Here’s some of your options.
Step 1 Amazon Kindle Store
Yes, there’s tons of costly eBooks at Amazon’s Kindle Store, but there’s also some free eBooks available. Actually, there’s thousands of classics available for nothing, from Pride and Prejudice to Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon.
- Link: Kindle Popular Classics
Also, Amazon has tons of limited time promotional items, which means free for a “limited” time. If you check on a regular basis, you can come out with some pretty decent freebies.
- Link: Limited-Time Offers (sorted by price)
Yes, Google has an eBook store now, aptly called Google eBookstore. It opened roughly four months ago, and also has free eBooks for download. Their traditional formats are supported on Android and Apple iOS devices, Nook and Sony e-readers, and the web.
- Link: Best of the Free
You’ve probably seen a few out-of-print television commercials, after-school specials or instructional videos at the Internet Archive, like this motivation one or this one for letterpress printing. But they also have an abundance of free texts, which you can download in different formats like ePUB, Daisy, PDF, plain text, DjVu, MOBI or Kindle.
- Link: Texts
But an easier way to search for eBooks from the Internet Archive is through their initiative Open Library, where they’re trying to provide a page on the web for every book ever published (a daunting task). Just go to the website and do a search, making sure the “only show ebooks” option is checked. Then just click on the book link to see the formats.
Available in ePUB, Daisy, PDF, plain text, DjVu, MOBI or you can send directly to your Kindle.
- Link: Open Library
This amazing website is run by none other than the inventor of the electronic book, Michael Hart. He invented eBooks way back in 1971 (yes—they’re that old!) and to this day, continues to make free eBooks available to all who wish to download them at Project Gutenberg. There’s over 33,000 freebies for the taking, which is 100% legal and available as ePUB, Kindle, HTML and text documents.
- Link: Project Gutenberg
ManyBooks is just like Gutenberg above, only it has a hipper vibe, one that’s more easy to navigate. The best thing—it has over 26,000 free titles in over 20 digital formats, including LIT, LRF, ePUB, MOBI, PDF, etc.
- Link: ManyBooks.net
FeedBooks does sell eBooks, but they also have a large collection of public domain books, along with a section where authors can publish their own books for people to download and enjoy freely—a great idea. These are available in ePUB format.
The ones above are the best and most versatile places on the web to get free reading content for your e-Reader, but there are some still worth visiting. Here they are:
- Baen Publishing Enterprises
Just search for a book (available web, Kindle, MOBI, Palm, ePUB, Nook, RTF, HTML and more).
- Barnes & Noble’s Free Nook Books
They don’t have much, but it’s worth a glance.
- Sony Reader Store Free eBooks
Also not many, but worth checking out.
- Kobo Free eBooks
Available in ePUB format.