Virtual books are portable, green, space-saving–and notoriously overpriced. Manybooks solves this problem: by focusing on providing Public Domain literature, they can offer a huge selection of novels, plays, short stories, and poetry free of charge.
Public Domain means that the copyright of the work (books, images, or music) has expired, which makes it legal to give it away for free. Most books published before 1923 are in the Public Domain and can be found on Manybooks in a variety of file formats, from PDF to Kindle to Nook.
While the age of the books may seem like the kiss of death to fans of more recent literature, ‘old’ is not synonymous with ‘boring’. The Sherlock Holmes stories (several volumes available on Manybooks) are some of the most enduring mysteries in the literary world. Jane Austen’s novels seem to never go out of style, and Edgar Allan Poe and HP Lovecraft will please any fan of the macabre. Thousands of lesser-known novels are equally enthralling, like the works of George Manville Fenn, Max Brand, and Sax Rohmer.
If you’re still not sold on the older stories, there’s also a section for Creative-Commons-licensed tales. These are much more recent and were put out for free by the authors themselves.
Manybooks lives up to its name, with stories to suit any taste and any eReader, and all for the best price: free.