Free books online



Looking for free books online? You’re not alone! Thousands of people search online for free books every single day! That’s why Frontlist comes to the resque by putting together a list of websites where you can view and/or download free e-books, send free literature to your doorstep or trade your old books, catching dust on your bookshelf.

We are currently listing 25 free online book libraries and 2 e-book search engines:


Online libraries and free book directories

  1. Project Gutenberg:

    One of the first online book catalogs that offers free ebooks for download. Their collection exists of over 33,000 free ebooks which can be read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, iPhone, Android or other smart phone/device. They also offer a nice collection of audiobooks and a top 100 of most popular ebooks. This project is put together by volunteers. So make sure to visit / support them if possible!

  2. The online books page:

    Founded by the university of Pennsylvania in 1993 and currently listing more than 1 million books that are freely readable over the internet! The project also aims to encourage more authors to publish their work online for the benefit and edification of all.

  3. Questia online library:

    Questia is an online research website aimed at writers and students, but the website also hosts a library of more than 5,000 freely available books ranging from classic novels to some very rare books. The books are listed in alphabetical order by title / author. Or you can check out the top 10 of most popular books.

  4. Full Books:

    This website lists thousands of full-text ebooks, listed in alphabetical order. The site has a very clean layout, making it easy possible to start reading within seconds!

  5. Classic Reader:

    An exhaustive resource focussed on classic books and novel. The website currently lists nearly 4,000 titles from 360 authors.

  6. Authorama:

    Authorama has a good list of online books available in HTML format. The books are public domain and are listed by author in alphabetical order. New books are added on a regular basis.

  7. Bored.com:

    Are you bored? Than this is defenitely the website for you, listing a lot of ebooks covering different topics like mucis, games, children’s books, games, travel, science and more. The books can also be stored on your computer.

  8. Read Print Library:

    A free online books, poems and short stories repository for students, teachers and classic literature lovers. They list thousands of novels, poems and stories and you can create your own online book shelf.

  9. The Literature Network:

    This website has an extensive list of featured authors. Each author page includes a biography and a searchable collection of works. In some cases the author pages also include user comments or quizzes.

  10. LibriVox:

    LibriVox is a unique concept catering to both listeners and readers. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Links to both the audiobooks and readable ebooks are provided on the website.

  11. Bartleby:

    Another website offering free books for you to read online. Bartleby is an internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing researchers, students and others access to their extensive list of quotes, poems, novels and classic books.

  12. The Classic Bookshelf:

    Reading books at the Classic Bookshelf is a great experience because of the flexible user interface. Readers can customize the layout, font, font color, page color, print size and margin size.

  13. Read Books Online:

    This website lists more than a thousand books that you can read at no cost. Their literary archive includes the best of American, British and Irish literature.

  14. Chest of Books:

    Are you interested in non fiction literature? Than Chest of Books is for you! This website offers free online books covering several topics, like business, art, architecture, finance, computers, travel, sports and more.

  15. Public Literature:

    A website focussed on classic literature. The books are offered in HTML format so that they can be easily read online.

  16. Bibliomania:

    Bibliomania has thousands of e-books, poems, articles, short stories and plays all of which are absolutely free. You can read the world’s greatest fiction by authors such as Dickens and Joyce, Sherlock Holmes mysteries, all Shakespeare’s plays, or just dip into some short stories by writers such as Mark Twain, Anton Chekov and Edgar Allan Poe.

  17. International Children’s Digital Library:

    A great website with a great goal. The Internationl Children’s Digital Library (ICDL) promotes tolerance and respect for diverse cultures by providing access to the best of children’s literature from around the world. Visit this website for some great chilren’s books!

  18. Feedbooks:

    This website has a huge collection of public domain books divided in fiction and non fiction section and ordered by genre. They also feature some of their prefered works on the frontpage.

  19. Public Bookshelf:

    The Public Bookshelf is an online library of free books, mainly focussed on romance novels. A great feature is that they give a rating to each of the books listed on their website.

  20. Perseus Digital Library:

    The online library of Tufts University is updated on a regular basis. Current works include modern English Literature, classics and science papers.

  21. DailyLit:

    DailyLit offers a unique way of reading books online. Readers can choose to either receive new book publications by email or read them via an RSS feed. The books can be read on PC, iPhone, Blackberry, etc.

  22. Fiction.us:

    An extensive list of online readable ebooks in HTML format that are split into seperate chapters. The books are listed in alphabetical order.

  23. Page By Page Books:

    This website contains a collection of hundreds of free classic books that can be read immediately on the website. You can browse the booklist by title or author.

  24. Book-Bot:

    Book-Bot lists over 14,000 books that you can read costless in their easy to use online web reader (including a progress bar to keep track of your read pages). They also show a list of featured work and authors on their homepage.

  25. Classic Authors:

    The works of over 100 classic authors are listed here. A nice feature is that they also offer a short biography for each of these authors.


Pdf and ebooks search engines

  1. Google Books:

    Google’s book search works just like it’s famous web search. When you find a book and it is out of copyright or the publisher has give permission, you’ll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it’s in the public domain, you’re free to download a PDF copy.

  2. PDF Search Engine:

    A no-nonsense search engine to find free ebooks in PDF format, ready for download.

Do you know more good websites to read free online books? Let us know and we add them to the list! You can contact us through the contact form or leave a comment right on this page. Happy reading!

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