BookOS – Free Ebook Site With A Difference. It Is A Pirate.

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.

Nancy A. Collins Says:

“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)

A Note:

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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26 thoughts on “BookOS – Free Ebook Site With A Difference. It Is A Pirate.

  1. Vicki

    Hmmn… not sure. I can’t imagine Erica Spindler giving away her books to all and sundry. No cover image or book description either. And anyone can submit a book?

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  2. Tony Post author

    You obviously share my suspicions about this site Vicki. The more I think about it the more I start to be convinced that we are once again dealing with stolen books here. I shall find an ebook on the site, see who published it and contact the publishers and ask them, that way we should know for sure what the status of the ebooks here actually is.

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  3. Richard Adin

    Tony, some of the books are public domain but many are not. I think this is just another pirate site. But even if not a pirate site, it isn’t well suited for finding a book. I wouldn’t use this site even if legitimate.

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  4. Tony Post author

    I agree. I have written to a couple of the publishers of recently written ebooks I found on this site to ask them if those ebooks are in fact stolen or have their permission to be offered in this fashion.
    If, as I expect I get confirmation from them that these ebooks have been pirated, I shall rewrite this post, pointing out that it is illegal and carries stolen goods on it.

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  5. Tony Post author

    On your second point Rich, I actually did find it a well set up and organised site, and had no trouble finding several ebooks that in other circumstances I would have happily downloaded… Complete with their covers, good synopsis and other relevant details.

    Much better than the majority of pirate ebook sites I have come across, which tend to be very obviously pirates and only give minimal info about the ebooks they offer.

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  6. Guill

    So… any news from the publishers… that seem to good to be true… there must have a catch somewhere…

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  7. Tony Post author

    No, I have contacted several, but they have not reacted. either it is an honest site, or they simply cant be bothered. I shall try contacting them again and see if I can get any reactions.

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  8. Tony Post author

    Curious. This morning it was working fine – I went there to check as a result of Guill’s comment. But now it isnt online, or at least I can’t open it any more.

    I have found no reference anywhere else on the web of it being in any sort of trouble with the law or publishers either.

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  9. Diego

    Thanks Tony, you made a great favor to millionaire publishers in detriment of the whole world that claims knowledge for free…

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  10. J Roberts

    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?

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  11. Tony Post author

    @ J.Roberts
    Hi, you make some good points,, so i have published your comment above in the body of the post, so that more people will see it. Thanks for leaving that comment, it is highly pertinent I feel.

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  12. J Roberts

    Tony, thank you. From what I can tell is a lot of people just simply haven’t realised BookOs has illegal content on, so thank you for increasing the awareness.

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  13. wordsdontmatter

    of course it is, and it is great especially for students. Most academic books cost over 100$ and are barely read by avg people and simply written for ‘bragging rights’ of various universities. Still, these sites serve a greater purpose than someone losing a $1.50 through spreading knowledge. Imagine if you live in a country that is poor, or restricts knowledge even greater than the states, you can go here and download for two seconds! Often, if a book is even read when downloaded and if it is good, I or others may buy it used from Amazon. It also saves many trees ;)

    Piracy has been around for awhile and ‘Commodification’ of knowledge is worse than piracy, and feeling ‘bad’ or averse to it is simply the luxury of a wealthy nation or person not anything to do with morals. I think you can feel worse about this country droning or maintain such high levels of prison populations; heck, you could go download a book about it!

    still, its funny how you guys had to debate whether it is legit or not..

    trust me, any of us downloading these books would never buy them and most of them were unheard of before we do.

    If i took the time to write a book, i would prefer my thoughts to be spread far and wide not worry about becoming rich with paper printed money… stop writing if that is all you want and do something more personally rewarding for minimum wage or move to another country where your $$ will buy you brazilian reals or another currency and your minimum wage will be worth more!

    i pirated in 1984 before the internet…was fun then too…

    ps the interent is also like the new virtual universal library so no worries about barbarians or umm americans burning and bombing these texts so future gens cannot read them..

    it should be legal and they could sell ads.. silly chumps just like the music and movie industry prefer 90% profits and 10% for the author but this way is better as 90% goes to us …

    go take as many books as you can..this is the best site i found since the very best library nu was shut down. Great to see a come back. If i was Iran, i would open up one of these sites.. haha.. US could not force it down..

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    1. Tony Post author

      You make a couple of very good points here. The argument that goes it is OK to pirate ebooks that the publishers will not sell in your part of the world has force, and is one that I have actually defended quite often here on my blog. If you illegally download ebooks that you want or need, but are unable to buy legally, then you are hurting no one obviously, as those ebooks could never have been sold to you. If publishers want to discourage that particular type of piracy they need to make their ebooks universally available at reasonable prices too. We already have price differences according to which country you live in(for example if you buy ebooks from Amazon, you pay one price if you live in the USA and another price if you are in Australia). So therefore it would be no problem for ebooks to be sold at prices that reflect the financial realities of whichever country you happen to live in.

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  14. wordsdontmatter

    Or if i was an author, i would list my name for donations instead of this site making $$ but u can d/l ten or so free a day and more if u register. I would never donate to them but surely they make some $$ as its tempting since it is one of the bests around now. I would put my homepage in each book and then when people come say ‘please do not pirate , please donate to me’ jajaja prob make $$ ;)

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    1. Tony Post author

      You know, that is not such a bad idea…. I wonder how many authors have done that already? Be interesting to know.

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  15. Diana

    Seriously you idiots. If you’re looking for a free ebook most times its going to be illegal. Unless its bookos.org its the only one i’ve found to be legal thus far. so shut your traps and stop posting and shut up. no one wants to hear your complaints

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  16. Tony Post author

    @ Diana,
    I m afraid you are not correct in your basic statement that “Most times it is going to be illegal”. In fact I rather think that the majority of sites offering us free ebooks are entirely legal. Ebooks are offered to us at no cost for a number of reasons. Sites such as the two Gutenbergs, Archive.org and similar offer all their entirely legal out of copy right ebooks for nothing, and then there are lots of sites that offer ebooks for no cost because the authors want to break into the world of writing, and see offering their first ebooks as a sort of loss leader.
    So it is entirely possible to obtain free ebooks that are free for properly legal reasons on almost all ebook sites (Smashwords, Sony Store, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble to name but a few).

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  17. Nancy A. Collins

    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.

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  18. Tony Post author

    Hi Nancy,
    Many thanks for your comment, I have been trying to find out if they had actually stolen any ebooks, but so far no publishers or authors seemed prepared to come out and state it as bluntly as you have.
    As you will see, I have changed the post to make that very clear (I hope) and drawn attention to your comment as well, as it is highly relevant I feel.

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  19. Nancy A. Collins

    Whenever an online site like this has *zero* information as to their physical location, no matter how hard you look, it is *always* illegal and probably criminal as well. The lack of a company president’s name, etc. is also a dead giveaway. I have since contacted them and had them remove the offending files. I have to assume the files posted on the site contained malware of some sort, as is the only reason someone would be offering ‘free’ anything. It has to be bait for something else. Thank you for making the changes to your review to reflect the reality of the situation at BookOS.

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    1. Tony Post author

      As it is basically a pirate site, and had endless complaints, I believe it has been blocked or totally removed.

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