391 Places for Free Books Online
IntroductionThis is a listing of 391 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing.
Some time ago I went looking for some free eBooks and was surprised to find that there are many resources for this. I decided to put together this list of sites that offer free eBooks as a reference.
I have tried to make certain that all of the eBooks at these sites are legally available for viewing/downloading. However, it is possible that I have made a mistake. If you suspect any of these sites of illegally offering copyrighted materials, then please let me know through the comments below.
Putting this together was exhausting, but the list is not exhaustive, so I encourage you to post any sites that you know of that are not listed here.
The listing here is in alphabetical order. Given the size of this list now, it may be easier to search by genre . I have set up 16 pages here of different genres. If you do not see one that covers your interests, let me know and I may be able to put one together.
I have also put together a listing of sites that offer free and legal audio books at
- Alphabetical Listing - A listing of the site names in alphabetical order
- Listing by Genre - Links to pages here for different book genres (16)
- Online Local Libraries -These sites have links to local libraries which have much content for members
2020k  Large collection, divided into categories and sub-categories for download in a variety of formats. Note: Many of the links to the Internet Archive from this site are not working.
4tenderheart  offers unique stories for online reading and also two television readings of Sir Pot stories.
AcrobatPlanet  has a nice size collection of free pdf ebooks. Their main page listing shows only categories for non-fiction works, but I believe a search will reveal different categories.
AdamWasserman  offers his scifi work "Gyges the Terrible" for free download in ebook format. Also other fiction works at his site.
AkamacE-TextLinks a huge collection of links to works by classic authors. Sortable by name or birthday-excellent resource. Links are off site, so download and viewing options vary. Another one from SeaMac.
Alexandra Marel l offers 4 of her works for free download after free registration at her site.
Al-Islam  has a large collection of Islamic works in its library available for free online viewing. There is also software and audio available. Clicking on the appropriate icons in the library will show the available works in each.
AllBooksFree  A small, but unique, listing of free fiction ebooks, available for download, mostly in pdf.
AllKindsOfThingsKill is a collection of 9 short horror stories by Robert Best available for online viewing.
AllPDFBooks  has a good sized collection of books available in biology, chemistry, physics, computer, magic and hindi kahaniyan, for download in pdf. Suggested by an anonymous user.
AllRomanceBooks  lists 169 free romance ebooks for download. Registration is required. I noticed that there appeared to be the 1RomanceEBooks and eHarlequin listings shown there, as well as quite a few others. Again, these are not public domain, but the free offerings of current publishers.
AlvieTheLittleBrownBurro  has seven Alvie stories to read online or download in MP3.
Amazon  has a large listing of free kindle books. These are listed as the Top 100 free overall and in each category. I did not go through each category, but they look to add up to an impressive number.
American Mathematical Society  has a pretty complete listing of books involving mathematics.
AnAngryAuthorScreaming  has 12 short horror stories and some poetry available for free download in DOC. Not intended for children.
AntBee  Joe Ant and Boo Bee offer nine illustrated books for younger children for online viewing.
ArtofTravel  offers the ebook, How to See the World, backpacking on $25 a day or less for free reading online.
Arthur's Classic Novels  - Over 4000 novels covering a great variety of topics, nicely separated into categories and "best" lists. Some very interesting entries here. Available for online viewing.
Ask Sam  - A small collection of classics, including Shakespeare, and legal, resource and government texts.
AssociatedContent  has several cookbooks available for download in pdf. Most are short and specific (muffin recipes etc.), but the Chocolate recipe book is over 600 pages and the Blue Ribbon recipes are over 400 pages.
AstrologyWeekly  10 books for online reading and about 30 for download. All on astrology.
Authorama offers a few hundred books, searchable by author, for online viewing.
BABBooks  is a children's site that has 25 free illustrated books available for online reading or listening.
Baen Free Library  - A small library of downloadable science fiction novels in a variety of formats.
BaenCD  - A small collection of science fiction books from Baen's promotional CDs. They are downloadable in a variety of formats as well as viewable online.
Baldwin Online Children's Projects  520 classic children's books in a variety of genres for online viewing.
BannerBooks  offers 5 unique books for reading online.
BarbaraMurray offers the free ebook, P.E.A.C.E. on Earth, " cross-platform, multi-media serialized ebook set 3 million years into the future."
Barnes&Noble  offers free ebooks for the nook. There are some sample books mixed in with the free full entries, but still plenty of reading material for nook users here. Thanks to Sara Lutz for this.
Bartleby  - Harvard classics and encyclopedias. HTML only.
BBCSchools  has three online illustrated books for young children that can be viewed with or without audio.
Bedtime-Story has a large collection of illustrated books for online viewing. Some are classics and others are unique stories separated into unusual categories.
Beenleigh State School  of Queensland, Australia has a large collection of children stories to read online with audio built in.
Berkely SunSite Classics  - A small collection of classics. HTML only.
BesteBooksWorld  has links to a fairly large collcetion of free ebooks in a wide variety of caetgories. These are offsite links, so the download/viewing options vary.
BestScienceFictionStories  offers links to a large collection of new and classic short stories for reading, listening and download.
BetweentheLions  has a good number of video books with words for younger readers to follow along. Also some games and other activities for young readers.
Bibliomania  - Over 2,000 classic novels, study guides, biographies and more. HTML only.
BlackMaskFiction  offers 20 or so free detective stories that were originally published in magazines during 1925 to 1939 for download in pdf.
BookBoon has a very nice collection of textbooks, travel guides and business ebooks for free download in PDF.
Book-bot  14,571 books available for online viewing in their easy to view reader. Very nice find by fellow editor Rhiannon.
BookBox  is a children's site that has about 20 free books available for download in pdf (as a single page) and MP3. Also free games and coloring books.
BookGlutton  is a collection of 1200+ books for online reading with the added feature of groups available for discussion of the readings. Nice combination of reading and socializing. Suggested by an anonymous poster. Free registration and starting of a group now required.
