You would think that with the advent of the Internet and the rise of computers, video games, and streaming video that the days of reading books are more of a thing of the past. And while it is true that Americans spend less time on average reading than they did before, some 72-74% of Americans read at least one book a year, and young adults in particular still consistently use the library for research and borrowing books more than their older counterparts. And if you’re someone without access to a library, or are trying to keep from going out unnecessarily, there a bunch of resources online that you can employ as a virtual library with free books you can read and enjoy.
· Google eBookstore – Google’s online library of digital books includes a section with free to download bestsellers and classic in several formats
· Project Gutenberg – This pioneering volunteer site catalogues a number of free e-books including a number of literary classics
· Open Library – With more than 1 million free e-books, this catalog is a project of Internet Archive and allows users to contribute their own books
· Internet Archive – Speaking of Internet Archive, their main website features a number of out of print books, as well as a number of academic and historical books as well
· Free eBooks – A self-explanatory site, it features a wide variety of categories to choose from and the ability to look up reviews and ratings for each book
· International Children's Digital Library - A youth focused site, it has a number of ebooks from literary classics to popular bestsellers in a wide variety of languages from English to Farsi, all for free