Free online books are available for download and viewing on various websites including The Online Book Page, FreeBestRead.com, BookRix and ChildrensBooksOnline.org. Although many sites advertise entirely free access to both view and download the books offered, some sites do require the purchase of a subscription.
To read a book online two things are required: an Internet connection and a web browser. Special devices, such as tablets or e-readers, are not required for reading a book online, states EBookFriendly.com. Typically, books that can be read online in their entirety are either independently published books or works that fall under public domain, meaning that their intellectual rights have expired, making it possible to share freely.