5 Websites to Read Books For Free

5 Websites That Let You Read Thousands Of Books Online For Free

Since the only thing better than books are free books.


If you're someone like me who is always reading and always looking for a new book, you will find that it is very expensive to keep buying more and more books to read. It can also get annoying to try and lug around big books everywhere you go. A solution to both of these problems is reading books online. Here are 5 websites to read books online for free (or mostly free).

1. Project Gutenberg.

This website has over 58,000 ebooks for free and is also available on mobile. This is probably one of the best places to find classics, as it publishes books whose copyright has expired. The site allows you to download the HTML and read it online. The only downside of this is that it is basically a bunch of words in a new tab without page numbers or anything. Due to this, I prefer reading shorter stories or poems on this site.

2. Amazon Kindle.

This is one of those that is sort of free. If you have Amazon Prime (and I mean, who doesn't) you also have a bunch of free Kindle books. This site also has a lot of books whose copyright has expired, but also a lot of more obscure books. The upside to this one is that the books are separated into pages like proper ebooks, so you are able to open and close the app or window without losing your place.

3. The Library of Congress.

Again, this is full of classics, but also has books on art and music. As I write this article, however, the site is down, something that seems to happen quite a bit with government websites. This is probably your best bet if you want to find books that are a bit more obscure or if you want to find more reference books.

4. Smashwords.

This site doesn't have as many classics as the other sites, but it does include a large number of amateur books as well as abridged copies of classics. This site also features a lot of books in other languages which is nice if you are trying to learn how to read or speak another language!

5. Internet Archive.

This site is one of the larger resources. They offer about the same amount of online books as Project Gutenberg, but they also function similar to a library. With a free account, you are able to "check-out" books. This means that you get a copy of an ebook, but rules similar to that of libraries apply. You might have to join a waitlist for books and you can only have them for 2 weeks at a time. This site offers a wide range of books, including textbooks and reference books. The site also has recordings of newscasts and live concerts, among other things.

Once you realize just how many books there are out there to read, you realize how much it would cost to read all of the ones you want to. However, using these 5 sites, as well as many other online resources, you can discover just how accessible some books are. So, go out there, do some research, and find something to read!

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12. I might not have said those four words in the old and standard way, but I'd learnt that actions speak much louder, than anything that you can say.

So much has happened this week, yet I could not find any inspiration to write. Instead of creating a piece that I will never deem perfect... I have decided to share with you my favorite e.h poems that fill my Pinterest board. These poems always seem to speak the words that I could never write, they remind me that I'm not alone, and give me faith to keep moving forward... I hope they do the same for you.

1. You see, not knowing is what haunts you. The memories that never mend.

2. When others listen to reply, she listens to understand.

3. I don't make my connections deep, because I'm scared of what I'll lose.

4. I lend everyone my ear, but nobody my heart.

5. Let go, Let go, Let go.

6. When part of what you're made of always wishes to return.

7. There are people that fit in quite nicely, and people who try but do not.

8. And realize I never truly lived; all I did was just exist.

9. She hopes one day she'll mean enough, for someone to write about her too.

10. When your road is a dead end, it's likely that you'll find it's only really just a bend.

11. And it kills you right now, but with time it gets better.

12. I might not have said those four words in the old and standard way, but I'd learnt that actions speak much louder than anything that you can say.

13. All these empty spaces create a strange sort of pull that attract so many people you wouldn't meet if they were full.

14. You remember life much better when you don't view it all through glass.

15. She thought she wasn't needed, she could leave and they'd not care.

16. But where on earth are you?

17. You might have hit rock bottom, but it's the perfect place to start.

18. There is no title to say, "This is Me."

19. I promise spring is coming.

20. Would it shock you most to find, that the things you thought defined you, could be summed up in just two lines.

21. For you'll never truly find yourself if you're too scared to get lost.

22. 86,400 seconds and we're in another day.

23. And each tear that escaped her held the things she'd left unsaid.

24. For since you first asked me that question, you've moved five hundred thousand miles.

25. Just remember from the other side, your grass looks greener too.

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The Worst Book Covers Ever Made

I have a bone to pick with the people at "Wordsworth Classics".


Generally, once an author has been dead for over 70 years, his or her work becomes public domain. You might think about it like a sitcom getting syndication. When a book becomes public domain, it may be sold by any publishing house in need of some extra cash. This is why, for example, you can find a copy of the Great Gatsby from Penguin, Random House, and Harper Collins, even though it was originally published through Scribner.

This has lead to an enormous amount of creative freedom cover-wise. We've had more than a few mishaps.

I mean, what the hell even is that? This looks like a "Big Eyes" painting if it got left in the sun for too long.

Of all the sins I've witnessed in the name of literacy, I never thought I'd stumble upon something so laughably God-awful, so lazily slapped together as this:

If you're thinking, "something's off here," you're not alone. Say hello to "Wordsworth Classics", a division of a minor British publishing house whose main goal seems to be getting the original authors to roll over in their graves (70+ years on). I've compiled the worst of their collection for your viewing (dis)pleasure.

This is bad. I mean, I don't know what they were going for here, but thank God for that conveniently placed smoke.

I have a hard time believing Tom's Disney channel haircut was all too common back in the 1800s.

Man. 300 looks worse than I remember.


Everything about this is bad. The borderline copyright infringement Cheshire Cat, Alice's "Victorian" getup, not to mention the Mad Hatter, who is clearly the first man in Wonderland to receive a face transplant via photoshop.

Ah, yes. Moby Dick. Origin of the proverbial "White Whale", who apparently, was not actually white.

Why does "Dorian Gray" look like he's about to lecture me on how to brew the perfect IPA?

Robinson Cru-NO! This looks more like a bad porno than classic english lit...

Little known fact: when this book cover was sent into the publishers, Notre Dame spontaneously burst into flames.

This is not Dracula. Clearly, this is a photo of Oscar Wilde, who, after smoking an enormous quantity of marijuana at a Halloween party, believes that he is Dracula.

Even Harlequin Romance wouldn't sink to this level. Look how they're leaning against the fence! Is that even physically possible?

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