Posts Tagged ‘legalreads’

Whether or Rest in Piece (RIP) (26.01.2013)!

Approximately one year ago, exactly on 14.02.2012, I and probably millions around the world discovered that the great books sharing website,, was shutting down:

Hours ago, every time I tried to visit, I was immediately redirected to But why?

It turned out that is shutting down… was shut down by a court order issued by “The International Publishers Association and the German Publishers and Booksellers Association”. Now, what is more depressing, is that visiting, gets you immediately redirected not to Google Books but to the website of “International Publishers Association”!!!

You can try it yourself: Visit

The loss of was a very major blow to those who wanted to download free books from the internet (if you are against such websites and think that this is illegal and unethical, you can read the discussion that took place here in my blog because I was LIKE you).


For months, I could not find a good alternative to Nonetheless, I later discovered two websites that seemed to be excellent alternatives: and

LegalReads: Successor of

These two websites shared links in the same file hosting website (I can’t remember it). That lead me to ask the following in my Blog on 20.10.2012:

I noticed that CoinRead has the same kind of links as legalreads. Could it be that owners of both websites are the same? Legalreads is not generating any money while coinread can and will!

About a month later, it turned out that I was correct in my speculations:

I guess my speculations [are] in there place [in] that both websites are owned by the same people. The reason? Now, when you visit, you find yourself directed immediately!

This explains why they had the same type of links! Legalreads was totally free! As I said, coinread can generate money while legalreads could not!


To be able to download books freely, CoinRead required a sign-in using a Google account. Some books, however, were reserved for those who bought “e-coins”. Nonetheless, the books which needed to be paid for (as I deduced) were only those which are most recent. Still, this was a good bargain! These guys needed money to operate their websites and it is good enough from them not to ask for e-money in return for all books!

Few days separate us from probably some people celebrating the “shutting down” of It seems that such people will have another thing to celebrate. Just like last year I was shocked with the closure of, minutes ago, I was shocked to read the following message on visiting

26-January-2013 :: THE END OF COINREAD 

Coinread is no more. Unfortunately we have to close our doors and switch off the site since we can not continue to offer direct downloads to users, we tried collecting donations but that wouldn’t cover the large costs of offering over a million books. 

I guess we live in a world where there are many people who want to fill their containers, but no place where they can fill them!

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

In February 2012, the great book sharing website 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

For months, I only knew three good websites. None of them, however, was as good as 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”. 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” 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, 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: is now closed. In my opinion, this leaves the BookFinder as the “Heir of”. 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: 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.

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

#  ********** *****

# 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“. Has a lot of magazine too. For epub books.

# This websites is specialized with languages-related books, audio books, videos, and softwares. 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. 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 The Ad was: “Our New Site Launched.

# In their own words, “ provides more than 2000 free scientific books“.

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


Magazines: ***** This website is specialzed with magazines. There are hundreds of magazines that are always updated. ***** It has books too.

# The website is mainly for books and this is a section for magzines.

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

Medical Books:

German Books and Magazines: This website is specialized with German books. *****

# The best website. It has almost the most famous books, videos, dictionaries, and software. ***** German magazines section of this specialized magazines website.

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

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