BookGoldMine  has several hundred ebooks, lecture notes and videos regarding biology, business, computer science, math and physics. Most available for viewing online, but some for download in PDF. Thanks to Gio for this.
BookPop  is another children's site that has a number of illustrated books free for online reading. There are also some coloring pages for download. There are supposed to be music and story downloads, but I kept getting an error when trying to reach those.
BookRags  - Small collection of free with many paid. Hard to find the free ones. Available in Word or PDF.
BookRix  is a mix of classic and new ebooks. There are over 16,500 free ebooks available in several general categories. The reading online is in a popup window that reads as an ordinary book. There are some classics that can be found elsewhere, but there are also many unique entries here. The adult oriented books require registration to read or download. Downloads in epub, Sony, Stanza (iPhone) or their BookRix formats.
BooksForABuck  offers the romance novel "Private Lies" for free download in a variety of fomats.
BooksOnlinePage  has 3 full fantasy and 1 full science fiction novel, all by Hugh Cook available for free online reading.
BooksShouldBeFree  While primarily a good sized collection of audio books, each of the books is available for online reading or for download in text.
Bookstacks  is a small collection (100+) of classic works available for online viewing, with many also available in Adobe PDF and Microsoft Reader versions. Nicely set up.
BookViewCafe  offers the first of the four book "Starfarers Quartet" for free download in several formats or for reading online. Thanks to "Guy Haha" for this.
BookYards  - 16,000+ books, videos, educational material.
Bored.com  has over 15,000 books available for online viewing. Nicely divided into a good variety of categories.
BritishLibrary  has a virtual books section with a small, but interesting, collection for online viewing.
BrowzerBooks  has an interesting collection of novels in a wide variety of genres (check bottom of page for links to genres) either available for online reading or download in pdf.
BucaroTecHelp  has an interesting collection of free business books available for download in pdf. These deal with internet business for the most part. You do have to view their news feed to be able to download, but registration is not necessary.
BuddhaNet  offers several hundred ebooks on various aspects of Bhuddism for download in pdf. Also a children's section with coloring books and texts. There are audio books and videos also available.
BuddhaSasana  has a large collection of free ebooks, articles discourses etc., on Buddhism for online viewing.
BuddhistELibrary  has around 225 free books on Buddhism in 7 categories. Downloads are in PDF. Also offers audio and video
BusinessBookMall  has a large collection of books dealing with all facets of business for free download in pdf. Also a large collection of non-business textbooks  for free download in PDF.
Business-Software-Books  has a smaller collection of business books that mostly relate to use of software for business. These are zipped files and the ones I checked were pdf.
ByGosh  offers a small collection of very nicely illustrated classics for younger children and older children. Also some short stories. Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd .
CandlelightStories  has a good number of stories from the Arabian nights collection as well as other story books available for online reading.
CBeebies  is a BBC site that offers a good number of free stories, in flash, for online reading and listening. Also, has games, music and coloring books.
Chessville 40+ ebooks on Chess available for download (mostly in PDF)
ChestofBooks  Large collection, divided into categories, for online viewing. Nice collection.
Chilanti  very large collection of links to free ebooks divided into 30 categories. Also, study guides and tutorials. Since links are off site, download and viewing options vary.
ChildrensBooksForever  has a nice collection of illustrated books available in pdf. Additional comments from Cathy of PuzzlEd 
"I checked out ChildrensBooksForever and the books are just delightful! Gorgeous pictures and some good themes for primary-school kids (anger, bullying etc). Over 20 books available to download and use on computer, Smartboards etc, as well as viewing online (and in quite a variety of languages, too, apparently). Excellent for school or home use."
Children's Books Online  is an excellent collection (600+) of illustrated antique children's books for viewing online. They are also available for download at a fee. This little gem was suggested by an anonymous poster.
Children'sLibrary.org  has a large collection of books for online viewing. Many appear to be unique classic works that are finely illustrated. Books can be filtered by age, length and fiction/non-fiction.
ChildrensStories  offers 6 free works by Elisa Gianoncelli. 2 are for children 7 and older, 1 for children 6 to 9 and 3 for children under 6.
ChildrenstoryCom  offers a smaller collection of fairy tales, nursery rhymes and holiday stories. There is also a story that was written and illustrated by 2d grader children. Caution that many of the other links lead to items for sale.
ChildrenStoryInfo  a children site that offers a nice collection of fairy tales for online viewing as well as Bible stories and coloring books.
Chris Lusser  offers three of her romance novels for free download in several formats.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library  making classic Christian writings available and promoting their use. Suggested by AndrewK
ClarkesworldMagazine  offers free science fiction short stories for online viewing and also some audio versions. A winner of the 2010 Hugo award for best Semiprozine. Thanks to Knight_of_Pentacles for this.
Classic Authors.net  contains the works of over a hundred authors (and short biography for each), with a varying number of works per author. Online viewing only.
Classic Book Shelf Electronic Library  offers the works of 50+ authors in varying amounts. Online viewing only.
ClassicHistoryBooks  offers 6 unique works for online viewing.
ClassicHorrorStories  has a very nice, and large, collection of classic short horror stories for online viewing.
Classic Literature Library  Decent size collection that has complete works of a small variety of authors and works of others and a nice children's section available for online viewing.
Classic Reader  offers thousands of free classic books for online viewing.
CND  offers a few English translations of Chinese classic novels and works on philosophy. Most however, are only available in Chinese. Suggested by the ever helpful SeaMac.
ComputerBooks.us  larger collection, sub categorized and available for download in pdf
CookingWithUs has a large and diverse collection of cookbooks available in PDF (zipped). Also, a few cookbooks available in Kindle .
CougarWebWorks  has several of the works of Nowick Gray available for free download in pdf.
CrankyLibrarian  3011 books by 752 authors available for online viewing. Complete works of several authors and some interesting categories.
CrapHound has a few works of Cory Doctrow available for free download.
CreativeHomemaking  has a number of free cookbooks available for download in pdf. Some interesting entries here, including "How to Make a Gingerbread House".
