Downloadable Kindle books Online

1. Kindle Store ⇢ Kindle Store

There are a lot of free ebooks in the Kindle Store itself. The thing is how to find them. There also are several sites which list free ebooks from Kindle Store. I’ll put them together into a separate post, so stay tuned.

The best way to get free books is to go to “Bestsellers in Kindle Store” and pick up “Top 100 Free”. You will be able to see the most popular free titles in the Kindle Store. The list is being updated a couple of times a day, so it picks the hottest free titles that are currently available.

The other way to find free Kindle books is to search Amazon. While being in the Kindle Store, in the search box type “free kindle books”. This method gives an idea how many books are free in Amazon’s ebookstore.

2. Project Gutenberg ⇢ Project Gutenberg

We made such lists for other ebookstores, and Project Gutenberg is always there. It’s the longest-established ebook site in the world and the top place to download free classics. It’s the primary repository of free public domain ebooks.

When the title enters public domain, it means the rights to this work have expired and the book is publicly available. On Project Gutenberg the public domain books are free. It’s possible that elsewhere you will find the same classic titles in ebook format, for which you’ll have to pay. This is what may happen in the Kindle Store as well. You can get Jane Austen’s book for free from Project Gutenberg, and find out that the same title costs one or two dollars in Amazon’s ebookstore.

A good thing with books from Project Gutenberg is that if the original book had illustrations, you will be also able to get them in the ebook version. If you want the illustrations, make sure to download Kindle (with images) file. Please, keep in mind that such file takes much more disc space.

Free Kindle books on Project Gutenberg

Currently there are almost 43,000 public domain books in the catalog. The site offers a very useful Dropbox and Google Drive integration.

3. Smashwords ⇢ Smashwords

Smashwords is a top destination with ebooks from independent authors and publishers. There are 200,000 titles in the catalog. At the time of writing this post there were exactly 7,971,158,022 words published. You’ll be able not only to download books in mobi or pdf format, but also read them online in your browser.

Smashwords is a very important source of newly released independent ebooks. What’s more, if you are looking for free Kindle books in languages other than English, head for Smashwords and you should find here books in your mother tongue.

To quickly get to the list of free ebooks, simply use the combination of three top filter bars. For instance, here is the link to: bestsellers – that are free – that are 50k words or longer.

Smashwords - free books selection

Currently there are almost over 32,000 free ebooks on Smashwords. You can pick a category first and then select Free tab to get a list of free titles in your favorite genre. For instance, there are over 2,000 science-fiction books that are free on Smashwords.

4. Internet Archive ⇢ Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library with a mission of “universal access to all knowledge.” The website is a huge digital library of text, audio and video files. It offers over 3.8 mln ebooks and texts. Sub-collections include American Libraries, Canadian Libraries, books from Project Gutenberg, titles from the Million Books Project, and books for children.

When you find an interesting book, you’ll see in the left panel the list of available formats. In most cases mobi format will be included – here called Kindle.

Download Free Kindle books from Internet Archive

5. Open Library ⇢ Open Library

Open Library is another site founded by the Internet Archive. The site positions itself as “the world’s classic literature at your fingertips”. There are over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available.

The biggest benefit of Open Library is that it’s driven by a strong community. It’s like Wikipedia for ebooks. If the book had more than one edition, you’ll see them listed on Open Library. For instance, Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, first published in 1876, have 306 editions altogether and most of them have separate download directories.

Unlike other sites in the list, Open Library offers not only a mobi file, but also the option to send the book to Kindle – what saves a couple of clicks and makes a process of adding books much quicker.

Download free Kindle books from Open Library

6. Munseys ⇢ Munseys

The site is different from the others, as it offers over 30,000 rare titles that you can’t find anywhere else. If you are a pulp-fiction freak, you should go no further. Munseys has probably the largest catalog of pulp-fiction titles from the 30s and 40s of the last century – over 1,600 titles are included in the Pulp Fiction category.

There are other very specific categories here, such as ElizabethansFolkloreOrient Express, or Esoteric. Out of 13 file formats, two are for Kindle. “Mobipocket/Kindle” is in fact a .prc file. If you want a .mobi, download the file called “Kindle Fire”.

Munseys download free Kindle books

7. Feedbooks ⇢ Feedbooks

On Feedbooks you can find both public domain (Public Domain section) and free contemporary books (Original Books section), both fiction and non-fiction. As the site is based in France, there are a lot of titles in French, as well as in other languages, not only in English.

The site offers RSS feeds of specific categories, so you can subscribe to them and get new books the moment they are added to catalog. The download button links by default to epub file, but you can download from a text link next to it, saying “also available for Kindle“.

Download free Kindle books from Feedbooks

8. Mobipocket⇢ Mobipocket

While it’s not easy to find free Kindle books on Amazon, Mobipocket is exclusively about them. The site is owned by Amazon and lists over 11,500 free books. It’s the only website, except Amazon, from where you can download books only for Kindle.

The site is pretty simple and does nothing except listing books. All of them are public domain, and the last books was added to catalog in 2006.

