Free Biography, Autobiography and Memoir eBooks Online

Introduction

This is a listing of 104 sites that legally offer free ebooks on Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoirs, for reading.

There is a separate listing of sites offering free audiobooks in these genres:

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 Biographies, Autobiographies & Memoirs, 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

Biographies/Autobiographies/Memoirs Sites For Free eBooks

2020k (biographies & Memoirs) Large collection of links to books divided into categories and sub-categories.  Note:  Most of the links here are working, but there are a number that lead to BookRags, which are not free anymore.  Unfortunately, there is no way of telling where the link goes until you click the link.  Since they did fix the issue with archive.org links, hopefully they will fix this. Thanks to Marie99 for pointing this out.

A Celebration of Woman Writers  a collection of links to free novels by woman writers.  Links are offsite, so download and viewing options vary. This link is to the Biography category.

Allah's Word  free Islamic books on Biographies.  All in English and available for free download in PDF.

Amazon has 100 of the top free ebooks in their Biographies & Memoirs genre. If you click on the sub-genres on the left you will find many more free ebook offerings.   Using the tips provided at our page, Places For Free Kindle eBooks Online you should be able to find even more free ebooks.  You do not need a Kindle to view these ebooks, there are free Kindle apps for every type of device and computer system.

Baptist History Homepage  has the biographies of over 600 prominent Baptist persons.  All are available for free reading online without registration.

Bargain eBook Hunter  monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings in the Biographies & Memoirs category.

Barnes & Noble   has 7,914 free ebooks in its Biography genre available for free download in EPUB.  These are also broken down into several sub-genres.  Free registration is required.   This link is to the Books>Biography genre.  There is also a link for NOOK Books>Biography & Memoir which has the same number of free ebooks - not sure if they are all the same.

Bibliomania (Biographies) 8 biographies and autobiographies available for online viewing.

Bibliotastic has 6 free ebooks in their Auto Biography genre.  All are available for free reading online without registration.  All are available for free download in Kindle, EPUB and PDF, with free registration.  These are works of independent authors.

Biography Free Books  monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offers in Biographies and Memoirs.

Book Goodies For Kids  monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free children ebooks offerings.   There is a nice category selection with a couple of free ebooks per category.  This link is to Biographies.

Bookie Jar has almost 2,616 free ebooks in its History, Biography & Memoir  eBooks Free Classics category and 4 free ebooks in its History, Bio & Memoir eBooks 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 370 free books in the autobiography & biography category.  These are unique works by generally unpublished authors.  Available for free download, some as PDF, some as EPUB.  Be sure to click on the "Free Books" tab.

Booksie has over 5,000 free entries in its Memoir category.  These include short stories, poetry and novels (by chapters).  All are original works of unpublished authors.  All are available for free reading online without registration.

Books In My Phone  has 20 free ebooks in their Biography category.  These are MIDP for use on the phone.

BooksShould Be Free is primarily an audio book download location, but it also has links to text versions of the works it has listed.

BookYards (Biography/Memoirs) Over 700 works available for download in PDF.

Calibre Open Books has 5 free ebooks in its Biography category.  Download and viewing options vary as these are links offsite.

Carey Center the Center for Study of the Life and Work of William Carey, D.D., has biographies of Dr. Carey and other influential Baptists.  Most are available for free reading online without registration.  There are some available for free download in PDF.

Centsless Books monitors Amazon (USA) for the top 100 free ebooks in the Biography & Memoirs genre.  Updated hourly.

Classicly has over 300 free ebooks in the autos & bios section.  These are classic works in the public domain.  All are available for free download in PDF and many are also available in KINDLE.  Thanks to Tyler G for this suggestion.

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).  They have over 6,000 free ebooks listed.  This link is to the Biography & Memoir genre listings for Amazon and Smashwords.  There were 66 free ebooks listed at the time of this post.

Daily Free Books (USA)  monitors Amazon (USA) 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).  They have over 6,000 free ebooks listed.   This link is to the Biographies & Memoirs genre listings for Amazon and Smashwords.  There were 51 free ebooks listed at the time of this post.

DailyLit  offers 40 free ebooks in its Biography category.  These are delivered in daily installments and some of the books are ongoing as of now.

DigiLibraries 840 free books in their biography & autobiography category.  Most are available for free reading online as well as free download in PDF, MOBI and EPUB.

