Sites to free download ebooks and audiobooks. Photo: KnowInsiders
Sites to free download ebooks and audiobooks. Photo: KnowInsiders

Apart from serving as a constant companion in solitude, books serve as food for the mind by stimulating our imagination and creativity. However, buying a new book each time can burn a hole in your pockets.

These websites offer full-length, completely free audiobooks for you to download and listen to whenever you want. Unlike most sites with "free" audiobooks.

Which are the 10 Best Free Sites to Download Legally Ebooks and Audiobooks?

1. Free-Ebooks

2. Overdrive

3. ManyBooks

4. Project Gutenberg

5. Loyal Books

6. Internet Archive

7. Bookboon

8. hoopla

9. Open Library

10. LibriVox

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Top 10 Best Free Sites to Download Legally Ebooks and Audiobooks

1. Free-Ebooks

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By creating a free account at Free-Ebooks(Opens in a new window), you can download up to five free titles each month. If you want more, a $50 VIP plan grants you an unlimited number of free books for life. But the free account is a good way to get started. Just watch out for the special offers and promotions as you sign up for your account.

Browse for titles by category, including fiction, non-fiction, academic, textbooks, and audiobooks. Then drill down to specific genres, such as business, computers, health, history, psychology, web design, and writing. Choose a book that interests you to see a description and preview of the first few pages. You can then download it in PDF, epub, Kindle, or text format. Audiobooks are available as MP3 or Apple M4B files, however, downloading them requires a VIP plan.

Website: https://www.free-ebooks.net/

2. Overdrive

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Photo: OverDrive

One of the best free eBook download sites is Overdrive, which offers its users the opportunity to read over a million eBooks. Despite the extensive collection, the website navigation is quick and most importantly, very much legal. You won’t be breaking any law by reading eBooks at Overdrive. It also offers new books that are listed as Best Sellers on The New York Times Bestsellers. With that, Overdrive also has an extensive collection of free Audio Books.

However, to access this enormous and fantastic collection, you must have an active Student ID card or any Public Library card. Without either of those, you will not be able to access the reading resources which constitute reading material from at least 30,000 libraries located in 40 countries across the globe.

Website: https://www.overdrive.com/

3. ManyBooks

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Photo: fossbytes

With more than 50,000 free online books available on the website, ManyBooks serves as an excellent option for bibliophiles to appease their craving for good books. The site hosts a variegated collection of books formatted for eReaders like Kindle and other popular formats such as EPUB, MOBI, PDF, TXT, etc.

Browsing for books is quite easy on ManyBooks as it offers neatly categorized sections of texts in different genres. Moreover, it has a Recommended and Featured Authors section that can help readers pick their next book.

Every ebook page on this site contains helpful information such as genre, author’s name and word count. As most of the content on ManyBook belongs to the public domain, you can download books legally and free of cost.

Website: https://manybooks.net/

4. Project Gutenberg

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Project Gutenberg(Opens in a new window) offers a library of more than 60,000 free ebooks, many of them classic novels and fiction available in the public domain but also a variety of non-fiction titles. With most of the books, you choose among epub, Kindle, or plain text format to download them onto your device. In many cases, you’re also able to access an HTML version to read directly through your browser.

You can use several different methods to find a book at Project Gutenberg. First, you can always browse selections based on different groups, such as the most popular books, latest releases, recently added, and random titles. A Bookshelf page presents different categories for you to peruse, including classics, crime, geography, history, music, science, and technology. You can search for specific books by author, title, subject, language, and popularity.

The site also provides a host of audiobooks in MP3 format. However, the titles are read in a computer-generated voice so they’re not as pleasant to listen to as are audiobooks read by a human being. A companion site(Opens in a new window) delivers contemporary books and poetry, all of which are self-published by different authors. No account is required so you can easily download any books you want and keep them forever.

Website: https://www.gutenberg.org/

5. Loyal Books

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Photo: Hongkiat

It's easy to use Loyal Books (previously called Books Should Be Free) to download free audiobooks. You can view the audiobooks by the language, the Loyal Books top 100, and by genre like Children, Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, and more than a dozen others.

You can listen to these books on their website, download MP3s of the chapters altogether at once in one ZIP file, download the whole audiobook in one M4B file for iPhones and iPods, save specific chapters only, and even get the book through an RSS reader. There's also a Loyal Books mobile app for iOS and Android.

These are public domain books, so you might not see anything here that differs from the other public domain audiobook websites we've already mentioned.

Website: http://www.loyalbooks.com/

6. Internet Archive

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Photo: canva

The Internet Archive(Opens in a new window) is home to millions of books, movies, TV shows, music, and other content. On its virtual bookshelves, you’ll find more than 20 million downloadable ebooks and texts(Opens in a new window) that you can keep as well as 2.3 million titles(Opens in a new window) that you can borrow by signing up for a free account with the site. A wide selection of audiobooks(Opens in a new window) also are available.

The books are organized by collections and other criteria. You can narrow the focus by specifying a year, language, and other criteria. And you can search for books based on title, author, publisher, topic, year, and other factors. Ebooks are accessible in a variety of formats, including epub, Kindle, PDF, and plain text, while audiobooks are available as MP3 files and M3U files.

Website: https://archive.org/

7. Bookboon

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This website offers free books to read online on every category you can think of. If you are specifically looking for an educational textbook or business book, Bookboon will help you find exactly what you need.

This free book site has thousands of ebooks ready to be download and read. You just need to visit the free section and enter a few details to download books. The website is easy to navigate and well categorized.

Apart from English, Bookboon offers texts in other languages such as German, Dutch, Danish, French, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish, Spanish and Czech.

Website: https://bookboon.com/fr

8.hoopla

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Photo: Teaneck Public Library

Much like OverDrive, detailed at the top of this list, hoopla has free audiobook downloads, but only if you have a library card at a supporting library.

When searching through the tens of thousands of free audiobooks here, you can filter the results by user rating, release date, date added, and language. There's also a Children's Titles Only toggle to show just kid-friendly audiobook downloads.

Browse hoopla's most popular audiobooks, or dig through hoopla's trending audiobooks page, if you're not sure where to start. There are also genres you can browse through.

These audiobooks can be streamed from your computer or on various devices.

Website: https://www.hoopladigital.com/

9. Open Library

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Photo: Download.zone

A division of the Internet Archive, Open Library (Opens in a new window) is devoted specifically to ebooks and audiobooks. Hosting more than 3 million books, the site offers classic books that you can read online or download as epub or PDF files. Acting as a real library, Open Library also features more modern books that you can borrow for 14 days and read online.

You can browse for books by subject, genre, and other factors, and search by title, author, and more. An advanced search option helps you search by other criteria, such as ISBN number or publisher. A virtual library page displays images of bookshelves based on topic, allowing you to see different titles and pick the one you want to view. Depending on the book you select, you can then read it, borrow it, or download it. You can also listen to most books, though the titles are read in a computer-generated voice.

Website: https://openlibrary.org/

10. LibriVox

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LibriVox(Opens in a new window) focuses specifically on audiobooks, offering a large catalog of public domain titles to play. The books are read by volunteers who donate their time, so listening to them is much more enjoyable than hearing a book read by a computer generated voice.

You can browse or search for books by title, author, genre, or language. An advanced search feature lets you hunt for books based on keywords as well as the person who does the reading. LibriVox covers a wide range of genres and categories, including fiction, non-fiction, short stories, plays, and poetry.

Find a book you want and click the Download button to grab a ZIP file of the content. Unzip the file into individual MP3 files, which you can then listen to on your computer or other device.

Website: https://librivox.org/

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