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5 Places To Find Free Books Online

booksAs I’ve mentioned in the past, the new school that we are opening in Houston is housed in the Museum District. This means we don’t have a lot of options for storage, since we will be mobile and moving between museums each day. For this reason and others, we’ve equipped every student with a laptop to access online resources to bolster the museum-based curriculum.

Although we are planning on getting each student a library membership, lugging a lot of books around as they journey through the museum district each day is impractical. So, we’ve been exploring the Kindle app and other eBook alternatives. Of course, in doing so, our first focus was on finding free books for our students.

My searching led me to find 5 awesome online sites that house hundreds of free books:

  1. ManyBooks
    With more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews. If you still can’t decide what to read you might want to browse through some covers to see what catches your eye.
  2. Amazon Free Popular Classic Books
    Amazon’s ever-growing library for Kindle features classic titles such as Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and many more!
  3. OpenLibrary
    OpenLibrary is a collection of over 20 million literary records from a variety of large catalogs as well as single contributions, with more on the way.  Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, and the documentation is open. Users are welcome to fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget! Users can either Read Classic Books or Borrow Modern Books.
  4. InternetArchive
    Download free books and texts from a wide range of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books. This collection is open to the community for the contribution of any type of text.
  5. Project Gutenberg
    Offering over 42,000 free ebooks, Project Gutenberg allows readers to choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. All Project Gutenberg ebooks were previously published by bona fidepublishers and have been digitized and diligently proofread with the help of thousands of volunteers.
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  1. Great sites! What does your school do about Amazon’s terms of use related to children? Do you have the parents give permission for each book kids download to their Kindle Cloud Reader? We would like to start using the Kindle Cloud Reader, but are not sure how to deal with the age restriction.

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