For anyone and everyone across the worldOur objective is to offer everyone access to download ebooks free of charge. Why? Because not everyone in the world can afford to buy regular paperbacks and hardbacks. However, most folks do have access to a computer or handheld device connected to the Internet. With this in mind we created and developed the obooko website to encourage and help people to read and keep on reading, regardless of means. We now have over 2300 titles online available for you to download. We are sure you will join us in thanking all our ebook contributors for their help and goodwill in offering you their work without charge. And we extend special thanks to you as readers for your support. We have some fantastic writers on board and new work is being submitted every day, so log in and help your yourself to some great online reads! For your peace of mind, obooko is legally authorized and licenced to distribute all e-books on this site. What's more, we actively promote and uphold Copyright law and attempt to educate readers about the negative effects of digital piracy and plagiarism.
How many people 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 a digital edition could be considered a 'real' book? As controversial as it may have been at the time, the e-book nevertheless attracted attention in the press globally and was reviewed in The Times literary supplement. You will find it and can leave a review if you search for the free ebook on Google books. This ground-breaking ebook is the first in a trilogy of thrillers and is available in pdf, epub and kindle (mobi) formats, from obooko. The second e-book, Music at the Garden House and the third, Cafe Maracanda are also available on this site for download.
PDF - the most popular ebook format.We distribute three ebook formats: PDF, EPUB and KINDLE. PDF (Portable Document Format) is the oldest and still the most popular e-book style and one of the most efficient ways of distributing literature. This filetype is the same as that used for 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 most people have access to a desktop computer, laptop or tablet. However, while PDF can be read on many devices, because the page width is usually fixed it is not ideal for small screen sizes like mobile phones.
What is the EPUB format?
Epub (Electronic Publication) is the most versatile file to download and is perfect for small screen sizes. Our epub files are open standard and can be read on most IOS and Android mobile phones. 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 ePub format 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 you can obtain a variety of apps online.
Do I need a Kindle device?
The third ebook format we distribute is for KINDLE, which is suitable exclusively for Amazon devices and apps. The kindle app (application) can be used for desktops, laptops, tablets and phones - you don't have to own a dedicated Amazon tablet. While apps for these devices can read portable document format files, they can't read epub ebook files. 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 kindle ebooks in our digital library can be used on all Kindle apps 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 educational works
Many of the titles we manage for download have become very popular around the world and are used for educational purposes in schools and colleges. One of our most popular spiritual books online, The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran is listed here on Wikipedia.
An easy-to-use ebook distribution platform
We also offer ebook distribution without charge, providing an opportunity for new and established writers from all parts of the World to publicize and promote their titles. By removing barriers and making it easy to put their stories online and in front of an audience, we hope to allay the fears that prevent new writers releasing their work. By offering copies of reading material for no charge 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 to be read and continue to have their work listed on obooko for many years. Our popular website also encourages new writers to submit work, including students from all over the world, who gain an insight into digital distribution. Their writing appears in our Short Story Singles: Young Writers category. All online digital works are gratis and are hosted on our own servers so there is no need to follow outside links. You can download titles in all categories including Business, Money, Travel, Philosophy, Health, Politics, Newage, etc. And plenty of the popular genres too, including Romance, Crime, Thriller, Historical, Humor, Horror, sci-fi, Fantasy, etc. Copyright is very important to us and we actively try to protect and uphold intellectual property rights by complying with United States and United Kingdom Copyright lawsDon't leave your ideas in your head or languishing in a drawer, or hidden on an obscure website. Put them on here for download by our members and enjoy knowing your work is being appreciated. Contrary to what you may imagine, giving away a copy of your ebook download is a sound strategy that will not only ensure it will be read, it will also help promote your ebook and your name. This increases the amount of people likely to be interested in your future digital or traditionaly produced works. 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!
If it's your first time creating a book online and you aren't sure how to format your writing, why not use one of our book templates? Our templates contain easy to follow instructions and are available in four different page sizes. Everyone welcome: any genre or subject. That ebook you were always going to write, or the one half-finished in a drawer, can now be distributed at no cost! It's not a gamble, we are not like an online casino 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 e-book, (it's not like trying to buy car insurance online) so find out more about ebook distribution on our site. If you are more intersted in generating revenue from sales of your ebook we recommend heading over to Smashwords, who will distribute to major retailers as well as via their own store.
Tips, suggestions, comments and praise can be picked up from feedback messages. Your email 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 a need to change something. Members may award your ebook between one and five stars. The votes on your bookpage will show an average star-rating. The more stars and votes your free ebook receives the more popular it will become.
Obooko wins an award!
We tend not to blow our own horn but, way back in 2011 obooko won an award! Our humble little website was awarded first place in a Best Site competition, hosted by New York Times company, About.com.
Don't forget to give feedback
Our wordsmiths receive no payment for allowing you to read their work so please, whether you loved it or loathed it, when you finish reading an e-Book return to the 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 genres to choose from, including romance and novels written specifically for women. And many popular genres like scifi, fantasy novels, action and adventure, crime thrillers and mysteries ... and of course horror stories! What's more, we have a large collection of business titles of interest to readers wishing to start a business or grow one. And travel guides too, for vacation and holiday ideas. Whatever your taste, we have over 2300 stories to read online for you! Our library is your insurance of a guaranteed good read whatever yiur tastes. And we don't just loan you the ebooks, they are yours to keep.
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 works from Plato and Shakespeare to Jane Austen and Oscar Wilde. 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. More older works from around the world can be found in the online e-book library of the Internet Archive.
Help Obooko grow and stay free
Over the next twelve months we would like to bring you another 2000 titles 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. Perhaps you could mention a book you have downloaded on your facebook or twitter page or by emailing an ebook link to a friend? If you have a website we would be grateful if you would add a link to us. Every little helps!
Do you write a Blog? Perhaps a social network account like Facebook or Twitter? Maybe you have your own website? Whichever way you communicate on the Web, you can help us attract more novelists and more members, which will in turn bring you more quality online reads. How? By adding a simple link. Search engines rank sites 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 search 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 ebook service. Although thousands of you lovely people 'like' our facebook page, only a few of you like our website. We are so sad. One place you can leave a review of one of our ebooks is Goodreads. 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 that little blue button on the homepage. You can G+ and Tweet too if you like. 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.
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