How Do You Find a Free Digital Copy of Your Favorite Classic?


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Find free digital copies of classic books through sites such as Gutenberg.org, FreeClassicBooks.com and OpenCulture.com, as of 2015. The Cheap Reads for Kindle section of Amazon.com also contains numerous free books, both classic and contemporary, for use on Kindle devices. However, not every book in this section is free.

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Gutenberg.org is the online home to Project Gutenberg, which collects and publishes over 49,000 free eBooks for use on numerous devices. All the books available on the site are not subject to copyright claims, as they are either in the public domain or published under free-use licensing. OpenCulture.com maintains a free eBook section that houses many classic books, such as "Aesop's Fables," "Beowulf" and "Gilgamesh." All books on the site are available in several formats, allowing for use on different eReader devices.

The Cheap Reads for Kindle section of Amazon.com allows users with an active account on the site to download various free books for use with a Kindle eReader. Users who download books need to connect their Kindle to their computer to transfer books onto the device. Amazon also offers a Kindle bookstore app for use on certain Kindle models, such as the Kindle Fire. Older Kindle models that don't feature tablet functionality come with a built-in bookstore, which also contains many free classic books.

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