DRM-free Publishers and Stores

Crowdfunding and Community Platforms

  • Smashwords sells ebooks from independent authors.
  • Connexions is a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc.
  • Foboko — A place for authors and readers to create and download ebooks, all in a fun, social environment.
  • Unglue.it crowdfunds DRM-free books, some under free culture licenses.
  • Wikibooks — Aimed at supplying educational textbooks.
  • Wikisource — A collection of documentation (eBooks).

Book Stores and Archives

  • Beam eBook Shop Contains German books
  • Adelaide University Contains Classic books on Literature, Philosophy, Science, History, Exploration and Travel in ePUB format or for reading online.
  • BeBook Catalog — These are PDF books properly sized for 6″ readers. They also have plain text directly from Gutenberg.
  • The Book Depository provides access to over 11,000 eBooks free of charge. From classics to obscure titles.
  • Book View CafĂ© sells ebooks without DRM or an EULA
  • Bookyards library has eBooks and other items. eBooks are PDF.
  • Calibre DRM-free ebook directory contains thousands of ebooks organized into genres.
  • Classic Reader online library of thousands of free books by authors such as Dickens, Austen, Shakespeare and many others.
  • Closed Circle — Small DRM-free ebook store, direct from the authors themselves. Specializing in fantasy.
  • DigiLibraries — Free eBooks library, with over 20.000 Free eBooks.
  • E-Books Directory — Legally free eBooks, documents, and lectures from all over the internet, available in PDF format and organized by subjects.
  • Ediciones Babylon — Spanish books and ebooks free of DRM.
  • Elegant Solutions Software and Publishing Company — eBooks in a few portable formats.
  • The Fifth Imperium CD-ROM images. Mostly the images are of the free CD-ROMs included with some Baen Books. Baen Books allows the CD-ROMs to be copied and distributed for free. Every CD-ROM contains several complete novels in HTML format, and some have extras, like MP3 readings. All CD-ROMs also contain artwork for the CD-ROM itself.
  • Free-ebooks.net — Free eBooks in various formats.
  • Girlebooks is a resource for classic and contemporary ebooks by female writers.
  • Internet Archive: Text — Free Books from a variety of sources, most available as scanned PDFs and OCRed plain text. More that 2,000,000 books available.
  • Internet Sacred Text Archive — Books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric.
  • Kati eBooks contains original eBooks that are copyrighted but available for free download. They have support for ePUB, and PDF
  • Library of Congress — Historical books, images, and music from America. Books are normally scanned to PDF but the text is often available on-line.
  • Literate Machine — Free downloadable eBooks, comic books, magazines and artwork from independent artists and writers.
  • ManyBooks.net — Free eBooks, in a variety of formats, mostly from Project Gutenberg. They provide excerpts and sometimes a book description. They allow readers to leave book reviews.
  • Marxists Internet Archive — Books and articles by hundreds of writers, Marxist and non-Marxist. Some of the books have an option of PDF download, but the PDF version is the webpage printed to a PDF file and thus not very suitable for most ebook readers.
  • Memoware — A collection of texts usually in different PDA formats.
  • MyFree-eBooks — Thousands of free ebooks in various formats.
  • Munseys has 20,000+ titles in a variety of formats.
  • The Online Literature Library provides full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature.
  • OBOOKO — Hundreds of free ebooks for direct download. Fiction and non-fiction. Authors may publish books on the site free of charge.
  • Open Library — Millions of books indexed, many are downloadable (select the “Only show ebooks” option). It’s an initiative of the Internet Archive.
  • Planet eBook — Free classic literature that has fallen out of copyright. Available in PDF format.
  • Planet PDF Free eBooks Archive — Older eBooks downloadable in PDF format.
  • Project Gutenberg is the original purveyor of DRM-free eBooks. The project aims to encourage the creation and distribution of eBooks that will be readable on any device you choose. When you obtain an eBook, you should not be locked into using one particular eBook reader. Instead, you should have the freedom to read that book on any device. All of the material available through Project Gutenberg is free of charge, including the complete works of William Shakespeare, Peter Pan, and the United States Declaration of Independence.
  • Project Gutenberg Australia — Provides books that are public domain in Australia.
  • Project Gutenberg Canada — Canada has different copyright laws than the US. These eBooks are public domain in Canada. Content is HTML and TXT.
  • Project Runeberg is a volunteer effort to create free electronic editions of classic Nordic (Scandinavian) literature and make them openly available over the Internet.
  • PublicBookshelf — Over 540 free books to read using a built-in, easy-to-read book format, specializing in all types of romance books including classics and contemporary.
  • Renascence Editions specializes in English works written between 1477 and 1799. PDF or HTML, generally, and an excellent source for works in Early Modern English.
  • RetroRead — Library of over one thousand Google ePubs converted without DRM. Users may upload Google ePubs and they will be converted and added to library.
  • Stanford Collection — Documents and some eBooks – check the dime novels and medieval collection.
  • Weightless Books is an independent DRM-free ebooksite devoted to ebooks of all sorts.
  • XinXii is Europe’s leading indie eBook self-publishing and distribution platform with 20,000 DRM-free eBooks (every day, numerous titles are added), 10,000+ independent authors and publishers from all over the world, and is available in 7 languages and 3 currencies.

Publishers

  • Baen Ebooks sells DRM-free ebooks from an assortment of science fiction and fantasy publishers, including Baen Books, Del Rey, and Tor. They also offer a number of no-cost downloads in their “Free Library“.
  • BookCyclone sells new releases, self-published books, and the works of the biggest-name authors. The classics, and other works in the public domain, are also easily available online.
  • Carina Press is a digital-first imprint from Harlequin covering many genres.
  • Flat World Knowledge is the world’s largest publisher of free and open college textbooks.
  • Momentum Books — Australian publisher
  • O’Reilly sells DRM-free computer and technical books in a variety of formats
  • Packt Publishing has DRM-free books for IT professionals.
  • Polzer Media Group is a special interest small book publisher offering ebooks via KAGI and BEAM.
  • The Pragmatic Bookshelf has DRM-free books by and for programmers in a variety of formats.
  • SIGNAL 8 PRESS is a publishing company focusing on East Asia and the Pacific Rim which publishes engaging novels, short story collections, and nonfiction written in English.
  • Springer Science+Business Media is an international publisher of books on science, technology, and medicine.
  • Tor/Forge — Science fiction and fantasy publisher of Macmillan

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