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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.

Publishing e-books on obooko is currently by invitation only*

*However, we wouldn't want to miss out on sharing a great book with our readers. So, if you are a new or published writer and would like us to consider your work for free publication, please email us at the address below and attach your ebook file, or include a link from where we can download a copy for appraisal.
Writers contact address

Please note: the obooko platform is for authors who wish to gift their work so that it may be enjoyed by as many readers around the world as possible: especially those who cannot afford to buy books. For the benefit of our members, we are interested only in long-term distribution of free ebooks, not short-term promotion.

These buttons are strictly for invited authors and authors already publishing on obooko, who may continue to submit new works and upload revised files.
Unsolicited submissions via these buttons will not be accepted or acknowledged.

Submission form

Upload your files

Submitting your Files

We do not accept sales or promotional material, part-works, samplers, chapter-limited or time-limited works, papers, articles, books containing advertising links or works that do not comply with our Terms and Conditions.

We reserve the right to reject, without notification, any book not complying with these submission guidelines.

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:

  • 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 e-book files we can create them for you, but you MUST provide us with a correctly formatted Microsoft Word (or similar) document 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.

IMPORTANT: 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.

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.

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.

Future Updates
Whenever you wish to update your ebook all you have to do is send us the revised file via our File Uploader by using the button above. There is no need to complete another Submission Form unless any details have changed, in which case please contact us beforehand to let us know so that we can have your files to hand in readiness.

Writing Fiction and Non-FictionAre you a New Writer?
If you are a new writer you may be interested in checking out these free utilities:
Free Word Processor
Free Book Templates
Free PDF Creator
Free ePub/Mobi Converter
Free Photo Libraries

We also have a list of books on writing. And if you require writing services we have a supplier list for online editing, Independent publishers, and ebook cover designers.