What’s not to like about an ebook?
They’re easily portable: available for download 24/7 and for those who have a print disability, they offer a range of access options that can revolutionise their reading experience. There’s also the added bonus that some ebooks are even available for free.
Even on a big commercial company website such as Amazon, you can find thousands of ebooks that are available at no cost. There’s a list of their top 100 free ebooks on the Amazon Kindle ebook page (right hand side) and by using Jungle Search, a search engine designed for searching at Amazon, you can access an even wider choice.
There are also a range of other places where downloading or accessing an ebook comes with a £0.00 price tag.
Many local libraries now offer an ebook loan service. Either find your local library and contact them directly, or check the listing of 48 UK libraries offering the service, compiled by Paul Stainthope. You can also try the ReadEasy online digital library, and for kids, the ebook online Children’s International Digital Library . Whilst, for those who find print difficult to access, there are flexible format digital book options available at the Seeingear library.
Project Gutenberg – the first producer of free ebooks, has a library thousands of classic books, whilst Bartleby.com, offers one of the largest and oldest free full-text collections of verse on the web. MobileRead Wiki also offers dozens of free Harvard classic, as well as a comprehensive listing of where to find free ebook downloads or sites where you can read them online.
Looking for something educational? Then Open Educational Resources (OER) hosts thousands of resources for teachers, Bookboon offers textbooks for older students (as well as travel guides), whilst you can even find some free Oxford reading Tree ebooks at Oxford Owl .
There are numerous sites out there that offer access to free ebooks, even for specific genres of reading eg. Science fiction and fantasy (Baen) or particular areas of interest (FanFiction). So, it’s definitely never been easier to become interested in reading.