How it works

Search for the book you want to read We check availability in local libraries, subscription libraries and OpenLibrary - only buy it if it's unavailable for free Read the book on your tablet

Why is it free?

- Several public libraries offer ebooks and audiobooks that locals can borrow online
- Books with expired copyright are often freely available as ebooks
- OpenLibrary is an open-source project that scans paper books and makes them available online to borrow
- Subscription libraries offer free trials for new users who sign up to their service

Subscription libraries

You may already be using Spotify, Netflix, Amazon Music, Play Music to watch movies or listen to music - you can read books the same way, using Scribd, Amazon Kindle Unlimited or Bookmate. Most of them offer a free trial for new users for 7-30 days and typically cost $9-10 thereafter. You may find that the next book you'd like to read is available, and read it with a free trial.


You can borrow ebooks for free from OpenLibrary’s selection of hundreds of thousands of scanned ebooks, accessible from anywhere in the world. All you need is an email address to register which takes one minute.


Tens of thousands of local libraries worldwide provide ebooks and audiobooks for free through OverDrive. You will need your library card to sign in, then you can read books in the OverDrive app.


Scribd is a subscription library with probably the best selection of titles - now with unlimited access. You can read both online and offline in the Scribd iOS and Android app. Most titles available worldwide. Sign up for a free 30-day trial here.

Safari Books

A subscription library for technical and business books. It is designed for those who read to learn - access to online courses is also included. Read in the Safari Books iOS or Android app, or in your web browser. You can sign up for a free trial without a credit card here.