1000's of  FREE eBooks for Kobo eReader (Adobe DRM ePub format) from WH Smith/ Kobo Book Store
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1000's of FREE eBooks for Kobo eReader (Adobe DRM ePub format) from WH Smith/ Kobo Book Store

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Found 30th Dec 2011
For all of you with Kobo Reader there are about 1000's of FREE ebooks in Adobe DRM epub format.

Of course, you need a Kobo account. Links below are from WH Smith site which points to Kobobooks.com. You have 2 options - to Add the ebook to your library or to Download epub format.

Link to Free Fiction ebooks whsmith.co.uk/Cat…ank

Link to Free Biography ebooks whsmith.co.uk/Cat…ank

Link to Free History & Politics ebooks whsmith.co.uk/Cat…ank

Link to Free Film, TV & Music ebooks whsmith.co.uk/Cat…ank

Link to Humor ebooks whsmith.co.uk/Cat…ank

And for more use the menu on left hand side here whsmith.co.uk/Cat…spx


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thanks to antdav
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In case you don't own Kobo eReader you can still read these books by using the relevant apps for smartphones, tablets or desktops (Windows & Mac). Links to these apps are here =>
kobobooks.com/sma…nes

kobobooks.com/tab…ets

kobobooks.com/des…top

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thanks to telerijj:
"you can also 'borrow' ebooks from libraries as well which you can't do with a kindle."


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thanks to gary189 for his contribution of more sources of FREE ebooks. see post # 14

hotukdeals.com/fre…015

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Thanks, title is a little misleading as there are only 180 free books currently, still - have some heat, I hadn't realised you could download these to other devices too, so thanks!!

Download the Kobo eReader app for iPhone. Android, Blackberry and Palm Pre --> HERE



Edited by: "antdav" 30th Dec 2011

Original Poster

antdav

Thanks, title is a little misleading as there are only 180 free books … Thanks, title is a little misleading as there are only 180 free books currently, still - have some heat, I hadn't realised you could download these to other devices too, so thanks!!Download the Kobo eReader app for iPhone. Android, Blackberry and Palm Pre --> HERE



I think you are wrong....Only the first link in text above produce 10'465 results of Free ebooks... check again and let me know whether you still think that title is misleading... Don't mind to change it if you have a proof of what you say... Just follow the links from WH Smith web site provided in the first post, not the one in "Go to Deal" ... Thanks anyway...

Edited by: "warrior" 30th Dec 2011

That's what is called timing
Got a Kobo for Xmas

Agree with warrior found "Thousands"
Heat added

Original Poster

BTW, similar to Kindle, you can read all these books from the comfort of Kobo ereader, from your desktop (you have to download and install the apps) or on your phone or tablet by downloading the relevant apps. I didn't find anything similar to Kindle Cloud for Chrome yet (which I find as an excellent Chrome extension for Kindle).

Lots of the links to mainstream books don't work - Kobo says not available internationally.

Original Poster

englishwhistler

Lots of the links to mainstream books don't work - Kobo says not … Lots of the links to mainstream books don't work - Kobo says not available internationally.




True...I came across few books which links say : "This content is not available internationally. Unfortunately, this content is only available in select countries, and we do not currently have the rights to offer this content for browsing or purchasing in . For more information on our geographic availability, please click here."

I also came across to this one for instance "Ain't No Sunshine" whsmith.co.uk/Cat…404 which is shown as FREE but when you land on Kobobooks.com it says Price £0.72 Buy Now" ....

Also some books are not in English.

But still there are a lot of Free books. So far I have added 635 Free books to my library.

If you follow this link kobobooks.com/fre…euk you suppose to find "Over 1 Million FREE eBooks available." Which also says " *Note: 1 million free eBooks will not show up in a single search result."

So we have to put some more efforts in order to get many of these FREE books



Edited by: "warrior" 30th Dec 2011

antdav

Thanks, title is a little misleading as there are only 180 free books … Thanks, title is a little misleading as there are only 180 free books currently, still - have some heat, I hadn't realised you could download these to other devices too, so thanks!!Download the Kobo eReader app for iPhone. Android, Blackberry and Palm Pre --> HERE


Works great on the Blackberry playbook

nice one, too many books to choose from now with this list and the kindle lists!!!

you can also 'borrow' ebooks from libraries as well which you can't do with a kindle.

