BookOS is a free ebook site that allows you to download any one of almost 1.5 million ebooks – for free. I am not sure how they get their ebooks,
but as far as I can see it is honest and not some sort of illegal torrent site.
I have had a comment finally from an author in which she states categorically that they have her ebooks here, all of which are in copyright, and for which I assume she has received no royalties from BookOs. Here is her comment to make this very clear.
“This is a pirate site. The fact there is not a scrap of information as to where they’re located is a dead giveaway. They had dozens of my books on here, all of which are in copyright. You really should amend this review to show that Book OS is *not* legal”.
So that is now totally clear, this is a site that is busy stealing money from authors, and thus crooked.
I have had a wander around this site, and found the most amazing variety of ebooks in all genres, though as has been pointed out to me, the greater part of what they offer are scientific treatises of one sort or another. But with that many ebooks in stock, this leaves many ebooks in all other genres.
They offer them to you in a wide range of formats, – PDF, TXT, Epub and so on (No .Mobi ). Each ebook only comes in one format though, but if you use a program such as Calibre to change the ebook to the format you prefer, then that is no problem. To make this simple, all these ebooks are DRM free, so no problems there either.
To see if it was actually just another site offering ebooks all published before 1920 or whatever I had a good hunt under author’s name, and found a thriller published in 2005, so it really is offering us an incredible range of ebooks we might actually want to read, and truly for free.
The site itself couldn’t be simpler, it is spare and sparse, rather like the standard Google home page in fact. Basically a small collection of icons asking you to donate money to them, and a simple window in which you type the name of the ebook you are looking for, or its author, or the type of ebook you want (Thriller, Humorous or whatever), and as you type, much like Google, it keeps offering you things.
Once you have found what you are looking for, it will tell you what format it is, and offers you the choice of downloading it. If you click on the download button, it is at once downloaded onto your computer and the ebook is yours – no registration or other things to do, it is really as simple as that.
So, a site that couldn’t be simpler to use, a really well designed and attractive front page, easy navigation and downloading, an amazing range of free ebooks .. What more could one ask for? Not much really – I did note however that it can’t make a decent cup of coffee though
Even though it seems to be an honest site, I find it hard to believe that all those ebooks are really free, and that somehow the authors and publishers of those ebooks are being done out of their money by this site… But then I am basically a deeply cynical soul, and tend to assume the worst of organisations until they prove to me that they are actually honest.
But this one does appear to be straight.. somehow. (See Nancy’s comment above and below)
On the point of whether or not this is an honest site or a site that is busy stealing books, I am reprinting here a comment that you will find below, as it seems to me to be important:
J. Roberts had this to say about Book OS and any site that deals in stolen ebooks:-
This site has books from several fellow indie and small press published authors. The site is taking down books after take-down notices have been served but you can guarantee there a plenty of illegal books on there and very few writers are millionaires. We write for less than minimum wage usually and have families to feed. If they can’t feed them then they shall have to stop writing the books people love and go get a job where people won’t steal there work. Seriously I make like $1.50 per book and people begrudge us that after months and months of work?
Link to BookOS: http://bookos.org
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