List of sites to download free ebooks legally

List of websites to download free ebooks legally

With this compilation we intend to offer an updated list of sites to download ebooks for free and legally. Our idea is to update the list periodically by adding new sites or removing those that are no longer in operation. Remember that they will always be projects that offer content legally. 

We try to classify the sites so that they are as comfortable as possible for you to use. In parentheses we indicate the languages ​​of the ebooks that you can find on each platform.  (SPOUSE) español (EN) English and (IS IN) In Spanish and English. The news since the last update appear with green background.

Our list has 63 sources with millions of books available in all languages.

Non-profit sites to download ebooks

In this section we will show non-profit sites where download books of all kinds from classics, to essays, through novels or children's books.

The big projects

Very generalist projects and classic works that are in the public domain. Gutenberg stands out above all, for being the most extensive and because it offers us ebooks in .epub and .mobi.

  • Gutenberg Project (IS IN) Classic among classics when it comes to projects that offer royalty-free works. The largest archive of public domain books in the world.
  • (IS IN) Another archive of millions of digitized public domain books. Offers pdf.
    • Open Library (IS IN) An Internet Archive project that aims to create a web page for every book that exists. Although it does not allow downloads from the tabs or pages of the books, it links to Gutenberg, Archive or the source where it is available if it is in the public domain.
  • Wikisource in Spanish and if you want books in another language Wikisource. It is an online library of original texts in the public domain or under license. GFDL is a Wikimedia project that allows download in pdf.
  • Wikibooks (SPOUSE) Another Wikimedia project that aims to make textbooks, manuals, tutorials or other educational texts with free content and free access available to anyone.
  • iBiblio (EN) Huge library and digital archive.
  • Hispanic digital library (SPOUSE) Free and free portal of the digitized books of the national library.
  • Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes (SPOUSE) It is a virtual collection of classic works in Hispanic languages.
  • Municipal network of libraries of Seville (SPOUSE) Digital catalog of the municipal library network of Seville.
  • Europeana (IS IN) It is the access point to thousands of digital resources in Europe.
  • University of Adelaide (EN) Online library of the University of Adelaide in Australia, allows us to read online, or download the works in various formats.
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Personal projects

Small non-profit projects.

  • Goose and Octopus (SPOUSE) One of the non-profit initiatives with the highest quality in its publications. Ganso y Pulpo is an independent non-profit publishing project that seeks to reissue text that is difficult to access or forgotten and that are already free of rights.
  • Tales for Algernon (SPOUSE) Excellent initiative that publishes unpublished fantasy, science fiction and horror stories in Spanish. Another personal non-profit project that brings us stories from top authors that are never published in Spanish. Winner of an Ignotus 2013, if you like science fiction it is a must.
  • Cruciform Editions (SPOUSE) A small independent non-profit publishing house, winner of an Ignotus in 2013, offers us free ebooks along with others with limited editions that, once finished, become public domain.
  • Book Camping (SPOUSE) They are defined as a collaborative digital library. They are dedicated to linking works with open licenses. It links a lot to resources on political, social and communication issues.
  • qomun (IS IN) Directory and free culture distribution platform.
  • 1 book 1 € (SPOUSE) The only project on the entire list that doesn't offer free books, but the cause is worth it. In exchange for a donation to Save the Children you can download all the books you want, although they suggest that you pay € 1 per book to help the children.
  • Digital books (ES / EN / FR) Compilation of works made by Ignacio Fernández Galván.
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Other sites to download eBooks

In this section we see resources that offer us ebooks on specific topics.

  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art (EN) The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York offers us a large number of publications in PDF format that revolve around the world of art.
  • Digital Comic Museum (EN) A collection of classic comics from the golden age with over 15.000 public domain comics for free download.
  • Online Library of Educational Technology (SPOUSE) It is a compilation of digital books and magazines in PDF made by Professor Diego F. Craig, around the field of Educational Technology, and all being documents in the public domain or with licenses that allow them to be shared.
  • Boe - Legislation (SPOUSE) Compilations of the main regulations in force in the legal system are constantly updated and in pfd and epub formats. They are presented by branches of law.

Commercial projects that have free ebooks

Is commercial-oriented projects that offer some free books. Here we find large companies such as Amazon, Google or the book house, small publishers that offer free ebooks and other websites and search engines that are based on projects such as Gutenberg.

