Any sites that offer free ebooks for iPad?

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  1. bobright macrumors 601

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

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    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

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    Let's try answering the OP's question:

    Two sites you might try are:

    Project Gutenberg

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    epubBooks

    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

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    I love the free library section of Baen Books.... As well as the paid section.
    See
    http://www.baen.com/library/

    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

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

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    Best place to start is the aggregator site

    http://inkmesh.com/

    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

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

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    I like add to another site which have a good collection of free classic eBooks and literature.It's www.mrpiggie.com
     
  14. yth macrumors member

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

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    I think you answered quite well, also. I have the kindle app, and yes, I get free books from them daily. Another site is ereaderiq.com. 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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