Our objective is to offer everyone using the Internet, the opportunity to download contemporary ebooks, not old or classic literature, but modern fiction and non-fiction by living authors. Why no charges? Because not everyone in the world can afford to buy published paperback and hardback books. However, most folks do have access to a computer (Windows and Mac) or handheld device (Android, iPad, iPhone, Nook, Kobo, Tablet, etc.,) connected to the Web, so they can download e books online. With this in mind we created and developed the website to encourage and help people to read free of charge and keep on reading, regardless of means. There are now over 2300 self-published ebooks free online in a wide range of categories for you to transfer without charge to your device via our online library. We are sure you will join us in thanking all our authors for their help and goodwill in offering you their work without charge, to make obooko a leading publishing platform. What's more, we extend special thanks to you as a member for your support and encouragement. We have some fantastic writers on board today and new stories are being submitted every day. Registration, as it has aways been is gratis, so log in and help your yourself to some fabulous online reads.
What makes obooko different?
For a start, there are no fees or charges for registration or to download e-books. But importantly, unlike other sites, you may download books IN ANY FORMAT! Yes, pdf, epub and kindle: no fees, no charges, no strings. However, we do restrict our audience to readers aged 13 and above to ensure minors do not access documents that are intended for adults. For your peace of mind it is also good to know that obooko operates 100% legally. In accordance with international Copyright
conventions and laws, we obtain written permission to publish and host all the titles you see in our library. What's more, we continually and actively promote and uphold Copyright law on the Internet by educating readers about the negative effects of digital piracy and plagiarism. Our popular website also encourages new writers to self-publish and submit their work, including students from all over the world, who gain an insight into digital publishing and distribution. Their ebooks appear in our Short Story Singles: Young Writers category. All of our online digital books are available for instant download and are hosted on our own servers so there is no need to follow outside links. You can download free books
from obooko in all categories including Business, Money, Travel, Philosophy, Health, Education, Politics, New-age, etc. And plenty of the popular genres too, including Romance, Crime, Thriller, Historical, Humor, Horror, sci-fi, Fantasy, etc.
How many members can answer this ebook question?
We didn't know ourselves until recently. What is the title of the first e-book to be submitted for the Booker Prize? The answer is The Angels of Russia
, a thriller written by Patricia le Roy. This was way back in 1998, when it caused quite a stir in the world of ink and paper when people questioned whether literature in e-book form, downloaded via the Internet could be considered a 'real' book? But, as controversial as it may have been at the time, the book nevertheless attracted attention in the press globally and was reviewed in The Times literary supplement. This ground-breaking book is the first in a trilogy of thrillers and is self-published on the obooko platform in pdf, epub and kindle (mobi) formats. The second book in the series, Music at the Garden House and the third, Cafe Maracanda are also available on our site for free download.
PDF - the most popular book format.
We distribute eBooks in three formats: PDF
. PDF (Portable Document Format)
is the oldest and still the most popular document format on the Web and one of the most efficient ways of publishing and distributing digital works. This filetype is the same as that used for printed paperbacks so it's the closest you'll get to the 'real' thing; the visual integrity of the document cover and layout being retained. You'll need a PDF Reader
app, but most devices come already shipped with one. Not everyone owns or can afford to own a dedicated Ebook-Reader, but there are many people who have access to the technology required: a desktop computer, laptop or tablet running Microsoft Windows, Apple IOS or Android. However, while PDF ebooks can be read free online or offline on many devices
, because the page width is usually fixed it is does not make it ideal for those who read e Books using small screen sizes like those on mobile phones.
What is the EPUB ebooks format?
Epub (Electronic Publication) is the most versatile ebook format and is perfect for small screen sizes. Our epub ebooks are open standard and can be read on most devices with the technology and software to support the format, including IOS (iPhone and iPad) and Android mobile/cell phones and tablets. What's more, they can be viewed on your desktop computer, laptop and tablet too with appropriate apps. You can find out more about the free ePub ebooks format on the Internet over at the IDPF
. The main feature of this filetype is text optimisation, whereby text can flow and wrap to the screen width, whatever its size, which means the font size does not have to be zoomed or reduced. Most handheld devices now come with a dedicated reader built in, but there are many eReader apps available online.
Download Free eBooks for Kindle
The third e-book format we distribute is for KINDLE, which is exclusively for use by those who have Amazon readers or apps installed on their device. The kindle app (application) can be used for desktops, laptops, tablets and phones connected to the Web - there is no requirement to own a dedicated Amazon tablet. While apps for these devices can read portable document format files, they can't read epub ebook files, which make it unsuitable for many readers. Amazon's native file format is AZW (Amazon Word,) which is a proprietary filetype and is generally DRM protected. However, DRM-disabled titles can be obtained in AZW format - we have a few here on the site. You can find out more about the Kindle
platform and download an app. To ensure all ebooks in our digital library can be used on all Kindle apps (for Mac, Windows, iPhone, iPad, and Android phones) and devices,
we choose to distribute MOBI (Mobipocket) files, which are similar in effect to e-pub files but can be viewed on the Amazon platform without DRM.
Famous e Books used in education.
Many of the titles we have published in our free books library have become very popular around the world and some textbooks are used for educational purposes in schools and colleges, where it is useful to download free-ebooks from the Internet. Because our service cost nothing, those in education benefit greatly. Although we don't specialise in publishing classical literature titles in our library, one, a spiritual book has become extremely popular, The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran is listed here on Wikipedia.
