14 Sites to Download Textbooks for Free
Reading textbooks is a sure way that will not only broaden your mind but ensure also that it sharpen your knowledge and understanding about this world we’ re living in. Basically, if you’ re in need of textbooks, it’ s very important you carry research so that you can secure vendors that will give you products, which will turn of great benefit in the long run.
Textbooks are so much expensive, so I collect these sites which provide free textbooks downloads.
Notice: most of this kind of websites will show you a big download button on a book’s detail page, but DON’T click the button. Because over 90% of those big download buttons are ads, which leads to the wrong place. Instead, you should look for normal text links, like http://xxx.com/files/xxxxxxxx.
Textbook Search Engines
First of all, I would like to recommend you some search engines which are specially created for textbooks.
You may not be able to get a textbook from these search engines for totally free, however, you are highly likely to buy these books at very low prices, like 80% – 90% off. What’s more, you will get physical books rather than ebooks.
Here are the top 3 textbooks search engines in my opinion:
This site not only provides free textbooks, but also fiction, comics and magazines.
The majority of the textbooks on this site are PDF, some of them are EPUB. All of them are DRM-free.
This site has a modern design and provides 2,774,675 books 52,429,917 articles for free, that is a huge free library.
Input any keyword you want to search, the result list will show up below the search box. You can download the book to the computer for free, or just read it online.
By the way, Chrome warns me that this site is insecure, you should be aware if you are careful about this issue.
And there is a side project of BookZZ, which is called BookSC, it mainly provides scientific articles.
Mobilism is a forum about Apps and eBook sources. I am very impressed by the eBook section. There are tons of threads and discussion about eBooks, especially about textbooks.
The eBook Requests forum can be very helpful if you indeed can’t search your book on the internet.
This site has a clear structure. The main area displays the latest uploaded books, you can search book title name or ISBN in the search box.
On the book’s detail page, don’t click the “Download” button, it leads you to a fake page. Just click the URL under “Download” text. When I write this article, the download URL are all starting with http://longfiles.com.
Free Book Spot
This site has a nice book detail page, it displays the author, publisher, date, format, language, ISBN, pages, etc.. The most important, it provides the very helpful description.
Like the previous site, don’t click the big blue download button, it’s a fake one. If you want to download the book, please click the link under description.
I‘ve heard Ebookee for years, this website has collected 3119106 books in total, what a huge free library.
This website is actually a blog, compared to the websites above, Manybooks has a smaller capacity. But it has more contents, like book reviews, daily free book information, daily discount book information. If you need a website which tells you which book to read as well as a free download source. Manybooks is your choice.
This website impressed me initially with the special domain name. On 2020OK’s home page you can see the super detailed category list. You can also search by the book’s title or any keyword.
You shall notice that not all books on 2020OK are downloadable. Some books can only be read online, of course, for free; some books are hosted on other sites, 2020OK will directly deliver you to the hosting site in that case.
This is a very famous PDF magazine free download website, it contains almost all magazines I know.
If you need to download some academic magazine, PDF giant is your second to none choice.
Free Computer Books
A very professional free books library about computer and technology. Most of the books are hosted on other websites, so this freecomputerbooks.com is sort of a huge collection.
Every book has a detailed description, author information, contributors information, as well as some useful related links.
Free Tech Books
An alternative to the website above. Obviously, Free Tech Books is a newly built website as it only contains 1166 books. I didn’t know this site before, so I can’t tell how fast it grows.
This website is more like a blog, each book is a blog post, it tells you the meta information of a book, what you can do with the book, and detailed introduction and author information.
The interface is modern and clean, no annoying or deceptive ads are found on this site.
Online Programming Books
Another alternative to Free Computer Books, these two sites have similar interface designing and function.
Bookboon has a very elegant website layout and design, as the slogan says, it provides textbooks for free.
To download a free textbook from bookboon, you need to provide 4 personal information, including email, study or work, major and school. The website says they will never share your personal data with any third-party organization. If you do not want to enter this information, you can also subscribe to its premium service with $3.99/month. With a premium account you can also download business books for free.
Yes Reddit. There are some sub-reddit where people share textbooks there and you can request some textbook.
- /r/eebooks – electrical/computer engineering
- /r/mathbooks – mathematics
- /r/csbooks – computer science
- /r/physicsbooks – physics
- /r/econbooks – economics
Better World Books
First and foremost, be assured that you can visit the websites of these sellers, strike a bargain when in need of textbooks, and the items you’ ll purchase will be delivered safely while you are at the comfort of your office or home. These sellers sell their textbooks 24/ 7 i.e. seven days on a week as well as 24 hours daily. This means that you can buy any textbook you wish at any time of the day or night. Don’ t you think that these textbook sellers are indeed great?
Once you deal with these sellers, you will not in anyway incur losses resulted by their negligence. This is because they are insured and thus you’ ll be compensated in case of damages resulting from their mistakes. VitalSource has employed very experienced workers. Therefore, you will be attended by qualified pros once you seek for their textbooks or services.