- C/W Mars Digital Catalog (Overdrive)
C/W Mars Digital Catalog includes downloadable e-books, audiobooks, and video. Requires a library card from a C/W Mars library (like Forbes).
- Google books
A vast collection of books digitized by Google, many of which can be downloaded as a PDF or EPUB e-book
- Project Gutenberg
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!
Selected by Forbes Library staff. You may suggest an addition or change to this list.
- BAEN Free 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
A website that matches lenders and borrows of Kindle e-books.
- Book Yards
A collection of free e-books. Contains many classic titles, but also lets users upload and distribute their own books.
- Digital Book Index
A site that provides links to more than 165,00 full-text digital books. Supports iPad, Kindle and Nook readers.
- E-Discover the Classics
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.
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.
Unlimited access to e-books in HTML format and access to five e-books every month in PDF or TXT formats.
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.
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
A collection of children's books from around the world with a kid friendly interface.
- The Internet Archive
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
A free e-book site. Many titles come from project Gutenberg.
Offering 20,000 titles in twelves formats.
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
A website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet.
- Open Library
An online site of more than one million books.
- Spielberg Digital Yiddish Library
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.