Any sites that offer free ebooks for iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by bobright, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. bobright macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Also do they have to be loaded via iTunes or can you view them off of websites?
  2. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    ipad can read just about any type of file.

    1. amazon has tons of free books in their store. just download the kindle app and start shopping. the books will come to you in kindle (.mobi) format. it is a nice app and a pleasant reading experience. books are easily downloaded from your library inside amazon's servers.

    2. ibooks is a free app already installed on the ipad. i believe it can read epub books. there are tons of those out there, including at your local library. it is a nice app, but a little limited in functionality. itunes is a little clunky, but google around and you can figure out how to get books into it.

    3. goodreader is an inexpensive app that does a fabulous job with pdf files. i highly recommend it. but, ibooks can also read pdfs. there are tons of pdfs out there. just google it. you load apps through itunes. it is not very intuitive, but there is advice everywhere online. you can also download goodreaderusb to your computer and easily drag and drop (thereby avoiding itunes).

    at some point you may develop an affinity for one app over another. download calibre to your computer and you can convert files to different formats. this will enable you to read in the app of your choice.
  3. vrDrew macrumors 65816

    Jan 31, 2010
    Midlife, Midwest
    Let's try answering the OP's question:

    Two sites you might try are:

    Project Gutenberg



    both of which offer a wide variety of free, out-of-copyright books, including many, many classics. The process of importing the downloaded files and installing them on your iPad is detailed here.
  4. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    Why don't you go to the iTunes Store, click on Books, then click on "Free Books"?
  5. pmm0724 macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2010
    Check out Overdrive for free books, including audio books.
  6. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    Actually, I did answer the OP's question. And, I think I did so quite well :)

    Many (if not all) of the materials available on Project Gutenburg are available from Amazon. The process is extremely simple (as I pointed out). 1. download amazon app. 2. go to amazon store and download free books. 3. open kindle app and read. As an added bonus, you can access any of the books any time from your amazon account, so no reason to waste memory, and you can read the books on any device. as another super bonus, amazon will bookmark the books for you and remember where you were no matter what device you read the book on.

    really, i see little point in using project gutenburg if you have access to amazon...

    It gets more complicated with libraries (they have websites, but of course that varies acc. to op's location), but not terribly tough. A short chat with the librarian will get it all sorted out.
  7. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    NKO (Navy Knowledge online) is a great site if you have access via the military...and it supports Overdrive.

    I have it on my HTC Evo, iPod touches and iPad so its also cross platform!
  8. taipan61 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2011
    corner starbucks
    the one main reason i like amazon is the fact that i don't have to go through iTunes, it'll download straight to the kindle app.
  9. RHVC59 macrumors 6502


    May 10, 2008
    Eugene, Oregon
    I love the free library section of Baen Books.... As well as the paid section.

    SF, fantasy, etc. They have been handing out a part of their catalog on cd's in the bach of their hardcover books for years.
    Authors include David Weber, Mersdyes Lackey, John Ringo, Eric Flint, Robert Heinline, David Drake, etc:)
  10. HazyCloud macrumors 68030


    Jun 30, 2010

    iBooks is the same. Open app, download book(s).
  11. Cripps macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
    Best place to start is the aggregator site

    It has details of all the options and links to the sites offering them.

    A truly one stop shop.
  12. bobright thread starter macrumors 601

    Jun 29, 2010
    Thanks guys lots of options given to check for, I'm on it.....
  13. nodirpola macrumors newbie

    May 11, 2013
    I like add to another site which have a good collection of free classic eBooks and literature.It's
  14. yth macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2012
    It's not difficult to find free books. Use google.
  15. Pagandeva2000 macrumors member


    May 3, 2013
    I think you answered quite well, also. I have the kindle app, and yes, I get free books from them daily. Another site is Type in a genre and look at the selections. If you choose a book, it'll take you straight to amazon for download. Good thing about that site compared to Amazon is that the amazon kindle section only shows 100 free books per day. This one is well in the thousands.

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