New Bern-Craven County
Public Library

a member of the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library System

Free Sources for E-books

The following sites (in no particular order) are sources for free e-books.

NC LIVE Home Grown eBook Collection
A pilot project which pulls together eBooks from eight North Carolina publishers and makes them available to all of the NC LIVE libraries across the state. The collection of more than 1,200 fiction and nonfiction titles are part of NC LIVE's permanent collections (they are yours forever!), and can be read simultaneously by an unlimited number of readers as part of the pilot project.
NC LIVE eBooks
Links to MyiLibrary Book Collection, EBSCOhost Collection, Gale Virtual Reference Library, and ABC-CLIO eBook Collection. Requires NC LIVE password and possible account set-up with each vendor.
Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats.
Barnes and Noble
Thousands of free e-books for use on iPad, iPhone, Android, Nook, and PC.
ManyBooks
More than 29,000 e-books available for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and other e-readers.
Amazon.com
Free classics and out-of-copyright, pre-1923 books plus limited-time free promotional e-books for Kindle.
Free Kindle Books.org
Thousands of free classic e-books.
Smashwords
E-books from Indie authors and publishers.
Kobo Books
Whether you’re on an iPhone or BlackBerry smartphone, Mac or PC, Sony Reader or a device we don’t even know about yet, Kobo is geared toward helping book lovers enjoy eReading anytime, anyplace, on any device.
Internet Archive
Download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.
Baen Free Library
A number of free e-books from Baen Books, publisher of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Online Books Page
Over 1 million titles compiled by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Inkmesh
Ebook search engine to find free ebooks and compare ebook prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and more!
Munseys
Over 30,000 rare and hard to find titles in a variety of e-book formats.
Free E-book Pathfinder
List of websites offering free e-books maintained by Joyce Valenza, school teacher-librarian, and blogger for School Library Journal.
DOAB: Directory of Open Access Books
A growing collection of academic books available in a variety of languages for download as a PDF.