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Free Publishing!

What is obooko? Put simply, it's a website that does two things: first, it offers writers the opportunity to publish and showcase their work to a global audience free of charge. Second, it makes free contemporary fiction and non-fiction available to anyone in the world.

Books published on obooko do not contain sneaky advertising links to dodgy websites trying to sell you get-rich-quick garbage. Neither do we allow advertising inside our books. When you download a novel or non-fiction title, you won’t find any nasty surprises: no suspicious links, no software promotions, no affiliate links, no advertising … just words!

All books are hosted in our secure repository, so you readers don't have to follow links to other websites. Just click and download! All we ask in return from our mebers is that they register as a member so in order to rate and comment on the books they read.

What’s more, if we process your book for you, you will notice the quality of formatting is superior to that provided on many other download sites. We convert manuscripts manually to ensure text is legible and optimized for various devices. Unfortunately, some of our competitors will accept poorly formatted books and offer them for download: this shows total disregard for the end user.

There's no catch. Our mission is to encourage as many people as possible to write by making self-publishing free and simple. We also want to help people discover or regain the pleasure of reading books by making legally distributed literature available to everyone, regardless of means. The obooko website is powered by the goodwill of all our contributing authors.

There's a book in everyone! We appreciate that not everyone has the inclination or ability to write, yet each of us has a story to tell or interests, hobbies, skills, knowledge, experiences, beliefs or ideas to impart. But of those who can and want to write, there are hundreds of thousands who never put pen to paper, or finger to keyboard, because they fear being rejected by publishers. Fear of rejection by publishers is not unfounded: from tens of thousands of unsolicited manuscripts submitted to trade book publishers, perhaps only one will be selected and published. So why set yourself up to be shot down? If your prime concern is to have people read your work rather than to make money from it, you now have the opportunity to publish free on obooko.

Publish your ebook free on obooko

Authors may publish their work on obooko free of charge. Please ensure you have read the guidelines and instructions below before submitting your book for consideration.

We are currently accepting submissions for English-language e-books. Submissions will be accepted only from Authors or Publishers. Please do not engage in digital piracy by uploading books you did not write or by authors you do not officially represent.

The obooko platform is for authors who wish to gift their work and have it read and enjoyed by as many readers as possible: especially those who cannot afford to buy books. Whether you are a published or non-published author, obooko is a great place to publicise your name and writing; so why not make one of your titles available free of charge so that our members can evaluate your work? You'll pick up plenty of fans here!

For the benefit of our members, we are interested only in long-term distribution of free ebooks, not short-term promotion. Please share your work for as long as possible in order to increase readership and receive feedback. With this in mind, you must agree to make your book available to our members for a minimum period of 90 days. Please do not submit your work if you cannot guarantee this minimum term.

All submissions are reviewed, but we do not accept everything we receive: if your submission does not follow our guidelines or your book does not meet our minimum grammatical standards, your work will not be published. We do not accept: erotica, sales or promotional material, part-works, samplers, magazines, chapter-limited or time-limited works, papers, articles, books containing affiliate or promotional links or works that do not comply with our Terms and Conditions. We reserve the right to reject, without notification, any submission not complying with these guidelines.

Submissions are processed manually. We therefore cannot guarantee a date when your ebook will be published. If you have not provided us with the details requested on the submission form or your files require re-formatting, please allow more time for us to process. Publication date will depend on the extent of the work involved and the workload in our production studio. As a guide only, should everything be in order, please allow a minimum of 72 hours, excluding weekends and public holidays for your ebook to appear. This service is free so please bear with us if things take longer.

Submission form

Upload your files

IMPORTANT: Submitting your Files (please read)

Book sizes (word counts) accepted for main categories
  • Novel: over 50,000 words
  • Novella: 20,000 to 50,000 words
  • Novelette: 7,500 to 20,000 words

Short Stories

  • Short story: fewer than 7,500 words.

Single stories will appear in the Short Story Singles category. We currently distribute single shorts as PDF files only. We do not require a synopsis for singles. Collections of short stories will appear in the main category, Short Story Anthologies.

We offer our members three file-types, which can be read on most devices. Members may download their preferred file free of charge.

  • PDF
  • EPUB
  • KINDLE (mobi or azw)

Please provide us with correctly formatted final files in portrait page-format, ready for digital publishing. No double line-spacing or unequal margins please. If you don't have final files we can create them for you, but you MUST provide us with a Microsoft Word document (or similar) for us to convert.

Please also provide a cover image in jpg format to the same size as your page dimensions or to a minimum of 800 x 600 pixels at 96ppi.

NOTE: please name ALL your files with the TITLE of your book: vague filenames like 'My-Book' or 'Book-Cover' or 'image.jpg' may become lost in our system.

For legal reasons, if your manuscript contains an imprint from another publisher or distributor, you must replace it with ours, which is:

This is an authorized free edition from www.obooko.com

Although you do not have to pay for this e-book, the author’s intellectual property rights remain fully protected by international Copyright law. You are licensed to use this digital copy strictly for your personal enjoyment only: it must not be redistributed commercially or offered for sale in any form. If you paid for this free edition, or to gain access to it, we suggest you demand an immediate refund and report the transaction to the author.

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