Our previous post was about a site which you can use to view International Magazines via the Internet, free of charge. This post is about sites which allow you to download Electronic books of various categories right into your computer, free of charge. Please note that this is not a complete list; these are only the sites I have used and verified that the downloads they offer are reliable and what they claim to be. There may be plenty of other sites and if you know any such, feel free to share them by dropping a comment.
This is one of my favorite sites. FreeBookSpot has nearly 5000 Electronic Books in its index belonging to various categories. Unlike most sites, it is not limited to programming/tech books. FreeBookSpot also indexes novels, fiction and even waay cooler stuff such as Star Wars novels packs!
Most of the books are in either Adobe PDF format or MS Reader .LIT format. FBS does not host every book in their servers. Most of the time they offer links to one click hosting sites such as RapidShare. It should not be a problem since most Ebooks are small in file size.
[Click Here] to visit FreeBookSpot.
2. MSLIT - Microsoft Reader Catalogue of EBooks
MSLIT is a site dedicated to indexing Microsoft Reader .LIT format Electronic books. They have e-books related a wide variety of categories ranging from action/adventure/detective novels to programming and IT related stuff.
As mentioned above, the site only indexes books in .LIT format. You need Microsoft Reader (Freely downloadable) to view them. Although the site bears the Microsoft logo actually it has no official affiliation with Microsoft.
[Click Here] to visit MSLIT.
3. Knowledge is Free
Knowledge is Free is another excellent source of information which indexes more than 2500 e-books mostly related to tech/business and programming categories. This site is very useful if you are a student or is studying for examinations such as CCNA or SCJP. In addition to E-books, Knowledge is Free also offers links to several video tutorials and nearly 500 issues of international magazines.
Like FreeBookSpot, Knowledge Is Free also offers download links from one click hosting services to indexed content.
[Click Here] to visit Knowledge is Free.
ebookshare.net is one of the first sites I used to download books from. It mainly indexes IT and Business Development related E-books but has a significant number of Magazines indexed as well.
Unlike the sites mentioned before, eBookShare does not offer HTTP downloading links. Instead, it offers links to .torrent files so the users may download the book with the help of a bittorrent client. Majority of the books indexed are tracked by the Pirate Bay public tracker so additional registration is not needed.
[Click Here] to visit eBookShare
FullBooks.com is another free e-Book hosting site which I found useful. It does not have a categorized index like most sites but indexes the hosted books in Alphabetical order. FullBooks hosts both fiction and tech related books.
All of the indexed books are hosted on the site itself. Longer books are divided into parts and each part is a .html file which you can view using the web browser. If you want to download the book into hard disk, just save the .html files.
[Click Here] to visit FullBooks.