Original Poster

telerijj

you can also 'borrow' ebooks from libraries as well which you can't do … you can also 'borrow' ebooks from libraries as well which you can't do with a kindle.



Good point. Thank you

Cold from me - not for Kobo but for WHSmith having incorrect links to free books which aren't available. Free Sport eBooks link gives 95 returns but click through on the more interesting reads among the list and it's not available.

They all look pretty boring. Can anyone recommend anything???

Computing and technology eBooks if any one is interested:
whsmith.co.uk/Cat…0.1

There is a good list of sources on the mobileread forums
mobileread.com/for…052

Name: MobileRead Uploads
Site: mobileread.com/for…php?f=126
Price: All Free
Genre: Various Topics
Number: 2049
Support: Native, customized for the Reader
Format: .LRF
Notes: Mostly reformatting of public domain content like Gutenberg.
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Name: Project Gutenberg
Site: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
Price: All Free
Genre: Everything, in many languages
Number: 20,000
Support: Indirect, mostly through other sources
Format: Text Files
Notes: This is the original serious site for public domain books. Many sources reuse this material.
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Name: Manybooks
Site: http://manybooks.net/
Price: All Free
Genre: Various Topics
Number: 17,000
Support: Native, machine formatted
Format: .LRF
Notes: Mostly Gutenberg content.
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Name: Smashwords
Site: smashwords.com/
Price: Set by author (who gets 85%) sample $0.99-$4.99
Genre: Various topics
Number: 70,304,404 - according to the site
Support: Native
Format: ePub, .LRF, .HTML - All free of DRM
Notes: Buy direct from the author without DRM. Most support sample of 20-50% before you buy.
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Name: Silk Pagoda
Site: http://www.silkpagoda.com/catalog/pr...roducts_id=650
Price: $10 DVD
Genre: Various Topics
Number: 10,000
Support: Native, machine formatted
Format: .LRF or .PDF (formats sold on separate discs)
Notes: More copyright compliant version of the BlackMask DVD. 10,000 books on one disc, available as PDF formatted for Reader or very plain .LRF. HTML you can pretty up in Book Designer is only provided on Microsoft .LIT discs.
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Name: FictionWise
Site: fictionwise.com/hom…tml =
Price: Fee and MicroPay
Genre: Various Topics, new releases
Number: 37,000
Support: Native Support as of 8/07
Format: .LRF, .PDF, .LIT and Secure .PDF
Notes: Now their multi-format books are available in native .LRF format. This is the site CONNECT aspires to be.
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Name: Books on Board
Site: http://www.booksonboard.com/
Price: Fee and Free, with rebate program
Genre: Various Topics, new releases
Number: 400,000
Support: Native Support, both ePub and a few .LRF
Format: .EPUB, .LRF, .PDF, and formats for other devices
Notes: They bill themselves as the Internet's largest independent ebookstore. PayPal and Google Checkout supported.
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Name: Kobo
Site: http://www.kobobooks.com/
Price: Free and Fee based
Genre: Full spectrum
Number: 2 million (according to the About page)
Support: ePub and secure ePub
Format: Native ePub support and online/PC ebooks
Notes: Full International support (200 countries)
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Name: Powell's
Site: http://www.powells.com/
Price: Fee based (all use ADE)
Genre: Full spectrum, including paper books
Number: ??, many thousands
Support: Secure ePub
Format: Native ePub support
Notes: Also buy and sell paper books. Trade in paper books to buy eBooks!
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Name: Steve Jordan Books
Site: www.stevejordanbooks.com
Price: Free and Pay
Genre: Sci-Fi
Number: about 10
Support: Native, customized for the Reader
Format: eReader/ Palm Doc, iSilo, Mobi-Pocket, MS Reader, RTF, Sony Reader
Notes: Original offerings authored by Steve Jordan. Prices very reasonable ($2.50), and 2 free samples as of 05/23/07
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Name: Munseys
Site: http://www.munseys.com/index.php
Price: All Free
Genre: Various Topics
Number: 18,000
Support: Native, machine formatted
Format: .LRF
Notes:
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Name: Baen Books
Site: http://www.webscriptions.net/
Price: Free and Pay
