This is a listing of 88 sites that legally offer free ebooks on Health, Self Improvement, Fitness & Medicine, for reading.
There is a separate listing for free audiobooks in this genre at
All of these sites listed have content that is legal 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 Health, Fitness & Medicine 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
Free Health/Fitness/Medicine Research
Search engines provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) are placed at the top of this list (rather than alphabetically). Note that MedLine Plus is a portal designed to give the general public ready access to trustworthy health information.
MedLine Plus is a great, trustworthy site for general health information, including tutorials, clinical trial updates and the latest news in medicine. You can also find plenty of books, including some intended for children.
PubMed Central This search engine covers all the open-access articles [rather than books] available on PubMed, the NLM's main academic portal (where you can also find abstracts from many restricted-access articles).
PubMed Bookshelf is an engine which lets you search for (and then consult) books containing keywords of your choice.
Free Health/Fitness/Medicine eBooks
2020k (Health Mind & Body) Large collection of links 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.
Amazon (USA) has 20 free books in its Medicine category available for free download in KINDLE. Registration at Amazon is required. See our Gizmo's Freeware article for more links to USA and other countries: Free Kindle eBooks Online
Author Marketing Club monitors Amazon (USA) for daily free ebook offerings. The amount listed varies from day to day. They do offer genre selection within each daily listing. All of the dates that I looked at had at least 1 entry for Health, Fitness & Dieting.
Barnes & Noble has 298 free ebooks in its Books>Diet & Health genre available for free download in EPUB. These are also broken down into several sub-genres. Free registration is required.
Bibliotastic has 5 free ebooks in its Health, Mind & Body category. All are available for free reading online without registration. Free registration allows free download in EPUB, MOBI (Kindle) and PDF.
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 the Young Adult Health, Mind & Body selections.
Bookie Jar has 5 free ebooks in its Health, Food and Well Being eBooks Free Indies category. All are available for free reading online without registration. Registration (free, no credit card) 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 16,500 free ebooks available in several general categories. This link is to their Health & Fitness listings. The reading online is in a popup window that reads as an ordinary book. 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. Downloads in epub, Sony, Stanza (iPhone) or their BookRix formats.
Booksie over 500 entries for free reading online. These are original works by unpublished authors. No registration needed.
Books Should Be Free while primarily an audiobook site, they also offer all their selections for free download in EPUB, MOBI (Kindle), TEXT, Plucker and free reading online. This is a search of Health Non-Fiction and has a good number of classic works.
BookYards (Health) Around 50 books on medicine and personal health available for download in pdf.
ChestofBooks (Health & Healing) Around 100 books available for online viewing.
College Open Textbooks offers free textbooks in 24 different subjects. Many are in wiki form at WikiBooks, where they may also be downloaded as PDF and some that I looked at were available as PDF. No registration required. This link is to the Health & Nursing section and has a large collection of links offsite (so download and viewing options vary).
Criltical Bench offers about a dozen free ebooks on bodybuilding and fitness for free download in PDF without registration.
Curriki has a large amount of textbooks and other educational resources, but it is hard to navigate around. Free registration with valid email for confirmation is required. Ranges from Kindergarden to College level. Mostly written materials, with some audio and video. This link is to the almost 1700 free works offered under Health.
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 Self Help and How to genre listings for Amazon and Smashwords. There were 172 free ebooks listed at the time of this post. There are also relevant free ebooks under Medicine.
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 Medicine genre listings for Amazon and Smashwords. There were 27 free ebooks listed at the time of this post.
DigiLibraries76 free ebooks in its health & fitness category. Most are available for free reading online as well as free download in PDF, MOBI or EPUB.
eBook Junkie has 30 free ebooks in its Health Mind & Body category available for free download in PDF without registration. These are original works not found elsewhere.
eBookLobby has 39 free books in its Health, Mind & Body category, which is also divided into 6 sub categories. These are available in different options of free reading online or download.
eBooksDirectory has over 100 free ebooks in its Health Mind & Body category. These are divided into several sub-categories and looks to be an interesting collection. Links are offsite, so download and viewing options vary.
eBooks For All has 19 free works in its medicine & health category. Many appear to be papers and articles, but there are some full books in the collection. Download and viewing options vary as the links are offsite.
eBooks Free Net has 10 free health and fitness books available for free download in PDF.
eBooks-Junkie has 78 free ebooks in its Health, Mind & Body genre listings. These are gathered from sites around the web, so download and viewing options vary. A mix of classic and new.
eBooks Library has free classic ebooks in their Medicine & Physiology listings available for free download in PDF. You need to click on the Author's name to access the free downloads.
eBooks On Everything has 10 free exercise ebooks available for free download in PDF without registration. Nice collection.
Edensong has 23 free ebooks in its Health & Beauty category. There are also 12 free ebooks in their Self Improvement & Personal Growth category. These are zipped files and when unpacked, they show an exe file, but all the ones I tested were clean and a double-click on the exe revealed the ebook.
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 Health, Fitness & Dieting genre listings with Adult content blocked (you may click on the button on the upper right of the results to show Adult works).
eReader Love monitors Amazon (USA) for limited time free ebook offerings. This link is to their non-fiction Health, Fitness & Dieting genre listings. Also, some listings under Advice/How To/Self Help.
