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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. : Assassination Details Revealed (15.02.2012)


Who or what was responsilbe for causing to shut down? Was it a technical error? Was it a financial problem? Or was it “The International Publishers Association and the German Publishers and Booksellers Association”?

The International Publishers Association and The German Publishers and Booksellers Association

imageToday, the above two association issued the following “victorious” joint press release not only to reveal the reason behind the shutting down of, but also, to officially confirm “the death” of When reading the press release, you can sense how happy and elated are these people about their “important sucess in the combat against internet piracy”.

I copied thier press release from a pdf file posted in their website. Is this considered as a form of piracy? Would this “illegal copying” cause the shutting down of my blog as well?


Joint Press Release of the International Publishers Association and the German Publishers and Booksellers Association

Publishers Strike Major Blow against Internet Piracy

Geneva, 15 February 2012

Yesterday, an international alliance of publishers and publishers’ associations achieved an important success in the combat against internet piracy. Despite significant technical and legal obstacles, the alliance was able to locate the alleged operators of both the sharehoster service and the link library, and successfully served judicial cease-and-desist orders on both.

The two entities created and operated an “internet library” which made available illegally more than 400,000 high quality e-books for immediate, free and anonymous download. The operators generated an estimated turnover of EUR 8 million (USD 10,602,400) from advertising revenues, donations and sales of premium-level accounts, thereby ranking the sites among the top piracy websites in the world.

“Today, the international book industry has shown that it continues to stand up against organised copyright crime.” says Jens Bammel, Secretary General of the International Publishers Association. “We will not tolerate freeloaders who make unjustified profits by depriving authors and publishers of their due reward. This is an important step towards a more transparent, honest and fair trade of digital content on the Internet.”

“This case demonstrates, in particular in the context of current debates, that systematic copyright infringement has developed into a highly criminal and lucrative business. The fight against piracy is not an impediment on one’s freedom of expression, but a necessity to reinstate the rule of law on the internet. It is not only in the interest of the thousands of people who dedicate their working lives to the development of our cultural heritage, but first of all in the interest of the authors who depend on fair compensation for their work. Whoever ignores how these issues are intertwined, seriously threatens the cultural diversity in our country.“ says Alexander Skipis, CEO of Börsenverein (German Publishers and Booksellers Association).

The close ties between a sharehoster service and a link library meant that the targeted entities were particularly harmful as all illegally uploaded copyright works were made immediately accessible to all internet users. The international publishers were able to assert extensive claims against the service providers who had partially concealed their identities. They were able to obtain a total of 17 interim injunctions from the Landgericht (regional court) of Munich I, and successfully served these in Ireland. In doing this, the participating publishers demonstrate their continued determination to not simply ignore copyright piracy, but to fight the large illegal platforms with all available legal measures.

The international alliance of publishers is coordinated by the German Publishers and Booksellers Association (Börsenverein), the International Publishers Association and German law firm Lausen. The participating publishing houses are Cambridge University Press, Georg Thieme, Harper Collins, Hogrefe, Macmillan Publishers Ltd., Cengage Learning, Elsevier, John Wiley & Sons, The McGraw-Hill Companies, Pearson Education Ltd., Pearson Education Inc., Oxford University Press, Springer, Taylor & Francis, C.H. Beck as well as Walter De Gruyter. The legal proceedings are also supported by the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Dutch Publishers Association (NUV), the Italian Publishers Association (AIE) and the International Association of Scientific Technical and Medical Publishers (STM).

About the case:

For more information on the legal action, please refer to the background document available here:

About IPA:

The International Publishers Association (IPA) is the global non-governmental organisation representing all aspects of book and journal publishing worldwide. Established in 1896, IPA’s mission is to promote and protect publishing and to raise awareness for publishing as a force for cultural and political advancement worldwide. IPA is an industry association with a human rights mandate. IPA currently has 65 member associations in 53 countries.


*** Note: I arrived at this piece of new because of a comment made in my blog by “

gilou”. Thank you sir!