A Master List of 800 Free Classic eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices


Maybe you’re an eBooks holdout, a late adopter, a disdainer of the book as a branded “device”? I get it. Is there anything more ridiculous than putting down a book because its batteries have run out? No amount of crowing about the supremacy of tech will make me love the smell and feel of paper less…

And yet…

Within the charming heft of printed books reside their limitation. Traveling students, researchers, or avid readers must lug several pounds of bound paper along with them on long journeys, or to work sessions at the local coffee shop. An eReader or smartphone can hold an entire library—which one can expand ad infinitum, it seems, on the fly.

This feature—along with the ease of copying quotes and passages and sending them across platforms—eventually sold me on the eBook as a robust supplement to print. And if it sounds like I’m making a sales pitch, I am: for hundreds of free books, available to read on the device of your choosing. Entry-level Kindle, budget smartphone, or latest, fanciest iPad—most all will accommodate the range of formats available in our collection of 800 Free eBooks.

Can you freely download the latest New York Times bestsellers? Not here, and I’d hope—for the sake of those hard-working writers—that you’d pay to read new releases. Can you carry along with you on your next business trip or vacation the works of Aristotle and Freud, several novels by Jane Austen and Joseph Conrad, the masterworks of Hegel, Hume, and Kant, the complete Shakespeare, and Proust’s multi-volume À la recherche du temps perdu? Quite easily. Here’s a small sample of what’s on our list:

See the full list of 800 offerings here. They may lack the sensory pleasure of print, but the ability to carry an entire library of classic literature in your pocket has its advantages, to say the least. And if your travels include long drives, you’ll also want to check out our master list of Free Audio Books.

Note: If you need help uploading .mobi files to your Kindle, you might find it useful to watch this video.

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Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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