A few places you can find ebooks for free

So on Monday, I finished my third book of the year: Cover Her Face, the first in the Adam Dalgliesh mystery series, by P.D. James. The other two were Goldfinger by Ian Fleming as narrated by Simon Vance and The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. Yesterday, I began what should be my fourth book of the year, The Redbreast, the first in the Harry Hole series, by Norweigan writer Jo Nesbø and I’m enjoying it thus far, although only about 30 pages into the book.

Aside: The patron at the library who recommended the series to me said yesterday that she hasn’t even read any of them yet. They’re sitting on her shelves. A friend of hers recommended the series to her and then she to me, based on my mentioning that I enjoyed the Millennium trilogy by Stieg Larsson. 

As I might have mentioned previously, I work at a library as a librarian assistant. Lately, we’ve been inundated with requests from patrons how to download ebooks from the library and as a result, we’re having a workshop this coming Monday to guide folks through the process. At our library, we use Overdrive, which has ebooks for Kindles, Nooks, iPads, iPhones and audiobooks too. In preparation for that, I’ve been doing a little research on my own of other places you can find ebooks for free (or almost free). I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve found.

I’ll start with where I am: in Pennsylvania, library cardholders from across the state can apply for a library card at the Free Library of Philadelphia and then check out ebooks on that card. At least, this is what I’ve heard and read in other places. So I thought I’d test it out for myself. I applied last night. I’ll let you know how it works out.

Through the Susquehanna County Library System website, I learned of a few other resources that I didn’t know were available for people not only in Pennsylvania, but across the country. For example, those with Kindles have a number of options to lend and borrow books, including and Those with Nooks also have options to lend and borrow books such as ebookFling. My wife has a Kindle and I have a Nook, so I’ll let you know how these work out too, but feel free to try them for yourself. There is no cost to join any of them, although it does look like there might be a minimal cost to borrow ebooks on ebookFling.

One last resource for now that I’ll mention is Open Library, which has a lending library of books, mostly classics, available in ebook form. I plan to test-drive all of these in the near future.

So what resources for free or next-to-free ebooks have you found? Let us know in the comments.

11 responses to “A few places you can find ebooks for free

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  2. I use the Free Library of Philadelphia and love it. I know Anastasia from Bird Brained uses the Free Library of Singapore or something like that. It’s for international and Singapore residents.

  3. I just can’t get on board with the whole e-book thing when I have all of those REAL books sitting on my shelves. Though my library has started loaning them out online.

  4. The only free e-books I have read are sent to my e-mail through DailyLit – that’s how I read all the Sherlock Holmes canon – or else on pdf on my computer via Netgalley. I don’t have an e-reader. My hubby has a first generation Kindle, and we have yet to try downloading anything for him from Overdrive, but I’m sure we’ll get around to it when he finishes reading every. single. thing. Louis L’Amour every wrote. 🙂

    I know Sandy at You’ve Gotta Read This loves the Jo Nesbo series – I’ll be interested to hear what you think. I just started The Informationst by Taylor Stevens, and it has some definite similarities to Stieg Larsson, but not as graphic – so far. Really good, though – makes me want to just sit and read all day!