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Free ebooks are available on every different subject you can think of in both fiction and non-fiction. There are free ebooks available for adults and kids and even those tween and teenage readers. If you love to read but hate spending money on books then this is just what you're looking for.

It may seem overwhelming to be able to find and download free ebooks but with the steps below you'll be just minutes away from getting your first free ebook.

Looking for more ways to get books for free? Find out how you can get more free books including free audio books.

What You'll Need Before You Can Get Free Ebooks:

Before you can get free ebooks you'll need to have some way of reading those ebooks. That means you'll either need an ereader or an ereader app.

A popular way to read an ebook is on an ereader, such as a Kindle or a Nook, but you can also read ebooks using your computer or smart phone.

Most ebook files will open on your computer using a program you already have installed but with your smart phone you'll need to have an ereader app installed. I like to use ebook reader apps on my computer as well because it really makes reading and organizing my ebooks easy.

Here's some of my favorite ereader apps that are all free to download:

  • Kindle Ereader App - Allows you to read Kindle books on your Android phone, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, PC, or Mac. Besides being able to read most types of ebook files you can also get free Kindle books from the Amazon store. A big advantage of the Kindle reading app is you can download it on several different devices and it will synch up saving the page you are on across all the devices. Here are full reviews for the Kindle iPhone App and the Kindle Android App.
  • Nook Ereader App - Download this free reading app for your iPhone, iPad, Android, PC, or Mac and you can get free Nook books as well as other types of ebooks. You can read the reviews of the Nook app for the iPhone and the Android Nook app.
  • Sony Ereader App - Another nice ereader app that's available for PC, Mac, Android, and tablets. It's not available for the iPhone at this time.
  • Apple iBooks - A very cool ereader app that's only available for the iPhone, iPad, and OS X. Here's a nice review of Apple iBooks.

If you are thinking of purchasing an ereader this ereader buying guide and ereader comparison guide are must reads before you do so.

Where to Get Free Ebooks:

Now that you've gotten something to read your ebook on, it's time to go and get your free ebooks.

If you have a Kindle or a Nook or their reading apps then I can make it really easy for you:

Here are some of my favorite websites where you can download free ebooks that will work with just about any device or ebook reading app.

  • Project Gutenberg - More than 39,000 free ebooks you can read on your Kindle, Nook, ereader app, or computer.
  • ManyBooks - Download more than 29,000 ebooks for every ereader or reading app out there.
  • FeedBooks - Select the Free Public Domain Books or Free Original Books categories to find free ebooks you can download.
  • Bookyards - They have more than 800,000 free ebooks available.
  • GetFreeBooks - Original ebooks that authors give away for free.
  • Bibliotastic - Free ebooks written by independent authors.
  • Obooko - Obooko offers thousands of ebooks for free that the original authors have submitted.

Make Sure the Free Ebooks Will Open In Your Device or App:

Every ereader and ereader app has certain types of files that will work with them. When you go to download a free ebook, you'll want to make sure that the ebook file you are downloading will open.

Here are some of the most popular file types that will work with your device or apps. You can see much more detailed information in this ebook file compatibility chart.

  • Kindle / Kindle Ereader App - Opens files that end with .azw (from Amazon), .mobi, .pdf, .txt, .prc.
  • Nook / Nook Ereader App - Opens files that end with .epub, .pdf., and .png.
  • Sony / Sony Ereader App - Opens files that end with .epub, .pdf, .png, and .txt.
  • Apple iBooks App - Opens files that end with .epub and .pdf.

Download Your Free Ebooks:

If there's more than one file type download available for the free ebook you want to read then select a file type from the list above that is compatible with your device or app.

Use the download link to download the file to your computer.

Open the Free Ebooks:

If you're downloading a free ebook directly from Amazon for the Kindle, or Barnes & Noble for the Nook, then these books will automatically be put on your ereader or ereader app via the wireless connection. Here's how you can take the free ebooks you downloaded on your computer and transfer them to your Kindle or your Nook.

If the ebook is in a .pdf file format and you want to read it on your computer then you'll need to have Adobe Reader (which is free) downloaded on your computer before you can open and read the ebook.

If you want to move the free ebooks onto an ereading app on your phone then you'll need to connect your phone to your computer and move the files over. In most cases, when you connect your phone to your computer, your phone will appear as another drive.

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