Save Your Money: The 10 Best Places to Download Free Ebooks and Audiobooks (2023)

You like to read or listen to books on your ebook reader, tablet, or other device. And maybe you’ve already purchased ebooks from Amazon and other websites. But you can also download and access free books, and from a host of different sites. Such sites as Project Gutenberg, The Internet Archive, Open Library, and Feedbooks host free books. You can also snag freebies from Amazon’s Kindle library and the Nook library.

First, to read electronic books, you can certainly use a dedicated ebook reader, such as an Amazon Kindle, a Barnes & Noble Nook, or a Kobo. But you can also turn your tablet or PC into an ereader with the Kindle app, the Nook app, and the Google Play Books app, among other programs. For convenience, an Apple iPad or an Android tablet serve as handy devices for reading ebooks in bed, on the couch, or outdoors. Further, you can listen to audiobooks on your smartphone or tablet, computer, smart home speaker, or MP3 player.

You’ll find ebooks available in a few different formats, including Kindle, epub, and PDF. Audiobooks are generally accessible as MP3 files. The best way to download or access ebooks and audiobooks is from the device on which you want to read or play them. But you can also download them on a PC and then transfer or sync them to your ereader or mobile device.

Further, you can borrow ebooks and audiobooks from your local library and read them via apps like Libby, Overdrive, Hoopla, and even Kindle. But those you naturally have to return after a couple of weeks. Instead, here are 10 places where you can get free ebooks and audiobooks.

Project Gutenberg

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Project Gutenberg(Opens in a new window) offers a library of more than 60,000 free ebooks, many of them classic novels and fiction available in the public domain but also a variety of non-fiction titles. With most of the books, you choose among epub, Kindle, or plain text format to download them onto your device. In many cases, you’re also able to access an HTML version to read directly through your browser.

You can use several different methods to find a book at Project Gutenberg. First, you can always browse selections based on different groups, such as the most popular books, latest releases, recently added, and random titles. A Bookshelf page presents different categories for you to peruse, including classics, crime, geography, history, music, science, and technology. You can search for specific books by author, title, subject, language, and popularity.

The site also provides a host of audiobooks in MP3 format. Many of the titles are read in a computer-generated voice so they’re not as pleasant to listen to as are audiobooks read by a human being. However, the ones provided by LibriVox are read by an actual person. A companion site(Opens in a new window) delivers contemporary books and poetry, all of which are self-published by different authors. No account is required so you can easily download any books you want and keep them forever.

Internet Archive

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The Internet Archive(Opens in a new window) is home to millions of books, movies, TV shows, music, and other content. On its virtual bookshelves, you’ll find more than 20 million downloadable ebooks and texts(Opens in a new window) that you can keep as well as 2.3 million titles(Opens in a new window) that you can borrow by signing up for a free account with the site. A wide selection of audiobooks(Opens in a new window) also are available.

The books are organized by collections and other criteria. You can narrow the focus by specifying a year, language, and other criteria. And you can search for books based on title, author, publisher, topic, year, and other factors. Ebooks are accessible in a variety of formats, including epub, Kindle, PDF, and plain text, while audiobooks are available as MP3 files and M3U files.

Open Library

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A division of the Internet Archive, Open Library(Opens in a new window) is devoted specifically to ebooks and audiobooks. Hosting more than 3 million books, the site offers classic books that you can read online or download as epub or PDF files. Acting as a real library, Open Library also features more modern books that you can borrow for 14 days and read online.

You can browse for books by subject, genre, and other factors, and search by title, author, and more. An advanced search option helps you search by other criteria, such as ISBN number or publisher. A virtual library page displays images of bookshelves based on topic, allowing you to see different titles and pick the one you want to view. Depending on the book you select, you can then read it, borrow it, or download it. You can also listen to most books, though the titles are read in a computer-generated voice.

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Though it mostly offers books for sale, Feedbooks(Opens in a new window) also features a huge collection of free titles in the public domain. At first glance, the books are organized by fiction, non-fiction, most popular, and recently added. Drill down further by clicking the Show all button next to a category, and you can browse for titles based on genre. For example, the fiction category features books in such areas as science fiction, mystery, romance, and juvenile. Under non-fiction, you’ll find biographies, history, religion, science, travel, and humor.

