Free Non-Library eBooks
Baen Books - This science fiction and fantasy publisher is making some of its titles available digitally and includes some well-known authors. About 120 titles are currently available but new titles are being added regularly. These books can be saved to a PC or sent directly to a Kindle.
Digital Book Index - Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1,800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites, including Gutenberg, NetLibrary, Google, and many, many universities worldwide. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free although there are some titles that do have a download fee. A device with Internet access is necessary for use and Digital Book Index supports iPad, Kindle, & Nook readers. Loan periods vary depending upon the e-book source, but most are for online use. Searching can be done by author, title, author & title, title keyword, and browsing by subject, author, or publisher. Titles and subjects vary widely from science, history and law to literature, the arts, and children’s books with some going back to the 1600s.
Inkmesh - This search engine makes it easier to find free e-books and compare e-book prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Sony Reader, Nook and more. Searching only free e-books is possible; limiting to just Sony, Kobo, Kindle, Smashwords, Nook, and Baen books is also an option. Each record indicates the devices that are compatible. Searching by subject allows for narrowing by price and device as well. There are over 3,500 promotional e-books that appear to be lesser known authors of fiction and nonfiction titles, including self-help, religion, business, science/nature, romance, science fiction/fantasy, literature, and erotica. Browsing subjects is also an option.
Munseys - Offering 20,000 titles in 12 formats, Munseys explicitly identifies proper choice for Kindles, Nooks and Sony Readers. Titles can be found by searching author, title or tags and browsing is available in 39 different categories. The e-book collection has many titles found in the other collections listed; however, some categories offer distinctive titles. Tip: When downloading a title, first click “Select One” to choose the desired format, then click “download”.
Open Library: - Hundreds of free ebooks are available from Open Library, a project of the InternetArchive and funded in part by the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.
Project Gutenberg - Project Gutenberg allows download of over 33,000 free e-books to read on a PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. These are high quality e-books previously published by bona fide publishers and digitized with the help of thousands of volunteers. All e-books can be freely downloaded. No registration is required. Note: OverDrive has linked 15,000 titles from Project Gutenberg that patrons can download and transfer to their portable devices. These checkouts never expire and don’t count against loan limits.
Book Lending - Book Lending is a website that matches lenders and borrowers of Kindle e-books. To participate in lending and borrowing Kindle books, you must first register as a user on the site or connect with Facebook Connect. You may lend/borrow a book once between Kindles. Eligible titles are very limited and mainstream authors are blocked for the most part. The service has been marketed to Kindle owners and is similar to Lendle and to e-book Fling which allows lending of Kindle and Nook titles between owners.New York Public Library Digital Gallery
NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open access to over 800,000 images digitized from the The New York Public Library's vast collections, including illuminated manuscripts , historical maps , vintage posters , rare prints , photographs and more .
Free Non-Library Audiobooks
Books Should be Free: Free Audiobooks in the Public Domain - Find hundreds of audiobooks in the public domain for adult and children that can be downloaded in MP3, iPod or iTunes formats or streamed on your computer.
Open Culture: The Best Free Cultural and Educational Media on the Web - Founded by Stanford University in 2006, Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community.
LibriVox: Acoustical Liberation of Books in the Public Domain - LibriVox’s goal is to record all the books in the public domain.