29 Websites and Apps Where You Can Download or Read Free Ebooks
Reading books can make you learn something new or perhaps tickle your imagination. Want to read books and escape reality from time to time during the Enhanced Community Quarantine, but don’t have resources at home or at your dorm? It’s alright, there’s no need to go out and visit bookstores just to be able to do so. There are websites and apps where you can download or read free ebooks.
Benefits of Reading Ebooks/Books
Do you read books or ebooks because you’re bored? Or is it because you want to learn something new? Well, whatever your reason may be, choosing to spend your time reading books/ebooks is a wholesome thing to do. Here are some of the benefits you can get from reading books:
- Reading ebooks/books can Strengthen Your Writing Abilities
You might have or still might not have noticed it, but reading can improve your writing abilities. Whether you’re just reading a novel for fun or you’re reading a book on writing to actually target learning about writing, your writing ability could be strengthened.
- Reading ebooks/books can Provide You with Entertainment
Fantasy, Adventure, Romance, Mystery, Horror, Thriller, and Science Fiction are just some of the book genres which are very well known in providing its readers the value of entertainment, but others might also find entertainment even while reading Guide/How-to, Development, History, and other information-packed genres.
- Reading ebooks/books can Enhance Your Imagination
Some pages can serve as your doorway to a mystical world of dragons, fairies, and witches. Other pages can become time machines which can lead you to the past. Then there are also pages which can literally show you how business and leadership works. Then there are also those pages which can make you afraid of the dark. Books/Ebooks, especially the well-written ones, can make you see words and sentences as if they’re in pictures.
- Reading ebooks/books can Expand Your Vocabulary
Both fiction and non-fiction books may use words which you still haven’t encountered and could make a great addition to your vocabulary.
- Reading ebooks/books can Increase Your Knowledge
The knowledge you’ll get will be depending on the ebook/book you’ll read. Textbooks, How-to books, Business books, and the like are the books most likely to carry loads of information which can add to your knowledge.
List of Websites and Apps to Download or Read Free Ebooks
Listed below are just some of the many websites and apps where you can download or read free ebooks (websites and apps within this list are not arranged in a particular order). Can’t find the ebook you’re looking for within one of these websites or apps? Try hopping from one website or app to another until you get ahold of the copy which you’ve been dying to read. Ready? Here we go!
Already heard of Amazon, eh? Well, did you know that this platform started out an online marketplace for books? Up to this date, although the platform already offers different kinds of products, there are still a huge variety of books which can be found on Amazon, thus there are also free ebooks, which you can also check out.
If there are free games and free apps in Google Play Store, there are also, of course, free ebooks which you can download. Google Play Store has a wide variety of genres to choose from, so just keep on scrolling just in case you still haven’t found the one which calls out for you. To be able to add these free reads to your collection, you must have the Google Play Books – Ebooks, Audiobooks, and Comics app on your devices. Don’t worry, this isn’t a catch. This app is free to download on Google Play Store as well.
Books, magazines, audiobooks, sheet music, and documents – those are what you can find within their website. With their books alone. you’ll already have a lot of categories to choose from such as Career and Money, Personal Growth, Politics and Current Affairs, Science and Tech, Lifestyle, Fiction, and more. Scribd also has a mobile app called the Scribd: Audiobooks & Ebooks, which is free download in Google Play. Scribd offers an entire 30-day free trial which you can use to access both books and audiobooks within their website or their app. You may read and listen rightaway to your chosen materials without any additional fee. Once your free trial for 30 days ends, you can either choose to continue by paying $8.99 per month or you may also choose to cancel any time.
Wattpad, both a website and an app, carries a wide variety of ebooks from writers and aspiring writers all over the world. There are a lot of free ebooks out there which you can simply add to your private library. You will be able to access your library anytime and anywhere as long as you have your Wattpad account. With your Wattpad account, more than being able to access a lot of ebooks, you will also be able to create your own ebook and share your stories all over the globe. This is also the kind of platform where your story could be discovered, adapted into a film or TV series, and get published by book publishers.
Here’s another mobile app that will let you have thousands of books right under your fingertips. With 000000+ FREE Ebooks, you can download the books of your choice to read them offline. Ebooks which can be downloaded from this app are the ones which copyright has already expired.
