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Top 10 E-Library You Can Read Good Books On The Internet

This is the era of digital publishing; everything about literature is at the edge of going totally rooted in the internet. Here is a list of ten websites you can get to read books online:

1. Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is a mother of all ebook sites. It started in 1971, when a first ebook ever was created, “Declaration of Independence of the United States of America”.

Many sites that offer free ebooks from public domain use the titles originally uploaded to Project Gutenberg.

Currently, there are about 45,000 public domain books in the catalog. If you’re looking for great classic books, Project Gutenberg is the right destination to go.

2. Internet Archive

Internet Archive, founded in 1996, is a non-profit organization offering free access to digital or digitized content: books, images, videos, or audio files.

The catalog includes well over 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks and other text files.  Use the search box in the top left corner to find the book. By default, the list of results will be limited only to texts. You can sort the results by relevance, rating, download count, and the date of adding the item to the catalog.

To read the book, just click on the arrows in the bottom bar of the image of the opened book. You can enter full screen by clicking on the full-screen link underneath.

3. Open Library

You can find exactly the same online book reader tool on another site: Open Library. The site is actually Internet Archive’s separate project, more focused on collecting library records.

Its goal is to create one web page for every book ever published. On a page of a single book, you’ll find all its documented editions.

The site claims to have 6 million authors and 20 million books. You can search inside 2 million titles.

Once you find the book, you’ll immediately know whether you can read it online. A Read icon is shown next to the title.

4. Google Books

A huge collection of books that Google scanned and turned into viewable files is now available on Google.

The homepage of Google Books is actually a search box. More importantly, Google will prompt you to check out Google Play – their online ebookstore.

To stay in the Google Books project, use the search box on the left side, as shown in the screenshot below.

5. Smashwords probably the biggest and most advanced site with eBooks from independent authors and publishers. There are currently around 300,000 from over 100,000 authors.

Many Smashwords books are being sold in big ebookstores, including Barnes & Noble, or Kobo.

All these bookstores offer an option to send a sample file to a connected device or application, but options to read books online are limited to selected titles or/and short excerpts.

If you find out that a publisher of the book is Smashwords, you can be sure that in the original site you can read a free sample in your browser.

What’s more, Smashwords authors have an option to set up the length of a free preview. Some writers choose to let readers preview the entire book.

On a page with book details, scroll down to see a table with available eBook reading formats. Click on Online Reading to start reading.

6. Blurb

Blurb is one of the most important self-publishing sites, where you can find a lot of quality, very well designed eBooks. To discover new books to read, you can go directly to Blurb bookstore.

Very often, online book previews on Blurb show the entire content, as authors earn money on selling print versions.

As the site is focused on showcasing beautifully designed books, the reading interface was developed with that purpose in mind.

After you find the book, click on its cover if you see Preview Book!ribbon. It takes some time for the book to load, but it’s worth waiting if you’re looking for books that could give you a visual inspiration.

7. Scribd

The service is often described as YouTube for documents. There are millions of docs available here: comics, presentations, brochures – and obviously books.

There is one thing you have to keep in mind, as you may get lost when entering the site. Scribd offers its visitors two kinds of books:

the ones available through a monthly subscription,the free ones.

Scribd is reading on steroids. You’ve got several ways to share what you read. There is an option to embed a book on blog or website.

8. Wattpad

Canada-based Wattpad is one of the most popular e-reading communities in the world. According to official information, Wattpad­ readers spend over 2 billion minutes on the site every month.

Every minute, more than 10,000 readers are connected with a new story.

The site supports over 20 languages. When you select your mother tongue, you’ll see books in your language and book recommendations from users who selected the same language.

To find new stories, click on Discover in a navigation bar, and you’ll see a handy panel where you can browse by category, type a keyword or find what other users are reading.

9. Bookish

If you care about the user interface and a pleasure of reading, you should definitely try Bookish. The service has the most beautiful book reading interface I’ve ever seen.

You have to sign in, but the process takes only a moment.

Service is designed to be a user’s cloud bookshelf. There are not many books available for immediate reading. Public domain titles can be browsed from a dashboard. You can also add your own DRM-free ePub files.

10. 24Symbols

Another interesting book startup to watch. You can connect with your Facebook account. A dashboard is very well-organized. You can browse catalog alphabetically, by author or category, and by, yes – language.

The right panel shows details of a book. You can start reading by either clicking on a red-colored Read but­ton or selecting one of the chapters from a table of content.