Archive for October 4th, 2012

Eight months after the closure of Library.nu: Are there any good alternatives for downloading free e-books?

In February 2012, the great book sharing website library.nu was closed after a court order issued by “The International Publishers Association and the German Publishers and Booksellers Association“. The question that immediately arised: Are there alternatives to library.nu?

For months, I only knew three good websites. None of them, however, was as good as library.nu. The one I liked the most was a website called the “BookFinder“. Today, I found a new website that seems to be a good candidate to be called the “Successor of Library.nu”. This website impressed me by the number of books it contains. In addition, and more importantly, it impressed me by the fact that you do not have to wait before downloading any book; all downloads start automatically without even the need for typing a CAPTCHA.  Finally, it allows you to simultaneously download multiple  books . This great website is called LegalReads.

Concerning the other “not bad” library.nu-like websites, I personally recommend the Book Finder website. Through my experience during the past months, it was the best one of all others.

Compared with LegalReads.com, there are certain problems with the BookFinder. Firstly, there is a download limitation in which you cannot download more than a specific number of books at a time (LegalReads allows multiple simultaneous downloads). Secondly, downloads takes longer time to start (LegalReads downloads virtually start in less than 10 seconds). Finally, and most troubling, sometimes, BookFinder used to give me a message that the book I wanted to download is “not available for downloading at the time being” and to “come back later“. Apart from these three minor disadvantages, my first impression is that both the BookFinder website and the LegalReads website contain the same number of e-books. Only further experimentation will reveal the difference.

There are other two alternatives. However, they are very unreliable. Nonetheless, maybe you can use them as a last resort if  you could not find the book you wanted in the above two websites:

1)  Library Genesis Project

2) Free Book Spot

Update 20/01/2013:

www.legalreads.com is now closed. In my opinion, this leaves the BookFinder as the “Heir of Library.nu”. After using it for more than 1.5 years, here is my review of it.

Below is a compilation of different books websites. I compiled them from different sources in addition to comments posted in my Blog. I feel indebted to thank “boral” who contributed a nice list of 10 popular websites. Please, like boral did, if you know about other “good” websites not mentioned in my list, then drop a comment!

Note: The websites followed by five red  starts (*****) are the best in my opinion.

Books websites:

www.en.bookfi.org: Absolutely the best. On top of the main page today (28.02.2014), the owners wrote that the website contains more than “2,221,712” books.

# www.ebdb.net: The main page today (28.02.2014) says that the website has “2 284 324 books”. *****

www.library-genesis.com *****

www.freebookspot.es  *****

# www.theaudiobookbay.com  *****

www.ebooklink.net/g/home*****

www.ebookee.org *****

www.dc-poisk.no-ip.org/

www.gen.lib.rus.ec

www.bookos.org

www.booksc.org

www.free-ebooks.net

www.archive.org

www.ebook-download-now.com

www.avaxsearch.com

# www.magazinesdownload.org/category/ebooks: As the website’s URL clearly indicates, this website is dedicated mainly to magazines. After exploring this website, I found an E-Book section. What is interesting that this section contains the NYT and USA Today best seller books each compressed in a rar file. For example, here is a link to a page in the website containing links to “NewYork Times Best Sellers 19 January 2014 Non-Fiction“.

www.ebook3000.com: Has a lot of magazine too.

www.epubbud.com: For epub books.

# ww.uz-translations.net: This websites is specialized with languages-related books, audio books, videos, and softwares.

www.plentyofebooks.net: This is an interesting website. I haven’t tested it yet but the design is excellent. This is a link to a page in the website linking to a torrent file containing 13.9 GB of books. They wrote, “We are taking the example of All-in-One torrent.

www.novels.ws: This website is dedicated for novels. However, it is still new. I discovered this website on 28.2.2014 through an Ad on the top of the main page of www.plentyofbooks.net. The Ad was: “Our New Site Novels.ws Launched.

# www.freescience.info: In their own words, “FreeScience.info provides more than 2000 free scientific books“.

# www.www.textbooknova.com: The website’s main page says, “Stop paying for college and high school level text books, get them here for free”. *****

www.avaxhome.cc/ebooks

# www.btdigg.org

www.monoskop.org/log/

Magazines:

www.magazinesdownload.org *****

www.worldmags.net: This website is specialzed with magazines. There are hundreds of magazines that are always updated. *****

www.ebook3000.com: It has books too.

# www.avaxhome.cc/magazines: The website is mainly for books and this is a section for magzines.

#  MyAnonaMouse.net: Audiobooks and books. You must be a user to surf the site.

Medical Books:

www.medicalbooksfree.com

www.downloadmedicalebook.blogspot.com

www.freebooks4doctors.com

www.freemedicaljournals.com

German Books and Magazines:

www.ebook-hell.to: This website is specialized with German books. *****

# www.almanii.blogspot.com: The best website. It has almost the most famous books, videos, dictionaries, and software. *****

www.magazinesdownload.org/category/german: German magazines section of this specialized magazines website.

# www.eng.bookfi.org: This famous website is not dedicated to German books nor does  it mention that it has German books. However, I could find many German books in it.

Arabic books:

www.aljlees.com: Al-Jlees library (Maktabat Aljalees). The biggest arabic books website that I know of. *****

# www.4shared.com: This famous file sharing website apparently does not delted Arabic books that are uploaded to it. I always find Arabic books there.