There’s no better way to bring your imagination to life than through books. With hundreds of dramas and items on literally every topic in the world, reading books opens up an entire world of possibilities. Whether you love to read or are just looking for something to pass the time, there are a number of places that are offering access to free e-books and audiobooks to help you and your family learn and be entertained.
While you can’t currently head into any Milwaukee area libraries, there are still plenty of ways to expand your mind. Here are a number of places that offer you access to the world while you’re stuck at home:
Your local library. Did you know the Milwaukee Public Library has thousands of e-books and audiobooks available for you to check out? You can borrow them right now, for free using your computer, tablet or smart phone using Overdrive or their Libby App. Download books to read on your computer, phone or Kindle. Books are synced across all your devices and you’ll have access to a nationwide network of book options. They also have graphic novels and book read-along options.
International Children’s Digital Library. There are millions of books for kids of all ages and they come in a number of different languages. They feature award-winning books from around the world in all lengths and for all reading levels.
Audible. The online home to tons of audiobooks has a number of children’s books available for free, no sign-up needed. Just click and listen.
Project Gutenberg. They have more than 60,000 free e-books, most of which are considered classics. Use of the site is free and there’s no registration or app needed. You can download either e-publications or Kindle e-book formatted books to read immediately.
Many Books. This site has more than 50,000 free e-books. There are thousands of old classics, but plenty of newer releases as well. Their list updates regularly as they link to free downloads available from sites like Amazon in addition to their own holdings. Download or read it right there on the website.
LibriVox. This site is a collection of public domain audiobooks read by volunteers from around the world.
Spotify. The popular music streaming app has a number of free audiobooks, as well. Listen to Kurt Vonnegut read “Slaughterhouse Five,” among other things. You need a free Spotify account. Click on “Browser” (in the upper left corner), scroll all the way down to “Word.”
Internet Archive’s Open Library. With more than 1 million free e-books, you’re sure to find something you want to read here. You’ll find the classics, but also novels, children’s books, picture books, university press options and even textbooks.
Feedbooks. Find thousands of public domain books free to download immediately, with no registration or account needed.
Google Books. Find new releases and classics in a number of formats. There are also reviews from other users to help you narrow down which book you might want to read.
Free E-books.net. Get five free downloads a month when you sign up for a free account. There are new releases and modern titles as well as older classics.
BookBoon. This site offers a free 30-day trial. Their library of options focuses on textbooks, educational texts and business books.
OpenCulture: Download up to 1,000 audiobooks in a number of a different formats from their free audiobook archive. They also have free e-books, textbooks, movies, language lessons, business courses and more.
RBDigital: This free app allows you to read magazines from all over the world. Check out local titles as well as big name national publications and international titles.