Free books - updated Nov 2013

* on newest entries. In alphabetical order, not preference.
Kobo and Kindle now have free programs to read their books on your PC or phone, without buying ereader. Adobe reads epub files has color illustrations, used by Libraries and Kobo. (Bug: Windows Vista has to use old 1.7 version.)
Free reads .doc on PC without MS Word. Libraries have ebooks, paper, audio. Categories overlap. Comments welcome to keep current - winners, washouts, warnings.

BEST free eBooks with most: choice, formats (even audio), images Classics - Austen, Dickens, Doyle, Nesbit, Twain, Verne, fairy tales

Features / Limitations: obscure paper too, ship free, vast choice
*** updated to here Apr 2017 ePub, Kobo, Kindle, online Russian bios, online only, Novik, Tolkein
FreeSF sci-fi free ebooks defines words, finds books with words many formats, free previews, unwieldy free catalog - no search by author or genre collect own shelf, read/ search sample inside pages online only current best-sellers online, Canada copyright law, <=3K+ from 750 authors not WikiSource or Wiki-owned online, U.S. copyright law, <=280K+ Covers, audios, redirects. redirect, Cory Doctorow refers to google books illustrated, search author Barnes & Noble
* many formats audio Christianna Brand Nurse Matilda (Nanny McPhee) also audio e, audio, paper

Specialized writer group sites. Previews, contests, free. Some works in progress. fantasy
belgravehouse romance short stories obscure html register, works in progress read online, sign in to make collections: Margery Allingham - Albert Campion mysteries, H.E. Bates A House of Women, Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes, Allan Pinkerton detective, P.G. Wodehouse register, know title register, search author, title mostly short stories romance, 4 font sizes register, full books, contests
Robert J. Sawyer short stories and excerpts Sherlock Holmes register, writers before famous romance

Contests: contests


Publishers - excerpts, or if author offers free title free ship
* 3 Free change, others excerpts Adult filter

Single author websites. Search internet for your own favorites by author name. William Bentrim, trustworthy, amazing illustrated "childrens" for all ages untested Cory Doctorow modern fantasy, web activist Canadian funny politics ("You know why zombies won't attack Parliament? They want to eat brains" Ajay, Innerspace)
fablefaerie.blogspot YA romance contests Sherlock Holmes canon

Kobo flexible eReader also accepts ePub, Adobe files from many sources (baen, gutenberg, others). Kobo has free programs to read ebooks on your PC or cell without their ereader. Free OpenOffice reads .doc Word files on my PC.

Kindle now has programs to read on PC, phone
Amazon Top 100 free misleads, no Nooks

Pay, not free, need proprietary eReader. Kobo reads .epub .pdf ; Barnes & Noble says Nook reads .doc .epub .pdf (Adobe) after installing Adobe Digital Editions, but I cannot test; Kindle now has program like Adobe Digital Editions to read Kindle books on PC pay, Kindle pay pay, Nook
iTunes maybe free but register needs credit card
Texts include others - buy, sell, rent. not free, cheap

No. Not advised. May be legitimate, most not. Site-title gone, ask register sign in confidential data, redirect to sites where pay, trial cost, buy device. Bait-switch scam. register pdf files removed, pakistani German Buy books get free bonus strange download odd download unreadable epub on Kobo Desktop register strange download, ordinary google-type search iLivid download, why? audio sponsored links restricted strange install signin, pay

ShiftControl+ enlarges online font display; ShCtrl- shrinks.
CtrlSh may also switch French and English keyboards.

Check restrictions, fine print, currency exchange, tax, customs, shipping costs.
(UPS does not deliver to PO Box, my address.) US to Canada calculator.

add-on ePub reader for Firefox/Mozilla browser Untested
Converter .doc .epub .pdf - Have not found good one. Wise spaces too far and stamps name.
Paper books. Incomplete online, use telephone yellow pages.
- libraries: private, public, travel (condo, cruise ship, hostel USA
- used book stores and sites fun in person, free happy user, international mail more points praise in Comments below

Copyrights run out different years (50-100) after December of author's death. Protection ends according to originating country if they adhere to Berne shorter term convention: Canada 50; EU (most) 70; Mexico 100; Japan, Russia. No shorter term: Brazil, China; Colombia 80; US 75 (after 1923).

In essence, a designated heir, family or not, owns works created by their ancestor (aka bequeather-legator-testator). As Canada-based editor for US-based Wiki and Gutenberg, responsible internet users of text and images, I tried to summarize international laws here. For laws, see current local websites.


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    BTW nice job here.

  2. Good work!

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