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Published February 14th 2021
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How to Get Free eBooks
You do not need to spend money to read eBooks - there are plenty of options for downloading or borrowing them totally free of charge. Between library services, altruistic websites, and promotional offers, there are enough free eBooks out there to satisfy a lifetime of reading needs.

While e-readers can be handy, there is no requirement to have one if you would like to read an eBook. Many eBooks can be opened on your mobile, tablet, or even your computer.

Click through for the best ways to get eBooks for free.

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Curl up with your e-reader and get stuck into some free eBooks. Image: Elien Smid via Pixabay.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is a free online library of public domain books. Their website contains many classic novels that are no longer copyrighted, as well as many non-fiction titles. See the list of their most popular downloads for a great place to start your free reading journey. All books can be read in your browser, or you can download them in several popular eBook formats suitable for use on an e-reader. The website is simple to use and the eBooks load quickly, unencumbered by advertisements.

There is also an Australian sister site of Project Gutenberg. The Australian site contains plenty of Australian history books, reference texts, and classic novels. It also offers an impressive literature collection, with many classic texts from international writers being out of copyright in Australia.

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Project Gutenberg is the go-to site for downloading public domain books for free. Image: Pexels via Pixabay.

Free Kindle app
The Amazon Kindle device may be synonymous with e-readers, but you can transform any mobile device into an eBook reader with the free Kindle app.

Once you have the app, you can browse through their vast collection of free eBooks. This includes many fiction titles, both by relatively unknown authors and popular authors seeking to promote their latest release.

Check out this Weekendnotes article for a guide on how to get started with the free Kindle app.

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The Kindle app gives you access to endless free fiction. Image: Bruno /Germany via Pixabay.

Google Play Books
If you have an Android phone or tablet, you will be familiar with the Google Play Store where you download mobile apps and games. There is also a Google Books section, filled with free and paid titles available for your reading pleasure. Check out their most downloaded free eBooks here. The category contains plenty of intriguing novels, as well as self-help and other non-fiction texts. The free offerings on Google Play Books are similar to those available in the Kindle app: lots of guilty-pleasure fiction, and a few left-of-centre self-help texts.

The eBooks can be read on any mobile device with the Google Play Books app installed. If you are an Apple iPhone or iPad user, you can download the Google Play Books app for iOS.

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You will find a library of weird and wonderful free books in Google Play Books. Image: Mystic Art Design via Pixabay.

If you have a membership with a South Australian or Western Australian public library, you can access Libby, a free app to read books and magazines, and download audiobooks. Libby is a way to bring the library to your mobile device, and is intuitive to use even for those who are not familiar with library systems. Because it connects to your local library, the titles on offer are ones you would not normally get for free using the previous websites listed. A large range of popular and best-selling eBooks will be at your fingertips.

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Go to the library without leaving your house through the free Libby app. Image: Lubos Houska via Pixabay.

Borrowbox is another mobile app which brings your local public library's collection to your fingertips. Many Australian public libraries allow access through Borrowbox. If your library is signed up, you will be able to borrow popular eBooks instantly from your phone. Similarly to the Libby app, Borrowbox contains a variety of sought-after contemporary titles that are available for free through your public library membership.

Simply access using your library credentials, and select the book you would like to borrow. Borrowbox also features an audiobook collection, also freely accessible through your library.

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Access free eBooks through your public library using the Borrowbox app. Image: Perfecto Capucine via Pixabay.

National Library
The National Library of Australia has a collection of significant cultural and historical eBooks. Get more information here. For some of their collection, you must have a library card (free for all Australian residents) - sign up here.

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Look no further than the National Library's online collection for free, fascinating historical texts. Image: Michal Jarmoluk via Pixabay.
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