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Our Favorites Sources of free E-books

  • C/W Mars Digital Catalog (Overdrive)
    http://digitalcatalog.cwmars.org/
    C/W Mars Digital Catalog includes downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and video. Requires a library card from a C/W Mars library (like Forbes).
  • MA eBook Project
    http://ebooks.masslibsystem.org/
    We are a pilot library for a statewide E-book project. On the main page are links to the two vendors, Biblioboard and Baker & Taylor (Axis 360). Be sure to click "Switch Library" and choose Forbes Library from the list. Then you can log in with your Forbes library card number.
  • Google books
    http://books.google.com/
    A vast collection of books digitized by Google, many of which can be downloaded as a PDF or EPUB e-book

  • Project Gutenberg
    http://www.gutenberg.org/catalog/
    Is a volunteer effort to transcribe public domain books and make them available as e-books in a variety of formats. Search this site to find and download over 20,000 free books!

Additional Sources of E-books

Selected by Forbes Library staff. You may suggest an addition or change to this list.

  • BAEN Free Library
    http://www.baen.com/library/
    Free e-books from science fiction publisher Bean. These titles are available freely online and are downloadable in a number of formats, without restrictions.

  • Book Lending
    http://www.booklending.com/
    A website that matches lenders and borrows of Kindle e-books.

  • Book Yards
    http://www.bookyards.com/index.html
    A collection of free e-books. Contains many classic titles, but also lets users upload and distribute their own books.

  • Digital Book Index
    http://www.digitalbookindex.com/about.htm
    A site that provides links to more than 165,00 full-text digital books. Supports iPad, Kindle and Nook readers.

  • E-Discover the Classics
    http://www.clicweb.org/e-discover-home/
    The Colorado Library Consortium and Douglas County (Colo.) collaborated to create this site which contains 500 classics by authors such as Twain, Austen and O. Henry.

  • epubBooks.com
    http://www.epubbooks.com/
    A site devoted to providing e-books in EPUB format.

  • Flat World Knowledge
    A provider free e-books for use as college texts. Books are written by expert authors, peer-reviewed, and professionally edited and developed.

  • Free-eBooks.net
    http://www.free-ebooks.net/
    Unlimited access to e-books in HTML format and access to five e-books every month in PDF or TXT formats.

  • HathiTrust
    http://www.hathitrust.org/
    HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries. The HathiTrust Digital Library brings together the immense collections of partner institutions in digital form.

  • Inkmesh
    http://inkmesh.com/
    This search engine can find free e-books as well as compare prices for the Kindle, Nook, Sony Reader and other devices.

  • International Children's Digital Library
    http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
    A collection of children's books from around the world with a kid friendly interface.

  • The Internet Archive
    http://www.archive.org/
    The Internet Archive, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, we provide free access to researchers, historians, scholars, and the general public.

  • Many Books
    http://manybooks.net/
    A free e-book site. Many titles come from project Gutenberg.

  • Munseys
    http://www.munseys.com/
    Offering 20,000 titles in twelves formats.

  • Neotake
    A powerful search engine for finding e-books in a variety of formats. Search results may include free and non-free books. You can limit your results to free titles only if you want.
  • The Online Books Page
    http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/
    A website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet.

  • Open Library
    http://openlibrary.org/
    An online site of more than one million books.

  • Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library
    http://www.yiddishbookcenter.org/books/browse
    The National Yiddish Book Center is a non-profit organization working to rescue Yiddish books and share their content with the world. More than 10,000 titles are now available free-of-charge through the Open Content Alliance.
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