This is a listing of 101 sites that offer all their ebooks for free download in ePub format. In particular, this is a source for those who have a Nook, iPad, Kobo or several other readers and phones. About the only device that does not support ePub is Amazon's Kindle and there is a Free Books for Kindle page here at Gizmo's. You do not have to have a device to read these books as there is a Nook application and other readers that may be used for your computer and other devices.
A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages:
For a complete listing of the free ebook pages here at Gizmo's, see
There will be other ePub novels at sites listed there, but those sites do not offer all their books in ePub format. All of the sites listed here offer all of their books in ePub format.
This listing does not include audio books. Generally, all of the free audiobooks offered within the pages above will work with your device.
Also, if you just came here looking for free ebooks, I would suggest that you take a look at the rest of the site. The free ebooks listings are a small part of the great information available here. This site is mainly for review of free softwares. Each of the reviewers is a volunteer and has a personal interest in their software category, so you will get an unbiased review from an enthusiast of that software type. In almost all cases, a free software can do the task of any paid software just as well, if not better.
Sites With Free ePub eBooks
Al Islam has a good sized collection of free Ahmadiyya Muslim ebooks for free download in ePub, without registration. These are English translations.
All Romance Has over 1300 free ebooks available for free download in Kindle compatible EPUB (as well as other formats). Free registration is required. All are in the Romance genre.
Ancient Buddhist Texts has a large collection of English translated Buddhist texts and works available for free download in ePub, without registration.
Archive Org has a huge collection of works. Navigating around is a bit of a pain. The link here is to American Libraries collection as that is the largest collection where all the books I checked were available in EPUB. The Children's Library is another large collection where all the links I checked were available in EPUB. Other libraries and collections will also have EPUB downloads available.
Arthur's Bookshelf has a large and impressive collection of free classic ebooks sorted by Genre and then Author. The ones I looked at were either available as EPUB or PDF, but apparently some are MOBI. Very nice if you want to get started on a classic book series.
Baen Free Library is a collection of free science fiction novels that are all available for free reading online or free download in EPUB/Nook/Stanza Format without registration.
Baen CD at the Fifth Imperium has many of the same entries as the Baen Free Library link above, but appears to have some different entries, so I posted this link up. The downloads are in ISO or CD, which will show the various books included in each link in each of the many formats available, including EPUB/Nook/Stanza Format. This is not as convenient as the Baen Library as the download is larger and all the titles on a CD need to be downloaded. Still there does appear to be more free titles here.
Barnes & Noble has a huge collection of free EPUB novels. This links shows over 1,800,000 free listings. Not all are full books, but there are a lot of free full ebooks. There is also a listing of free books by genre. Registration is required (credit card information) for the free download and this may be subject to residency. This link is the USA site. There is also a Free Friday limited time giveaway in the Nook blog.
Bibliotastic has a large collection of unique novels available for free download in ePub, after free registration.
BlackMask has a nice collection of classic mystery and detective pulp fiction available for free download in ePub, without registration.
Bookie Jar has almost 2,000 free ebooks in Free Classics category and 132 free ebooks in its Free Indie category. All are available for free reading online without registration. Registration also allows free download in EPUB (Nook, iPad etc.) or Kindle compatible MOBI.
BookRix is a mix of classic and new ebooks. There are over 20,000 free ebooks available in several general categories. There are some classics that can be found elsewhere, but there are also many unique entries here. The adult oriented books require registration to read or download. All the free books are available for free download in EPUB.
BookRix Mobile several thousand ebooks available for free download in ePub, without registration. This is a mix of classic and newer, unique works.
Books On The Knob monitors Barnes & Noble and other sites for free ePub offerings. RSS, Twitter and email updates available.
BooksShouldBeFree While primarily a great source for audio versions of public domain classics, this site also offers ebooks downloads for every title, including a Nook eBook download (EPUB). Nicely divided into categories.
Book Strand offers 350 free romance novels in varying ebook formats. All appear to be available for free reading online, free EPUB download and some free Kindle compatible download, as well as some other formats. Free registration is required to complete the checkout.
Breathless Press offers 13 free romance novels for download in several ebook formats. All are available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle compatible MOBI, as well as 4 other ebook formats. Free registration is required.
