Reading is a passion. Many read for knowledge and others for pleasure. Many find it difficult to get free books online. For them, there are many online libraries which provides fiction, nonfiction and reference books at no charge. This list gives you the online libraries I use for free online books.
Google Books is a very good place for finding good books. Many of the books are with snippet views. However, there are a number of books with full preview, which means the full book is available online for reading. The site is categorized very well and can browse through very easily. Additionally, Google books can be found thru normal Google search and by choose the type as Books on the left menu.
Project Gutenberg is the original free electronic library on net. It currently has more than 20,000 books in its online catalogue with more than 100,000 titles available from many partners and affiliates
Questia is a very good resource for writers and students. This online library hosts more than 5000 fee books for reading online. The list of books available include rare books and classics.
Hathi Trust is another online library with huge number of books digitized. HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. There are more than fifty partners in HathiTrust, and membership is open to institutions worldwide.
Free Classic Books
Free Classic Books is an online library which holds many of the worlds most treasured classics. This site also have some non-fiction b0oks and some novels
Fullbooks is another online library which lists thousands books online for free. The books are sorted according to their title. This is not a very good feature if you do not know the book title. The site also links to other similar sites which might be useful for the users.
Bored is another place you will find a number of ebooks for free reading. The site offers thousands of free books that can be stored on your computer and/or read online. Book offerings include British literature, American literature, cookbooks, children’s books, textbooks and reference books.
Chest of Books
Chest of Books is another which gives a free ebooks for online reading. It has a nice list of books categorized for easy browsing.
LibriVox is a unique library with its audio feature. You can not only read, but also listen to the books.
University Online Libraries
The websites of various universities points to their on online library. A number of academic books will be available in these sites. some of them include the following:
Do you use any of these online libraries? If yes, share it with us. We could make this list from 10 to 25.