Ebooks have given book lovers a great way to read anywhere using ebook readers or mobile devices. Apart from convinience, the best thing about ebooks is that there are so many resources to find free or discounted ebooks on the web.
One of the things that makes ManyBooks so great is the variety of ways you can access their eBooks. You can read them online in your browser or download them in various formats, including .epub, .mobi, and .pdf. This makes it easy to read on just about any device.
Smashwords has published over 600,000 ebooks of which 91,237 are free to download and read. Not only does Smashwords offer authors a chance to publish their work for free but it also provides them with an online publishing platform.
LibriVox books are read by volunteers from all over the world. Readers record chapters of books in the public domain and then upload their recordings to the LibriVox website. Anyone can then listen to the audiobooks online or download them for free.
This particular library offers users a variety of filters so that they may find what they need easier than ever before, plus downloads in many different formats, including .pdf, .epub, .mobi, and more.
Find free ebooks in NOOK books and apps format, provided by Barnes and Nobles. You will be spoiled for choice from the more than 1 million free ebooks available in 8 subjects including biographies, mystery novels, romance and religion.
Not keen on looking through individual sites that serve only particular ebook formats? Then, run your searches through ePubBooks. Your search results will be curated for you and you get direct links to download or buy your ebooks.
Free Ebook Download Links intends to provide links for downloading books available free in different formats.Their authors publish the books online for free viewing and printing for non-commercial purposes only.
A search engine for books, magazines, and academic literature in PDFs, PDF drive hosts an array of free books. There are books on many subjects and you can see the number of pages and downloads of each book right int he preview.
Freeditorial is a platform where writers from all over the world upload their books, most of which are free to download. There are also downloadable and shareable versions of popular literature on the site.
Centless Books allows you to download ebooks or audiobooks in different categories for free. Authors can submit their work on the site as well, and you can read the work from budding writers here as well.
Above is a video explaining the basics of ebook publishing, formatting and conversion. The video below will show you how to convert from Word (.docx) to epub and mobi formats with my free ebook conversion tool.
So even while you're formatting for print, you should be thinking about ebook conversion. Luckily, you can do it for free, and it can be pretty easy - if you aren't picky about the little details (and I'll explain why you shouldn't be).
"Ebooks" are digital versions of your book that can be read on tablets and smartphones. Most ebook stores use a file format called "epub" - but Amazon/Kindle uses a slightly modified file format called "mobi." Most bookstore chains have their own ereader device and their own bookstore; but some companies like Smashwords, BookBaby, and Lulu offer "distribution" - which means they'll send your ebook out to all the online retailers and keep track of sales for you.
If you want to go a little deeper into the process, you can download and install Calibre, which is free and pretty easy to use (although there's still some learning curve). This is what the program looks like.
Once you get used to it, it's quick. But it's still a pain, and so I either use my free ebook generator, or I hire someone on fiverr.com to convert to ebook files for me, because there's really no need to add style, and it can actually sabotage the process.
So if you want more control and you want a designer to spend a lot of time on your ebooks, and you want someone to help you out or fix things when if you run into any problems, expect to pay more; but keep in mind you can do it for free or almost nothing if you keep things simple. (Some mainstream books don't even have indents on the first paragraph, although it's easy to do if you've prepared your word file the right way).
While Kindle takes up a big share of the ebook market, it's a good idea to have your book up in other stores as well, especially Apple iBooks. The easiest way to get in is to use a service like BookBaby or Smashwords. I prefer Smashwords because it's free and Mark Coker is a cool guy; they'll take your Word document but it needs to be clean before going through the "meatgrinder" (their automatic conversion software... it's pretty similar to the function I have on my site that converts to Kindle and Epub formats). 2b1af7f3a8