Genre: Science Fiction
Number: ?,000
Support: DRM free formatted text and (as of 3/22/08) Native .LRF
Format: .RTF and .LRF
Notes: Text was easily reformatted to reader. Even easier to download in the Sony format. Complete catalog including new works.
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Name: BLTC Press
Site: http://www.bltcpress.com/store/
Price: About $2
Genre: Various Topics
Number: 20
Support: Native, person formatted, No DRM
Format: .LRF
Notes: Interesting content, overlap with Sony classics is unknown.
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Name: Feedbooks
Site: http://www.feedbooks.com/
Price: All Free
Genre: Various Topics
Number: ??
Support: Native ePub (for 505), Reader Formatted PDF
Format: .epub, .PDF
Notes: An emerging source for public domain and author-submitted books.
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Name: WHSmith
Site: http://ebooks.whsmith.co.uk/
Price: Fee, in British pounds
Genre: Various Topics
Number: ??, but a large number of current books
Support: Native ePub and Reader size secure PDF
Format: .EPUB, Secure .PDF (ADE)
Notes: A major UK bookstore with substantial online offerings.
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Name: Diesel eBooks
Site: http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/
Price: Free and Fee based
Genre: Full spectrum
Number: 1.4 million
Support: Secure .PDF
Format: .PDF format only
Notes: They bill themselves as the Internet's largest independent ebookstore. No EPUB support. Significant price reductions available through bundling of back catalog titles.
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Site: Name: epubBooks
Site: http://www.epubbooks.com/
Price: Free
Genre: All kinds
Number: 400+
Support: Provides epub formatted books, mostly public domain conversions.
Format: epub, no DRM
Notes: Also provides pointers to fee sites and other free sites
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Name: Sci Fi - Arizona
Site: http://www.scifi-az.com
Price: $7 - $10
Genre: Sci-Fi
Number: A Dozen or so
Support: Sony Formated PDF's
Format: .PDF
Notes: Michael McCollum authored books. Store run by the Author himself. Also seems to be adding books by other authors also. Author really seems to "get" eBooks.
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Name: Public Relations Web
Site: http://www.prweb.com/
Price: All Free
Genre: Press Releases
Number: Zillions
Support: Reader Formatted PDF
Format: .PDF
Notes: Not where you find the summer beach read, but good Sony Reader support.
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Name: DPP Store
Site: dppstore.com/
Price: Free and Pay
Genre: Various Topics, esoteric
Number: 1,200
Support: Generic eBook PDF
Format: .PDF
Notes: eBooks by Independent Authors and Presses for Independent Readers and Thinkers - Great motto, but also many Gutenberg texts.
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Name: Arthur's Classic Novels
Site: http://arthurwendover.com/arthurs/
Price: FREE
Genre: Various
Number: 4000
Support: Indirect, conversion needed
Format: Formatted HTML
Notes: Easy to convert html to lrf using BookDesigner. HTML files are usually nicely formatted. Files sourced from Project Gutenberg.
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Name: Simon and Schuster
Site: http://www.simonsays.com/content/ind...d=523087&tab=6
Price: Pay
Genre: Various
Number: Not tabulated, but a large back catalog
Support: Indirect, conversion needed
Format: .LIT
Notes: Another publisher offering their own eBooks.
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Name: Dark Creek Book Library
Site: http://darkcreek.com/ebooks/
Price: Free
Genre: Various
Number: 25 (and supposedly growing constantly)
Support: Reading Tips link
Format: HTML
Notes: Site states that the books, all in public domain (US), are specifically formatted for the PSP, but "should be just as viewable from any PDA or other mobile device that has a web browser." Contents are mostly Gutenberg.
========
Name: Archive.org
Site: http://www.archive.org
Price: FREE
Genre: Various
Number: >20,000
Support: None
Format: DJVU, JPG, TIF, PDF, TXT, JP2
Notes: A good source of original book scans to obtain images when creating your own books in BookDesigner. Tip: Try searching for the book title + the keyword DJVU to find full book scans. This is more a source for people who create their own books to share here - the files are not suitable to be directly loaded on the reader.
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Original Poster

