9 Websites with Free eBooks

 

28 Free Resources for Distance LearningDuring this time of social distancing, how do I get novels to my students? The challenges of distance learning are immense. As teachers dive into a plethora of new computer programs and resources that haven’t been tried in the past, frustration builds. One question that comes up repeatedly is…how do I get novels for distance learning? Students can’t run out to the shops and purchase them. The answer is free eBooks.

Won’t purchasing eBooks be expensive? No, several websites provide eBooks that are completely FREE. So, take a deep breath and see if any of these sites will work for you.

Websites with Free eBooks 

#1 – Borrowing Books through Open Library

9 Great Websites for Finding Free Digital Books for Students  

Open Library is exactly what the name implies. You can check out digital books for 2 weeks. The website’s goals is to get a copy of every book that was ever published. This means their library is huge. At present 1.7 million titles are available for checkout. 

To check out books, you must get a library card. This means providing a username, password, and email address. Once registered you login and begin checking out books.

Open Library also has a section of classic books that you can just click on the button and read without going through the checkout process. Check out their Student Library here.

#2 – Project Gutenberg

8 Great Websites for Finding Free eBooks for Students  

Project Gutenberg is the place to download and read over 60,000 free ebooks. The books can be read online or downloaded to computers or Kindles. Think older classics. Gutenberg’s collection includes only books that the U.S. copyright has expired. This means the books were published before 1924.

Check out Project Gutenberg for the classics such as these.

 

#3 – ESL English Bits

8 Great Websites for Finding Free eBooks for Students 

 

 

I considered the ESL-Bits website a goldmine when I found it a number a years ago. At that time, Bridge to Terabithia and A Wrinkle in Time were both available. Now the number of offered novels has really grown.

BITS is a site full of both eBooks and audio books to help English Language Learners. Full novels are provided for classics, novellas, short stories and popular novels. For each text, audios in two speeds read the stories. Students can follow along while the recording reads the book making it perfect for struggling readers.

Books are divided into collections based on difficulty levels. I recommend checking out the Ambitious Learners section for upper elementary. Note the section contains a mix of books including everything from Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace to Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife to the titles linked below. You will most likely want to give students the links to specific novels you wish them to read. Here are a few of my favorites:

 

#4 – Free Amazon Kindle Books and Free Booksy

Amazon offers many free eBooks. Check out their ‘Top 100 Free’ section.

This link takes you to Amazon’s Kindle Store’s Limited-Time Offers

FreeBooksy is a website that helps readers find books. It contains a section of Free Children’s eBooks. Most links go to Amazon, but you’ll also find links to Nook, Kobo, Apple, and Google. They have an email signup if want free books delivered to you inbox.

#5 Bookshare

 

Do you have students with dyslexia, learning disabilities, visual impairments, physical disabilities, or other reading barriers? Check out Bookshare. Students who qualify can read as many books as they wish from a library of over 800.000 titles.

Special ed teachers should check out how to sign up qualifying students for a free membership. Check out Bookshare here.

#6 Mrs. P’s Magic Library

Kathy Kinney, the actress who played Mimi Bobeck on The Drew Carey Show, has a new role. She plays Mrs. P in the Magic Library. Mrs. P reads classic children’s stories. You’ll find Aladdin, The Brave Little Tailor and others. Check out Mrs. P here.

#7 International Children’s Digital Library

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The International Children’s Digital Library has thousands of free books to offer. You will find the classics along with newer titles donated by authors. A well-designed search page makes finding the perfect book quick and easy. Check out the International Children’s Digital Library here.
#8 Storyline Online

If you are looking for stories for K-4, you’ll definitely want to visit Storyline. This site streams videos of actors reading popular picture books.

Check out Storyline here.

#9 The Classics – Places to find Free eBooks

 

 

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2 comments

    • Christina Gerstenbacher on April 20, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    Thank you for this resource. I have used Project Gutenberg, but a few I haven’t heard of before. Unfortunately, I couldn’t click on thte links it just gave me errors. Thank you most especially during this time with Covid-19 and distance learning.

    1. Hi Christina,

      I doubled checked the links on my end. They all seem to be working properly. You might want to try again on a different device.

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