Buddhist Publication Society offers a good sized selection of literature on Buddhism, most of which are available for free download in EPUB (signified by green N) without registration.
Chris Slusser offers 3 of his novels for free download in EPUB (as well as other formats).
Christian Classics Ethereal Library (CCEL) has a large collection of classic Christian ebooks available for free download in ePub, without registration.
CK-12.Org has a large collection of free textbooks and study aids. All are available for free reading online and free download in EPUB.
Craphound offers the free Cory Doctrow ebook, For the Win, for free download in a variety of formats, including EPUB.
Cthulhu Chick offers the complete works of H.P. Lovecraft for free download in EPUB without registration.
Dan's Tool Shed offers weekly updates of free Nook (EPUB) books from Barnes & Noble.
Desiring God has 14 free ebooks available for free download in EPUB (as well as MOBI and PDF). These are Christian themed works.
Diesel eBooks claims to have over 2 million free ebooks in EPUB format. Registration is required, no credit card needed, and may be subject to residency.
DigiLibraries has over 20,000 free ebooks in a wide variety of genres. All are available to read online and all are available in EPUB for the Nook.
DripRead Book serialization by email. All books in EPUB format. Registration not required, but the free registration does add some nice features. Obviously email required. Thanks to Peter Barber for this.
Dr. Widger's Library Project Gutenberg Australia offers the extensive collection of books from Dr. Widger for free download in EPUB without registration. This link is to the collection of ebooks with images, there is also a page for EPUB ebooks without images.
eBook Eros is a erotic romance novel site associated with Diesel eBooks, above. At the time of this posting, they had over 1500 free EPUB ebooks in their free book listing. Registration is required (the Diesel registration works here).
eBook Mall has over 500 free ebooks available for free download in ePub, after free registration. There are a few classic works, but the vast majority are newer books, unique to the site.
edonnelly has links to over 500 free Loeb classic novels, all of which are available for free download in ePub.
eModernBhuddism offers the three volume work of meditation master, Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, for free download in EPUB.
English Book Download over 30,000 free classic ebooks available for free download in EPUB without registration. Despite the name of the site, some of the books are not in English.
ePubBooks offers over 500 classic books for free download in ePub format.
ePub Books UK has 300 classic novels available for free download in ePub, without registration.
ePub Classics has over 300 classic novels available for free download in ePub, without registration.
eReader Perks Daily listings of free offerings of "Nook" books (EPUB). Has wide variety of genre sections.
FeedBooks has about 5,000 free ebooks available for free download in EPUB in their public domain section. They also have about 3,000 free EPUB ebook downloads in their Original Books section. They separate the free listings in to a large variety of categories to help narrow your search.
Felicity Heaton offers her vampire romance novel, Reunion, for free download in a variety of formats, including a free download at Barnes & Noble. (Registration there will be required.)
Foboko has over 2400 free ebooks divided into various categories for free reading online or free download in TXT, PDF, EPUB, MOBIPocket and direct send to Kindle. Free registration is required (I have received no spam) and there is a limit of 5 downloads per month (no limit on reading online). There are some unique entries here.
Free Booksy monitors Barnes & Noble for time limited free offerings. They do have email updates.
Free Doors.org has many of the Baen CDs available. A nice feature is that the stories are available individually to read online or download in various formats, including EPUB, for free. No registration required.
Free Kindle Books Org has a great feature called the Magic Catalog of Project Gutenberg Free eBooks, which has listings of 29,000 free eBooks at Project Gutenberg. There are two catalogs available (EPUB and MOBI).
Free Stuff Times posts weekly updates of temporarily free offerings from Barnes & Noble. Registration, with credit card information, is required at Barnes & Noble. There is about 25 to 45 free ebooks listed per week.
Front Range Downloadable Library Has links to EPUB classic books. To see the offerings, you need to select a genre. There appears to be a large collection here. This is a part of Overdrive, but no registration or library membership is necessary. These all appear to be from Project Gutenberg, but the access here may be preferable to some.
Georgia Download Destination offers free EPUB downloads of public domain classic novels in a wide variety of categories.
