Enjoy free e-books, no e-reader required(Read article summary)
You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars to enjoy the wealth of free e-book downloads available online.
Every week I round up freebies for our deals posts. In the process, Iâve noticed there seems to be an almost endless supply of free e-books available online.
Itâs almost enough to make me wish I had an e-reader. That is, until I learned I didnât need to spend a couple hundred bucks to enjoy the Internetâs wealth of free e-book downloads.
E-reader manufacturers, as well as independent software companies, offer free reading apps that you can download onto your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer. In other words, you could turn your phone or computer into an e-reader without spending a dime. Plus, that means one less electronic device to carry around and risk losing.
Of course, e-readers still have their advantages. Their screens are bigger than most phones, and theyâre more portable than most computers. But whatâs free is free. And even if you already own an e-reader, you can still add a free reading app to your phone and computer. The free reading apps for Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader will sync your e-book collection so you can access it from multiple devicesâŚ
Kindle offers free downloadable reading apps for smartphones (iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7, Blackberry); tablets (iPad, Android); laptops, desktops, and netbooks (Mac, PC); and MP3 players (iPod touch).Â Money Talks News founder Stacy Johnson has criticized Kindle because itâs not compatible with library books, but I find Kindle offers a bigger selection of free e-books than the other brands of e-readers. And since most reading apps are free, thereâs nothing stopping you from downloading Kindleâs reading app and one of the others.
Nook offers free downloadable reading apps for smartphones (iPhone, Android); tablets (iPad, Android); and laptops, desktops, and netbooks (Mac, PC).
Sony Reader offers free downloadable reading apps for smartphones (Android), tablets (Android), and laptops, desktops, and netbooks (Mac, PC). Yes, iPhone and iPad owners, you read that right: Sony Readerâs app is only available for Mac computers.
Other options: Do a Web search for whatever device you want to double as an e-reader (âfree e-reader apps for Android,â for example) to learn your options.Â If you own an iPhone or iPad, you probably already know that Appleâs free iBooks is one. Google Play is Androidâs equivalent. Kobo is another free reading app for phones â iPhone, Android, and Blackberry. Itâs known for its collection of one million free e-books.
If you prefer to read on your computer, check out Adobeâs Digital Editions, a free downloadable software program.
Where to find free e-books
Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader offer free e-books on their websites.
- eReader.comâs âFREE eBooksâ page (eReader.com is the website of a Barnes & Noble-owned e-book publisher)
- Google Playâs âTop Free in Booksâ page
- Koboâs âFREE eBooksâ page
- Money Talks Newsâ Freebies page
- Project Gutenberg
- Sesame Streetâs âFREE eBooks OF THE WEEKâ page
- The University of Chicago Pressâ free e-book of the month
- Your libraryâs website
Whatâs your favorite site for downloading free e-books?
Karla Bowsher runs the deals page at Money Talks News, a consumer/personal finance TV news feature that airs in about 80 cities as well as around the Web. This column first appeared in Money Talks News.