of Comic Books - Thanks Jane and Art Dardia
  10. BizBooktalk - Free book giveaway contests on Fridays - Thanks Brandon
  11. MoochMuch - Organize your book lending with your friends - Thanks Bobby
  12. CHMPDF - A collection of general interest and technical ebooks - Thanks Manish Garg & Brian Di Croce
  13. Realtime Publishers - free IT eBooks by many of the world’s best authors - Thanks Kevin
  14. FrugalReader - Trade Books for free - Thanks Brent
  15. TitleTrader - Swap books, movies, and music - Thanks Brent
  16. ZunaFish - Trade your old media and books items for new titles you’d rather have - Thanks Brent
  17. SwapSimple - Swap your used books here - Thanks Brent
  18. SwapThing - Community of users who swap items including books - Thanks Brent
  19. BookCart - Internet paperback exchange - Thanks Brent
  20. SF-Books - Exchange Sci-Fi Books here - Thanks Brent
  21. PaperbackSwap - Swap books for free - Thanks jane dough, IBelieveInFairies, & Lauren
  22. PinkMonkey - 450 Study Guides / Booknotes / Online Chapter Summary Notes and Analysis - Thanks Spellchecker
  23. eBookWorld - Technical resources - Thanks 5n7p3r
  24. Flaxx - IT and computer books - Thanks tejinder
  25. Baen Library - Free science fiction and fantasy novels - Thanks lanthus & Glen Davis
  26. LibraryThing - Social networking and free books - Thanks Michael
  27. Online Books Page - Facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet - Thanks Aman
  28. Podiobooks - free audiobooks that you can subscribe to with iTunes or any other podcatcher - Thanks KJToo
  29. BookRags - Research material in the form of eBooks - Thanks Henry Delany
  30. Technical Books Online - Old tech books from the “vacuum tube age” of electronics- Thanks obiewiz
  31. ebookSearchr - Google powered Thanks Rico & Rokker
  32. Internet Archive - The Intenet indexed - that includes a vast text library - Thanks jojo
  33. BookYards - Books, videos, education materials- Thanks Victor
  34. Memoware - Free books for your PDA - Thanks Doug

Original Top 10 list with full reviews (here and here)

  1. Gutenberg Project Top 100 - Popular books from the oldest producer of free ebooks on the Internet
  2. BookMooch - Community for exchanging used books
  3. ebookSpyder - Specializes in technical books ranging anywhere from C# to AJAX
  4. Google Book Search - Read the classics online
  5. Dwalin - plain text novels
  6. Free Computer Books - Technical resources about computers
  7. Librivox - Audio works and podcasts of books
  8. CliffsNotes - Get the notes to cram for the exam
  9. WIkibooks - Free textbooks
  10. DailyLit - Receive small parts of books via email

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