9. Baen Free Library ⇢ Baen Free Library

Baen is an ebook online store, selling ebooks from a dozen of publishers, that also operates Baen Free Library. The library was established, because the cost giving away an ebook version of the book was cheaper than buying an advertising. That’s why in the Free Library you can find newly released title, not literature classics.

Although Baen is an ebookstore, you can download free books without the need to register or leave an email address. Some of the books may be included in the Free Library, but their status may have changed to paid, so double-check it before downloading.

10. Goodreads ⇢ Goodreads

The largest book discovery site, Goodreads, offers also books in mobi/Kindle format. The catalog is not huge, there are only 2,500 titles listed here, but they are very interesting ones.

For instance you can download Harry Potter: The Prequel by J.K. Rowling, a short story set about three years before the birth of Harry Potter. It recounts an adventure experienced by Sirius Black and James Potter.

11. ManyBooks ⇢ ManyBooks

The site offers almost 30,000 free ebooks. It’s very well-organized and easy to browse for books or follow recommendations. The book detail page displays not only usual fields like the author or publish date, but also word count and the reading ease.

The number of available formats is impressive. There are three formats your Kindle will read: azw, Mobipocket (.mobi), and Mobipocket (.prc).

12. DigiLibraries ⇢ DigiLibraries

The site is an online ebook catalog, where you can find almost 30,000 titles – all of them are free. There are several categories to choose from. The most popular are Poetry, Juvenile Fiction, and Literary Collections.

How to add books to Kindle

There are a couple of ways you can add own books to the Kindle e-reader or tablet/smartphone app:

1. The most popular way is to send a file to the email address associated with your device. If you buy a Kindle or download a Kindle app, first thing to do is to sign in with your Amazon account. Since that time this device/app is given a special email address to which you can send the files. You can find it in the Settings section.

2. You can also use a Send to Kindle application. It’s available for Mac and Windows, but you can also get it for Chrome and Firefox browsers. While the desktop version lets you add files stored on a computer disc, the browser extension helps add web content.

3. If you use a cloud storage service like Dropbox, you can upload the file to it from your computer, and use a Dropbox application on your tablet or phone to download the file to Kindle app.

4. If you have a Kindle ereader – connect Kindle to your computer and drag the files into Documents folder inside the Kindle disc image.

5. If you have a Kindle app installed on your smartphone or tablet, you should be also able to add the file if you tap on it. A list of applications capable of opening it should be displayed, and if the file is in mobi format, you should see a Kindle app.

Forgotten secrets 

Everything was simpler when I was a kid, I looked at adults and wondered why they don’t they simply say and do as they feel. 

As I grew I cursed education for being unnecessarily complex, that math and English could be taught in so many better and useful ways, that accounts was as basic as language and geography but made complicated by us. I thought relationships would be so much better if kids ran them as adults act weirdly. I remember questioning friends on keeping secrets, why wouldn’t they share it with their beloved, is it that they trust no body?

I grew up but never became an adult , my questions remained, my struggle however grew. Turns out nothing is simple after all, I do things I don’t want, say stuff I don’t mean, love what isn’t really clear to me, all for what I don’t know. 

As long as I can remember I’m trying to figure things out, life around me, people and places, behavior and relationships. As long as I can remember, I’ve wished nothing more than to be ordinary, in all ways possible, love and live simple, be simple. But it’s been so long, so many years, seems like I’m only going far, messing up my life and relationships in the process, leaving scars that I’m afraid might remain longer than I can handle. 

Tugging on that last piece of hope so hard that the thread might just break from the pressure. Of what’s left from the good and the happy, I’ll hold on to every last piece, for some day, somehow, someone perhaps, would figure it out  if not fix it for me. Till then, trying and pretending is the way to go, live and be, how they expect, to as much extreme as possible. Because as much as people like to brag about themselves, no one knows better, they see, hear and believe what they want, prefer and like. So go ahead and try your best but hey, it won’t be enough, can never be, as long as it’s just for you, in that case, simple is good.

The World Named Me —

Hi, I’m Human.

Born in 1992 to a Pakistani family and lived in two generations. I’m 23 and not considered a child anymore; my opinions now matter, my conversations listened, I’m seen, because I’m an adult and, I’m expected to behave like one.

From being a people’s person I became a loner – those worldly terms, however, give less explanation to the state so I’d rather sit and define. I’ve always been a talker, my life revolved around books and toys and conversations over them, as long as my memory goes, I’ve always wanted to have people around and communicate with them. My childhood pictures and videos do not suggest otherwise, how amusing it was for me and for them, noises a 6 months old made that didn’t make any sense, voices that weren’t really vocal. 23 years have passed and it’s still amusing, for them. Because even today, what I say doesn’t make any sense to them.

Individuality is all the rage of my era, but only conveniently. We point out the flaws, the minorities, the unacceptable and pretend to accept it. Everything against our social standards and set cultures is a crime that may not be penalized but critically frowned upon, and unless you’re as lucky as an inmate that gets to go after they’ve served their time, the public disapproval is something you carry forever.