DailyLit  - Read books online by daily email or RSS feed. Over 700 titles.
DesiringGod  has a good size collection of Christian oriented works for download in PDF.
Developnew  a good collection of free computer software books available for reading online.
Diesel eBooks  - Offers 750+ ebooks formatted for Microsoft Reader and MobiPocket.
DigitalBookIndex  links to over 140,000 free ebooks in a wide variety of categories. Viewing and download options vary as these are links to various sites.
DivineLifeSociety  over 200 books on Yoga, religion and philosophy available in pdf or HTML
DLTK-Teach  offers free printable children's books. Most are geared towards pre-schoolers, including a set on the alphabet, but there are some stories for older children also. Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd. 
DominicGreen offers 4 of his science fiction novels for free reading online.
DripRead  Book serialization by email. All books in ePub format. Registration not required, but the free registration does add some nice features. Obviously email required. thanks to Peter Barber for this.
DuncanLongPublications  offers several works for free online viewing. Generally, a pdf download costs money, but some are ad supported and are free.
Earthbound  The 5 book science fiction series of Earthbound available for download in lit .pdb .pdf .txt .rtf.
EastofTheWeb  offers a good number of scifi short works for reading online. Thanks to Panzer for this.
EasyMediaBroadcast  offers a nice size collection of mostly classical works for download in TK3. You must use the TK3 reader, available for free at the site, for these books. Books are sorted by author and title.
eBookCellar  has nine free cookbooks available for download in PDF (zipped). For some reason, you have to go through a few pages to get to the download, but there is no signup etc.
eBookLobby  - Small, but interesting and unique, collection divided into 13 categories
eBookNook  A good number of stories, mostly romance, but some children and vampire stories available for online reading.
eBookPlanet  has an interesting and unique collection of works in 12 categories available for download in pdf. Suggested by an anonymous user.
eBooks@Adelaide a great collection of works from the University of Adelaide. All are available for online viewing and have links for printing. Many are also available in ePub. Thanks to Ana for this valuable source.
eBooksCube  has a good size collection of classics available for online viewing.
E-Books Directory  944 books in 344 categories available for download in varying formats.
eBooksForAll  has 873 free ebooks by 149 authors in 342 categories available. These are links to other sites, so the download and viewing options vary.
eBooksJustPublished  Interesting collection of DRM free eBooks listed daily. These listings link out to other sites and therefore the download options vary. Generally these are new books by relatively unknown authors.
eBooksRead  Over 242,000 books available for download in pdf or text. Search by author or title
eBooksWorld claims to be the world's largest free ebook directory. I am not sure if that is true, but they do seem to have a large collection of links to free ebook downloads. Since they link to other sites, the download and viewing options vary.
eBookTakeaway  has 3500+ free ebooks by 250+ authors for download in pdf, html or ebook text.. Searchable by author, genre or title. Also biography and book download listings for individual popular authors.
e-cookbooks.net  has 14 smaller cookbooks available for free download in pdf.
eduplace  offers 14 "leveled" books for children for online reading or printing.
EldritchPress  has a good sized collection of public domain works with some unique categorization.
Elegant Solutions Software and Publishing Company, LLC  has lots of eBooks for people who think. This Gem of a site was suggested by AndrewK.
Ellora's Cave  offers 80 free romance reads for download. Free registration is required.
EpistemeLinks  provides over 2,100 links to electronic texts by famous philosophers throughout history. This section is currently searchable in three ways: title keyword, philosopher, topic category. Not currently maintained, so some links have died out, but still a good resource. Thanks again to SeaMac for this.
ePubBooks  offers over 500 classic books for free download in ePub format.
eReader.com  has a small collection of free ebooks for download, but a couple interesting entries. Registration required.
eServer Technical Communications  has 875 works in its software section and 161 in its web design section (although a number were no longer available) as well as some articles in its other sections.
eText.lib  The University of Virginia online library has a large collection of works available for online viewing (some are available in Microsoft Reader). Even though a good number are limited to UVA students and staff, there is still a good amount of interesting material available to the general public. Suggested by poster mike dutch.
EveryonesReading  is offering 12 free romance novels for download in several formats. This is a follow up to their previous offer and may not be around for long.
FabienRoy offers his his scifi-thriller novel, Buckyball, for free download in pdf. "James Pissola tells the story of how one night of partying with his best friend in South Beach changed his life. Listening to a specific song always transports him back to the same time and place, which happens to be the Miamillennium nightclub in Miami. These flashback moments are called life-turns and James claims to have lived over one hundred and seventy-one of them, some lasting between 13 and 26 years."
FableLibrary  has an interesting and unique collection of childrens works. Most are available for viewing online, including some flash versions. But a few are available for download. Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd. 
Fahim Farook  offers his humorous science fiction novel, Honest, The Martian Ate your dog, for free download or online viewing.
FalbePublishing  offers a good size collection of classic works in several categories for download in PDF.
Federal Citizen Information Center  offers informational booklets on a great variety of subjects. Many are free and most of the paid ones are available for a free download. Suggested by an anonymous poster
FeedBooks  - Thousand of eBooks downloadable in a variety of formats
Felicity Heaton  offers 9 short stories for free reading online.
Fiction eBooks  is a interesting small collection of works of fiction (including some Beatrix Potter illustrated childrens books) as well as some books for writers and works philosophy and sociology. Online viewing only.
FictionPress  is a growing network over 1 million writers/readers, and home to over 1,200,000 original works by unsigned authors.
FictionWise  has 35 books available for free download in a great variety of formats. Most are the usual classics available elsewhere, but there are a couple of unusual ones and a few reference books that might be interesting. Registration is required.
FionaRobyn  offers her full length romance novel, Thaw, for free reading online.
FloridaDisaster.org  offers three books on hazardous weather for 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade readers in download in pdf.
ForgottenBooks  is an independant publisher that offers almost 10,000 free ebooks (with several thousand more coming) for free download in "low quality pdf". The books can be searched by top 100, name, author and several categories. You can get a free "high quality pdf" ebook daily by providing an email address.
