Free books, no-cost PDF conversions and other tips for Kindle owners (including those with iPhones)

image TeleRead has a free e-books area—thanks, Robert Nagle!—and some of the sites listed there might be useful to owners of the Kindle. It can read nonDRMed Mobipocket, an oft-encountered format.

So what about about lists specifically compiled with the Kindle in mind? Check out Free Kindle Books within iReader Review, as well as the Book Monk search tool, which aids quests for both the free and paid varieties, including print books. Shown to the left is Assassin’s Apprentice, by Robin Hobb, #7 in the K store and currently free. iReview has just published some free-books updates here and here.

Public domain books

Within the public domain area, in my opinion, Kindle owners might consider:

image –The Google Books site with 500,000 public domain titles in ePub, which you currently must download via Sony Reader software running on your PC. Then you can use Calibre software or Stanza Desktop to convert the ePub files for the Kindle. I wouldn’t cry for Sony, by the way. It’s luring Amazon customers to a store pushing the S-brand products. Within the Sony store, scroll down for the image to the right, then click on it to get to the Google collection. By the way, Calibre and Stanza will let you send the same ePub books to your iPhone or iPod Touch., hosting 23,340 books picked up from Project Gutenberg. iReview recs it as a great site for Kindle books, via the K-readable Mobi format. Use the mobile version of Manybooks at, with the Kindle’s browser in mind., which has some of the best-looking Kindle readable books. Check out Feedbooks’ Kindle download guide to simplify things.

MobileRead’s Mobipocket/Kindle collection (thanks, Paul).

Free PDF conversions and other top Kindle tips

In addition, iReview has a list of the top 25 Kindle hacks. The most intriguing might be Tip #4, for conversion and free viewing of PDF files on your Kindle. Also see Kindle PDF conversion.

Related: TeleRead’s earlier item, helps you search Amazon and find 7,300+ public domain titles and even 31 commercial e-freebies.

About David Rothman (6820 Articles)
David Rothman is the founder and publisher of the TeleRead e-book site and cofounder of He is also author of The Solomon Scandals novel and six tech-related books on topics ranging from the Internet to laptops. Passionate on digital divide issues, he is now pushing for the creation of a national digital library endowment.

5 Comments on Free books, no-cost PDF conversions and other tips for Kindle owners (including those with iPhones)

  1. Don’t forget the splendid Mobileread collection of (currently) over 3100 hand-crafted Mobipocket ebooks.

    Nearly all are out-of-copyright in Canada, although there are one or two creative commons titles.

  2. David, practically all of the sources you list are just as useful to owners of any and all ebook readers (or PCs and PDAs), not just the Kindle. You’re just perpetuating the mindset that Kindle is the only game in town (which Amazon would love).

  3. I appreciate your point, Joseph, but many Kindle owners are novices to e-books and want reassurances that books will be readable on K-machines. A great argument for ePub, so they don’t have this uncertainty! Furthermore, how many average Kindle owners know about Calibre and all that? Thanks. David

  4. I put a list together of some of the free public domain books I have downloaded to my iPhone. I have a little over 150 now and they are all great. A few I got through Kindle, but most through Stanza and the Project Gutenburg catalog.

  5. @Jeff – thanks for the link. I’ll check those out.

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