What’s with this mobile app? Well, as the app’s name goes – 50000 Free eBooks & Free AudioBooks. The ebooks which this app offers are all English classics which belong to the public domain. Peter pan, Sherlock Holmes, Moby Dick, Alice in Wonderland, Pride and Prejudice, Grimm’s fairy tales, Don quixote, Hamlet, and Macbeth are just a few of the thousands of titles within the app.
Here’s another library which you can fit right in your pocket – AnyBooks—Free download Full Library Offline Reader. Just like Wattpat and Webtoon, this app will not only let you read free ebooks but will also let you share your own stories. This storytelling app also has a built-in English dictionary which you can hassle free use while reading should you encounter words you still aren’t familiar with. So whether you’re a reader, a writer, or both, you might find this app useful.
Baen is a website where both paid and free ebooks can be downloaded. If you’ll look at the upper left side of their homepage, just beside their logo, there’s an icon which says “Free Library.” That’s where you can find their collection of free ebooks which you can download in different file formats. Authors who would like to submit their works to Baen may submit their manuscript to Baen via their submission form which can be found within their website’s FAQ under Manuscript Submission Guide.
BookBoon has a mix of paid and free ebooks. Unlike other websites and apps that offer a wide variety of ebook genres, BookBoon only offers Student Textbooks and Business books. This website offers over 1,000 free to download PDF ebooks for students written by top university professors. And for you to be able to get these free ebooks on your devices, all you have to do is to sign-up on their website for free. For Business Books, on the other hand, BookBoon offers a 30-day free trial which lets you access over 1,700 Business eBooks.
This website, BookBub, offers free ebooks in a limited time. Their Collection of ebooks comes from twenty genres (both top-tier publishers and critically-acclaimed independent authors). To get their free offers, join or sign-in to their website. BookBub works with ebook retailers and devices and partners with thousands of publishers and authors to promote their works.
Bookyards is one of the websites where you can download or read free ebooks and just like other websites which offer the same, Bookyards provides a wide variety of book genres which you can choose from. Unlike other websites, however, where you’ll need to sign-in to your account before you can proceed on downloading ebooks, this website does not require its visitors to sign-in before getting their own copy of free ebooks. This website sustains itself by placing advertising on its pages but also accepts donations to be able to keep their service free of charge. “Books found in Bookyard E-bank are not submitted to any copyright and are therefore considered as being ‘Public Domain’ in the U.S.A.,” according to the Legal Policy stated within their website.
For a mobile app which caters to the young ones, within the age of 6-12, Epic!: Kids’ Books, Audio Books, Videos & eBooks can be one of your choices. Your 30-day free trial begins when you start using the app. However,your free trial, if you wish to continue using the app, a $7.99 per month fee will be necessary. You can cancel your subscriptions anytime, so no worries.
Just like most of the apps and websites within this list, the Free Books – read & listen mobile app contains classic ebooks and audiobooks which are considered as part of the public domain. This app will let you read and listen to its contents offline by downloading the ones you like to access without internet connection.
Here’s another website whose name screams what it has to offer – Free Ebooks. This website has a massive list of categories to choose from – Fiction, Non-fiction, Academic, Textbooks, Classics, Fiction Audiobooks, Non-Fiction Audiobooks, Children Audiobooks, and others. To become a member of Free Ebooks, simply log-in to their website with a valid email. Once already a member, you will be able to download five free ebooks every month. How does that sound? It’s such a nice deal if you’d ask me. Free-Ebooks is also encouraging authors to publish their ebooks within the website to reach more readers.
You can read thousands of free ebooks offline with the Free Books & Audiobooks mobile app. One of the main differences of reading an ebook from an app compared to reading it with a downloaded PDF format is the fact that when you’re using an app just like this one, you can actually customize your reading experience. This app will let you adjust the font size and switch to dark theme. Also, as stated in their “About this App” page in Google Play Store, “All books and audio books come from the public domain.”
Read and learn wherever you are. Free Books and Audiobooks is a simple mobile app which contains over 12, 000 free ebooks and audiobooks. The content of this app all belong to the public domain. Take masterpieces such as Romeo and Juliet, Sherlock Holmes, and Dracula as examples.
Fan of classic English literature? Home Library – Free Books is an app which makes reading such ebooks easier for you, especially if you want to jump from one classic story to another. Just like other mobile apps for reading, Home Library – Free Books will let you choose fonts, ‘paper’ background color, and even the texture of ebooks’ pages. Take the photo of the pages on the screenshot as an example.
