10 best websites for downloading free ebooks

Research has confirmed that reading books can benefit both your physical and mental health

Tech Desk December 23, 2020
Amazon failed to get consent from parents whose children made in-app purchases on the Kindle and Fire tablets. PHOTO: AFP

There hasn’t been a better time to pick up a book and relax, and research has confirmed that reading books can benefit both your physical and mental health. 

As we continue to stay at home and battle coronavirus, here are some resources for the bookworms to download free ebooks:

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the oldest digital library founded in 1971 by American writer Michael S Hart. The website has a collection of more than 60,000 free ebooks.

Project Gutenberg employs volunteers to create and share e-books online, hence there is no registration fee and books are available in ePub, Kindle, HTML, and simple text formats.

Open Library

Open Library is an online project created by Aaron Swartz, Brewster Kahle, Alexis Rossi, Anand Chitipothu, and Rebecca Malamud to provide a platform that has "one web page for every book ever published". The website has over 3 million books on a wide variety of topics such as Art, recipes, biographies, religion, medicine, and much more and the best part is that everything is free to download.

Google eBookstore

Google eBookstore offers more than 10 million free books to choose from that range from old classics such as Shakespeare to recently released books.

The website makes it easy for users to search for books written in many different languages, including books that are rare, out of print, or unavailable.

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Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free access to books, movies & music, as well as 514 billion archived web pages. At present, the website is getting over 1.5 million daily unique visitors.

The platform was established in 1996 with the goal of establishing an Internet library for researchers, historians, and scholars.

LibGen/Library Genesis

Library Genesis is a file-sharing based shadow library website that offers free access to content that might not be available elsewhere. There is a wide variety of scholarly journal articles, academic and general-interest books, images, comics, and magazines.

The website is ideal for students who want to access free scholarly journal articles for their research work.


ManyBooks.net offers users a catalog of free eBooks with a wide variety of genres to choose from and the unique feature about the website is that is gives users the ability to find and download books in different formats.

You can search for your favorite eBooks by author, title, category, and language and also check out new titles and recommended titles.


BookBoon provides free textbooks to students for engineering, IT, and business students as well as short and practical business books.

The website also offers a library of bite-sized business eBooks on soft skills and personal development by industry-leading experts.

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LibriVox is a non-commercial, non-profit, and ad-free project that offers access to over 24,000 audiobooks.

The audiobooks can easily be streamed over the internet or downloaded for later use without any charge. You can also download the LibriVox app which includes listings for new recordings, featuring classic best sellers.


OnlineProgrammingBooks provides students a selection of free eBooks on mobile app development, programming, computer science, web design, software engineering, information technology, networking, and databases.

Amazon Free Kindle Books

Amazon Free Kindle Books also offers top free books for download which you can read anytime and anywhere you want

Amazon Kindle currently has over six million Kindle books (including those with Audible narration), magazines, audiobooks, and comics.


YSK Library | 1 year ago | Reply

It is a free electronic library that contains thousands of scientific literary religious and other books in all languages English - Spanish - German - Arabic - Italian - Turkish - French - other language . The library also divided the books into arranged sections to facilitate the reader in finding the field in which he likes to read and for each book and author a description was placed so that the reader could know the subject of the book before reading it online or downloading it as a pdf

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