“Thursday’s Things” is a roundup of book-related links I’ve come across while wandering down the rabbit hole that is the internet.
I’m on a book buying ban for this year’s #ShelfLove Challenge. The Boyfriend and I are also packing up the apartment to move across the country, so any new books I acquire have to be free and digital. Since this month’s discussion for #ShelfLove is all about where we find free books, here is a list of 20+ websites where I have gotten my book shopping fix for free:
- The Online Books Page – There are over 2 million free books on this website, thanks to the University of Pennsylvania.
- Read Print – Here are a few thousand more.
- The Baen Free Library – and here are even more.
- Bookyards – …and some more.
- International Children’s Digital Library – Looking for free kid’s books? Here ya go.
- Storyline Online – How about famous actors reading children’s books aloud? There are tons of videos on this non-profit site.
- Library of Congress – Of course, there’s always the Digital Collection of the Library of Congress.
- Planet eBook – Need to find that Classic you’ve been meaning to read since forever ago? There are over 80 Classic Lit books on this site.
- ManyBooks – This site boasts that they have over 33,000 free books.
- Project Gutenberg – Most serious readers know about this one, but I have to list it because this is the go-to place for the Classics, and it will save your wallet if you’re a Classic literature addict or a member of The Classics Club.
- Internet Archive – I LOVE this website! It’s got so much more than free books, so make sure you’ve got some time to kill because you might not leave this site for a while.
- Open Culture – This site has a ton of free downloadable media, including ebooks and audiobooks.
- Open Library – You don’t have a library card? First of all, shame on you! Second, go to the Open Library and sign up for a free account. Third, start borrowing ebooks to your heart’s content.
- LibriVox – Free audiobooks.
- Lit2Go – Another site for free audiobooks, but many of the books also have a free downloadable PDF.
- Free Classic Audiobooks – in case you need yet another site for finding free downloadable audiobooks.
- Classic Short Stories – Look through the list to find the short story you want to read, and click on it to download.
- East of the Web – This site has short stories you can read online, but you can also click on the “Printable Version” link and then save it as a PDF.
- Nightmare Magazine – This is a Horror and Dark Fantasy short story magazine I recently discovered. You can read the short stories online or download the audio/podcast.
- Storynory – This is a Children’s audiobook site that, amongst so many other kid-friendly downloads, includes Classic Children’s literature.
- Kiddie Records – If you’re looking for children’s records from the 1940s and ’50s, this is the site to check out. The downloads, including a Winnie the Pooh story, are all free.
- BookBub – This is actually a website/newsletter to find out about the free (and on sale) books being offered under the genres you’re interested in by major booksellers like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. I’ve discovered quite a few free books that I felt were worth downloading, but be careful since there is the temptation of .99 books.
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Sheesh, February totally got away from me…
What a great list of resources! I posted a short list, but now I’m remembering even more. https://katenread.wordpress.com/2021/02/26/reading-notes-supplemental-2-26-21/
February got away from me, too! I haven’t even finished reading a single book.