With lots of people is staying at home right now, it is the perfect opportunity for you to sit back, relax and read books. But with libraries closed, you may not want to spend a fortune buying books online. I’m here to let you know that there are actually a lot opportunities to find free books online. As long as you are open to e-books or audio books you can get a lot of reading done at no cost to you. Below I have listed eight websites, where you can download or listen to books free of charge. The list starts with websites that offer books for kids, and ends with websites where you can find adult books.
Audible is offering a whole library of free books for kids. They range from books for young kids, tweens, and teenagers. Even if you don’t have kids their collection of classics will appeal to everyone. The library includes Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, and classics like Brave New World, Frankenstein, and Jane Eyre.
In the U.S they are offering a 60 day free trial, with 3 free books. You can cancel at any time.
Epic is a website that has e-books and audio books available for young children up to age 12. Right now they are offering free access through June 30th, 2020. It is available for all educators and their students. If your child’s school is closed, contact their teacher to sign up. Send them this link to get started.
Now the links for adults, offering something for the adults. Seagull Books is offering a free PDF download of a book every Sunday.
Scribd offers unlimited books, audio books, and magazines for 8.99 a month. Right now they are offering free access for 30 days. Follow this link to sign up. No credit card required.
Project Gutenberg is a site that offers free access to classics and books that their copyright has expired. They are always free, and right now is a good opportunity to check them out. Their top 100 list, has all the classics you could want. Some of my favorites? Sherlock Holmes, The Secret Garden, and anything by Jane Austen.
Amazon Kindle Unlimited is available to sign up for a free 30 day trail. Or you can get a 2 month trial for only 1 dollar. You don’t need a kindle to enjoy the books either, if you download the app you can read from any device.
This is the app I like to use to read library books on my phone. When you sign up using your library card, this app uses Overdrive to borrow books from your library. Popular books will have a wait time, but if you put a new book on hold each week then soon you will be receiving free books almost every week. You have 20 days to read before they expire, which should be lots of time.
Kobo has lots of free books available including classics and a bunch of Sesame Street titles right now. I’ve had a kobo e-reader for years, and used to use it all the time. Its great if you want to read outside, because there is no glare, unlike when you read on your phone. The app is free to download.
Happy Reading! If you have a friend who loves to read too, send them this list. You can read for free together, then discuss them over you next phone call.