FreeBookCentre  links to thousands of computer ebooks divided into many sub-categories.
Free-Book.co.uk  has a good variety of free ebooks in 13 categories. These are links to offsite material and download/viewing options vary.
FreeBooks4Doctors  Over 650 works (in varying languages) dealing with medical matters. Available in pdf download.
FreeBooksforAll  A fairly large collection of non-fiction books available for download (mostly in pdf)
FreeComputer Books  - Free computer, math, technical books and lecture notes
FreeeBookDownloadLinks  has a very nice size collection of links to free computer science books online. Download options vary as these are links to other sites.
FreeeBooksBlog  has a good size collection of unique works, mostly put up for free by the authors. These are links to offsite downloads, so formats vary.
FreeeBooksCanada  has a large listing of free books available for download in pdf. Very interesting collection worth checking out.
FreeEBooksLibrary  has a very large collection of free ebooks in a great variety of categories. Of the ones I checked, many were to Gutenberg and had the usual variety of download and viewing options. Others were on site and had PDF links and some others were links to other sites with varying download and viewing options.
Free eBooks Net  - Free books and resources for authors. Also magazines
FreeBook-s  has a good number of ebooks for download in epub, mobi or pdf. Separated into 23 categories.
FreeBookUK  has several hundred free ebooks in 13 categories. These are links offsite, so download and viewing options vary.
FreeITeBooks  has a large collection of free computer and internet related ebooks in 19 different categories. Most are available for viewing and download in pdf. Some are available for reading online or download in other formats.
FreeNovels.net  offers the science fiction novel, Flores Girl, The Children God Forgot, for free download in a variety of formats.
FreeOn-LineBooks  Interesting collection on individualist feminism and libertarianism available for online viewing.
FreeOnlineBookstore  has a good number of links to free books in a wide variety of categories. The most engineering and electrical engineering books I have seen listed at a site. But they also have works in about 15 other categories. Since most link off site, the options for downloading/viewing vary.
FreeOnlineChristianBooks  several hundred books available for online viewing
Free Online Novels  Interesting collection for online viewing. Several hundred novels separated into categories.
FreeProgrammingeBooks  has a very large collection of programming ebooks in 33 categories available for free. Most are available for download in pdf. Others for viewing online.
FreeQuickRecipes  3 cookbooks available for download in pdf and a large amount of recipes for online viewing as well as other information on kitchen and diet
FreeRead  a bibliography of Australian writers who died before 1955, with links to a good number of them for download or viewing.
FreeRomanceFiction  offers 5 free works available for download in pdf. These are in their Holiday, Paranormal, Erotic and historical subsections. There may be works added in the future.
Free SF Online  over 2,000 links to science fiction books for reading online
FreeSFReader  Collection of links for mostly science fiction, fantasy and horror novels and short stories, but also some other genres.
FreeSoftwareBooks has a large collection of links to free ebooks and tutorials in a wide variety of categories. Many of the links are to older works, but still worthwhile. Some of the links have expired, but most still are working. Since the links are offsite, viewing/download options vary.
FreeTechBooks  - Computer science and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes.
FreeTechnologyAcademy  offers free ebooks for download in editable doc format as part of their learning modules. If you want to learn about Linux and free software, this is a good place to start.
FullBooks  - Thousand of free full text books.
GailSpencerLamm  offers her illustrated ebook, Emily's Patience, for free online viewing or download.
Gaslight  offers a chronological listing and listing by Author of horror and ghost stories from the 19th and 20th century. These are offered for online viewing and were originally posted for weekly reading and discussion groups. Although it appears the weekly groups are no more, the links I checked still were working.
GenealogySearch  offers historical and genealogy books from around the world.
GenieBooks  offers 15 books for younger readers for download in PowerPoint. Has not been updated in a while, but links still work. Sponsored by University of Auburn. PowerPoint can be read with the free Open Office .
Geronimo's Adventures  features 9 good size books on the adventures of Geronimo the teddy bear for online viewing.
GetFreeEbooks  - Several hundred free ebooks, generally offered up by the authors. Download options vary as these link offsite.
Giraffian  offers a nice collection of books for pre-schoolers, covering the alphabet, numbers colors and other topics. Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd. 
Globusz  - A place for new authors to post their work and for readers to check them out for free.
GoldenGems  a collection of little golden books and other illustrated books for children for online viewing and saving as jpg.
Google Book Search  - Good selection of free ebooks available in a variety of categories.
GrtBooks  - A large collection of great books and classics.
Gutenberg  - Over 25,000 books for download there and over 100,000 available through their affiliates.
HANDebooks  has 15 public domain classics available for download in Plucker or eReader.
Harlequin offers 16 full length romance novels for free download in pdf. These are entries from their collection.
HealthRecipes  A good number of cookbooks available for download in pdf. Scroll down the page as there are pay books at the top.
HeritageAuctionGalleries offers two works of James L. Halperin, The First Immortal and The Truth Machine, for free download in MS Word.
HesperianFoundation  offers about 15 books on basic health and treatment for free download in pdf.
HolyBooks.com  Download holy books, sacred and spiritual texts in full length for free. Suggested by an anonymous poster.
Hopcott.Net  has a small but unique collection of novels, novellas and short stories for online viewing. Genres include romance, mystery, ghost science fiction and horror.
HorrorMasters  2100 classic horror novels available for download in pdf, plus links to horror novels at other sites.
HowTo  offers around 150 free "how to" ebooks on a wide variety of topics. Suggested by an anonymous poster.
Infomotions  - 14,000 listings from full classic novels to Western philosophy. HTML only.
Ink.Imagedjinn  has a nice collection of short fairy tales, a couple of myth stories and the book Pinocchio available for online viewing. A site for children.
InklessTales  offers 15 children stories for online viewing as well as games, poems and activities.