Get Free eBooks is a blog listing of free ebooks that has EPUB offerings in a search. Many of these offerings are time limited. RSS and email updates are available.
Girl eBooks has over 200 novels by female writers available for free download in EPUB.
Gizmo's Freeware editor Rob Schifreen, who maintains the Hot Finds section here at Gizmo's has posted a link to 60+ free books from Microsoft. All the books are available in EPUB for free download without registration.
GooglePlay supposedly has a large collection of free books available for free download in EPUB. However, finding all those books is a challenge. This is the main listing for free books there. More free books may be found by conducting a search or selecting a category and choosing "free only" in the results.
Hawks Legend Robert Turnbull offers the 3 volume work of Hawk's Legend, as well as some short stories, for free download in PDF, EPUB or Kindle compatible PRC.
Hunt4Freebies posts weekly updates of temporarily free offerings from Barnes & Noble. Registration, with credit card information, is required at Barnes & Noble. There is about 25 to 45 free ebooks listed per week.
iBookNook has a convenient zip download of 50 free classics ebooks for the Nook in ePub format. One of the 50 is the complete works of William Shakespeare. Also available are 5 free individual downloads of classic ebooks in ePub.
Icelandic Saga Database has the medievel writings known as the Icelandic Sagas available for free download in EPUB, without registration.
Information Centric has the Christian Bible and a number of works from the Church of LDS available for free download in ePub, without registration.
InkMesh monitors Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Baen and Smashwords for free Nook offerings.
Izzy's Public Domain Library offers a large collection of free classic novels for free download in EPUB. There is also a link to the HTML for free reading online for most and a link to Librivox for the audio version where available. Unfortunately, the HTML and audio links are not noted in the listing.
Keep Believing has 4 free Christian themed ebooks available for free download in EPUB ( as NOOK link)
Kobo has over 1 million free ebooks and all are available for free download in ePub. There are six categories listed for free ebooks. The best way to find the free ebooks seems to be a search and then using the "free only" filter. There is also a listing of the latest free ebooks. Free registration is required. There may be a limitation as to what countries this is available for.
ManyBooks over 29,000 ad free ebooks available in a wide variety of download options, including EPUB.
MartinKolacek offers his science fiction/comedy book for free download in PDF or for Kindle. Also available offsite for free download in EPUB or prc (Palm) and for free reading online. Originally available in Czech language and now in English. Thanks to "Werst" for the information on this.
Marxists.org offers the works of Marx and Engels for free download in EPUB without registration.
Max Moxon offers his 22 free travel related ebooks for free download in EPUB. These are all released under a creative commons license.
MegaMouseBooks offers about a dozen books by Emma Laybourn for free reading online or free download in ePub or Mobi formats. Age range is from 6 to early teens. Associated crossword puzzles are also available.
Michael Hicks offers 3 of his novels for free download in EPUB, as well as other formats. These are the first in science fiction series and have good ratings at Amazon.
MobileRead Forums is a forum listing of 5,573 free EPUB eBooks available on the internet. These listings are added daily, but from what I saw they were not time limited. There are listings for books in languages other than English.
Mongerism has a good sized collection of free Christian themed ebooks in EPUB format. These are listed on the bottom half of the page linked.
Mr. Piggie a nice collection of classic novels available for free download in EPUB without registration. There is sorting by author name available. eMail updates of new works are available.
Munsey's offers "over 30,000 rare and hard to find titles in 10 formats". Among the formats for their free ebooks are Adobemobile/EPUB. These free ebooks listings are also divided into many categories.
Munsey's Mobile also has a large collection of free ebooks and all are available in 5 different formats, including EPUB.
Murray and Madelief two writers from different parts of the world who collaborate online and who have posted a fantasy short story and chapter 1 of a science fiction novel, both of which are available for free download, without registration, in EPUB.
NASA offers 11 free ebooks on Aeronautics for free download in EPUB without registration.
NoBooko searches Kobo and Smashwords for free ebooks available in EPUB format. There were over 12,000 free ebooks listed when I visited. Kobo requires registration, no credit card needed. All the downloads that I saw were DRM-free.