  • Amazon Kindle (IS IN) The ebook giant offers us a large number of free ebooks in all languages.
    • - Public Domain at Amazon (IS IN) Search for books from Amazon with Public Domain license.
    • Free Book Sifter (IS IN)  Search engine based on Amazon books to make it easier for us to hunt for free ebooks for our Kindle, there are books in Spanish although what is most abundant are books in English.
    • Hundred zeros (SPOUSE) Another search engine based on Amazon. He shows us books in Spanish.
    • freebooksy  (EN) This project is based on offering free books from Amazon, Barnes and Nobles and Kobo and presents them to us in a blog format.
  • House of the book (IS IN) One of the great bookstores in Spain, its extensive commercial catalog includes free or zero-cost works.
  • Google Books (IS IN) It works as an index of books where we can find a large number of books available to read online although not to download.
  • Play Store (IS IN) The Google online store, where we can find many free books to read from our Smartphone or Tablet.
  • Public domain (SPOUSE) Project similar to a directory where they are responsible for disseminating and compiling works that have become public domain.
  • library (SPOUSE) Initiative that allows you to download free ebooks and pay after having read them what you consider fair, a new way of monetizing works. Requires registration.
  • Virtual Book (SPOUSE) Portal where classical authors with works in the public domain join new writers who upload their works for distribution.
  • BQ Readers (SPOUSE) Selection of classics with which the BQ company loads the books of its ereaders. They leave us a zip file to download.
  • Library (IS IN) Portal that offers a large number of ebooks.
  • Feedbooks  (SPOUSE) Electronic library that offers us a selection of works in the public domain.
  • Manybooks (EN) Project that draws on Gutenbeberg and Genome project there are audiobooks.
  • eBooksgo (EN) Gutenberg-based book directory.
  • Planet Book(SPOUSE) Offers public domain books.
  • Open Culture Free ebooks (EN) List with more than 700 books for various devices, ereaders, iphones, iphdss, smartphones, etc.
  • Dyskolo editions (SPOUSE) Editorial in which all the works it publishes are under Creative Commons license
  • Bubok (SPOUSE) The great desktop publishing platform has a large number of free books.
  • 24 symbols (SPOUSE) It is an online reading platform, a flat rate to read books online, but it leaves us different volumes to read them for free.
  • Kobo (EN) The giant Kobo, has free ebooks in its catalog like Amazon.
  • Barnes & Noble (EN / ES) The third in contention along with Kobo and Amazon, has free volumes for download.
  • smashwords (EN / ES) Indie book distributor, with a large number of free ebooks.
  • Ebook mall (EN) Digital ebooks for ereaders, iphones, smartphones, tablets, ipads, pc and mac
  • sportula (SPOUSE) Genre publisher that delights us with some of his works for free
  • Lektu (SPOUSE) the great Spanish cultural platform, where we can find ebooks, audiobooks and podcasts whether they are paid, free, downloaded through social payment or with the payment method if you like.
  • Book (SPOUSE) More than 10.000 books available for download. Although it is free, we need to register on the web to download them.
  • Dream mongers (SPOUSE) This essay-focused publisher focuses its business selling paper books but leaves us several works under Creative Commons license ( CC BY-NC ,  CC BY-NC-SA ,  CC BY-NC-ND  )
  • Books on my phone (EN) Ebooks edited so that they can be read on any phone or device that has Java installed
  • Junkie ebook (EN) Platform for new and independent authors
  • bibliotastic (EN) Another publisher of independent authors

Sites to download technical ebooks

Websites specialized in offering free and legal technical and scientific books.

  • open pound (IS IN) The great online library of technical ebooks. Without a doubt, a very interesting project that compiles and offers us a large number of free technical ebooks. Ready to download.
  • Microsoft Technet (EN) Microsofot leaves us some free technology and software ebooks to download in pdf format or to read online.
  • NASA ebooks (EN) NASA technology books on aeronautical topics. Very interesting.
  • CSIC books (SPOUSE) A large number of free publications from the Higher Council for Scientific Research. It touches all branches of science.
  • in-tech (EN) Very interesting catalog of technological and scientific topics that works with Open Access.
  • Free Tech Books (EN) Free and royalty-free engineering and programming books.
  • O'Really OpenBooks (EN) The O'Really publishing house leaves us its Open Books. They cannot be downloaded but you can read online, some very interesting resources.
  • Free Programming Books (EN) Possibly the best listing I have come across, a superb, brutal compilation, kept up to date via Github. With this link the rest of the technical links almost stop making sense. In addition to Github we find it in  reSRC in a more friendly web format
  • Online Programming Books (EN) Compilation of works on programming, computer science, software engineering, web development, app development, databases, networks, etc.

And this is it for now 🙂

Moment we have not added publishers that offer free books but do not allow them to be easily filtered or searched, but we are thinking about how to add them to the list because surely many people are interested.

If you know of more sites with free and legal content that we have not included, please let us know and we will add them to the list of pages to download free ebooks online.

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  1.   Boris Da Silva Perez said

    Thank you very much, and congratulations on the blog, I follow you daily! Nice job!