InPictures is not an ebook site, but it is worthy of inclusion here as its free tutorials based upon pictures is a great start to learning the various features of Microsoft Office, Open Office, Web Layout and Web Programming.
In-Tech  offers 80 full length books for free download in pdf (zipped). Large selection on the topic of robotics. There are also about 2000 journal articles available here for free.
InternationalChildrensDigitalLibrary  nice collection of children's books from around the world in a variety of languages and nicely categorized, available for online viewing.
InternationalWorldHistoryProject has a very good size collection of free historical novels for download. Some of the downloads are in EXE. I usually shy away from such offerings, but I checked these and they are clean. They also offer some works that require the TK3 reader, which I have previously checked as clean. Further down the page are a good number of PDF downloads.
InternetArchive  - Over 500,000 texts available for download
Internet Sacred Text Archive  very interesting and large collection of books on religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric available for online viewing.
Into Windows  Into Windows has about a dozen downloadable PDF 'Tips and Tricks' Guides to Windows 7. Suggested by Sea Mac
Ishwar  offers free ebooks on most of the world's religions.
Islaam Pure & Clear  around 50 Islamic books for reading or download
Jackee'sCorner  has romance novels of Jackee Connor for available for download in pdf, html and lit. There are 4 completed novels, 4 works in progress and 5 short stories.
JamesDunavant  offers his book, The Keepers of Forever, for download in HTML. or online viewing. A download compatible with Palm Pilot is also available.
JeffInlo  offers his book, Alien Cradle, for download in a large variety of formats and for online reading.
JennaBlack  offers her work "Embraced in Darkness" for free download in pdf.
JimDeFilippi  offers 8 of his crime novels for free download in pdf.
Jody Kihara  has made two of her books for children available for free download in PDF and apparently more freebies are forthcoming.
Journeyof theHeart  offers the works of Judith Bronte for free. These romance novels are available for download in pdf or reading online. There are 7 completed works and a couple in progress.
Jude's Forum  offers the novel, "Formerly Brandewyne" for free download without registration. It looks like registration will allow other free works for download.
JuliaCarda  offers her novel, Portal to Peace, for free download in pdf at her website.
KalinBooks  has 4 science fiction novels of Kalin Ringkvist available for online viewing or download in pdf (with a fifth on the way.
Kallysten  has a good number of works available for free download in pdf.
Kellscraft Studio Around 250 books available for online viewing. Kellscraft lists out of print, public domain novels, most published prior to 1923. Searchable by title, author and topic.
KidsAudioBooks  has 12 classic books for children for download in pdf. Most are available elsewhere, but there is one unique entry. Also a good collection of audio books and some coloring books. Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd.
KidsKnowIt  is not a book site, but it does have a lot of reading for children, along with educational puzzles and games.
KidsNurseryRhymes  a British site featuring over 1200 nursery rhymes for online viewing. Also has sing along rhymes (must have midi player-available there) and some nursery rhyme disco recordings available for download in MP3.
Kidspace  A small collection of childrens books, available for online viewing, from the Internet Public Library.
KimberlyComeaux  offers 2 of her full length novels and 2 short stories for free reading online.
KingZone  has a very nice size collection of free software ebooks available in 13 categories (programming languages) for reading online or download. The vast majority are for reading online.
Knowledgerush  has a good sized collection separated into about 30 categories. Nice children and Mystery sections, among others.
LearningIsland Nice collection of children books available for online viewing.
LearningPage  has a series (38) of printable "Tommy" story books suitable for about 8-10-year-olds, plus some other printable books, for free. Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd. 
LewisShiner  offers four of his novels, a good selection of his short stories, two screenplays and two audio books for free download at his Fiction Liberation Front website. Thanks to "awh" for this.
LibertyLibraryofConstitutionalClassics  great timeline of classic works on law. For those wanting information on the history of our goverments, this is a great place to start. color coded to show which of the various download and viewing options are available for each. Suggested by the always helpful SeaMac.
LibraryofCongress  maintains a nice collection of classic children's books in its Childrens Literature collection of its Rare Book section. these are available for online reading and download in pdf. These are illustrated copies and are a nice mix of well known and unusual.
Librivox  Although mostly know for its excellent collection of audio books. A poster named Les has pointed out that they also have links to online viewing sites for all of its large collection of audio books and also download links.
LilFingers Storybooks  Small collection of books for very young children for reading and being read to.
LinuxDocumentationProject offers a good number of free guides, manuals and howtos on Linux related materials.
Listverse  has a interesting top ten list (though there are 11 entries) of free sci fi books on the web.
Literarium  has a small collection of classic works available for online viewing. A nice collection of Sherlock Holmes, some interesting historical documents and a few unique classic works.
Literature.org  has a collection of classics, arranged by author, for online viewing.
LiteratureMaster  has thousands of ebooks in a wide variety of categories available for online viewing.
LiteratureNetwork has over 1900 full books and over 3000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors available for online reading. Searchable by author and they have a few unusual ones.
LiteraturePost  825 works from 71 authors available for online viewing.
LLeeLowe  offers two novels and some short stories for reading or listening online.
Luisa Green  offers 3 of her romance ebooks for free download in pdf.
Magickeys  small, but interesting, and unusual, collection of childrens books for online viewing.
MagickSpells  is a collection of books on astrology, magic and mythology for free viewing online.
ManyBooks  - 22,000 books available for download in a variety of formats.
MeatBook  has an online cookbook image of the Ground Meat Cookbook available for online viewing.
MedLine Plus  is a great, trustworthy site for general health information, including tutorials, clinical trial updates and the latest news in medicine. You can also find plenty of books , including some intended for children.
MemoWare  - A unique collection of books for hand held devices. There are some shareware items, but 99+% are free.
MerpyStories  offers several animated flash stories, with accompanying music, for online viewing. The unique stories of Merpy, Jeremy Dragonfly and Rufus the Firefly available in English and Spanish. Other activities available.
MetaReligion  has an extensive listing of works for all major world religions as well as some minor religions and ancient myths. All appear to be for online viewing.
