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World Book Day 2016: How to get your hands on free books

Free e-books and digital downloads.

Any book that’s out of its copyright period – that is to say 70 years after the death of the author in the UK – can be reproduced free.

Of course, that still means someone has to upload it into a reader-friendly format and put it online. Fortunately, there’s a group of volunteers dedicated to doing this. Project Guttenberg – named after the man who revolutionised printing in the 15 century – has an army of volunteers uploading classic books that are now free to access. So far they’ve got through almost 50,000 of them. Books are available to read online or download to your Kindle or other device. You can search for something specific or see the most-downloaded titles here .

Speaking of Kindles, as well as a selection for free classics, authors frequently offer their own books for free downloading – whether to get more reviews or encourage people to buy their other works. You can see the best-rated free Kindle books here and the best-rated romance books , romantic comedies , non-fiction books , historical fiction titles and children’s books by following the links. And remember, you don’t need to shell out to read Kindle books, there’s a free app you can download to read them on your smartphone or tablet – be it Android , an iPhone or iPad .

How to get free audiobooks.

Much like Project Gutenberg, LibriVox’s mission is to get audio books onto the internet for free . You can browse by author, title or genre or search for a specific work. However, the big difference between audio books and print is the person reading them can make a huge difference to your enjoyment of the story. If you’d rather have your books read by professionals, or at least be able to look at reviews, you can find some free audiobooks on iTunes – such as Aesop’s Fables or Emma by Jane Austen. There’s also a free 30-day trial of Audible available – letting you download a free audiobook of your choice – if you want something specific, just remember to cancel within the trial period or you’ll be charged. You can read the complete article here. If you are interested in reading you can find some more interesting books in English, French and Spanish in our own Hyland Resource page link.    

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