There are a few things about reading (specifically books) that have improved since the advent of the online electronic book, or ebook as it’s known today. For instance, the portability an electronic file brings rather than a paper book is huge, seeing as we are now able to carry hundreds of them on one computer or e-reader. Also, the production of books in its online or electronic form is a lot cheaper when you think about the fact that ebooks don’t have to be printed.
Did you know that the creator of the ebook has just recently passed away? Michael Hart, who created the concept of the electronic book, and therefore changing much of the way we receive text today, died September 6, 2011 at the age of 64. In his honor, we would like to share four places to read books online for free.
Read books online for free at Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a great project that has brought many open literary works to digital print making it possible for anyone to read books for free online. With the help of many volunteers, they digitized the works of bone fide publishers that are now public domain. For your convenience, the online books are offered for download in the following formats:
- Plus other portable devices
These ebooks are totally free to read online or download but if you enjoy the resource and have the means, they accept donations. One warning to take notice of is that these books are free in the United States because their copyright have expired but for those outside the US, check the copyright laws in your own countries before downloading and distributing them.
So the next time someone asks you, “Where to read books online?” You’ll know exactly where to show them to.
Read books online for free at Google eBooks
Google eBooks is another resource for reading online books. They also have a lot of free books for download. It’s duly noted that it is actually a marketplace where you can buy all kinds of books, but they have a whole bunch of free online books to read as well, like The Scarlet Letter, A Tale of Two Cities — the free books are mostly classics, but still enjoyable.
The cool part about Google eBooks is that they aren’t necessarily stored on your computer or other devices but the ebooks are accessible from the cloud. This makes it simple to begin reading a book on one device and pick up where you left off on another.
Read books online for free at Lifty
Lifty is a new and really cool source to read online books for free. They have a huge and growing library of free online books comprising of genres like 18th and 19th century books, European and American fiction, myths and Science Fiction. The reading interface is truly modern and easy to use. When it comes to reading books online, Lifty is a site that you simply have to visit.
Read books online for free at your local library’s website
A growing number of libraries (at least in the United States) is allowing their patrons to “borrow” books to read online, directly from of their websites. The process is actually kind of interesting because if you are a library card holder, you just log on, choose the ebooks you want to borrow (just like the physical library), and check out. Most libraries attach a digital time limit making the borrowed book useless once your time limit is up.
Either way, reading books online can save you a trip to the library. Many also offer audio books in a similar fashion so check out your local library’s website for more information. (Here’s an example of what your local library’s website may be capable of doing: Mid York Library System – MYlibrary2go)
There are many more resources online where you can find ebooks for sale and websites where you can visit to read books online for free. These are a few popular choices which are fairly easy to use so we hope they are helpful. Where do you go to read books online?