Best Places To Get Ebooks

by Ebook Doctor on October 5, 2010


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As an ebook reader user, you must shop around when it comes to buying ebooks. There are now many stores selling downloadable books but prices vary, so its definitely good to have a good list of E sources around.

Firstly we’ll look at the free ebook sources out there, where you can find a treasure trove of out of print books to download free.

Getting free ebooks

The best place for free books is Project Gutenberg – From classics such as the Art Of War, Alice In Wonderland, or Pride And Prejudice – You will be able to find hundreds of thousands of ebooks downloadable in all formats (epub/kindle/pdf/txt).

There are a few other sites out there which also provide free books but these are usually taken from Project Gutenberg! If you use popular bit torrent websites, you can also find a wide range of popular books there. (Quality varies, and if you enjoy the book please buy so support the author)

Best places to buy ebooks in the UK

Kobo Books – Kobo Books have a larger store (2 million titles) with some great prices. You can download their e-reader software on your PC, Mac, Ipad, iphone or download the ebooks in epub/pdf format. (compatible with most ebook readers)

Diesel Ebooks – Diesel Ebooks usually have the best prices on ebooks in the UK and have a surprisingly large catalogue of ebooks you can purchase in all the major formats. Buying is easy and you get rewards when you purchase books which you can redeem for money off your next order. (Compatible with most ebook readers)

Amazon Kindle Store – If you own a Kindle, or an Ipad this is the best ebook book store to use. Amazon have really competitive prices on ebooks, its just a shame that you can’t download these ebooks in popular formats for other ebook readers.

Waterstones – Waterstones have an ebook section on their website (click ebooks), but their catalogue is nowhere near as big as Kobo or Diesel, nor is their purchase process as user friendly.

Best places to buy ebooks in the USA / Worldwide

Ebooks.com – This is the reference when it comes to ebook stores. With a large catalogue and competitive prices.

Kobo Books – Kobo Books have a larger store (2 million titles) with some good prices too. You can download their e-reader software on your PC, Mac, Ipad, iphone or download the ebooks in epub/pdf format. (compatible with most ebook readers)

Diesel Ebooks – Diesel Ebooks usually have the best prices on ebooks in the US and have a surprisingly large catalogue of ebooks you can purchase in all the major formats. Buying is easy and you get rewards when you purchase books which you can redeem for money off your next order. (Compatible with most ebook readers)

Amazon Kindle Store – If you own a Kindle, or an Ipad this is the best ebook book store to use. Amazon have really competitive prices on ebooks, its just a shame that you can’t download these ebooks in popular formats for other ebook readers.

Best places to buy ebooks if you have an Ipad / Iphone?

The Apple Ipad and Iphone have access to the Ibook store by default, but as an Ipad user I can never find the best deals on ebooks there. These are usually 10-25% more expensive than on Amazon.

But, there are some great alternatives:

Kobo Books- Sign up to Kobo and download their Ipad/Iphone app to buy books direct from the Kobo Book store for some great discounts.

Amazon Kindle Store – Amazon have a really nice Ipad/Iphone app which I use daily where you can buy ebooks in one click, and sync all your kindle ebook purchases. This way you get to use your Ipad as an ebook reader, and get some really good discounts on ebooks. To use, just create an account and use this when downloading your ipad/iphone app.

Best places to buy audiobooks?

Its quite difficult to find downloadable audiobooks, as many are available as cd’s which makes it a pain to use on MP3 players or ipods/iphones.
We recommend getting a subscription to Audible which lets you download audiobooks from as little as £4/$6.

Click here for the UK free trial offer.
Click here for the US free trial offer.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ionutz 10.05.10 at 2:03 pm

I have found a lot of free audio-books on http://librivox.org/. The quality of the recording was not always great, but most of the time it was.

2 Norbert 10.05.10 at 4:21 pm

In Project Gutenberg they now also have made available human read and computer read audiobooks for free.

3 Mark 11.09.10 at 9:55 pm

Would you recommend buying a Kindle if you intend to buy from KoboBooks in the UK?

4 Ebook Doctor 11.10.10 at 11:47 am

@ Mark
The Kindle only accepts amazon kindle ebooks, and non DRM pdf ebooks, therefore you won’t be able to read books bought on KoboBooks.

Having used both, I’d say that if you haven’t bought any ebooks yet, you will probably find all the ebooks you need in amazon kindle format, at similar if not lower prices than KoboBooks and some of the other ebook shops.

5 Tom 11.25.10 at 10:08 am

The question I have relates to Ebooks in libraries. As a university student I have access to a great library and many of the books are available as Ebooks, I can go online and read these on my computer but can I use an Ebook reader in the same way – go online, log on to my library account and then search and find an Ebook and read it?

Any advice much appreciated.
Thanks
Tom

6 meg 12.11.10 at 1:50 am

I am in Australia and wish to buy an ebook reader but am confused as to which ? I need to access purchases and support. I am also surprised that amazon ebook reader is not a touch screen Help Meg

7 Gaynor 12.12.10 at 5:42 pm

You need to check format used. I was just about to buy a KIndle and discovered it is not compatible with E-books at my local library.

8 Jo 08.08.11 at 2:36 pm

I can’t find anywhere in the UK selling the kobo touch reader to go and see it before purchasing, does anyone know of a shop that carries them?

9 barrie 12.09.11 at 9:56 pm

On which of the new readers available can I use my large store of purchased epub books

10 Kim 02.09.12 at 11:55 pm

Dear Ebook Doctor,
I am an avid reader and with much sadness i am finding that my lifestlye no longer supports space for my books and the ease of buying and reading books. I am looking to buy an ebook reader and i would like one where i am able to buy from different sites, has a large space and has ease and speed in downloading. Do you recommend the Ipad?

Help from book lover who doesnt want to go digital but has to

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