Free Arts & Crafts and Hobbies eBooks and Written Instructions

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Introduction

This is a listing of 42 sites that legally offer free ebooks and written instruction on Arts & Crafts and Hobbies..

There is a separate listing of sites offering free video instructions in these genres at

All of these sites listed have content that is legal for them to distribute.  If you find that any site listed is offering content that can not be legally transferred, please let me know in the comments below. 

This list is not comprehensive and if you know of any other sites please post in the comments below or at our forums

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 books on Arts & Crafts and Hobbies, at the sites listed there, but they are not categorized at the sites. 

Libraries are also an excellent source for reading and listening materials.  To find out more information on your local library, the links here may help:  Library Information

Thanks to FishDoc for the idea for this genre page.

Arts & Crafts and Hobbies Free eBooks and Instructions Online

Activity Village  craft ideas for children of all ages.  Sortable by holiday, season, topic and type.  All available for free reading online without registration.

All Crafts  a large collection of links to crafts instructions and ebooks around the web.

All Free Crafts  there are only a few free craft books available for free download in PDF.  The site does have a good number of craft ideas for free online viewing. No registration required for free downloads or viewing.  This link is to the free ebooks page.

Amazon This link is to the Crafts, Hobbies & Home listings of the top 100 free ebooks at Amazon.  More free ebook offerings in this category may be found using the features listed in our article Best Free Online Books For Kindle.

AOK Corral  has a nice collection of free projects.  All are available for free reading online.  Most also have free downloads of templates for use in the projects.  Some have a paid PDF download option.

Aunt Annie's Crafts  "crafting fun for everyone".  Free instructions for projects for all ages.  Regularly updated and all are available for free reading online without registration.

 

Barnes & Noble has a huge collection of free EPUB novels.  They claim over 1,800,000 free listings.  Not all are full books, but there are a lot of free full ebooks.   Registration is required (credit card information) for the free download and this may be subject to residency.  This link is to the Crafts & Hobbies section of the USA site.

Catholic Icing  has free Catholic related crafts for children.  There are free printables available for the crafts, but some are only available if you subscribe (free) to the site.

Chest of Books  a large collection of free ebooks in their Craft and Hobby collection.  All available for free reading online without registration.

Daily Free Books (UK)  monitors Amazon (UK) for its daily free offerings.  They offer genre selection as well as sorting by time (including since your last visit).  They also offer free listings from Smashwords, which can be viewed with the Amazon offerings, alone or not at all (Amazon only).  This link is to the Crafts & Hobbies free ebook listings at both Amazon and Smashwords.

DigiLibraries has over 20,000 free ebooks in a wide variety of genres.  All are available for free to read online and all are available in EPUB for the Nook and MOBI for Kindle.  This link is to their Crafts& Hobbies free ebook listings.

Digital Book Index  links to over 75 free ebooks around the web in the Crafts category.  Download and viewing options vary.

Disney Family  a collection of free craft ideas related to Disney charcters.  All are available for free reading online without registration.  Free template downloads are available for some.  Sortable by charcter, age, holiday and seasonal.

DIY Network the do it yourself site has a large collection of written instruction, with photos, crafts projects.  All are available for free viewing online without registration.

eHow  a large collection of crafts projects.  Apparently some cost money, but all the ones I saw were free with registration required.  I have received no emails from them after registration.  A mix of written instructions with photos and video presentations.

eReader IQ  due to the changes in Amazon policy, they now offer an "abbreviated" listing of the limited time free book offers from Amazon.  This link is to their genre listings for free ebooks in the Crafts, Hobbies & Home category.

Fave Craft  you have to provide an email address to see the site.  After that a free registration will allow you to get all their craft books for free download in PDF.  There is a very good collection of crafts books here.   Caution: I receive several emails daily from them and I see no way to opt out.

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.  This link is to their Recreation & Hobbies free selections.

For Dummies apparently provides information from the For Dummies series of books.  The site provides articles and videos, this link is to the articles under crafts and hobbies.  There is a large collection of articles.  All are available for free reading online and appear to be a page long.  You can select some other related hobby categories and use the Type pulldown menu to select articles or videos.  All are available without registration.

Free Read Feed  (USA)  regularly posts, throughout the day, the limited time free ebook offerings at Amazon (USA).  This is an extensive listing of the free ebook offerings, showing the genre (with option to exclude that genre or show only that genre in results) and the length of the ebook.  They have some filtering options, length of ebook and date of free offering as well as a large genre listing option to exclude genres (click on Pick from a list).  This link is to their genre listings for free ebooks in the Crafts, Hobbies & Home category.

Get Free eBooks  a blog listing of free ebooks.  There are 7 free ebooks in their Crafts collection.  Usually download options vary, but these all appear to be available for free download in PDF without registration.

Heidoc  offers search by genre of the limited time free offerings at Amazon.  Daily updates by email are available and you have the option to select updates only for certain genre(s).  This link is to the Crafts, Hobbies & Home listings.

How To Do Things  a collection of non-illustrated one page guides to various crafts projects.  There are some more projects in the Hobbies category.  All are available for free viewing online without registration.

Hundred Zeros USA monitors the "Best Sellers" list at Amazon (referenced above) and has all the listings on one page.  They offer RSS and eMail updates.  This link is to their Crafts & Hobbies free selections.

