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Calling All Book Lovers! 9 Ways to Read Free Books Online

Support your reading habit without paying a dime or even taking a trip to the library.

Google Books

The most extensive collection of free books to read online is available on Google Books. If you pick the right book, you may find some of the best book quotes that inspire you in your life. Searching for a book feels exactly like typing a question into Google. Unfortunately, not all books on Google Books are available for free. After you search for your book, click on “Search tools” and change “Any books” to “Free Google eBooks” to make sure that you’re looking at free content. Here are 20 books you should have read by now to help you get your search started.


The Library of Congress

If you’re looking for classics online, the Library of Congress has got you covered. With more than 60 classic books available on an easy-to-use interface, this is the perfect website if you have a specific classic you’re looking to read. This archive also includes children’s classics like Alice in Wonderland and Cinderella.

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Open Library

Open Library‘s goal is to create a web page for every book ever published. This easy-to-navigate website archive has more than 1 million books on it, which makes it the perfect place to read books for free online. If you’re searching for a specific book to read, use the search bar. When you get your results, make sure the “Ebooks” box is checked so that the results only show you free books to read. Here are 18 good books you can read in a day.

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Project Gutenberg

Founded in 1971, Project Gutenberg is the oldest eBook collection online. While the website asks for donations, no fees are required for reading the free online books they offer. There are currently more than 56,000 eBooks to choose from, and they are Kindle-compatible and easy to download.



If you want free books to read online that aren’t just fiction, this is the website for you. Smashwords is an easy-to-use eBook site with a variety of genres, including poetry, classics, romance, and biographies. Just be sure to click the “free” tab when you search for books, because not all the website’s 478,000 books are free. Here are some classic books you probably read in school that deserve a re-read.

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Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit organization offers free access to eBooks and digital files. In addition to its search feature, Internet Archive categorizes its content into genres. This makes it a great website for finding a new book to read when you aren’t sure what you want to read yet.

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24Symbols follows a subscription model, but it also offers free books to read online. Once you create an account, the website will connect to your Facebook and your device to allow you to read books for free on many platforms. The website lets you browse books by author, by category, by language, and alphabetically.

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If you’re a book lover who’s always looking for something new to read, BookBub is a site you definitely need in your life. To access this site and its thousands of available eBooks, you need to create an account, but it’s totally free. Once you’ve created an account, the site prompts you to pick your favorite genres so that it can provide the best reading recommendations. Not only does BookBub let you access plenty of free books online, but it also offers you great deals on bestsellers, alerting you when big-name titles are available online (for a limited time) for 75 percent or more off. Learn more about BookBub here.

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This site contains over 30,000 online books available for a free download. While you’re more likely to find older, classic titles available for free than contemporary ones, ManyBooks still has a great selection, and you can access plenty of other eBooks that are available for a discounted price. Now, find out more ways to get free things on the Internet.

Originally Published in Reader's Digest