Beyond browsing all the titles, you can search for specific books based on title, author, publisher, date, and more. Select a book that intrigues you to see a full description and other details. Click the Download button to download the title as an epub file.


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LibriVox(Opens in a new window) focuses specifically on audiobooks, offering a large catalog of public domain titles to play. The books are read by volunteers who donate their time, so listening to them is much more enjoyable than hearing a book read by a computer generated voice.

You can browse or search for books by title, author, genre, or language. An advanced search feature lets you hunt for books based on keywords as well as the person who does the reading. LibriVox covers a wide range of genres and categories, including fiction, non-fiction, short stories, plays, and poetry.

Find a book you want and click the Download button to grab a ZIP file of the content. Unzip the file into individual MP3 files, which you can then listen to on your computer or other device.


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ManyBooks(Opens in a new window) is home to more than 50,000 ebooks—those in the public domain and ones that are self published. You can browse by a variety of genres and subjects, including biography, cooking, fiction, health, history, philosophy, politics, science fiction, and travel. You can also search by title, author, or keyword.

You’ll need to sign up for a free account to access the books at ManyBooks. After creating the account, you’re prompted to choose your favorite genres and file formats, which the site uses to help you find future titles. You’re also able to sign up for a daily newsletter offering free and discounted ebooks. Select a title that interests you to see a synopsis and brief excerpt. You can then read it online or download it as an epub file or other format.


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By creating a free account at Free-Ebooks(Opens in a new window), you can download up to five free titles each month. If you want more, a $50 VIP plan grants you an unlimited number of free books for life. But the free account is a good way to get started. Just watch out for the special offers and promotions as you sign up for your account.

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Browse for titles by category, including fiction, non-fiction, academic, textbooks, and audiobooks. Then drill down to specific genres, such as business, computers, health, history, psychology, web design, and writing. Choose a book that interests you to see a description and preview of the first few pages. You can then download it in PDF, epub, Kindle, or text format. Audiobooks are available as MP3 or Apple M4B files, however, downloading them requires a VIP plan.

Amazon Kindle Bookstore

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Beyond the millions of books with a price tag, Amazon offers a huge collection of free Kindle ebooks and audiobooks. And you’ll find them a few different ways. Check out the freebies among classics and public domain titles(Opens in a new window) as well as the 100 f(Opens in a new window)r(Opens in a new window)ee best sellers(Opens in a new window).

Alternatively, browse straight to the Kindle bookstore(Opens in a new window) and search for free books. For audiobooks, Amazon offers free titles through Audible(Opens in a new window), even ones that don’t require an Audible subscription.

You can score many more free books through a Kindle Unlimited subscription(Opens in a new window). For $9.99 per month, you have access to more than 2 million free ebooks. You can check out as many as 10 as a time. When you’re done with one title, simply return it and get another one.

As you browse or search for specific titles, narrow the results by selecting different criteria such as genre, customer reviews, and author. Select a title you like to view a description and other details. Click the button for Buy now with 1-Click, and the title is delivered directly to your ebook reader or mobile device to read with the Kindle app.

Barnes & Noble Nook Store

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Barnes & Noble offers free ebooks through its Nook store(Opens in a new window). Some audiobooks are free but require a B&N Audiobooks subscription, which costs $15 per month after a free 30-day trial. If you don’t have a Nook ereader, just download the Nook mobile app(Opens in a new window) for iOS/iPadOS or Android to access the ebooks and audiobooks on your mobile device. You’ll also need a free Barnes & Noble online account and payment method even for free books.

Simple type the word free in the Search field to peek at all the free titles. You can then check out the freebies by category or subject. Select the title of an interesting book to see an overview, details, and customer review. Click the button for Instant Purchase (you may first need to enable the Instant Purchase option under Settings). Open the Nook app on your device, and the book will be there for you to read.

Google Play Books

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The Google Play bookstore sells paid books but offers a number of ebooks and audiobooks for free. Browse to the Google Play Books site(Opens in a new window). Click the Search icon and type free or enter a specific book title, author, or other criteria, click the heading for Price, and then change it to Free. Google shows you free ebooks at the top and audiobooks underneath. Click the right arrow for either type of book to view additional choices.

