As I have remarked before, the number of sites on the web where you can download legal ebooks for free is increasing, and here is another one for your pleasure that goes under the name of Obooko. Obooko is actually one of the rather older sites, but I have only just come across it in the last few days, so for me it is a new site.
It has an amazing number of ebooks in its lists, in all manner of categories, Romance,Thriller, Teen, Kids and so on. even Poetry is there, so you should be able to find an ebook there that you would enjoy reading I would think.
They go to some length to state that all the ebooks they are offering us are legally downloadable, and in no way illegal, and I am inclined to believe them as they also give the website address of their authors when you download an ebook, with the suggestion that you drop the author a line if you enjoyed the ebook – not the actions of an illegal download site I feel.
Further, they ask authors to submit their work to the site so it can be published and distributed via Obooko, and as far as I can see many authors have taken them up on this offer. Other authors have their ebooks here and on other sites as well- for example The Penal Colony which they have is also available at Smashwords and a number of other sites.
Whilst they claim to offer ebooks in Epub and Mobi formats, most of their ebooks are in fact in PDF format, which is a drag as that means you have to convert them yourself into whichever format your particular ereader uses, but they do offer a free converter program to do this with, and of course you can also always use Calibre, a free and extremely elegant and useful program to do this as well.
However, they say they are busy converting their list to both Epub and Mobi, so as time goes by more and more of the ebooks they offer will be available in PDF, Epub or Mobi formats, and at that point they will have arrived at a really useful situation for us as readers.
And last but by no means least, all the ebooks they offer are free of any sort of DRM (Digital Rights Management), which is a software system that prevents us from copying and sharing our ebooks with others, so you can happily treat these ebooks as you would any paper book you bought, keep them, lend them to friends or give them away at will.
So, in conclusion, I would say that this is a site that offers a really great range of free ebooks for us to read, but that it currently is better for those of us who can change ebook formats as PDF is not really an ereader friendly format for ebooks. so we will need to convert any ebooks they offer that as yet they have not converted to Epub or Mobi.
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