A list of free eBook sources for almost any portable device
Last Updated: Apr 12, 2013
If you want to read an eBook on a tablet or eReader, there are a few key things you'll need before you get started.
- An eReader or tablet
You can use a computer or laptop to read eBooks. If you prefer an eReader or tablet, our, visit this guide for links to instruction manuals, articles and other information to help you select and use an eReader or tablet.
If you are downloading directly to a tablet, you'll probably just need an app. If you are downloading to a computer for transfer to a mobile device, you'll need software for your computer. OverDrive recommends Adobe Digital Editions
for your computer, and OverDrive Media Console
for your portable device and for your computer if you plan to use audiobooks.
- A source for eBooks
In addition to eBook vendors (such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google), downloadable eBooks are available from the free sources and library resources listed to the right.
- An understanding of the file types you can use on your device
Travels in Alaska
Publication Date: 2002-06-11
Check out this version and others on ListenAlaska Plus
Travels in Alaska
Publication Date: 1915
Awlays available for download at Project Gutenberg
Check with your local library for other sources. Alaska State Employees may access ebrary through the Alaska State Library-see our guide on downloading ebrary books.
- ListenAlaska Plus
Patrons of some Alaska Libraries
can check out eBooks, audiobooks and music in formats for nearly all devices from ListenAlaska. If you live in an area without a library, you may be able to gain access to ListenAlaska through Regional Services
- Adobe Digital Editions Sample ebook Library
"Free sample eBooks including entire books and preview chapters from leading publishers."
- Baen Free Library
“Baen Books is now making available — for free — a number of its titles in electronic format.”
- Free eBooks.net
Register for free membership and download 5 eBooks per month.
- Google Play
You need to pay for most of the books on Google Play, but there are free books as well.
LibriVox volunteers record audiobooks in the public domain (not subject to copyright). You'll find lots of classic literature recorded here. You can download the books in MP3 and OGG formats.
- National Academies Press
Offers more than 4,000 free pdf books on science including polar studies, forestry, climate, earthquakes, ecology, and geography.
Offers about 29,000 eBooks for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders and tablets.
- Open Library
Includes a lending library of 200,000 classic and "modern" books in BookReader, PDF and ePub formats (and Daisy for the print disabled). The classic collection offers even more formats. Users must set up a free account. Only one patron can check out a book at a time from the modern collection.
- Project Gutenberg
Free eBooks, book excerpts, articles and government reports. Most appear to be in pdf and text formats.
Offers some free eBooks from Indie authors and publishers.