Michael Hardgrove  offers his illustrated book, "The Echo and the Pixie" for free reading online.
MichaelPalin  Former Python Michael Palin has made a name for himself lately as a brilliant travel-writer and has made six of his travel books available for online viewing. They are spread across many pages, so not very practical to download.
MicrosoftReader has links to free works at the University of Virginia  and the University of Oregon . Between those two sites, there is a large number of works available for download.
Mills&Boon  offer online reads of romance novels from best selling authors. These are released in serials, with a new chapter every 2-4 days, but older releases are available making this a nice collection.
Mises Institute  Several hundred books, mostly on economics (and from a libertarian point of view) available for download as pdf. Some unique entries here. Suggested by poster, Bill Starr.
MIT Internet Classics Archive  - Over 400 works of classical literature available for download.
MIT OpenCourseWare  offers 2000 courses in a wide variety of departments. The courses I checked seemed to be primarily in pdf, but that may vary.
MobileRead  - Forum listing thousands of free ebooks. Check the E-Book index  listing (for LRF format) or the Automatic Index  listing (for various formats) as well as the general posts.
MobiPocket over 10,000 works, in a variety of categories, available for download in MOBI.
Molwick  Small collection of scientific and educational books available for download in pdf.
Montware  offers the full length Irish romance novel, Caroline, by Una (Lavery) Montgomery for free reading online.
Moxon.net  About 20 ebooks representing writings from a travel writer's articles combined. Available for download in several formats
Munsey's  - Over 18,000 ebooks available in a variety of formats
MuseumofUnnaturalHistory has a small collection of illustrated childrens' stories for online viewing. these are unique stories not found elsewhere.
MusicalTales  offers "Helena and the Orchestra of the World of Mist" as a download in text, video, soundtrack or audiobook.
MysteryNet  has a interesting collection of original online mysteries for visitors to solve as well as mystery short stories. Also, a nice childrens  section.
MysteryNovelist offers the romance mystery, Snow Angels, by Barbara W. Klaser for free reading online.
Namiko  offers her romance novel, "A Japanese Dream in 79 Letters" for reading, and download, in pdf. A German romance novel, "Sebastien und Send Engel" is also available at the site.
Nancy'sKitchen  has a nice size collection of small cookbooks available for free download in pdf.
NewFreeBooks  has links to free ebooks covered by copyright, but still available legally (most times direct from the author's site. Excellent source for newer works.
NightOwlRomance  has 6 interesting romance novels available for download in pdf.
NoPayWeb  has a huge collection of links to free ebooks and materials online. Quite a few of these links were not valid, but most of them are. The ones I saw were all for viewing online, but there may be some downloadable ebooks as these are links offsite.
obooko  offers 30 free books by self publishing authors for download. Free registration is required.
OnlineBestColleges  has a listing of what they call the top 100 free ebooks for business students and entrepreneurs.. These are links offsite (many to sites already listed here), but the listing is interesting. Some of the links do not lead to the book specified, but still lead to relevant books on business.
OnlineBooks4free  large collection of links to other sites for online viewing or download. Nicely categorized.
Online Books Page  from the University of Pennsylvania is a listing of over 30,000 free books on the web. Mostly this references to other sites, but they do have the Gutenberg listings available for download as well as some interesting special exhibits.
OnlineChristianLibrary  has a large collection of christian ebooks available for download in pdf. Also, a number of reference books are available.
OnlineComputerBooks  - Good selection of free computer books.
OnlineFreeeBooks  - links to various ebooks (mostly pdf) in 9 categories
Online Library of Liberty  hosts over an interesting collection of over 1,100 books available for online viewing and also for download.
Online Novels.blogspot has links to a 1000 free online novels in a variety of genres. These are unusual entries not found elsewhere. Links are offsite and download/viewing options vary from book to book.
OnlineSapiens  has a small collection for online viewing, but a few unique entries worth a look.
OnlyFreeFiction  offers about 60 science fiction novels for free download in pdf. This collection contains works I have not seen elsewhere.
OpenLibraryOrg has a huge collection of free novels available for reading online and for download in a large variety of options. Over 1,000,000 titles available. A great resource-thanks to Robert Collins for this.
O'Reilly has an open software books project where some of the books were created as open source and others have been added as they are no longer in print. While most are older, there is still a good deal of relevant information here.
OxfordTextArchive  - Over 2,000 classical texts downloadable as ASCII or DOC
PagebyPage  a few hundred works available for online viewing.
PalaceofAmino  has the 9 book "Bounty Hunter" series available for free download in pdf.
Payton Lee  offers 17 of her romance works and several short stories for download in pdf. The downloads are at LuLu, which supposedly requires registration to download, but I was able to download and did not have to register.
PBSKids  has a few read along stories as well as several short educational videos for young children.
PDFBooks  - 4,700 pdf ebooks
PDFFreeBooks  Small collection of children's books and two rare books on Syriac grammar and Arabic-English lexicon. Available for download in PDF or DJVU.
PennLibraries  has several special collections for online viewing, including a Celebration of Women Writers 
PennsylvaniaOnlineHistoryBooks  provides links to online books regarding the history of Pennsylvania.
PerseusDigitalLibrary  - A large collection of classical texts broken down to time period written.
PlaneteBook  - Free classical literature
PlanetPDFeBooks  - Small collection of classical works.
ProgrammingeBooks  has a very nice collection of downloads and links for a wide variety of programming languages.
Project Gutenberg Australia  over 1600 novels and an assortment of other works available in varying ways, including test, pdf and online viewing
PsychClassics  has 25 books on site for reading, links to 200 other books and about 200 articles all classic works in the field of Psychology.
PublicBookShelf  around 150 books in varying categories for online viewing.
PublicLiterature  Has some unique public domain novels among its classic collection  of around 100 books. Also has a large selection of writings submitted by authors which are free and legal to download, but not to distribute. All are available for online viewing and download in several formats.
PubMed Bookshelf  is an engine which lets you search for books containing keywords of your choice and then browse them.
