Especially for You!
Our objective is to offer everyone access to free ebooks
that are contemporary, not old or classical. Why no charges? Because not everyone in the world can afford to buy printed works. 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 website to encourage and help people to read and keep on reading, regardless of means. We now have over 2300 free ebooks available for you to download. We are sure you will join us in thanking all our authors for their help and goodwill in offering you their work free of charge. And we extend special thanks to you as a member for your support during our first 5 years online. We have some fantastic authors on board and new books are being published every day, so log in and help your yourself to some great free reads!
The website itself is designed to encourage people to READ; especially those who do not have access to e-books or the means to purchase them. And also to WRITE: many of our books are by first-time writers. While our non-fiction books can be classed as educational, the mere fact that English language novels are being read by a diverse, multinational readership can also be perceived as educational. Primarily aimed at computer users the most popular download format is PDF but we are gradually introducing ePub and Kindle formats in order to attract a larger audience. From the UK, we distribute digital fiction and non-fiction to a global readership free of charge. Authors may publish on the site free of charge too. The site is 100% free. There are no fees or charges for readers or authors. It is 100% legal too: we obtain written permission to distribute every book. And we restrict our audience to readers aged 13 and above to ensure minors do not download books intended for adults. What's more, we actively promote and uphold Copyright law and attempt to educate readers about the negative effects of digital piracy and plagiarism. Our free website also encourages new writers to submit work, including students from all over the world, who gain an insight into digital publishing: their writing appears in our Short Story Singles: Young Writers category. All ebooks are free and are hosted on our own servers so there is no need to follow outside links. You can download non-fiction books in all categories including Business, Money, Travel, Philosophy, Health, Politics, Newage, etc. And plenty of fiction too, including Romance, Crime, Thriller, Historical, Humor, Horror, science-fiction, Fantasy, etc.
I wonder how many members can answer this 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 British author, 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 book on Google books
. This ground-breaking book is the first in a trilogy of thrillers and is available free of charge in pdf, epub and kindle (mobi) formats, from obooko. The second ebook, Music at the Garden House and the third, Cafe Maracanda are also available on this site for free download.
We distribute three free ebook formats: PDF
. PDF (Portable Document Format)
is the oldest and still the most popular ebook styles and one of the most efficient ways of distributing digital fiction and non-fiction. This filetype is the same as that used for commercial printing so it's the closest you'll get to 'real' paperback; 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 ebooks 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. Printing of these files for personal use is encouraged. By printing and binding
at home, our members can enjoy the benefits of viewing tangible pages and cover art. What's more, it gives schools, colleges and hospitals in under-developed countries the option to print a few copies of ebooks
that, under normal circumstances, they would never be able to access or afford.
Free EPUB ebooks (Electronic Publication) is the most versatile file to download and is perfect for small screen sizes. Our free ebooks as 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 aout more about teh ePub format over at the International Digital Publishing Forum
. 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.
The third format we distribute is ebooks-free for KINDLE for Amazon devices and apps. These applications 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 ebooks
platform and download a free app. To ensure all titles in our digital library can be used on all e books 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.
Many of the e-books we have published have become very popular around the world and are used for educational purposes in schools and colleges. One of our most popular spiritual ebooks, The Prophet
by Kahlil Gibran is listed here on Wikipedia.
We also offer ebook publishing for authors without charge
, providing an opportunity for new and established writers from all parts of the World to self-publish and promote their ebooks. 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 publishing their work. By offering gratis copies of reading material, under Standard Copyright
or Creative Commons
licences, authors 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 publishers for consideration. But most of our authors write to be read and continue to have their work listed on obooko for many years. Copyright is very important to us and we actively try to protect and uphold our authors’ intellectual property rights by complying with United States
and United Kingdom
Think of the our website as a showcase or shop window for new and established independent writers who wish to share their free ebook with you online. And commercially published writers too. It's gratis publicity that will help build an author's goodwill and reputation. There are no fees, charges or commissions nor is there a contract to sign, and authors are encouraged to promote their e-books for downloading wherever they wish.
Don't leave your book in your head or languishing in a drawer, or hidden on an obscure website. Put it on here for free ebooks 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 free is a sound strategy that will not only ensure it will be read, it will also help promote your book and your name. This increases the amount of people likely to be interested in your future digital or printed works. And by giving people, especially those who can't afford to by printed books, a free read, you are doing a great social service too!
This is the ideal platform to test your work. Many of our new writers treat their ebook as a 'work in progress,' adapting and amending it to reflect feedback. Once satisfied with its performance, you may continue to allow free downloads and/or try publishing a printed edition on one of the big, Print-on-Demand retail sites like Amazon, confident that it has performed well on obooko.
If it's your first time publishing 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: fiction or non-fiction; any genre or subject. That book you were always going to write, or the one half-finished in a drawer, can now be published FREE! You don't have to buy or commit to anything and you will find plenty of free tools to help you write and publish. It's easy to submit your e-book, so find out more about Self Publishing on our free site.If you are more intersted in generating revenue from asles of your ebook we recommend heading over to Smashwords, who will distribute to major retailers as well as via their own store. And, although they are in competition with us, we don't mind mentioning a couple of other websites that will host and distribute your work legally free of charge. The biggest in the arena is free-ebooks.net. And, although they are mainly involved in redistributing classic Project Gutenberg books, Manybooks will accept ebook submissions.
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 book between one and five stars. The votes on your bookpage will show an average star-rating. The more stars and votes your book receives the more popular it will become.
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.
Our authors 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 author 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.
We have a wide range of genres to choose from, including romance and novels written specifically for women. And our fiction category boast popular genres like science fiction, fantasy novels, action and adventure, crime thrillers and mysteries ... and of course horror stories! What's more, our non-fiction section has a range of business books of interest to readers wishing to start a business or grow one. And travel books too, for vacation and holiday ideas. Whatever your taste, we have over 2300 ebooks online for you! Our library is your insurance of a guaranteed good read whatever yiur tastes. And we don't just loan you the books, they are yours to keep.
While we do not list classics in our collection, we do recommend visiting Project Gutenberg for e-books 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.
Over the next twelve months we would like to bring you another 2000 ebooks free by attracting more authors (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 a book 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 authors and more members, which will in turn bring you more quality free ebooks. 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 free 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 free ebooks is Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/ebooks. If you enjoy using obooko and the fantastic range of free ebooks 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.
Whatever your device, whatever your taste in reading, sign up for access to over 2000 contemporary titles ready for you to download and read now! Don't forget to share our pages and tell your friends where you get your digital reads - obooko!