Books are a good way to have fun with yourself, especially, in solitude. But buying books all the time could eat largely into your pockets. It may eat into your space area in your house as well, as you’ll need to pack them in boxes or put them on shelves. In this light, I think eBooks will be better. So I have listed here my 5 best websites for reading books online.
Best ebook websites
1. Open Library
This is the initiative of the popular digital library of websites, Internet Archive. You will find millions of free books from this site. The ebooks on Open Library are in a lot of formats including PDF, MOBI, EPUB and DJVU.
Open Library is organised for you to easily search for books based on their subjects and genres like Fantasy and History respectively.
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You can also search with authors. One special feature is if you don’t remember the author or book title, you can search by entering a line from the book.
2. Country Tales
If you are really interested in literary works, especially African Literature, Country Tales may be the best option for you. Country Tale has poised catalogue of purely African literature, encompassing diverse genres. People will keen taste for African literature will find it a wonderful place to enjoy their favourite literature genres.
Country Tales has standardised barcodes generated for the books as writers upload them to the site. These unique barcodes can be used to by users to search for the books and related content.
With Bookboon, you have free books on every subject you can think of. Bookboon will help you find exactly what you need, especially if you are specifically looking for an educational textbook or business book.
This site has a well categorised layout for easy navigation. You would have to enter some details at the free section before you can download books freely from here.
English is not the language used at Bookboon. They offer Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Spanish and Swedish. All books available in PDF formats.
4. AkooBooks Audio
Maybe you rather like to listen to books instead of reading them. Then, I suggest that you head over to AkooBooks Audio. The Ghana-based site is a digital library containing a huge number of audiobooks.
Although, audiobooks are technically not ebooks, it is an amazing way to enjoy books, especially if you are mostly on the move. Also, AkooBooks is perfect for the visually impaired – helps them enjoy the fun of books too.
AkooBooks Audio gives access to African books with audio books available for download. The founders of AkooBooks Audio brought this initiative to “face challenges of abysmally low levels of literacy and poor distribution” of content.
5. Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg has an enormous collection of over 57,000 free books for downloading. Its collection is a whole world of diversified books for readers. PG’s initiative is to make books available for free of cost to every person. Thus, it does not even require you to sign up before you can access their archive nor charges you any registration fees.
There are books of all subjects and genres here. From History to Classics to Periodicals, you will find almost everything here. Project Gutenberg offers its books in MOBI, EPUB, HTML, Kindle and simple text formats. You can also directly save the ebooks to your cloud storage platforms like Google Drive, Dorpbox, OnedDrive, etc.
However, PG is best known for its Classical novels although it contains books from other genres and subjects.