Select a specific book to see customer reviews and other information. Click the Get for free button to download an ebook or audiobook. You can read or play the book directly at the website or snag the free Google Books app for iOS/iPadOS(Opens in a new window) or Android(Opens in a new window) to access the title on your mobile device.

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How can I download books for free without paying? ›

Free downloadable Ebook Websites
  1. Free Ebooks.Net. This site has some free ebooks you can download or view on your computer. ...
  2. Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg provides access to over 30,000 free ebooks that you can either view on your computer or download to a device. ...
  3. Obooko. ...
  4. ...
  5. Scribd.
23 Jun 2022

Where can I get every book for free? ›

Where can I download free books Online?
  2. Goodreads.
  3. International Children's Digital Library.
  4. Internet Sacred Text Archive.
  5. ManyBooks.
  6. Open Culture.
  7. Open Library.
  8. Overdrive.
28 Jul 2020

Where can I download books safely? ›

5 Best Sites to Download Free PDF Books in 2022
  • Open Library.
  • Bookboon.
  • PDF Books World.
  • Project Gutenberg.
  • ManyBooks.
13 Jan 2022

Where can I read unlimited books for free? ›

  • Juggernaut Books App.
  • Project Gutenberg.
  • NetGalley.
  • LibriVox.
  • Kindle Reading App.
  • Wattpad.
  • AnyBooks App.
23 May 2020

Which app has all free books? ›

  • Google Play Books. Available in: Google Play Store, iOS, iPad, Chrome browser. ...
  • Amazon Kindle. Available in: Google Play Store, iOS, iPad, Windows, Mac. ...
  • Apple Books. Available in: iOS, iPadOS. ...
  • Oodles Books. Available in: Google Play Store, iOS, iPad. ...
  • Moon+ Reader. Available in: Google Play Store. ...
  • Comics by ComiXology. ...
  • Kobo.
5 Jan 2022

How can I get an ebook for free? ›

Here's a list of 12 places where you can find a wealth of free e-books (yes, free e-books!).
  1. Google eBookstore. The Google eBookstore offers an entire section of free e-books to download. ...
  2. Project Gutenberg. ...
  3. Open Library. ...
  4. Internet Archive. ...
  5. BookBoon. ...
  6. ...
  7. Free eBooks. ...
  8. LibriVox.
14 Jul 2021

How do I borrow eBooks from the library for free? ›

When the book becomes available, you'll get a notification email.
  1. Go to your public library's website.
  2. Look for the "eBooks" section of the page. ...
  3. If required, select OverDrive as the service that you'd like to use to browse books.
  4. Find a book that you're interested in and click Borrow.

How can I listen to audiobooks for free? ›

The 20 Best Places To Find Free Audiobooks Online
  1. Spotify. This music streaming giant hosts a number of audiobooks on their service, and have even entered the game by producing their own series of high-quality, professional audiobooks. ...
  2. LibriVox. ...
  3. Audible. ...
  4. Lit2Go. ...
  5. ...
  6. BBC Sounds. ...
  7. Rakuten Kobo. ...
  8. Open Culture.
10 Mar 2021

What is the cheapest way to read? ›

Ebooks are almost always cheaper than physical books—new paperbacks and hardcovers can run you anywhere from $15 to $25 and up, respectively, but the digital copies of the same titles usually start around $10. Take stock of what you already own before starting your hunt for the best e-reader.

Is Walmart eBooks free? ›

It's never been easier to get lost in a story. Go digital with a world of reading at your fingertips with the free Walmart eBooks app. With over 6 million eBooks and audiobooks to choose from, there's something for every type of reader and listener.

Is there an online library for free? ›

Yes, there are some online libraries where you can borrow for free such as Open Library, JSTOR, OverDrive, Google Books, Amazon Books, Scribd etc.

How do I safely download an ebook? ›

Here are some general rules to apply when downloading e-books.
  1. Only use legitimate, trusted, well known retailers.
  2. If a book costs money on most other websites, the publisher is unlikely to have consented to its being offered for free somewhere else. ...
  3. Never download an ebook you know to be pirated.

