Looking for a place where the free e-books floweth like wine? Whether you’re yearning for science fiction or Jersey Shore fanfic, we’ve got a roundup of free e-book sites to suit every taste.
Best free computer science and technology e-books: OnlineProgrammingBooks.com
Do you have the technological determination of Bill Gates but the technological intellect of Jessica Simpson? This website offers an impressive selection of free e-books related to IT, engineering, Internet, and electronics. Titles include Python Programming for Beginners, Programming Windows 8 Apps, and The Java Tutorial. FreeTechBooks.com is another notable pick.
Best free science fiction e-books: Baen.com
Though the selection isn’t enormous, the Baen Free Library offers a rotating assortment of tales from some of the book publisher’s most talented science fiction authors. Another noteworthy site: Free Speculative Fiction online. The site features free science fiction e-books from Nebula and Hugo award nominees, as well as selections that originally appeared in Clarkesworld and Asimov’s.
Best free romance e-books: Allromanceebooks.com
All Romance has nearly 600 free romance e-books, and though the quality varies, the selection can’t be beat. Books and stories are rated under a “heat index,” so you’ll know right away if a title features characters making love or f—–g. And many of the free e-books have customer ratings, so you won’t have to waste time wondering if “The Princess and the Accountant” is a waste of time. Another honorable mention: eHarlequin.com. Though the selection of free e-books is significantly smaller, the contributions come from top romance authors.
Best free fantasy e-books: Free Speculative Fiction Online
Though the selection might not be mind-blowing, the quality of these free fantasy e-books is. You won’t be subjected to the typo-ridden tale of “Nibbles the Plucky Unicorn” because these fantasy stories are penned by professional authors only. Project Gutenberg is another good website for those seeking free fantasy e-books derived from older print novels (such as The Wizard of Oz).
Best free e-book site (general): World Public Library (worldlibrary.net)
The e-book Library Collections contain over 2,000,000 PDF e-books in more than 200 languages. Additionally, the online library has thousands of audio e-books that can be downloaded in MP3 format or listened to online. With an unrivaled selection of free academic e-books, online magazines, journals, and nearly 12,000 graphic novels, it’s everything you love about a real library—minus the homeless guy peeing in the corner.
*Court Burback is the author of the blasphemous parody A Coupla Shades of Taupe, an e-book currently horrifying parents everywhere…including her own.