Figment has 26 free works under a search for Health. All are available for free reading online without registration. These are original works from unpublished authors.
Foboko has 38 free ebooks in its Health and Fitness category. Most are available for free reading online without registration. Download, usually available in several formats, requires registration and there is a 5 book download limit per month for free users.
Free & Discounted Books this link is to their listing of limited time free ebooks on Health at Amazon (USA).
FreeBookCentre has a large listing of medical books. Many of these are links to articles and some are to books that can not be viewed, but still there is a huge amount of medical information here.
Free-book.co.uk has a dozen free books in its medicine category. These link offsite, so download/viewing options vary.
Free Books has 2 free original ebooks available for free download in PDF. There is a 15 second delay to the download with an advertisement. Do not click on download in the ad, as the book download will start automatically after the 15 seconds.
FreeBooks4Doctors offers free medical textbooks and other health literature. Links are offsite, so download/viewing options vary.
Freebook Sifter lists both recent limited time offers and classics from Amazon in its Health, Fitness & Dieting category.. Ranks listings by average user rating. Also has nice feature of further subcategories to set age range and other options. Thanks to Rob Schifreen of our site TSA for this link.
FreeBookZone has a large collection of free works in its Medical Books Index. These are technical works and not for the average reader. Links are offsite, so download and reading options vary.
FreeEBooksBlog has 10 free books in its Health category. These links are offsite, so download/viewing options vary.
Free Kindle BooksDeha Solutions provides a listing of free Medicine ebooks 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 no link to each genre. Search for Health to find several free ebooks daily.
Free Medical Journals Amedo provides a large collection of free medical journals for free download in PDF.
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 Medicine and the Self Help/How To genre listings, which had 437 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 eclude 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 Health, Fitness & Dieting and Self Help genre listings, which had 504 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.
GetFreeEBooks has a nice collection of free ebooks for the average user. Nice variety of health and fitness books that are unique to the site. Download and viewing options vary.
GoogleBookSearch (Health) 146 books available for online viewing or free download.
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 Health, Fitness & Dieting free ebook listings.
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 the Health, Fitness & Dieting genre listings.
Hundred Zeros UK monitors Amazon (UK) for free ebooks in the Medicine 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 Health & Fitness genre listings. There are also Self Help and Advice listings.
Indie Author Club nice collection for free ebooks at Amazon (USA). Excellent selection of categories and also languages. This link is to their Health, fitness & Dieting free ebook selections. They do have email alerts for new free ebooks. Thanks to Shawn for this site.
Inkmesh does regular updates on free Kindle books from Amazon throughout the day. This link is to their free ebook listings under the subject of Health & Fitness.
Kobo has free ebooks in a search under health (free books). The initial look only has an "Add to library" option, but if you click on the book name to go the separate page for the book, there is a link to download as EPUB. Books are DRM free and no registration is required. Kobo has changed their display system for free ebooks. Now, after a search, choosei price lowest to highest.
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. This link is to the Health & Fitness collection.
MemoWare (Medicine) 572 writings regarding medicine and health available in varying formats.
Merlot a huge collection of free learning resources in a wide variety of disciplines. The links are offsite, so download and viewing options vary. This link is to the 169 free selections under a search for Health.
New World Order Library has an interesting and unique collection in their Health & Wellness category. These are works that you will not find elsewhere. All are available for free download in PDF without registration.
Nobooko has 645 free ebooks in its Health & Well Being 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 18 free books in its Health & Self Improvement category as well as 45 free books in its Mind Body & Spirit category. The ones I looked at were PDF in zipped files. Free registration is required, but no spam at all received by me.
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 selections under a search for Health.
OnlineBooks4Free (Medicine) Over 200 writings, mostly studies, but some books available for online viewing or download
OnlineFreeeBooks (Recreation) 4 martial arts books.
Open eBook Library has free ebooks available for free download in varying formats in its Medicine category.
Overdrive provides direct free downloads of 169 free ebooks in its Cooking & Food genre. Although Overdrive is generally for use with a library membership, these are direct free downloads in EPUB.
PDF Books World has 15 classic entries in its Health, Fitness & Dieting category.. Also available are 3 free books under Medical Books. All are available for free download in PDF after free registration (no credit card needed). I have received no spam from them. Some unique entries here.
PDF Titles has 150 free ebooks in its Health category 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-genres where additional works might be found. A very nice collection with some unique entries.
Project Gutenberg Self Publishing Press has 34 free ebooks in its Medicine category. All are available for free download in PDF.
Read Free Book has over 15 free ebooks in its Fitness collection. Also, 20 free ebooks under Beauty and Health. Links are offsite, so available formats vary. Unfortunately, the links to Smashwords are not working, but there are about half of these unique entries available. Thanks to Pachilo for this link.
Remedies4 offers a very good size collection of holistic healing books on a wide variety of health issues.
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 Medicine genre free offerings.
The Book Depository has 72 free ebooks in its Health 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 Global Text Project has 11 free ebooks available for free download in PDF, without registration, in its Health category.
Web-Books has 25 free books in their Health 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.
Wellness Proposals offers several fitness ebooks, developed by the USA military, for free download in PDF without registration.
WikiSource has several classic works in Medicine available for free reading online without registration.
WitGuides (Health) 87 books on fitness, parenting and relationships.