Online Library of Liberty a large collection of classic works available for free download in EPUB without registration.
Open Culture has a listing of 375 classic books available for download in EPUB (and other formats) from sites around the web.
Open Library claims to have over 1 million free ebooks available. Many of the ebooks available are offered in the many different version which were published. So the same novel may available in quite a few different versions. So they may not have 1 million different novels available, but they sure do have a lot. Every book I looked at was available for free download in EPUB.
Open Library (Classic Cookbooks) Antilope a poster at the cooking.com fora, has put together a great list of links to cookbooks from the late 1800s and early 1900s. The links go to a read in your browser format. In the upper left hand corner is a link to go to Open Library, where you will have the EPUB free download option.
Plytki CD has 23 of the Baen CDs available for free download (zipped) without registration. Within the CDs are EPUB copies of each ebook.
ProjectGutenberg has many thousands of public domain works available and all that I looked at were available for free download in EPUB, as well as other formats.
Project Gutenberg CD and DVD Project ProjectGutenberg has a free DVD download that has 29,500 free ebooks. Thanks to shannf for this resource. As toktok has pointed out, if you can not download these, they will mail you a CD or DVD free of charge.
Project Gutenberg Mobile a big collection of free classic novels, all of which are available for free download in ePub, without registration.
Pronoiac has taken the Magic Catalog of Gutenberg classics put out by Kindle Free eBooks an sorted it into alphabetical by author's last name. These are direct links to downloads and there is an EPUB version linked in this post in one of the updates.
Providence Baptsite Ministries has 56 Baptist Christian themed books available for free download in ePub, without registration.
RLS eBook Library offers 14 free classic ebooks for free download in EPUB, without registration.
SF Book Reviews has 24 free ebooks available for free download in EPUB without registration. These are all science fiction themed. Some are classics and some are newer works, with a few unique entries not found elsewhere.
Smashwords has a very large collection of free ebooks from independent authors and publishers. These are available for download in a wide variety of formats, including EPUB.
Snee.com offers 16 free EPUB children's books. These are classic 19th century illustrated UK books.
The Barflies has 23 of the Baen Cds available for free download in ISO or zipped. As with all of the Baen CD sites, the stories are all available in EPUB as well as several other formats.
The Complete Sherlock Holmes has the complete Holmes' canon available for free download in EPUB.
The Plough offers a good sized collection of free Christian books in EPUB format. Link fixed thanks to Geert
The Public Domain Review is a collection of classic works. The texts will open in their reader, but there is a link to Open Library for each book, where an EPUB download is available without registration.
The Tibetan Drum this story of a man's spiritual journey across the globe is available for free download for free download in EPUB without registration.
Tor.com has a good number of Science Fiction & Fantasy stories available for download in pdf, mobipocket, html or EPUB. Also available for listening or download as MP3.
Tracy Falbe offers two free science fiction novels for free download in PDF, PRC or EPUB.
TubeDL offers over 25,000 free, and unique, books for free download in ePub, without registration.
UK Nook has 273 free EPUB ebooks in its popular free books section. Lots of other free ebooks may be found using search and then sort price low to high (in drop down menu on upper right - where it defaults to Top Matches). Also, search for 0.00. Free registration, and credit card information, required to download, even for free ebooks.. Thanks to Malc_b for this site.
WHSmith all of the links for the free ebooks go to Kobo, which is listed above. I put this in as a separate listing as they separate the books into some categories that are not listed at Kobo. Books may be downloaded in PDF or EPUB.
During my searches online, many of the results returned were for local libraries offering free ePub ebooks. Many of these offered a direct sync to devices (no visit to the library necessary). You will have to have a valid library card to use these services. This is a resource that may well be worth checking out.
Overdrive is the site to use to access your library online for free ePub ebooks. It will help you find a branch near you that has this feature. You must have a valid library card and PIN. If you are using a device, then you must be on a wi-fi and not the 3G network.
Groovypost has a guide on using Overdrive to check out books at your local library which looks to be very useful.
Hopefully this listing will help you in easily finding free ebooks that you are interested in for your reader device or application. If you have any suggestions as to additional sites, techniques or how to make this guide clearer, please post in the comments section below.
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