Public domain ebooks are titles that have fallen out of copyright, allowing for the distribution of books that are yours to own at no cost. It should be noted that the ebooks found on the sites below will not be those written by current authors like James Patterson and Janet Evanovich. Visit Overdrive or Axis 360 to find contemporary books.
The following websites are not maintained by the Newport Beach Public Library. If you have questions or concerns about the content from one of the websites below, you may need to consult their support services.
Digital Public Library of America - The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others.
Feedbooks - Feedbooks is an ebook retailer, designed with mobile reading in mind. The Public Domain portion of the website contains thousands of free ebooks separated by genre.
Google Books - Google not only has a paid bookstore that is a part of the Google Play ecosystem, but it also offers millions of free books. The company has partnered with academic libraries all over the world to digitize their entire archives. This ensures that books from all over Europe are available for the entire world to download
LibriVox - LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then we release the audio files back onto the net for free. All our audio is in the public domain, so you may use it for whatever purpose you wish.
Open Library Project (Internet Archive) - Browse and read over 5 million books and items from over 1,500-curated collections. You will find a wide range of literature, historical texts and research materials; and wonderful thematic collections like Children’s Classics, Cookbooks and Genealogy.
Project Gutenberg - Offers over 42,000 free ebooks. Choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online. All ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. Digitized and diligently proofread with the help of thousands of volunteers.
The Smithsonian Digital Library - The Smithsonian Libraries collections cover subjects ranging from Art to Zoology and everything in between - a diversity that reflects the research that goes on "behind the scenes" here at the Smithsonian in our Museums, Zoological Park and Research Centers.