Growing collections of digitized books, in many formats, are now online. Many out-of-copyright books can be freely downloaded
- With your public library card, you can download ebooks for reading on your screen. See Ramsey county suggestion sheet: rclreads.org Or this quide.
- If you have a college/university library access card, many more items are available in art, music, film, journals. In Minnestota, sign in and explore: lib.umn.edu
- For general reading: Google, download and install and compare the two most popular reading programs–Kindle and ePub. Both are free and will work on your computer as well as on any mobile devices that you use. In any future downloads, try to select in your preferred format. Then start to travel culturally!
- Once you have chosen a preferred format, other documents can be converted. Amazon will convert by email to Kindle format. Online-Convert will change files to ePub format. Increasingly, you will be able to choose a format as you download.
- Browse before you download or buy. Several online booksellers (Amazon , Barnes & Noble, Google, Macmillan) may post reviews and sample pages from books as well as publisher and reader reviews. You can also get information at: goodreads.com after you sign up (free). Descriptions and links also available at: archive.org
- Google and Amazon keep expanding their digitized resources. Keep rechecking their sites: Books.Google and Kindle Cloud Reader
- A superb organizing site for your collection of e-books is Calibre. This free app may well become your first stop with your new library
- Bob Rankin has How To’s and a large list of sources here
- Amazon-Kindle gives you 3 ways of borrowing books.
- Amazon details ways to borrow from public library
- DCLA Digital Public Library of America is perhaps the largest resource
Instructions for downloading from Ramsey library
Thousands of free online courses, audio books, textbooks, eBooks, language lessons, movies, and more
Search, preorder, buy from Google
- Google Play Search for many ebooks
Extensive free collection
5000+ free books for Kindle
40,000 free books with format choice
- Open Library Many books, for borrow or online read, once you register
- Hathi Trust Digital Library. 90 international universities and research organizations , over 11 million books and journals
- Online Books Library. U of Penn
Classic books, plays, stories, poems, essays, and speeches
Extensive, well-categorized books and magazines
29,000 free books
Join free, search 1,000,000 books – some downloadable free
- World Public Library
- University of North Carolina Collections
- UMass-Boston Collection
- AACLS Humanities Collection
Catalog of free ebooks; collection of collections
- Using the free calibre to organize your e-librart
- Bowling Green U collection
- Organizing an ebook collection in Kindle
- 13 sites for free ebook download
Textbook comparative pricing
Reviews and suggestions; has been acquired by Amazon
A very large source of online materials, 1st month free
- Ten greatest books selected by 125 authors, free downloads
- Archive The largest collection of online books
- British Library 300 20th century books
- The Harvard Classics
- Internet Archive
- Open Culture 74 free banned books
- Hourly History is an large and growing site of free and inexpensive ebooks/audiobooks by Matt Clayton, well-researched.
- History Compacted is a growing source of short and inexpensive ebooks/audiobooks
- Delphi is a growing course of collection (in Kindle or ebook format). The site contains Art, Music, Poetry and the Classics, audiobooks, videos— often sold as collections (ALL of Aristotle, for instance, costs $2.99).