Where to download eBooks and audiobooks: for free, on PC

Where to download eBooks and audiobooks: for free, on PC

If you love to read, you'll be pleased to find out there are a number of online resources where you can find eBooks and audiobooks for free. Each year, as the copyright on hundreds of classic and modern texts expire, they become available in the public domain, where they can be accessed legally for free. The websites mentioned in this article allow you to download books and audiobooks in the public domain.

Where to download free books without registration?

There are plenty of websites where you can get books for free without prior registration. Some examples of most popular resources that offer this option include Project Gutenberg, Open Library, Public and Librivox. At the end of this article, you can find a list of more than 20 different pages where free books and audiobooks are available to read and download.

How to download free books from Project Gutenberg?

Project Gutenberg was launched by Michael Hart, a writer, philanthropist, and creator of eBooks, who aimed to create free a public library. Project Gutenberg's catalog has now soared to over 60,000 eBooks published in a range of languages, including English, French, Russian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and many more. You will find many classic works from internationally renowned writers whose works have reached the public domain, such as Franz Kafka, W.E.B. Du Bois, Henry David Thoreau, and Oscar Wilde, amongst many others. For your convenience, many books are available in ePub or PDF format. Thereare also iOS and Android applications available. 

How to download free books from Open Library?

Open Library is a real literary treasure. It contains millions of books, some of which are scanned books, as they are simply not available digitally. You will find publications in many different languages, including English, German, French, Spanish, Russian, and Chinese. The ultimate goal of Open Library is to create a web page for every book ever published. A vast number of books is available to read without prior registration, whereas other content can be borrowed for up to two weeks by users who have created a free account. Besides the Open Library web page, you can also browse and access the collection using the mobile apps for Android and iOS.

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How to download free books from the World Public Library?

The World Public Library is an online resource with thousands of eBooks, audiobooks, and articles in the public domain. To get started, simply request your free eLibrary Card. Once obtained, you will be able to browse their Millennium catalog with publications available in over 300 languages. This collection covers a wide range of subjects, including history, sociology, economics, philosophy, and more.

How to download free books from The Europeana Collection?

The Europeana Collection is an online platform that provides free access to a wide range of content, including books, films, music, artworks, and more. It sources its archives from libraries and museums around Europe, thus providing an eclectic source of content. The Europeana Collection currently includes more than 50 million artifacts, all of which can be easily searched from the site. The Europeana Collections is available in all 24 European languages.

How to listen to free audiobooks from LibriVox?

LibriVox is an online digital library that contains over 18,000 public domain audiobooks. What is unique about LibriVox, is that its community members voluntarily record their voice to make readers have voluntary contributed to LibriVox. Although most projects are recorded in English, you can also expect to find approximately 2,000 non-English audiobooks. If you are keen to contribute to LibriVox, you can become a volunteer at any given time. For your convenience, there are also mobile LibriVox apps for Android and iOS

How to download free Kindle books?

Amazon's Kindle platform allows you to buy eBooks in just a single click. But that's not all! The Kindle catalogue is also a great place to find totally free public domain works. The only thing you need is an Amazon account. Just search for keywords such as "public domain" and "free books". Alternatively, you can use the Advanced Search feature and to filter results based on price, selecting the option "free" to fetch those titles that are available free of charge. There are Kindle apps for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS.

Which other resources offer free books and audiobooks?

  • Scribl
  • Overdrive
  • Google Books
  • Wikisource
  • Digital Book
  • Open Culture
  • Lit2Go
  • ThoughtAudio
  • Freebook Sifter
  • The eReader Café
  • Pixel of Ink
  • Bookyards
  • Freeditorial
  • BookLending
  • Google Play
  • BookPub
  • International Children's Digital Library
  • Feedbooks
  • PDFBooksWorld
  • ManyBooks
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