There are two types of readers-in-bed. The first one is that sort who puts himself or herself to sleep by reading a few pages or chapters of a book, ponders through it, and falls asleep. The next one is that type who picks up a book, starts reading, gets hooked, stands up for coffee or tea, finishes the entire thing, and gets motivated to either write about the book or read another one for the night. Between these two types, I tend to fall on the latter which sometimes hurt, especially after I’ve read all the books in our house a few times that reading them again won’t make any more sense.
Of course, there are two solutions to this predicament. First, buy a new book. It doesn’t have to be that expensive as there are book sales if you know where to find them. However, doing the math, if you’re the second type of reader, your book expenses may have to pile up. Hence, let’s go to a more cost-efficient solution, which is to read one for free.
Good news, there are still physical libraries that can lend you physical books. This option would work for people who have the time to visit one if there’s a nearby library in your area. In my case, where there’s none, I can borrow from friends, or just read one online. The next question, though, is where can I find free books to read online, without any special gadgets.
Well, this time, I made myself a favor by listing four sites that allow bookworms to have a feast.
1. The Project Gutenberg
The site may not be very visually attractive. In fact, it was indeed simple and minimalist gallery. Project Gutenberg showcases classic books that ran out of its copyright, hence are free for everyone’s consumption. There’s no membership, and you can start reading a book in seconds.
PG lists Top 100 books and authors for the past day and week. Thus, you’ll almost never run out of choices.
Don’t fret yet. While their website offers 15 minutes of literature every day, you can read a complete book online. DailyLit creates book installments for the busy ones who need reminders for their daily dose of fiction. Most of the books on this site are free, while there are still excellent books that come with some price. You may need to sign up, but it’s free of charge. It’s a great find.
3. Internet Archive
If you want books of any kind, here’s the place to go. This site is not limited to fiction and in fact, are a full virtual library on its own. You can read online without signing up, though there’s an option to do so. If you missed how scholarly it feels to be in a library, well, here it is.
You can sign up for free with Scribd for a month and have access to a wide range of great reads, old and new. After the free month, they’d charge you a minimal fee of $7.99, with access to three paid books and an audiobook, unlimited access to “all other things free for the month.”
If you don’t want to spend anything but still get free reads, invite your friends to sign up. They’ll get two months free, and you’ll get one month extra for every friend who joins the book club.
With these four choices, there’ll be no more sleeping so prepare your coffee and start reading.