A collection of online resources for book lover: Part I: Read & download free books #1( legal sources only)

Free ebooks: where to read free ebooks (legal sources only) online:

http://manybooks.net/ The USP of this site is that books are available for download in many formats like pdf, Mslit (this is my favorite book reading format), text, etc. Moreover the books can be read online without downloading—I like this feature because I don’t like to clutter my computer with too many downloads. Excerpt for each book as well as reader review (if any) are available on the book page. The collection on this site is very extensive with lots of genres n authors.

http://www.getfreeebooks.com/ : has a huge list of categories for books including self help & techie books (e.g. tutorials on GIMP & Photoshop, photography, web designing, etc. Interface is very user friendly & books are also described on the main page itself in the reverse chronological order.

http://www.readprint.com/ : has Absolutely FREE online books; Thousands of novels, poems, stories; Easy to read books online. On the home page you are presented with a list of top authors & top books. On clicking a particular author you get a list of books available, a brief biography & memorable quotes.

http://www.readbookonline.net/ :   ‘This site contains about one thousand books from hundreds of authors. The collection of these books are in the following categories: fictions/novels, short stories, poems, essays, plays. Many of these books are works of American Literature, English Literature, and Irish Literature from well-known authors such as William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde, Robert Frost, Edgar Allan Poe, Alexander Pope, Arthur Conan Doyle,Jane Austen… and more authors’ works will be added to the online collection. In addition to the subject pages, they have 3 special pages  ~Available Greatest Novels of The 20th Century  ~Available Works from Nobel Prize Winners & ~Available Pulitzer Prize Winning Books

http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/ : very interesting selection of free audio books. The books themselves are from librivox but it’s the interface & presentation that makes this site appealing proposition. The books are divided into several genres: Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction, philosophy etc. I found the philosophy section particularly appealing with many books that I’ve wanted to read for a long long time: The consolation of philosophy by Boethius, The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, Studies in pessimism by Shopenhaeur, etc. On selecting a particular book we are presented with a short description as well as an audio preview which is useful to get an idea of what the book is all about before downloading. The book page also contains links to full texts on Gutenberg n info page on wikepedia. The books can be downloaded in mp3 format as well as itunes download. Another useful feature is that we are presented with a menu of similar books which leads to expanding reading horizons. I discovered a delightful book ‘The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo.


May 12, 2010. Tags: , . Books, Reading, Uncategorized.

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