This mobile app’s logo might give out a bit of a TikTok vibe, but its focus is entirely different. Inkitt – Free Fiction Books, Novels & Stories, just like how the app name says, contains free ebooks. It is also one of the free Editor’s Choice apps in Google Play which you can download whenever you feel like it. Novels which can be accessed with this app are from the indie authors on the Inkitt app.
Looking for a platform where you can download children’s books for your child or younger sibling? The International Children’s Digital Library might be the website you’re searching for. The free ebooks within this website can be categorized based from the age of the reader – “Three to Five”, “Six to Nine”, until “Ten to Thirteen.”
Reading books or ebooks is for everyone, so you can also encourage the children in your family to start reading. Let’s Read – Digital Library of Children’s Books is one of the apps which you may use, especially if there aren’t many kiddie books stored in your shelves. This app will also let you switch the language being used for the stories. So if English isn’t your child’s pick, you may choose the one language your child prefers. Included in their list of available languages are Filipino, Bahasa Indonesia, Korean, and more. All books within the app are 100% free and are openly licensed, according to the app’s “About this App” page on Google Play Store.
Little Stories. Read bedtime story books for kids is another one of the mobile apps meant for children. The main difference however, is that this app will actually let your children or your younger sibling be the main character of the bedtime stories. This also lets you record the story with your own voice. Think this app will make bedtime storytelling more entertaining for you and your kids? You may download it for free.
The name of this website kind of already gave it away – there are many books in it. Get it? Just like other websites and apps where you can download or read free ebooks, all you have to do is to log into your account within their website to download free ebook. There’s Fantasy, Young Adult’s, Historical Fiction, Horror, Romance, and more well known genres which can be found on this platform. Many of their early ebooks were from the Project Gutenberg archives, which are mostly classics which copyrights have already expired. And now, Many Books is already one of the platforms where self-publishing authors can introduce their books and stories.
For those who are hooked up in reading Mythology books, there are also apps dedicated solely to your interest and of them is the Mythology Books Free. This app is completely offline, so you will be able to read whenever you want. Mythology ebooks which are within this app are all collected from different copyright-free sources and are all available for the public.
Is PDF the download format you prefer for ebooks? Then here’s a website which you might like – PDF Books World. The PDF books which you can download for free within this website are those which have already attained the public domain status such as classic titles which include Romeo And Juliet by William Shakespeare, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by Lyman Frank Baum, and more.
Who says that ebooks are only limited to novels, textbooks, and business books? The Pinoy Food Recipes app is a cookbook itself with a lot of recipes which can guide you to your cooking adventure. This app is completely offline, which means that you’ll have their entire cookbook with you all the time once you downloaded the app.
Project Gutenberg is a website which has a collection of over 60,000 free ebooks. Within its bookshelves are some of the world’s great literature focused on older works for which their U.S. copyright has already expired.
Still looking for other websites and apps Where you can download or read free ebooks? There’s still plenty on this list so read on. Another one is Rakuten Kobo. There are a lot of free ebooks to choose from on this platform and you only need an account within their website to add your chosen ebook to your “My Books.” Creating an account on this website is for free. Rakuten Kobo also has a mobile app called Kobo Books which can be downloaded at Google Play Store for free.
If there are digital versions available for novels, educational, and business books, there are also some apps dedicated solely on the digital version of the Bible. The Bible App Free + Audio, Daily Verse, Prayer is one of these apps. You may either read the Bible online or offline with this app – the choice is yours.
WEBTOON, unlike the rest of the websites and apps which have been mentioned prior, offers a different genre of reading material. Comics or simply called webtoons – are simply what this platform offers. So if you’re fond of reading with pictures, here’s something that might be of interest to you. Another feature of WEBTOON which makes it such a good platform is that, like Wattpat, it doesn’t only cater to readers but also to creators. You may either visit its website or download its app to read on.
This isn’t an app that will provide you with ebooks, but this can help you just in case you’ve downloaded ebooks in PDF format and your phone doesn’t allow you to view what you’ve downloaded. Try downloading this app if your mobile device cannot support the PDF format. Happy reading, everyone!
Those are Some of the Websites and Apps Where You Can Download or Read Free Ebooks
There are still a lot of websites and apps out there where you can download or read free ebooks, so if you didn’t get to find the books that call out to you from any of the apps and websites within this list, feel free to search for more platforms which possibly hold what you’re looking for. Know other websites and apps where you can download or read free ebooks? Share it with us in the comment section below for others to try as well.
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