For some reason that I’m never able to articulate, I’ve always been the ugly duckling, the odd one out, the bone in the meat. I don’t know why but I never walked with the flow, not always I did it purposely, not always I enjoyed it, but that was it, I wasn’t some good to categorize but a person that simply cannot be typed under ‘A’ or ‘B’. We live in a world where everyone is expected to be able to box, like the MBTI personality type. We talk about personality and individuality on one end and put billions of people under 16 types on the other, we must have a seriously messed up mind to believe all that!

I’ve tried so hard to fit in, to make myself part of the world and the most, I tried to make sense, tried till I realized how much effort and how much life I’m spending on a worthless thing. The world has very fewer humans left, and not everyone around me qualifies. C’mon lets look around, a school got attacked in Pakistan during the day, a human with a heart can never do such a thing. Mosques in Canada and America were burnt down, anyone with a soul shall never think of such a thing, families were burned and millions killed in Gaza and Syria, again nothing with humanity inside them can do such a thing. We’re people of the modern age, geeks, tech-savvy and modern consumers, people of less faith and more matter, humanity is washed out of most of us. So the day I realized was the day I stopped trying. The only time I gave up, the only time I lost and felt so happy about it.

I read books and love studying but why does that make you believe I must be good at school? If I’m smart and well-read, I can still flunk my classes and it doesn’t have to make any sense. I never felt attracted to anyone sexually till I was 20, why is that so hard to believe that you’re convinced I must be lying. I don’t agree that looking and feeling good has anything to do with weight, I never felt bad until people constantly reminded me of how it makes me look hideous. I’m caring and mature but I get excited like a two-year-old on about anything with colors or sparkles, why does it sound so confusing to you?

I was so constantly rejected for being different. My food preferences and dress preferences were different, my choices and habits were different, my reaction and actions were different, I wasn’t easily predictable so I was different. From being talkative I went to mute, so much that I was called rude. Blamed of suddenly acquiring attitude because maybe I feel highly of myself, maybe I feel ashamed of myself. I cut myself from the world and found solitude, what they called loneliness became my fulfillment.

I don’t feel like life is short or that time is running out. My days are numbered but I live them as I may. My work and productivity aren’t measured by any of their standards but mine, every day is new and every day is better. To save myself and them, I picked a side we’d both like, I’m me for myself and theirs in their time.

They named me Bipolar.

I called myself Human.

Vagueness inside

Life is an unpredictable journey where we won’t ever be ready. Humans assume that age brings in experience, and experience helps our future. This is just another topping to the enormous layers of our myths and false beliefs.

Dear Readers, Tonight was another sleepless night that blissfully turned out to be excited. Why? Well because…

With all the stuff that I usually have in my head, I tried to figure out what bothers me the most? Losing friends, losing love, being too considerate, or too spontaneous? Do I blame myself for lagging behind or hate myself for moving a little too ahead?

There’s a lot to learn yet and no matter what age I become, there always will be a lot more to discover. We eventually get used to of stuff that happens more often and call it ‘experience’ when every new day still remains a mystery for us.

How we regret doing so many things and how we require so many answers. I wish I could change all my question marks to fragments of facts and live peacefully with all my doubts cleared or at least put a full stop right after it so the urge to find a response no longer remains. But every night when I lay down with a smile,the questions forms a blurred vision that blocks all the blissful thoughts and leaves me lost in the dark world surrounded by shattered dreams. Every night, all I can think of is the worst that happened to me, and when I try balancing it with the good stuff, I’m out of things to count on. So Typically human of me.

I’m always trying to be happy, trying to look as cheerful as one can be. But never quite realized I ‘showed off’, like people wished to be rich, pretty and awesome in their ways, I wanted badly to be and look happy. At this thought I sympathize with myself.

So tonight I force-asked myself to answer one question – What do I need from life?

I expected silence, confusion, or something insanely stupid or impossible perhaps. But some little part of me smiled and looked around. The simple smiles and sweet essence of relationships with friends and family is all that I needed to make my life perfect, all this time it was right here, and well I lost it the second I stopped looking. 

Remember as a child when you’re asked what your dreams are and all the craziest stuff of the world hits your mind. The 7 year old me had dreams, so many of them. One day I wanted to stand on the moon and wanted a chocolate factory of my own on the other. Haha how silly your dreams can be…

I’ve concluded a lot about myself during the past two years of my life but tonight I made a breakthrough. At first it seemed like I had it all figured out and a new life started like a clean slate and its funny how things got gloomy and escalated quickly to nothing but a tragic mess. This morning my smile didn’t reflect in my eyes, my voice hid my shattering heart’s cry, but that was the last of it.

How desperately we sometimes wish for a ‘rewind’ or an ‘undo’ button, and it’s not surprising that we do get another chance at almost everything and yet again we don’t falter to make it a further mess. So today I’ve revealed another flaw of mine, I’m in a rush to jump to the conclusion and skip the important details in the process.

All this soul exposure and letting my dark self out was to make me feel better, maybe it didn’t work this time, maybe it won’t work from now. The murky side should always be concealed and never revealed as an open wound never heals.

Life is perfect for none, only those with the courage see and understand it, the rest of us, well we get our sleepless nights and young heartbreaks.