Also, most of those "free" books are DRM-restricted.
If you want really free books (all of them gratis
and most of them libre
), here's my standard cut-and-paste list, which I really need to park somewhere and link from my .sig or something:
Right here on MobileRead is a good start -- the ebooks are built by hand by MobileRead members, and in my opinion they have the best formatting. There are a lot of other good ebook sites out there. Here's my personal free ebook source list:
- best formatting, limited selection (hand-built by MobileRead members)
- PG scraper, but sometimes has books from other sources, good formatting
- mostly scrapes PG, improves formatting
- the granddaddy of them all, phenomenal selection
- painful to use, but has books nobody else does
the Internet Archive
- generally only the scans are readable
- most of the time, what's good isn't free, and what's free isn't good
Baen Free Library
- amazing selection; also, they will
tempt you into buying books
- Baen CD collections
. Sadly, it's not a very comprehensive search engine, at least when it comes to free ebooks - it misses a lot of them - but as far as I know, it's the only ebook-specific one out there.
If you're using free ebooks, it's only right to give something back: proofread a page a day at the Distributed Proofreading Project
I almost forgot: get calibre
. Its support forum is a few boards down from here.