Digital Book Index  provides links to free books around the web.  This link is to their collection of links under Biographies, Autobiographies, Memoirs.  There are additional selections under Autobiographies, Biography and US History: Presidents Biographies.

eBook DB has over 200 free books in its biographies, novels & memoirs, category.  These are links offsite, so download and viewing options vary.  From my quick look at the listings, not all are biographies, but still a good collection for this genre.

eBook Lobby (Biography & Memoirs) 76 books available, some for online viewing some for PDF download.

eBooks Directory has 54 free books in its biographies & memoirs section.  These are links offsite, so download and viewing options vary.

eBooks For All has 4 free classic books in its letters & memoirs section.  Links are offsite, so download and viewing options vary.

eBooks Free.Com has 3 free books in its memoir & biography section available for free download in PDF (the books listed under "sponsors" are to be paid for)

eBooks Free Free Free monitors Amazon (USA) for the top free ebooks offerings in the Biographies ? Memoirs genre.  they also monitor the free iTunes ebooks:  iTunes: Biographies & Memoirs

eBooks FreeNet has 10 free books in its biography section available for free download in PDF.

eBooks International has 13 free classics in its biography section available for free download in PDF.

eBooks-Junkie   has 45 free ebooks in its Biography & Memoir genre listings.  These are gathered from sites around the web, so download and viewing options vary.  A mix of classic and new.

eBooks On Everything has 10 free classic biographies available for free download in PDF without registration.

eBookTakeaway has 80 free ebooks in its Autobiography & biography section available for free download (zipped) in HTML, PDF & EPUB.

eFree Books  monitors Amazon for limited time free ebook offerings.  They do list genres, including Biography, but you have to select the genre for the day listed as there is not direct link to Biography listings.

ePub Books has 4 free classic novels available in its biography/memoir section.  All are available for download in ePUB.  There are links to other download formats, but some of those are pay sites.

eReader IQ   due to the changes in Amazon policy, they now offer an "abbreviated" listing of the limited time free book offers from Amazon .   They have a nice selection of genres to narrow the listings.  This link is to the Biographies & Memoirs genre listings with Adult content blocked (you may click on the button on the upper right of the results to show Adult works).  There was 1 free ebook listed for this genre at the time of this post.

eReader Love    monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings.  This link is to their  Biographies & Memoirs genre listings and at the time of this post, there were 23 free ebooks listed.

eReaderPerks   monitors free releases at Amazon (as well as for Nook and Kobo) and has very good category listings.  This link is to their Biography genre free ebook offerings.  Offers email updates.  Thanks to Lorie for this listing.  Subscribers can now get customizable, genre-specific emails with the very latest freebie offers and the second addition is a daily list of the top 43-45 free book finds in all genres posted every morning on the homepage for a quick grab at the newest top-rated gems. (For Kindle, Kobo & Nook).

FeedBooks has 25 free books in its PublicDomain(Biography & Autobiography) section and 10 free books in its OriginalWorks(Biography& Autobiography) section available for download in epub.

Figment has almost 2000 free writings in its Biography category and almost 5,000 free writings in its Memoir category.  These vary from short stories to full novels.  These are unique unpublished works.  All are available for free reading online without registration.

Foboko  has around 30 free novels available 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 & Discounted Books  post links to free ebook offerings at Amazon (USA) This link is to their free biography ebook listings.  They also have Autobiography and Memoirs.

Free Audio Books while primarily an audiobook site, they also have ebooks available for the 3 classic novels in their Biography archive.

Free Biography Memoir   monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings in the Biographies & Memoirs genre.

Free Book-s  has 20 free ebooks for download in epub, mobi or pdf, in its biography category.

Free Books.com has two free novels in its biography section (Darwin and Lincoln) available fore free download in TXT, PDF, MOBI (Kindle) and EPUB.

Free Books Hub UK monitors Amazon (UK) for limited time free ebook offerings in the Biography genre.

Free Book UK has 3 working links for biographies.  Two are for reading online and one is to Gutenberg with several download options.

Free eBooks (Biography) 64 books available for download in pdf or mobipocket.  Registration is required.  The free membership allows 5 downloads per month.

Free eBooks Blog monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free offerings in its Biography & Memoirs genre.

