Free eBooks, audio books and digital resources

Recently, I’ve noticed quite a few people looking for books in my local Freecycle group. I find that I have more books than I can possibly read available for free, so I thought it would be worth sharing that information too.

Libraries

Until recently, I hadn’t visited a public library in 10-15 years. I was very much impressed by the quality of service on offer. I was registered and issued with a card and PIN very quickly, which allows me to use the reference library, withdraw books, DVDs, CDs, audio books etc, access the catalogue from home and request books, extend loans and make suggestions for new resources. I can also now log in to the e-Library and download e-Books and audio books in a variety of formats for a range of devices.

Here is a list of university libraries around the world which have digital resources that anyone can use.

eBooks

Project Gutenberg offers over 33,000 e-Books to read online or download in a range of file formats. There are also human- and computer-read audio books. Additionally, there is a range of digitised sheet music, although this project is currently dormant.

Feedbooks is quite a glossy site. Users can download public domain and newly-published eBooks as well as buy eBooks in the store. They are available in a range of different formats. Creating a free account allows you to save books to your bookshelf, which can be public or private, save favourites and write comments. This seems like a great site and user account creation is a service that Project Gutenberg doesn’t yet offer. Feedbooks doesn’t seem to have some of the more obscure content that PG offers, though.

Google Books offer quite a range of e-Books. Some are free and some paid. They can be downloaded or read online.

Audio Books

Librivox.org has just under 4,000 audio books available for download. The books have been read by volunteers and can be downloaded as MP3 or ogg vorbis files.

verkaro.org is another site with free audio books. It is run by a group based in Mexico.

loudlit.org is another free audio book site.

One response

27 01 2012
Harlan ny

Just bookmarked you under Digg under “Free eBooks, audio books and digital resources thatbitfurther”. So hopefully our friends can give you a visit. Thanks.

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