Is it safe to download free books? ›

Never download pirated ebooks. Always buy books and digital content from legitimate retailers. Unless it's from a trusted retailer, some ebooks may contain malicious software that can install malware, spyware, and viruses in your computer. Do not distribute ebooks unless the company or author allows it.

Which is the best online book store? ›

Top 12 Book Selling Websites In India
  • Amazon.
  • Flipkart.
  • Bookish Santa.
  • Used Books Factory.
  • BookFlow.
  • Pustak Kosh.
  • AbeBooks.
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How do I get unlimited audiobooks for free? ›

Get Unlimited Audiobooks with these Subscriptions!
  1. Audible Plus: Unlimited Audible Originals.
  2. Use your monthly credit.
  3. Kindle Unlimited: Unlimited Indie Audiobooks.
  4. Scribd: Almost Unlimited Audiobooks.
  5. Hoopla and Libby: Library Audiobooks.
  6. LibriVox: Unlimited Audiobooks in the Public Domain.
17 Feb 2021

How can I get Kindle Unlimited for free? ›

If you haven't tried Kindle Unlimited before, you can sign up for a free trial. At the end of your free trial, you're automatically converted to a monthly paid subscription plan. To use Kindle Unlimited, you must have an Amazon account with a current, valid payment method.

Which app has all the books? ›

Google Play Books

The app supports ebooks, comics, and audiobooks. You can download books from the Google books platform, which features over 130 million distinct titles.

Which is the best free ebook app? ›

9 Best Ebook Reader Apps for iOS and Android in 2021
  • Amazon Kindle App.
  • Wattpad.
  • Kobo Books.
  • Libby, by Overdrive.
  • FBReader.
  • ComiXology.
  • Scribd.
  • Bluefire Reader.
27 Jan 2021

What is the biggest free online library? ›

The most extensive free online library is the Internet Archive. Boasting over three million texts and over a million (each) of video and audio recordings, the Internet Archive offers a wealth of free information, including the largest repository of archived web pages, going back to 1996, through its Way Back Machine.

How many books can you borrow on Libby? ›

How many e-books, audiobooks and magazines can I have on loan at one time? You can borrow and download up to ten ebooks, ten audiobooks and ten magazines; they are loaned for up to three weeks.

What is the app for borrowing books from the library? ›

Libby is a free app where you can borrow ebooks, digital audiobooks, and magazines from your public library. You can stream titles with Wi-Fi or mobile data, or download them for offline use and read anytime, anywhere. All you need to get started is a library card.

Is anything in Audible free? ›

Stream hundreds of free audiobooks, podcasts, and more. No trial or membership required. Simply sign in with your Amazon account.

Is Libby free? ›

Libby is a free app from OverDrive, available for Apple, Android and Windows devices. Libby makes it easy to borrow eBooks and eAudiobooks from your phone or tablet.

Is there a free Audible? ›

Audible is not free. We offer different membership plans that cover a wide range of benefits, but all audiobooks available on Audible can also be purchased without a membership for the regular price.

Are there websites that pay you to read? ›

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  • Kirkus Media. 💸 Pay: Freelance basis. ...
  • Reedsy Discovery. 💸 Pay: Tip basis. ...
  • Any Subject Books. 💸 Pay: Freelance basis. ...
  • BookBrowse. 💸 Pay: Freelance basis. ...
  • Online Book Club. 💸 Pay: $5 to $60. ...
  • U.S. Review of Books. 💸 Pay: Freelance basis. ...
  • Women's Review of Books. ...
  • Moody Press.
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Is there an app that tells you how much a book is worth? ›

Our BookScouter app is available for both Android and iOS devices, allowing you to check book prices wherever you are. Maybe you're at an estate sale and come across a shelf of cookbooks. Perhaps your nonprofit has held a book drive.

How can I read books for free or cheap? ›

Where to Get Physical Books, eBooks and Audiobooks for a Steal (or FREE!)
  1. I Can Read! Books. ...
  2. This is another great place to get books on the cheap. ...
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  4. READING IQ. ...
  8. LIBRO.FM.

