I go through books like some people go through cereal — fast! My favorite discount and second-hand bookstores recently folded. Even with expertise in extreme couponing, great deals on books are a rare find. Also, without an e-reader it is impossible to take advantage of free ebooks. That can make life hard for a book addict. Here’s a fantastic frugal find: a whole slew of websites that offer FREE books online:
Bibliomania: This will likely be a favorite. Bibliomania caters to lovers of the classics, with 2000 titles ranging from Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. In addition to longer works of fiction you’ll find short stories, essays and poetry. Resources include book summaries, author biographies, study guides and notes. This is a great website for high school and college students who don’t want to pay for school books.
Open Library: Amazing. Open Library hosts over 1 million free books from Shakespeare to the latest releases. Choose among several online formats including Adobe, PDF, and Daisy. For titles that aren’t available in those formats, the site offers an option to “borrow” ebooks from a list of participating libraries and read them online. Some titles are available for purchase.
Read Print: With a wide variety of titles, Read Print adheres to a wider definition of the classics. The site is easy to navigate and offers a running list of top titles that offer inspiration for what to read next. It was named in Time magazine’s 50 Best Websites 2010.
Project Gutenberg: No list would be complete without the original online library. Project Gutenburg offers around 30,000 titles and counting. Titles are offered in many different languages. A great feature is a running list of the top 100 books downloading.
Librivox: Audio books are great for commuters, joggers and travelers, but the prices are outrageous! Librivox compiles many high-quality recordings of popular titles.
Wikibooks: Wikibooks has a great collection of textbooks on subjects ranging from computer programming to biology, often in many languages.
This has been a guest post by Brittany from Sacramento, CA.
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