Publishing and distributing ebooks on the Obooko platform.
We also offer publication of fiction books and novels,
plus non-fiction titles without charge, providing an opportunity for new and established authors from all parts of the world, who wish to self-publish their work on the Web via our extensive library. By removing barriers and making it easy to put their stories and textbooks online and in front of an audience, we hope to allay the fears that prevent new writers publishing their work. By offering ebooks free under Standard Copyright
or Creative Commons
licences, contributors can benefit from valuable feedback from members. This can be used to improve a story before it is listed for sale on retail sites or sent to traditional outlets for consideration. But most of our wordsmiths write literature to be read and continue to have their e books listed online via obooko for many years. Copyright is very important to us and we are actively engaged in protecting and upholding intellectual property rights by complying with United States
and United Kingdom
There is no need to leave your ideas in your head or languishing in a drawer, or hidden on an obscure website. Start publishing your work on Obooko! There is no charge for registration, so join us and publish your ebooks on obooko for the benefit of our members and enjoy knowing your work is being appreciated. Contrary to what you may imagine, self-publishing and giving away a copy of your fiction or non-fiction free books
on the Web is a sound strategy that will not only ensure it will be read, but will also help promote your writing and your name. This increases the amount of people who are likely to be interested in your future ebooks and printed books. And by giving people, especially those who can't afford to by regular paperbacks, a good, no-cost read, you are doing a great social service too, especially to folks around the world on low incomes and those in education.
If it's your first time creating free self-published ebooks online and you aren't sure how to format your manuscript document, why not use one of our book templates
? Our templates are available to download free and contain easy to follow instructions. There are four different document sizes available. Everyone welcome: literature in any fiction or non-fiction genre or subject. That ebook you were always going to write, or the one half-finished in a drawer, can now be published at no cost! But it's not a gamble and you don't have to buy or commit to anything. What's more, you will find plenty of tools to help you create and distribute. It's easy to submit your fiction or non-fiction titles, so find out more about worldwide distribution on our site on this page.
Tips, suggestions, comments and praise for yiur work can be picked up via Obooko's unique feedback messaging system. Your address is hidden on the feedback form but you can reply to messages if you wish. Although you may not agree with everything you read, it can be useful, especially when recurring comments may indicate there is a need to change something. We have a star-rating system too, where members may award your ebook between one and five stars. The votes on your download page will show an average star-rating. The more stars and votes your eBook receives the more popular it will become. So, why not submit your book now?
Obooko wins an award!
We tend not to blow our own horn but, way back in 2011 obooko won an Internet award!
Our humble little website was awarded first place in a Best Site competition, hosted by New York Times company, About.com. But we have not been entered into any similar competitions since, so let us know if you hear of one.
Don't forget to give feedback for ebooks
Our authors receive no payment for allowing you to read their e-books, so please, whether you loved it or loathed it, when you finish reading a book from our library, return to the author's download page (enter the title in the search box if you can't find the page) and leave a Star Rating from 1 to 5. If the novelist has a Feedback Link you can use this to let them know how much you like their work, point out any little mistakes or just to say thanks.
Categories and genres to suit your tastes.
We have a huge range of fiction books and non-fiction genres in our library, including romance and novels written specifically for women. And many popular genres like science fiction, fantasy novels, action and adventure, crime thrillers and mysteries ... and of course horror stories! What's more, we have a large collection of non-fiction including business ebooks (of interest to readers wishing to start a business or grow one,) technology, food, hobbies, money, technical, computers, etc. And there are lots of travel guides too, for vacation and holiday ideas. And many of our textbooks are suitable for study and education. Whatever your taste in literature, obooko is the place to download free ebooks we have over 2300 stories to read free online for you! Our library is your guarantee of a good read whatever your tastes. But we don't just loan you the e-books, they are yours to keep. So join us now and enjoy reading wherever you are.
While we do not list classics in our collection, we do recommend visiting Project Gutenberg
for works that are out of Copyright and in the public domain. Here you will find classical literature from Plato and Shakespeare to Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde. Most books are suitable for educational purposes. Try and make a small donation if you are able: this is a very worthwhile and commendable enterprise that keeps literature alive … and most importantly, read.
Help Obooko grow and stay free of charge.
Over the next twelve months we would like to bring you another 2000 eBooks to read by attracting more wordsmiths (and more members to read their work!) With this in mind we would be delighted if you would help us tell as many people as possible about our website. Do you write a Blog? Maybe you have your own website? You are sure to have a social network account like Facebook or Twitter. If you enjoy using obooko and the fantastic range of material to read on offer, we will be delighted if you would show your appreciation by clicking the social buttons at the top of each page. Apparently, search engines love social signals so you will making a big difference by helping to reach out and enrich the lives of many more folks around the world. Whichever way you communicate on the Web, you can help make obooko more popular and attract more novelists and more members, which will in turn bring you more quality free-books online. How? By adding a simple link! The technology used by popular search engines rank pages mainly by the useful information they contain, closely followed by popularity: the more links that point to a website, the more it will be favoured in results. So, if you enjoy using obooko please spread the word
by adding a link back to our homepage: simply copy this link and paste it along with a few words about our free ebooks library. One place you can leave a review of one of our titles is Goodreads
Whatever your device, whatever your taste in reading, you don't have to pay to join; so make sure you sign up to access over 2000 contemporary free books
ready for you to download via the Internet and read now! Don't forget to share our pages and tell your friends where you get your ebooks free - Obooko!