Are eBooks from the library free? ›

Ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and more are available for free through your local library or school.

Which is cheaper eBooks or books? ›

Some people might feel that since its a new technology and new device, the cost obviously would be higher than that of printed books. But, its quite the opposite. eBooks cost much less than printed books. Because there's not much of pre-production involved like that in printed books.

Is eBooks free with Prime? ›

Prime members access free eBooks, audiobooks, magazines, and more. Prime Reading.

What is a good online library? ›

Google Books - More than 100,000 books and a fully searchable database. Live Search Books - Thousands of books and a fully searchable database. World Digital Library - Source for manuscripts, rare books, music, films, maps, prints and more in multilingual format.

Where can I buy books at a cheaper price? ›

Top 5 Websites to Buy Cheap Books in 2022
  • Amazon. Books: Used and new books, bestsellers, rare collectibles, textbooks. ...
  • AbeBooks. Books: Used books, rare and collectible books, out-of-print books, textbooks. ...
  • Alibris. Books: New, out-of-print, rare, and used books, textbooks.
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Where can I find books for cheap prices? ›

Whatever you're after, the best site for your needs is listed below!
  • AbeBooks. One of the best places to find cheap books online has to be AbeBooks. ...
  • Better World Books. ...
  • Amazon. ...
  • Alibris. ...
  • Book Mooch. ...
  • Half Price Books. ...
  • Biblio. ...
  • Book Outlet.
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Are ebooks cheaper on Amazon or Barnes and Noble? ›

Barnes & Noble and Amazon tend to have similar pricing for new and upcoming books, particularly ones that are bestsellers or receiving a lot of hype. For other books, Amazon might be slightly cheaper, but the price difference can range from a few pennies to about $3.

What is a fair price for an ebook? ›

Therefore, the best price for an ebook is between $2.99 and $9.99—in that range, you're eligible for the highest royalty percentage of 70%. When selling your book on your own website, the “rules” are a bit different, as you're making 100% no matter the price point.

What is the most popular book store? ›

What is the cheapest way to read books online? ›

Free books on Project Gutenberg

Free is hands down my favorite price for books, and few places offer more free books without subscription or commitment than Project Gutenberg. The non-profit has approximately 65,600 public domain titles from authors like Shakespeare, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jane Austin, and F.

Is there an app that tells you the value of books? ›

Here's How BookScouter App Works:

Use your phone's camera to scan the book's barcode. Depending on the individual books, prices will appear on your screen from 10 to 25 used book vendors. Pick the vendor who offers the best deal and click “Sell.” You'll be taken to the vendor's website, where the sale will proceed.

Is 99bookscart trustable? ›

the overall experience was good. nice collection of books. all genres are available. Sayak Basu recommends 99bookscart.

Are eBooks cheaper on Nook or Kindle? ›

Kindle books are less expensive, too. studied the top-selling 11,604 books for early November, and found that 74 percent of the time, Amazon offers the lowest-priced e-books (cheaper than B&N or Sony) by an average of 15 percent.

Are Costco books cheaper than Amazon? ›

Costco sells some books — especially box sets — at cheaper prices than Amazon. It even has some options that Amazon doesn't carry. Amazon still has a better selection, but Costco is worth checking out.

Is it cheaper to get a Kindle or books? ›

Generally speaking, the Kindle editions of books are usually cheaper than the hardcover or paperback versions of the same book on Amazon. On average, the Kindle version of the book is 36.5% cheaper than the hardcover version, and 32% cheaper than the paperback version of the same book.

Why are ebooks so expensive? ›

Major publishers who control the vast majority of the market, control the prices and users end up paying more than the paperback and in some cases, the ebooks are more expensive than the hardcover.

How many pages is a ebook? ›

The average Kindle book size is about 300 pages, or 75,000 words of text, and the average Kindle e-book file size is 2.6 MB. But that's not exactly a one-size-fits-all answer.

How much is Kindle Unlimited? ›

A subscription to Kindle Unlimited gives you access to borrow from a large selection of titles without due dates. A Kindle Unlimited subscription costs $9.99 a month and you can cancel anytime.


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