    1.    Nacho Morato said

      Thanks to you for reading us 🙂 Greetings



  3.   Enilda. said

    I received the e-mail. Please tell me how do I go about searching, downloading eboks? Thanks.

    1.    Nacho Morato said

      Hello Enilda, you have received an email that has been a notice to a private message in the forum of a new initiative that we are still incubating but that is not ready.

  4.   bookblog said

    How good, Nacho, that you share these cultural sites.
    I have a blog of book downloads (all rights released), much more humble than the ones you have published, yes. Here I share it: Epub and PDF for free, in case someone wants to visit us 🙂
    Thank you very much for this great compilation, which, I suppose, will have taken you a long time to gather and order.

    1.    Nacho Morato said

      Hello, thank you very much for the suggestion, I will review your project and if it meets the conditions in the next update of the list that I am going to do in a few days I will add it.

      All the best

      1.    bookblog said

        Well, Nacho, thank you very much! Hopefully it meets the requirements.

  5.   Hector said

    April 23 is a very special date around the world with the commemoration of "International Book Day" and "Author's Right", in the following link I leave you a compilation of 40 online marketing ebooks 2014:

  6.   alexarriete said

    In this link you can see when some books will be free on Amazon.

  7.   goitia said

    Good afternoon, I have purchased a bq cervantes e book, but I note that almost all of the books are for kindle ... I can't download them on the bq (forgive my ignorance, I'm new to this)

  8.   Pedro said

    Good friend, if that happens a lot, it tends to be to kindle the books if you want to visit this page and you will find many formats in addition to having more than 30 thousand titles

  9.   miracles said

    hello why don't you try downloading epub for free from this page [edited] it has books in all formats!

    1.    Nacho Morato said

      Hello Milagros. We only talk about sites with legal downloads.

      All the best

  10.   dario said

    How are you? Do you know any platform where you can upload epubs, and have them displayed as a virtual shelf? In other words, a virtual shelf of your own books in the cloud. Thank you!!

  11.   Nacho Morato said

    Hi Darío, right now I don't know of any, although I'm sure there will be something. A good option is to install your library with the Caliber manager on dropbox, copy, drive or similar. So you always have your books online.

    All the best

  12.   dario said

    Nacho, thanks for the answer. But what I want is not only to save them in the cloud, but to be able to visualize the covers and names of each one, to be able to choose them. If it entered from my tablet to the cloud, I will only see the names of the files, and not the covers. And download them if necessary. If you find something, let me know! Thank you!

  13.   mamen said

    Hello, I need the book "The English Cemetery" by JM Mediola, could you tell me how I can get it. Thank you.

  14.   Sebas said

    Hello. I invite you to meet Ablik ( Ebooks can be downloaded or read directly on the screen with any device. They are classic works of literature free of copyright, or original works, that is totally legal. It can also be published. All the best!

  15.   laviniacor said

    Geez, I'm older and I'm "catching the bug of these things", from being absolutely novice, I'm gradually becoming (or feeling like ...) ... an "expert", and all thanks to you and so many articles in «»! THANK YOU !

  16.   Lucia Garcia said

    Excellent compilation Nacho! Other than Amazon with Audible, what other websites do you recommend for listening to audio books?

  17.   Arnaldo said

    Good afternoon, interesting article for lovers of reading.
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  18.   Carlos said

    I have bought a BQ Cervantes 3 in Madrid. But I live in Argentina and I find myself with the surprise that I cannot buy the books from the Store or any other in my country because the NUBICO system does not accept the credit cards of Argentina, for example, something that does not happen with other countries in the world in which I buy.
    Do I have another way to buy or have I wasted the money?
    Thank you

  19.   Carlos said

    I bought a BA Cervantes 3 on my recent trip to Madrid
    As the Nubico store does not accept credit cards from my country, I have not been able to buy any books. And I'm talking about buying, not downloading free ebooks.
    Can someone tell me in which store or supplier of ebooks I can buy from Argentina?
    Thank you Carlos

  20.   Juan said

    Hello Goodnight. You could recommend a 10 ″ ereader. I am interested in this format to read technical books in pdf format. I have two other ereaders (Papyre and Bq Cervantes) but in these there is no way to read pdfs. When is a 12 ″ ereader ready and easy to get? All the best

  21.   Su said

    I recommend you look at the Ebrolis project, its website is

    1.    Nacho Morato said

      Hello, we review it and if it meets the conditions we will add it in the next update of the post.

      Thank you very much

  22.   abi said

    Hello, I want to know about «Unbox» to immediately download digital books related to health specifically oncology and dentistry, books that are not available in my country in print. I want recommendations from that page that in many places directs me to this one.
    thank you in advance

  23.   Luis Diego said

    I recommend this 2020 to download books from they have very up-to-date ebooks