Free eBooks Daily monitors Amazon (USA,UK, CA) for limited time free ebook offerings in the Biography/Memoirs genre.

Free Irish Biography eBooks   provides links to free ebooks of biographies of people with Irish heritage.  The links I looked at were all to the Open Library and were for free reading online without registration.  If you click on the Open Library link on the upper left, you will have several options of formats for free download.

Free Kindle BooksDeha Solutions provides a listing of free Biographies & Memoirs at Amazon (USA)

Free Kindle Books UK  monitors Amazon (UK) for limited time free ebook offerings.  Posts a large listing daily.  The listing is separated into many genres, but there is not link to each genre.  Best to do a search of "biog" on the page.

Free Read Feed (UK)  has over 5,000 free ebook listings from Amazon (UK).  They monitor recent free offerings as well as showing some that are always free.  Like their USA counterpart below, the site offers sorting by genre, time offered, length and popularity.  This link is to the Biographies & Memoirs listings, which has 80 free ebooks at the time of this post.  Adult content is hidden, but can be shown by clicking on the link on the upper right of the page.

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 the Biographies & Memoirs listings, which has 112 free ebooks at the time of this post.  Adult content is hidden, but can be shown by clicking on the link on the upper right of the page.

Georgia Download Destination   has 791 free classic ebooks in its Biography & Autobiography genre listing available for free download in EPUB without registration.  These are works from Project Gutenberg, but the easy layout and quick download here will appeal.  You have to press the History genre link on the left as they do not allow links directly to the genres.

Google Books   a search of Google books for free Biography novels.  All of the ones that I checked were free and complete works.  Searches for Autobiography and Memoirs will result in further choices.

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

History of the Great Lakes States  this site has links to free online books and other materials relating to the USA states around the Great Lakes region.  This link is to the main page, which has a link to the Biographies and Memoirs for individuals from the region or specific states.

HolyBooks has 30 free books in its biographies section available for free download in PDF.  These are all religious or spiritually themed, covering various beliefs.

Hundred Zeros CA    monitors Amazon (Canada) for the catalog of "best sellers" free ebooks and offers genre selection and RSS feeds for the individual genres.  This link is to a search of Biographies & Memoirs.

Hundred Zeros UK monitors Amazon (UK) for free ebooks in the Biography & Memoirs genre.

Hundred Zeros USA    monitors the "Best Sellers" free ebook list at Amazon (USA and India).  They have individual genre listings and they have RSS feeds for the individual genres.  They offer RSS and eMail updates.    This link is to the Biographies and Memoirs genre listings.

iAccess   provides links to free Biographies & Memoirs at iTunes.  The posts are a bit old, but all the links I checked were still valid free ebooks.

iLove Ebooks monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings in the Biography category.

Indie Author Club nice collection for free ebooks at Amazon (USA).  Excellent selection of categories and also language.  They do have email alerts for new free ebooks.  This link is to their Biographies and Memoirs selections.  Thanks to Shawn for this site.

Kellscraft has 5 free books in its biography section available for free reading online.

Khilafah Books  has 423 free ebooks in its English section of Biographies/Seerah of Prophet Mohammed (SAWS).  All are available for free download in PDF without registration.  There are other languages available.

Kobo has free novels available for free download in EPUB in a search of Biography.  Free registration (no credit card needed) is required.  These are a mix of classic and more recent works.   They have changed their layout and now to find free you have to search and then sort from price low to high.   A search of Autobiography, memoirs or specific person should reveal more free ebooks.

Librophile  known mostly as an audiobook site, they also have links to free downloads of classic novels.   All of the links I looked at were to Project Gutenberg, which means they are available for free download in several formats as well as free reading online without registration.  You will need to select Biography under Genres as they do not allow direct links to the genre pages.

Lit2Go   has 5 free classic novels in its Memoir genre available for free reading online without registration.

ManyBooks (Biography) 1920 ebooks available for download in a variety of formats

MemoWare (Biography) 253 works available for download in varying formats.

Mises Institue has 29 free books in its biographical section available for free download in PDF and EPUB. 

Munsey's (Biography) 740 ebooks available for download in a great variety of formats.

Munsey'sMobile has almost 1000 free classic works in their biography category.  These are all available for free viewing online and are also available for download in PDF, PRC and ePUB.  These appear to be different works than those available on the regular Munsey's site, above.

