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Electronic Books
A Guide to Free eBooks
Face it, e-books are here to stay, and it is inevitable that library patrons are going to want to know where to find them. They’re especially going to want to know where to find the free e-books. Look no further, the free e-books are here (or at least at the following websites):
  • Baen Books - A publisher of scientific fiction and fantasy, Baen Books offers more than 120 titles. You can save books to your computer or send them directly to your kindle.
  • Bibliomania - This site provides free online literature with more than 2,000 classic texts (including fiction, drama, poetry and short stories).
  • Bookyards - Bookyards‘ goal is to be Library to the World. The web portal has over 17,000 e-books to download, as well as thousands of external web links and links to e-books in other sources.
  • E-Books Directory - This website offers a growing list of free downloadable e-books and documents.
  • eLibrary - eLibrary offers lots of free e-books.
  • ManyBooks.net - This site provides over 28,000 free e-books for your PDA, iPod or eBook reader. Genres include classics, espionage, mystery / detective, science fiction, history, women’s studies and many more.
  • NetGalley - NetGallert is a service for people who read and recommend books: book reviewers, journalists, librarians, professors, booksellers, bloggers, etc. Publishers upload their galleys and any marketing and promotional information, then invite contacts to view their title on NetGalley. Readers can also find new titles through NetGalley's Public Catalog, and request to review those titles from the publisher.
  • Online Programming Books - This website provides details about free computer books, free ebooks, free programming books, free online books and sample chapters related to information and communication technology, computer science and the internet.
  • PDFbooks - PDFbooks offers around 5,000 downloadable public domain e-books in PDF form.
  • Planet eBook - This website is the home of free classic literature.
  • Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free e-books to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.
  • The Online Books Page - From the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, this site offers over 40,000 books available for free online.

Blogs for E-Book Users

Note: A special thank you to John Pecoraro, coordinator of the Big Country Library System, for compiling the resources included in this list.