Great Free Ebook Sites


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Apr 5, 2010
Hey Guys,
I just figured I could list some sites I have been using with my Ipad (16gb) in order to help you in your quest for Epubs. I know that Ibooks Project Gutenberg books are OK but I have run in to some issues with cover art and formatting, and prefer some of the sites below!

Add your own sites to the list!

  • Just Like Project Guenberg but has better formatting / cover art
  • Can download 1 of 5 different formats (for those of you that have multiple ereaders)
  • Can drag and drop the Epub files into itues
  • includes cover art for almost all the books
  • Has free books from unknown authors

  • Great selection
  • dont have to register to download
  • tons of novels new and old
  • 100% free
  • Some hard to find books

Google Books
  • Only some free ebook downloads
  • Check the classics section
  • Alot of paid books
  • Includes cover art for 90% of the books


macrumors newbie
Apr 7, 2010
My favorite place for ebooks is the technical ebooks group on Usenet. An amazing amount of stuff. :)


macrumors 68030
Jan 11, 2008
You mentioned it briefly, but I don't think it hurts to point out that Apple's iBookstore itself contains tens of thousands of free books ready to easily load onto your iPad.

iPad iBooks Features The Gutenberg Project Catalog – 30,000 Free eBooks

iBooks’ very sweet price points are not the only surprise Apple kept for the iPad launch. Indeed, while we already knew the iPad can read and import eBooks in the ePub format, it probably won’t be as necessary as we thought; as the iBookstore already features the Gutenberg Project catalog for free.

If you’re not familiar with the Gutenberg Project, it’s a free online digital library supported by volunteers. This library already includes over 30,000 free eBooks from the public domain; it is an amazing popular resource.

Well, when checking out Apple’s iBookstore, I noticed that Apple has decided to include these directly. I obviously haven’t had the chance to count them, but it appears that the entire catalog is available for free download.

This is obviously very good news, making it easier than ever to access a lot of good literature on the cheap.

Additionally, I would suggest the Internet Archive with it's wealth of public domain resources.