The Jakarta Post
The following websites allow you to read books online for free. (Shutterstock/Billion Photos)
Now, all binge-reading people can get extensive collections of content to read – for free, anytime and anywhere. Reader´s Digest introduces five ways to read free books online.
1. Google Books
It's no surprise that Google provides books – it even has the largest range of free books online. Like googling for information, it is easy to use. Since not all content is free of charge, make sure you change the settings in “Search tools” from “Any books“ to “Free Google eBooks“ and the book paradise is yours.
2. Open Library
The platform (https://openlibrary.org/) is a must for any bookworm. Its goal is to provide a web page for every book ever published. Its navigation is simple and easy to use. By using the search bar, you can get access to more than 1 million books. Check the “eBooks” box for browsing the free content archive.
Smashwords (https://www.smashwords.com/) offers a great selection of content and is easy to use – without an account you can browse 478,000 books. There are even several Indonesian language editions. By using the “free” tab, you can find books from many different genres, like horror, poetry or classics.
This platform uses a subscription model but provides plenty of books for free. After signing up, 24Symbols will connect to your Facebook account. Then you can search for books by author, category, language or alphabetically and you can read them on many devices. This way, you always have your free books with you.
BookBub is doing its best to offer you personalized content. After asking you how many books you have read during the last year and if they were print or eBooks, you can choose the genres you are interested in. Afterward, you will receive several suggestions based on your provided information. Not all books are available for free, but there are also great deals on bestsellers for a limited time.