Getting lost in a book is a wonderful way of wiling away the hours, whatever the genre. With digital technology, there are so many ways now to read—from ebooks you can enjoy on your iPad or ebook reader to audiobooks read by famous actors—there is no time like the present to curl up with a good book.
For those of you not in the know, an eBook is an electronic version of a book, which can be read on a computer, tablet, smartphone or e-reader, which is a device specifically designed to read eBooks.
Bedtime stories don’t need to be done face-to-face. Why not read your favourite little people a story over the phone or virtually thanks to the wide selection of childrens’ eBooks available at Oxford Owl. Perfect for ages 3-11.
Expand your online literary collection with Kobo’s huge range of eBooks and audiobooks.
This website boasts over 1 million eBooks, so you're bound to find the perfect page-turner among their vast selection!
If you’re new to the world of eBooks, this article from The Guardian outlines the benefits of reading online and includes some easy-to-follow instructions to help get you started.
Browse a wide range of best-selling eBooks from Hive. As well as a great selection to choose from, this big-hearted online book broker is donating a portion of their sales to local bookstores to help keep them afloat during the pandemic!
Before you get started, have a look at this guide from wikiHow on how to start reading eBooks.
Click www.wikihow.com/Start-Reading-eBooks to access.
If you want access to thousands of free eBooks, across a wide range of genres, from the rising stars of the writing world, then look no further.
Click www.free-ebooks.net to access.
Read Central has over 5000 free books by well-known authors, in a variety of genres, that you can read online. No need to download.
Click www.readcentral.com to access.
Find thousands of free books to read online at BookRiX— by indie authors, as well as tons of classic books.
Click www.bookrix.com/books.html to access.
Free Books Online offer free online novels and other books, with a focus on the more macabre, including vampire romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror and mystery novels.
Click www.thefreebooksonline.net to access.
In the free section of the Google eBookstore, you'll find a ton of free eBooks in a variety of genres.
Click www.play.google.com/store to access.
Project Guttenberg has a collection of more than 45,000 free eBooks, and is a volunteer effort to create and share eBooks online.
Click the link to access: www.gutenberg.org
Amazon Kindle is a paid for service, offering over 100,000 eBooks, which can be read using an Amazon Kindle e-reader or the Kindle app.
Click the link to access: www.amazon.co.uk/kindle-books/s?k=kindle+books
In addition to their paid for eBooks, Amazon also offer a large choice of Kindle eBooks for free. The list of titles is updated regularly.
Click the link to access: www.amazon.co.uk/free-kindle-books/s?k=free+kindle+books
The BBC’s free-to-download eBooks are an exciting new way of combining video, audio, text and images in an interactive experience that can be enjoyed both online and offline.
Click the link to access: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/1qf4yN8zjrPGtbjJf16yt3Z/bbc-ebooks
Audiobooks are recorded versions of printed books that are read aloud. They started life in the 1930s to enable blind people to read and are now used around the world by anyone and everyone.
LibriVox audiobooks are free for anyone to listen to, on their computer or mobile device, with a choice of over 25,000 books in the English language.
With so many choices out there, choosing the right audiobook can seem overwhelming. Thankfully the RadioTimes have come up with a list of their best recommendations, to help you on your way.
If you want a more familiar voice reading your tales to you, check out this list of books read by famous actors. Whether you prefer the soothing voice of US actress Meryl Streep reading you to sleep, or British institution Stephen Fry recounting an exciting tale, there are plenty to choose from!
The bookworms at Penguin have curated their latest audiobook releases onto one handy page for your convenience. Check out the current bestsellers, or unwind with some mindful listening.
Audible, part of Amazon, has the widest selection of high-quality audiobooks, As well as original audio series, for you to listen to. Download to your computer, mobile device, or listen through your Amazon Alexa.
Click the link to access: www.audible.co.uk
The folks over at the Audio for Books website have put together a Great list of free audiobooks for you to listen to on YouTube.
Click the link to access: www.audioforbooks.com/free-youtube-audiobooks
BBC Sounds offer a range of audiobooks for free along with a huge choice of other great entertainment for your listening pleasure.
Click the link to access: www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/category/audiobooks
AudioGO (formerly called BBC Audiobooks) is a leading publisher of audiobooks, including bestsellers, modern classics, and award-winning dramatisations.
Click the link to access: www.learnoutloud.com/Resources/Publishers-and-Retailers/BBC-Audio/229
Loyal Books offer free public domain audiobooks, as well as eBooks, in a range of genres and languages.
Click the link to access: www.loyalbooks.com
Google Bookstore offers paid for audiobooks, but we’ve discovered this list of free titles for you to check out.
Click the link to access: www.play.google.com/store/search?q=free%20audiobooks&c=books
If you are print impaired, that is you cannot read or hold a book, the RNIB’s Talking Books service is exclusively available for you and is absolutely free. Giving you access to over 31,000 fiction and non fiction audiobooks to enjoy.
Click the link to access: www.rnib.org.uk/books
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