PubMed Central  This search engine covers all the open-access articles [rather than books] available on PubMed, the National Library of Medicine's main scientific portal (where you can also find abstracts from many restricted-access articles).
PulpScienceFiction offers the book, Pulp Science Fiction, for free download in pdf.
PyrSF  offers the first book, The Crooked Letter, from Sean Williams' Books of the Cataclysm series for free download in pdf.
PuzzlEd  is not a book site, but has links to sites offering free books (which will be incorporated here when I have time) and a collection of jigsaw and other puzzles and other activities for children.
QuickFound  has links to many and varied free online cookbooks for viewing and for download in pdf. Definitely worth checking out.
Rachel Starr Thomson  offers "World's Unseen", the first of her "The Seventh World" trilogy for free download in a variety of formats, as well as online viewing at Smashwords .
Racy Li  offers the racy (18+) novel, "Demon Rescuer" for download in pdf.
RalphRobertMoore  offers his work, Father Figure, for free download in pdf.
RandomStatic  offers Newton's Sleep, a novel published in 2008, for free download in pdf or html.
ReadBookOnline  has a nice collection of classics available for online viewing.
ReadEasily  - Small collection of works that has option for larger print. HTML only.
ReadPrint  - Thousands of books, poems and short stories.
ReadTheseLips  short fiction, poetry and other writings especially for and about lesbians.
RealTime  - Free media for IT professionals.
Religion-Online  over 6,000 works on religion and society available for online viewing.
Remedies4  offers a very good size collection of holistic healing books on a wide variety of health issues.
RichardEngling  offers his futuristic detective novel, Body Mortgage, for free download. Registration for a newsletter is required.
RIF Reading Planet  has an interesting collection of books for online viewing that changes monthly. Also has activities and games as well as Asian/Pacific, Caribbean, Hispanic and native American sections with books and activities.
Rifters  offers the novels and short stories of Peter Watts for download in pdf. Thanks to Ash for this suggestion.
RJRummel  offers his six book "Never Again" series for free download in pdf.
RKPHunt offers 5 full length novels for online reading. One of the novels may be read without registering (free). The other require registration. There are also some other works available for reading after registration.
RoadtoRomance  has a listing of links to free romance novels for download in pdf or reading online. Some are duplicates of this listing, but others are links to author sites.
RobertBurtonRobinson offers a number of free books and short stories for free online viewing  and for free download in pdf. 
RobertSchifreen  has made his new book "The Web Book", which covers everything involved in setting up a website available exclusively to visitors here at Gizmo's.
RodCockle offers a nice collection of illustrated books for online viewing, as well as games and puzzles for 4-8 year olds. Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd. 
Rolf A.F. Witzsche  offers 14 of his novels for online viewing, download in pdf or as audio books in MP3/M4B. 12 of the novels are part of his "The Lodging of the Rose" series.
RomanceatHeart  the online romance magazine has links to free online romance novels and short stories. There are some unique entries here. The links vary as to reading online or download in different formats.
RomanceCorner  offers quite a few short works for online reading. They look to be adult oriented works.
RomanceNovelTV  lists 7 romance novels available for free Kindle download at Amazon.
Romantic4Eve r offers 2 free ebooks by author, Joan Reeves, as well as some short story romance fiction for reading online.
RomanticMarriageStories  features romance works about married life. These short stories present a high view of marriage and portray the fun a romantic couple can have in a happy and sexy marriage.
Room108KidsStories  offers about 25 animated stories, with accompanying music, for reading online. These are unique stories not found elsewhere.
Rosie'sRomanticWritings offers the romantic novel, Forever More, for free reading online.
SamizdatPress  has a small collection of science and math works and links to other works. Their focus is on "material of a pedagogical nature".
Sarah Reinke  has made several of her romance novels, and some non-romance novels, available for download in pdf. These are for mature audiences and you must be over 18 years of age to download.
Scholastic  Small collection of children's books available for online viewing (or read to you). Featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog.
Scholastic Mini-books  has a good selection of stories available to read or print, many of which are free. Suggested by Cathy of PuzzlEd. 
ScienceBooksOnline  has a large listing of links to computer science books available for download in its computer science category. Since these links are off site, download options vary, but most seemed to be in pdf.
ScienceFictionandFantasy  has a small listing of public domain works available for download in text or html. Most can be found elsewhere, but there are a few unique entries.
Scifimatter  has a nice listing of free sci fi books available on the internet. Some are already listed here, but there are quite a few unique entries.
ScottSigler offers a nice collection of short stories and serialized novels for download in PDF. These are adult works. Also some audio works available for free listening at Podiobooks or download in iTunes. Thanks to MrWednesday7 (James) for this.
SebastianSwan  a collection of Sebastian Swan stories for online viewing.
SejarahMelayuLibrary  is perhaps the largest public on-line collection of books and other documents on the history of the Malay archipelago and its surrounding region. It consists of over 700 books and academic papers in electronic PDF format.
SFWA The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America offers some short stories and novellas of its members for free reading online or download in PDF.
ShadyMike offers 4 free books on travel for download in pdf.
Shakespeare's Plays  The complete texts of Shakespeare plays with explanatory notes, from your trusted Shakespeare source. Suggested by Sea Mac.
Shay's Imagination  offers the unique stories and poems of Shay for online reading or download in pdf.
SillyBooks  has a number of free books available for online reading. There are also puzzles, games and contests.
SiyongLin  offers 2 free novels from her Rosedawn series for free reading online.
SolarDrift  An ongoing science fiction novel by Martin A. Hale. Episodes are available for online vieiwng. He also offers a few of his short stories  for online viewing.
Starfall  nice little collection of works to help children learn to read
StarRigger offers some of the works of Jeffrey A. Carver for download in a large variety of formats. All the novels of his Chaos Chronicles series as well as a few others are available for download as well as his recent novel Sunborn, which is available for free download for a limited time.
Starry FreeOnlineNovels  small collection, but some interesting entries, available for online viewing.
