Although companies such as Amazon and Apple have their own platforms for book sales, we do not stop to see how other companies also try to take a piece of the cake in this market. The last example was Skoobe, just three days ago. But as always, the focus is on book sales. Do we still have a chance to get free e-books?
The answer is yes, and I am not talking about piracy. I speak of eBooks given away, with the approval of the author and the publisher, and most of them in Spanish. We have several web portals that prove it to us: take a look and surely one of them will make you update your favorites list.
- Lektu is a store that we have already mentioned in Genbeta: yes, it sells books that are not free, but there are agreements between the publisher itself and the authors to offer DRM-free works for free or at most in exchange for sharing their presence on social networks.
- La Casa del Libro, a Spanish physical store chain, has its own online store where we can find free books.
- 24symbols is also a general store, but with a section of free books with the agreement of their authors.
- The Spanish section of Hundredzeros gives us a mosaic all the free ebooks that Amazon offers, without having to look for them on the official website of the store.
- Literanda is a store that offers, if the authors allow it, some of their free books.
- eBiblio is a project of the Spanish government in La Rioja: with it we can use our public library card to consult and download 1,500 free books.
- Freebooksifter also allows us the same as Hundredzeros, but with a rougher design. Of course: we can also search for free books in other languages.
- Ganso y Pulpo is a portal where we can find free stories, published in old magazines. A very good way to resurrect them.
- The Spanish section of Project Gutemberg will list us books that are restricted and free, authorized by the authors themselves. They mainly focus on works from several centuries ago.
- Librear not only offers us free books, but also proposes to self-publish those that we write. In addition, we can always upload works with Creative Commons licenses and the like.
- BiblioEteca works in the same way as a traditional library: we become members and enter a kind of club where we can read books for free and discuss them with other people. They also have their own publishing company called My Edition.
- Manybooks focuses on offering books in several languages, and its section of works in Spanish has 250 works that may interest us.
- The Hispanic Digital Library also offers us its digitized works for free on the web.
- PlanetaLibro has more than 9,000 free books in the public domain on its servers.
- In Libroteca we will find tens of thousands of free works in Spanish (although there is something in other languages). It is a project that is sustained thanks to donations.
- The Spanish store Bubok has free books, always authorized by the same authors. And it also offers us to publish our own works in the same way.
- Librería LdN has free books and stories in Spanish, although others are also sold at a price that is usually very low.
- Free-eBooks has free books, although with a certain limit. We have to become partners and we will have the right to download only five works each month. But hey, something is something.
- Fendbooks offers free works in Spanish and also public domain books. We will find many immortal classics available here.
- OpenLibra is perfect for science or technical students: it offers a completely free catalog of reference works in Spanish.
- Wikipedia is also a source of free works in Spanish and other languages: Wikisource gives us access to a catalog of texts without a price tag.
- Nor should we underestimate those great platforms that we said: iBooks has its own section of free books.
- And since we are talking about Apple … Google Play also has its share of free works in Spanish.
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