Call us nerds, but we think the absolute best way to spend an afternoon is reading. And what makes it even more enjoyable? Sites that provide this reading material for free.
So, we put together a list of our five different options for reading great books without needing to pay for anything. And in no particular order, here they are:
Wattpad might be one of the biggest online reading sites out there. The reason for its popularity is that every activity you do on this site is free of charge. All you need to do is create an account to access everything that Wattpad has to offer. These big features allow you to be able to read any of the books on offer, or even publish your own. Some books include The Hunger Games, Paulo Coelho’s short stories, and all of Margaret Atwood’s works.
It’s a great place for budding writers to be recognized as well. A little-known fact about Wattpad: there have been many books on this platform that have been turned into actual printed books and even movies. For example, Captive by Gabrielle Estres has been printed as a book–and the same with The Kissing Booth by Beth Reekles; in fact, it’s even been turned into a movie.
Smashwords is a website that has both paid and free books. (You can access the free books by creating an account.) The site offers a wide variety of genres that you can choose from, with over 70,000 titles you can access for free.
This website even allows you to manage your own personal library, where you can add books that you are currently reading or ones that you want to read in the future to keep them organized. Like Wattpad, Smashwords also gives you the ability to publish your own books. Even cooler, you can put a price on the books that you publish and earn money from it.
You can check out the website and make an account here.
3. Open Library
Open Library is like it says in its name: a library that is online. This means you are allowed to borrow books from the website for a certain amount of time. The site offers has more than 1 million books of all different genres. If you ever have a specific author or book in mind, this is the site to go to. You can even find textbooks to gather research from, like the kinds of books you use to gather information for an essay you may want/need to write.
In general, Open Library is everything you would want from a reading site: free books of all kinds that anyone can enjoy. What makes it special is the interesting experience of how an “online library” might work.
Start reading now on their official website.
4. Comic Extra
Unlike the other sites that focus mostly on books, Comic Extra is a site where you can read graphic novels for free. It has tons of different comics– some you may have already heard of, like Daredevil or Injustice.
One of the perks of this site is that it doesn’t require you to create an account to be able to access content. It also gives you daily updates on the newly published episodes of the comics you are reading. It is a great website if you enjoy reading Marvel or DC Comics.
If you are interested, take a look at the website here.
5. Google Books
Google Books offers you a whole selection of free and paid books to read in Google Play. It is a great place to find well-written, good quality books by different authors. From romance to thrillers to historical literature, there are all sorts of genres on this app. And even for the books that are not free, you can get a sample of the first few chapters of the book. If you like it enough, you can choose to buy it.
Another plus of Google Books is that you can download Google Play on your phone and read books from there instead.
*These are just some of the sites that we’ve personally found useful for free reading. If you have other websites or apps to recommend, please leave a comment down below!