Hundred Zeros Canada monitors the "Best Sellers" list at Amazon (referenced above) and has all the listings on one page.  They offer RSS and eMail updates.  This link is to the Crafts, Hobbies & Home free selections.

InkMesh monitors Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Baen and Smashwords for free Nook offerings.  They have a nice search facility.  This link to their  of free ebooks under the Crafts, Hobbies & Home category free ebook listings.

Instructables  a large collection of written instruction, with photos, for crafts projects.  All available for free viewing online without registration.

Interweave  has a mice collection of crafts books available for free download in PDF.  Free registration is required with confirmation email.  They have several sub-sites that they connect you to, but the one registration works for all.  Once you have registered, be sure to check the subscriptions page.  You will be signed up for a number of newsletters, but there is an option to unsubscribe.  Once I unsubscribed, I received no further emails.

Keiki Crafts  Tammy Yee provides many paper and origami projects for free reading online without registration.  Also available are templates and patterns for use in the projects for free download.

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 sort by low to high price.   Free registration is required.  There may be a limitation as to what countries this is available for.  This link is to their listings under a search of Crafts.  More free ebooks may be found with additional searches related to what you are looking for and then sorting price low to high.

My Craft Book  this link is to the Craft Class collection, which is divided into 6 classes.  Each class has a good number of free craft instructions.  All are available for free reading online.  There is also a large collection of Craft Ideas.  Unfortunately all of these returned an error.  Hopefully these will be fixed.

Nick, Jr.  provides crafts ideas for young children.  All available for free instructions online without registration.  Many have downloadable templates for use in the craft making.

oBooko  has 16 free ebooks in its Hobbies & Crafts - Pastimes category.  All are available for free download in PDF.  Free registration is required.  I have never received any spam from them.

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 a wide variety of formats.  This link is to their listings under the subject of Crafts.

Project Gutenberg  an interesting collection of free classic works in the Crafts Bookshelf.  As with all ebooks here, they are available for free reading online as well as free download in several formats without registration.

Read Free Book.net  this is a link to their Hobbies collection.  The  first 8 books listed,  I checked and were not free, but the other 14 were and looked good.  I made comments about the not free and hopefully they will be removed.  All are available for free download in PDF (zipped).  Thanks to Pachilo for this site.

Smashwords has 46 free books and articles in their Crafts & Hobbies collection.  All are  available for free online viewing and free download in a wide variety of formats without registration.

The Crafty Crow  "a children's craft collective" with links to specific crafts instructables around the web.

Truth For Kids  provides free Bible crafts for children.  The free templates are available for free download in PDF.

Turtle Diary  provides arts and crafts instructions and printables for younger children.  All are available without registration.

WikiHow provides how to articles of a wide range in their Hobbies and Crafts category.  All appear to be one page guides with photo illustrations and are available for free viewing online without registration.

Witguides  19 free ebooks in their Hobbie & Craft collection.  All are available for free download in PDF without registration.

Conclusion

Hopefully this page has helped you in finding the free materials that you are seeking.  If you find any of these sites to no longer be what they should be, please post in the comments here.  If you know of sites that may be added to this listing, please post here in the comments.

I do not respond to the thanks from users as this spreads out the comments.  However, I do read all of the comments and do appreciate the thought.  So to those who post a "thanks", Thank you I appreciate it.

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Comments

Was looking for book on photography so glad checked Gizmo first found just what I wanted straight off. Thanks for your hard work in compiling these lists for us. I tell everyone to check out this site first for honest reviews of stuff & best place to find it

Hey Gizmo
on Dec27 you said you couldn't get out of so many emails:

"Fave Craft you have to provide an email address to see the site. After that a free registration will allow you to get all their craft books for free download in PDF. There is a very good collection of crafts books here. Caution: I receive several emails daily from them and I see no way to opt out."

How about calling that address "SPAM" and let your mail program take it out - at least out of things you look at.

Gregor

Given the positive comments here, I decided to search and add new sites to this listing. Thanks to all for the comments. December 21, 2013, 17 new sites added. There are now 42 sites listed. If you know of a site to be added to this listing, please post here in the comments. If you are the owner of a site that you would like added to this listing, it is better to contact me through the site (click on mr6n8). Also, no site that has an orange or red rating from WOT (Web of Trust) may be added to this listing, per site rules. So please check the WOT rating before posting. Thanks Steve

Great list, thanks for posting this.
In case you, or other readers, don't know, Amazon has a free Kindle app for PC; NOOK app for PC is also free from Barnes & Noble. Can't get the Kobo app only for my PC...Don't really need it with the other two. My reading list, and ebook newsletters, has increased leaps and bounds since discovering I didn't need to buy an eReader. Only scratched the surface for my craft books.

Again, thanks. Love all the free ebook lists on Gizmo.

GGma

Good points. The Amazon and Barnes & Noble apps are necessary for download from their sites. Kobo does have an app, but it is not necessary to use their app to get a download, one of the reasons I prefer Kobo. The other reason is that they do not require credit card information for the free ebook downloads. They also have a huge collection of free ebooks. The free Kobo app is available for Android, iPad/iPhone and PC/Mac here: http://www.kobo.com/apps

Thank you! Didn't know about this. Also, thank you to the author of this page; I was looking specifically for art-related books.

That is a great list - something for everyone
Thanks

Thanks for that. Whenever I put up a new page I do not know how it will be received. Good to know someone likes it. Steve