From novels to non-fiction and audiobooks to print books, there are thousands of books you can read for free online. Books can be quite expensive, but reading doesn't have to be. That's why I curated a list of the best sites on the web, so you can get your hands on the books you want to read but don't have the dough to go out and buy.
One resource that's not on this list is your local library, which will always be your best source for unlimited access to free reading material. With apps like Overdrive (see below) you can even checkout audiobooks and ebooks and download them right to your phone.
If you still can't get enough of books, at the bottom of the list are resources for readers and writers alike, including social platforms, tips for writing your first novel, and how to speed-read so you can up your game. If I left something out you think should be on this list, let me know in the comments!
Book Swap - Get rid of books you don't want in exchange for the books you do. Sign up for free and only pay for shipping.
Little Free Library - There are nearly 40,000 Little Free Library book exchanges around the world. Use the map to find one near you.
LibriVox - Download audiobooks in the public domain.
Loyal Books - Stream or download audiobooks in the public domain.
AudioFile Sync - Free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. The 2016 season is May 5th - August 17th 2016. SYNC 2016 will give away 30 titles - two paired audiobook downloads a week! Don’t wait, titles are only available for 7 days and change every Thursday morning.
Overdrive App - Access audiobooks and ebooks from your local library.
Planet eBook - Download 80+ classic literature eBooks.
Bartleby - Diverse selection of reference books, anthologies, verses, fiction, and non-fiction. Includes the complete Gray's Anatomy.
Fiction.us - Novels, short stories, children's picture books, and poetry.
Read Print - Thousands of books, ratings, reviews, book clubs, discussions, and quotes.
Online Book Page - An index of over two million online books, including banned books.
Project Gutenberg - Offers over 46,000 ebooks. Download or read online.
Questia - Over 5,000 books in the public domain. Easy online reader.
Poem Hunter - Thousands of poems from poets all over the world, new and old.
Poetry Foundation - Over 10,000 poems by famous poets.
Poetry Archive - Listen to poetry read aloud.
ByGosh - Illustrated children's books and children's classics.
International Children's Digital Library - Children's literature from around the world.
Storynory - Listen to children's audiobooks online.
Swoon Reads - Young adult romance. Writer's can upload manuscripts, which are free for anyone to read. The most popular novels get published.
Wattpad - Social platform that connects authors and readers. Anyone can read or write on any device: phone, tablet, or computer.
Netgalley - Get early access to new books in exchange for reviews.
National Novel Writing Month - Write a novel during the month of November. Find the support and resources you need to make it happen.
Alexandra Franzen's Free Workbooks - Alexandra Franzen is a talented writer, her work has been published in places like Time, Forbes, The Huffington Post, Newsweek and Lifehacker. She offers free workbooks for aspiring writers.
Goodreads - Find and share books you love. Read book reviews and recommendations. Keep track of the books you've read and connect with other readers.
Litsy App - An instagram-esque social app for book lovers.
Spreeder - A free web app for learning to speed read. Simply paste the text you'd like to read.
The author Flannery O'Conner once wrote, "I write to discover what I know," but it's through reading that we discover what we love.