gari189

There is a good list of sources on the mobileread forums … There is a good list of sources on the mobileread forums http://www.mobileread.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11052 Name: MobileRead UploadsSite: http://www.mobileread.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=126Price: All FreeGenre: Various TopicsNumber: 2049Support: Native, customized for the ReaderFormat: .LRFNotes: Mostly reformatting of public domain content like Gutenberg.========Name: Project GutenbergSite: http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_PagePrice: All FreeGenre: Everything, in many languagesNumber: 20,000Support: Indirect, mostly through other sourcesFormat: Text FilesNotes: This is the original serious site for public domain books. Many sources reuse this material.========Name: ManybooksSite: http://manybooks.net/Price: All FreeGenre: Various TopicsNumber: 17,000Support: Native, machine formattedFormat: .LRFNotes: Mostly Gutenberg content.========Name: SmashwordsSite: https://www.smashwords.com/ Price: Set by author (who gets 85%) sample $0.99-$4.99Genre: Various topicsNumber: 70,304,404 - according to the siteSupport: NativeFormat: ePub, .LRF, .HTML - All free of DRMNotes: Buy direct from the author without DRM. Most support sample of 20-50% before you buy.========Name: Silk PagodaSite: http://www.silkpagoda.com/catalog/pr...roducts_id=650Price: $10 DVDGenre: Various TopicsNumber: 10,000Support: Native, machine formattedFormat: .LRF or .PDF (formats sold on separate discs)Notes: More copyright compliant version of the BlackMask DVD. 10,000 books on one disc, available as PDF formatted for Reader or very plain .LRF. HTML you can pretty up in Book Designer is only provided on Microsoft .LIT discs.========Name: FictionWiseSite: http://www.fictionwise.com/home.html =Price: Fee and MicroPayGenre: Various Topics, new releasesNumber: 37,000Support: Native Support as of 8/07Format: .LRF, .PDF, .LIT and Secure .PDFNotes: Now their multi-format books are available in native .LRF format. This is the site CONNECT aspires to be.========Name: Books on BoardSite: http://www.booksonboard.com/Price: Fee and Free, with rebate programGenre: Various Topics, new releasesNumber: 400,000Support: Native Support, both ePub and a few .LRFFormat: .EPUB, .LRF, .PDF, and formats for other devicesNotes: They bill themselves as the Internet's largest independent ebookstore. PayPal and Google Checkout supported.========Name: KoboSite: http://www.kobobooks.com/Price: Free and Fee basedGenre: Full spectrumNumber: 2 million (according to the About page)Support: ePub and secure ePubFormat: Native ePub support and online/PC ebooksNotes: Full International support (200 countries)========Name: Powell'sSite: http://www.powells.com/Price: Fee based (all use ADE)Genre: Full spectrum, including paper booksNumber: ??, many thousandsSupport: Secure ePubFormat: Native ePub supportNotes: Also buy and sell paper books. Trade in paper books to buy eBooks!========Name: Steve Jordan BooksSite: http://www.stevejordanbooks.comPrice: Free and PayGenre: Sci-FiNumber: about 10Support: Native, customized for the ReaderFormat: eReader/ Palm Doc, iSilo, Mobi-Pocket, MS Reader, RTF, Sony ReaderNotes: Original offerings authored by Steve Jordan. Prices very reasonable ($2.50), and 2 free samples as of 05/23/07========Name: MunseysSite: http://www.munseys.com/index.phpPrice: All FreeGenre: Various TopicsNumber: 18,000Support: Native, machine formattedFormat: .LRFNotes: ========Name: Baen Books Site: http://www.webscriptions.net/Price: Free and PayGenre: Science FictionNumber: ?,000Support: DRM free formatted text and (as of 3/22/08) Native .LRFFormat: .RTF and .LRFNotes: Text was easily reformatted to reader. Even easier to download in the Sony format. Complete catalog including new works.