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E-books, E-audio, and more

Looking for some free e-books and e-audiobooks to read on your e-reader, smartphone, tablet or mp3 player?

Free e-Books:

  • Feedbooks - there are thousands of public domain books and original books from new authors that you can read on any mobile device.

  • Gutenberg – 33,000 public domain books that can be downloaded in multiple formats.

  • TryHarlequin - 16 try-for-free romance titles.

  • Suvudu - a small collection of sci-fi and fantasy titles from Random House.

  • Munseys - free pulp, classics, and more.

  • PanMacmillan.com 414 extracts – tastes of books to let you know if you want to keep reading.

  • Google E-Bookstore - Google provides a mix of free and purchase-able titles. For free titles:  search by genre, narrow your search once more, and in the left-hand corner you can choose to view only free books.

  • NetLibrary eBooks - Texas State Library has purchased some e-books that lean towards the academic side, if this is what you are looking for. In Summer 2011, NetLibrary will change over to EBSCO, and the format will be printable and more user-friendly.

A note on formats: eReaders support many formats. All support txt and pdf documents files as well as basic image files like gifs and jpgs. Other than these basic formats, compatibility varies. For Kindle, you can download free books in mobi format. For Nook, download books in epub format. With an iPhone (and iPod Touch and iPad), you can use the free app, Stanza that has access to many of these sites listed above when you click on “get books”.

Free e-Audiobooks:

  • Librivox - are public domain audio books read by volunteers. Some of the readers are fantastic, others not so much. Lots of great books, though.
  • Books Should be Free - Books Should Be Free makes the world's public domain audio books available for browsing in a visual and entertaining way, but draws on Librivox recordings. You might like the format better, though. Includes an excellent collection in English sorted by genre, as well as downloadable audiobooks in many other languages, including French, German, Spanish, and more.
  • Audiobook Podcast Collection from OpenCulture includes downloadable audiobooks from a variety of sources.

  • Classic Poetry Aloud offers a podcast of poetry readings.

  • Free Classic AudioBooks offers books in both mp3 and m4b formats.

  • FreeAudio.org has a small selection of nonfiction works.

  • Gutenberg Audio Books Project has both human- and computer-read audiobooks.

  • Lit2Go: MP3 Stories and Poems - Includes a sizeable collection of downloadable audiobooks in MP3 format, and in many cases an accompanying e-text so you can read along online.

  • LoudLit.org pairs "great literature and accompanying audio" and notes that by "putting the text and audio together, readers can learn spelling, punctuation and paragraph structure by listening and reading masterpieces of the written word."

  • Podiobooks offers free serialized audiobooks in a variety of genres.

  • Storynory: Free Audio Stories for Kids

  • ThoughtAudio.com - Focusing on thinkers, writers and essayists, their goal is making classic literature available to anyone willing to listen.

  • LearnOutLoud.com: Free Audio Books - LearnOutLoud.com is your one-stop destination for audio and video learning. Browse over 3,000 educational audio books, MP3 downloads, podcasts, and videos.

Looking for a breakdown of different e-readers? Check out http://ereaderguide.info/.

Happy e-reading!