Stiljack  offers a free complete crime novel of Martin Cooper along with 5 short stories and also has a few other authors short stories. Aspiring writers are encouraged to have their books posted there.
StoryTimeForMe  a nice site with unique entries aimed for toddlers through 2d grade. Interesting combination of old fashioned animated book and flash video.
StoriesRUs  has the romantic novel "Romantic Venture" available for online reading.
StoriestoGrowBy  has a large collection of folk and fairy tales for children from around the world for online viewing.
StoryPlace Elementary  has six stories and related activities for online viewing geared for elementary school age children.
StoryPlace PreSchool  has a nice collection of books and activities designed for pre-schoolers available for online viewing.
Sultan.org  has an extensive listing of links to sites containin Islamic texts as well as a large number of pdf texts at the site.
SunDogStories offers the adult oriented crime story, Lucky's Dream, for free online viewing.
SunnaOnline  offers 16 free books on Islam. All are available for online viewing and some for download in pdf.
Suvudu  offers the first book in some of their acclaimed sci fi series for free download. Interesting entries.
TechBooksforFree  offers a wide range of free programming and computer books divided into nine main categories.
TechToolBlog  Links to 345 online programing books
The Complete works of Mark Twain  The Complete works of Mark Twain, Biography, Quotes over at mtwain.com. This site contains *almost all* of Mark Twain's works. Suggested by Sea Mac.
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare  is the Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare. This site has offered Shakespeare's plays and poetry to the Internet community since 1993. Suggested by Sea Mac.
TheDeenShow  has around 100 free ebooks on Islam divided into 12 categories. Available for free download in PDF. Also a large collection of audio and some video
TheFreeLibrary  has a large collection of free classic books sorted by author and searchable by author, title or keyword. There is also a small biography of every author along with the listing of that author's works on the site. The site claims to have over 5 million works. Online viewing only.
TheHistoricalArchive  has the two volume work, Stories of the Civil War, available for download or viewing in PDF. This is mostly a pay site and this is the only free entry for now. The free offering does change from time to time and there is no registration required to obtain this free offer.
The Works and Life of Charles Dickens  Charles Dickens online, a website dedicated to one of the most prolific and esteemed English writers, generally considered the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. Suggested by Sea Mac.
Tikiri  has a nice collection of Sri Lankan stories available in English and Sinhalese available as pdf.
ToddlerSchool  has a small collection of illustrated books to read and listen to online. Also has educational games for younger children. Suggested by Sefi.
TopMystery  A good amount of each of the few mystery authors listed are available for online viewing or download
Tor.com  has a good number of Science Fiction & Fantasy stories available for download in pdf, mobi pocket, html or ePub. Also available for listening or download as MP3.
TravelandTransitions  offers several free ebooks for download in pdf. These are compilations of the writer's blog entries.
TrinityMoon  a small collection of novels and short stories for online reading.
TripBase  offers 7 travel books for free download in pdf. These books are compilations of tips from over 200 travel bloggers.
uMassAmherstAesop'sFables  offers a collection of Aesop's fables, with illustrations from students in the Computing in the Fine Arts course for online viewing.
VirtualImprint  Offers the ebook Lise for download in several formats. Lise is a sci-fi novel written by D. M. Arnold. Lise picks up where The Lost Colony (Volume V of the Earthbound Series) ends, with different characters and a new setting. Thanks to "Guy Haha" for this.
VirtualReligionIndex  has a very large collection of religious works for ancient religions as well as the modern major religions available for free viewing online.
Vitalita  The Vitalita Culinary Group is offering two free vegan cookbooks for download in text. A Taste of Vitality and Desserts of Vitality include pictures of the finished dishes.
WackyWebTales  offers a good size collection of short tales for 3rd graders and above. Geared to help with parts of speech.
Wattpad  offers several hundred free scifi short stories.
Web Literature  has 6500+ works of over 350 authors available for online viewing. A nice feature is that they try to display the full works of the listed authors
WebPop  has a very interesting collection of unique and nicely illustrated books available for online reading, listening and download.
WhiteDoveBooks has over 100 inspirational books for free download in PDF. The first pages are mostly on positive attitude, but the later pages are more health, diet and fitness related.
WildRosePress  offers 73 romance short stories download in pdf or lit or reading online.
WiredForBooks  has a nice collection of Beatrix Potter books as well as a few others for online reading and also available in audio.
WitGuides  - Small collection of free ebooks in a variety of categories.
WordIQ  Nice collection of over 10,000 books available for online viewing. There are some unusual entries here, but hard to find unless looking for specific title or author.
WorldofTales  a collection of folktales, fairy tales and fables from around the world available for online viewing.
WorldPublicLibrary  - The public selection appears to be all to Project Gutenberg collections. But annual membership is only $8.95 for over 500,000 works.
WorldWideSchool  has a fairly large collection of free books spread across 12 categories, with numerous sub-categories. Search by author name and title also available. Available for online viewing.
LibWeb  is a good search source for local libraries online. A good selection of US and worldwide locations.
Public Libraries  very good for US, looked not as thorough as LibWeb on worldwide.
Internet Public Library  also has some links, but I found the above two to be superior set ups.
Because this page is becoming extremely long I have switched the genre sections to their own pages. Please check these separate pages out if you are interested in a particular genre as they have some links that have not been added to this main list as of yet and they also have links to audio books.
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- Free Health, Fitness & Medicine Books Online  Updated May 7, 2011
- Free History Books Online  Updated May 6, 2011
- Free Horror, Ghost & Gothic Books Online  Updated May 7, 2011
- Free Mystery, Detective, Thriller & Crime (Fiction) Books Online  Updated May 6, 2011
- Free Religion & Spirituality Books Online  Updated May 7, 2011
- Free Romance Books Online  Updated April 28, 2011
- Free Science Fiction & Fantasy Books Online  Updated May 6, 2011
- Free Travel Books Online  Updated May 6, 2011
- Free "Westerns" Books Online  Updated May 7, 2011
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