========Name: BLTC PressSite: http://www.bltcpress.com/store/Price: About $2Genre: Various TopicsNumber: 20Support: Native, person formatted, No DRMFormat: .LRFNotes: Interesting content, overlap with Sony classics is unknown. ========Name: FeedbooksSite: http://www.feedbooks.com/Price: All FreeGenre: Various TopicsNumber: ??Support: Native ePub (for 505), Reader Formatted PDFFormat: .epub, .PDFNotes: An emerging source for public domain and author-submitted books.========Name: WHSmithSite: http://ebooks.whsmith.co.uk/Price: Fee, in British poundsGenre: Various TopicsNumber: ??, but a large number of current booksSupport: Native ePub and Reader size secure PDFFormat: .EPUB, Secure .PDF (ADE)Notes: A major UK bookstore with substantial online offerings.========Name: Diesel eBooksSite: http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/Price: Free and Fee basedGenre: Full spectrumNumber: 1.4 million Support: Secure .PDFFormat: .PDF format onlyNotes: They bill themselves as the Internet's largest independent ebookstore. No EPUB support. Significant price reductions available through bundling of back catalog titles.========Site: Name: epubBooksSite: http://www.epubbooks.com/Price: FreeGenre: All kindsNumber: 400+Support: Provides epub formatted books, mostly public domain conversions.Format: epub, no DRMNotes: Also provides pointers to fee sites and other free sites ========Name: Sci Fi - ArizonaSite: http://www.scifi-az.comPrice: $7 - $10Genre: Sci-FiNumber: A Dozen or soSupport: Sony Formated PDF'sFormat: .PDFNotes: Michael McCollum authored books. Store run by the Author himself. Also seems to be adding books by other authors also. Author really seems to "get" eBooks.========Name: Public Relations WebSite: http://www.prweb.com/Price: All FreeGenre: Press ReleasesNumber: ZillionsSupport: Reader Formatted PDFFormat: .PDFNotes: Not where you find the summer beach read, but good Sony Reader support.========Name: DPP StoreSite: http://www.dppstore.com/ Price: Free and PayGenre: Various Topics, esotericNumber: 1,200Support: Generic eBook PDFFormat: .PDFNotes: eBooks by Independent Authors and Presses for Independent Readers and Thinkers - Great motto, but also many Gutenberg texts.========Name: Arthur's Classic NovelsSite: http://arthurwendover.com/arthurs/Price: FREEGenre: VariousNumber: 4000Support: Indirect, conversion neededFormat: Formatted HTMLNotes: Easy to convert html to lrf using BookDesigner. HTML files are usually nicely formatted. Files sourced from Project Gutenberg.========Name: Simon and SchusterSite: http://www.simonsays.com/content/ind...d=523087&tab=6Price: PayGenre: VariousNumber: Not tabulated, but a large back catalogSupport: Indirect, conversion neededFormat: .LITNotes: Another publisher offering their own eBooks.========Name: Dark Creek Book LibrarySite: http://darkcreek.com/ebooks/Price: FreeGenre: VariousNumber: 25 (and supposedly growing constantly)Support: Reading Tips linkFormat: HTMLNotes: Site states that the books, all in public domain (US), are specifically formatted for the PSP, but "should be just as viewable from any PDA or other mobile device that has a web browser." Contents are mostly Gutenberg.========Name: Archive.orgSite: http://www.archive.orgPrice: FREEGenre: VariousNumber: >20,000Support: NoneFormat: DJVU, JPG, TIF, PDF, TXT, JP2Notes: A good source of original book scans to obtain images when creating your own books in BookDesigner. Tip: Try searching for the book title + the keyword DJVU to find full book scans. This is more a source for people who create their own books to share here - the files are not suitable to be directly loaded on the reader.========



Thank you for your contribution gary189. It is brilliant.
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