FREE Resources to Help Teachers Be Readers

By Lois Huffman, Ph.D.

As educators, we must be the readers we want our students to become. Over the past few years I have presented to the NC Reading Association, local councils, and other professional groups about walking our talk as literacy / English language arts teachers. During those presentations I have shared a variety of sources for FREE ebooks (e.g., gutenberg.org, teleread.org/free-ebooks) and FREE audiobooks (e.g. librivox.org, etc.usf.edu/lit2go). Below are some additional sites that I recently learned about:

eBooks
DigiLibraries
digilibraries.com/
Has over 20,000 free ebooks and allows users to search by letters, categories, most popular books, and newest books.

eReaderiQ
ereaderiq.com/free/
Lists more than 5000 free books (fiction and nonfiction) for Kindle. Book listings can be sorted by date, stars, number of reviews, stars and reviews, thumbs up, author, title, or file size.

Hundred Zeros
hundredzeros.com/
Offers a catalog of bestsellers that are free on Amazon. Site is frequently updated.

Many Books
manybooks.net/
Has a collection of more than 29,000 free books for Kindle, Nook, iPad, and other eReaders. Site can be searched by authors, titles, genres, and languages.

One Hundred Free Books (OHFB)
onehundredfreebooks.com/
Provides access to bestselling and independent Kindle ebooks for free. Selections change daily. Also has a blog with hand-picked updates.

Audiobooks
Books Should Be Free
booksshouldbefree.com/
Includes thousands of free public domain books that can be downloaded in mp3, iPod, and iTunes format. Site has audio previews and is searchable by author, title, or keyword / genre.

What sources for FREE ebooks and/or audiobooks do you use (besides the public library)? Please let me know at loishuffman (at) gmail (dot) com. We would love to tell readers about more free resources in a future post on Reading Corps.

* Please also refer to the ideas and information on Teachers as Readers (NCRA Conference sessions and local council groups)

“[E]ffective readers need to review and select digital resources that enrich and expand their literacy lives.” – Andrea Smith (Choice Literacy)
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