It is possible to buy a full copy of the Quran at most bookstores, including online stores such as Amazon.com. There are also free electronic copies available for download, such as the version provided by Centre for Peace and Spirituality International.
Some organizations, such as CPS International, offer free printed versions of the Quran. The Council on American-Islamic Relations also provides free copies of the Quran, although they do charge for shipping and handling costs.
Like most religious texts, there are many different translations of the Quran that may vary in quality. Many people prefer "The Holy Quran" by the King Fahd Holy Quran Printing Complex. "The Noble Quran" as translated by Dr. Muhammad Al-Hilali and Dr. Muhsin Khan is another popular English version. "The Holy Quran" has footnotes to help with interpretation, while The Noble Quran has extensive in-text notes. As of 2015, "The Holy Quran" is available for free from the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, D.C.
Although the Quran works as a stand-alone book, people who are new to Islam may want to buy a companion book to help put it into context. These are usually not offered for free, but it is possibel to purchase them through most major booksellers. "Major Themes of the Qur'an," by Fazlur Rahman, is a good starter text that is widely available. However, there are many other options available through general retailers and various Muslim organizations.