Nobooko   has over 186 free ebooks in its Biography & Memoir genre listing.  Most link to Kobo and are available for free download in EPUB after free registration (no credit card needed) at Kobo.  Since Kobo does not offer genre listings for its free ebooks, this is an excellent resource.  There are some Smashwords links in the results also.

oBooko  has 10 free books in its biography, autobiography & memoirs category available for download after free registration.

One Hundred Free Books   monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings and has a genre selection feature.  This link is to the free Biographies & Memoirs genre selections.

Online Video Lecture  has 70 free ebooks in its Biographies and Memoirs collection.  These are separated into 5 categories and all are available for free download in PDF without registration.

Overdrive    provides direct free downloads of 791 free ebooks in its Biography & Autobiography genre.  Although Overdrive is generally for use with a library membership, these are direct free downloads in EPUB.

PDF Books World  has 35 free ebooks in its Biographies and Memoirs collection.  All are available for free download in PDF after free registration (no credit card needed).  I have received no spam from them.  There are also 20 free ebooks in their Children's: Biographies collection which are also available for free download in PDF.

PDF Titles   has over 600 free classic ebooks in its Biography genre listings.  Despite the name of the site, these ebooks are all available for free download in a wide variety of formats, including PDF, EPUB and Kindle compatible formats.   There is a large selection of sub-genre.   A very nice collection with some unique entries.

Project Gutenberg Australia has a very nice listing of autobiographies available for download in a large number of formats.  Many of these link back to Gutenberg (above), but are listed in alphabetical order of the subject of the biography as opposed to the author.  Some of the entries are not available at Gutenberg.

Project Gutenberg (USA) Large collection available for download in several formats.

Project Gutenberg Self Publishing Press  has 40 free ebooks in its Biographies category.  All are available for free download in PDF.

PublicBookShelf (Biography & Memoirs) 7 unusual books available for online reading.

Read Central  a search for Biography brings up over 1,800 free classic novels available for free reading online without registration.

Servant Of Messiah has 19 free books in its biographies section available for free download in PDF.  These are all Christian themed.

Smashwords has 194 free books in its biography section available for free download in a wide variety of formats.

Snick's List   monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings and has the nice feature of separate genre listings for these free ebooks.  This link is to the Biographies & Memoirs genre free offerings.

The Andrew Fuller Center  has links to biographies of the influential Baptist.  All the links I looked at were in Google Books and were available for free reading online without registration.

The Book Depository has over 1,000 free ebooks in its Biography category available for free download in PDF without registration.  You will see prices listed for each of the books, but that is for hard copy.  Look for the green Get Free eBook to click on and then the green Download Free eBook PDF on the book listing page.

The NTS Library   has a good number of free biographies of famous Christians available for free download in PDF without registration.

The Online Books Page  maintains a collection of links to free Biography classic  and other public domain novels.

WebBooks has 66 free classic novels available in its biography category.  These are all available to read free online or for download in WEB and WEB database.  Viewing the downloads requires their Web Viewer (free) which is clean as far as I can tell

WHSmith  a UK site that teams with Kobo to offer ebooks.  This link is to their collection of free ebooks in their Biography and True Story collection.  All are available for free download in EPUB after registration.

WikiSource has a good size collection in its biography genre available for free reading online.  These all appear to be from the late 19th century and early 20th century.  Similar works are listed in the Autobiography section.

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by mr6n8 on 2. January 2014 - 13:12  (113349)

January 2, 2014, 26 new sites added. All links here checked and working.

I use LinkChecker to check page links and no longer visit each site individually to reconfirm. So, if you find a site that is not as it should be, then please post here in the comments.

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

by Axgrinder (not verified) on 12. March 2012 - 12:47  (90278)

Mama mia, what a trove!!!! Good work!!!!

Now if I can quit downloading movies and get back to my old reading habits I'll be more of the man I set out to be.

by Drongo on 27. May 2011 - 12:54  (72781)

Memoirs also come in a different category.

Since my wife died unexpectedly last month, I've checked on places where online tributes can be kept.

There is also Legacy.com which is included free with the placing of an obituary in some papers. Legacy.com will also do a permanent listing for a small fee but it is quite reasonable considering it will be permanent. I believe they're based in the USA.

For Aussies (my wife was Australian), there are options to do free tributes via the Sydney Morning Herald website.

Richard.

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