How to Read and Download books for FREE . post 1


Reading for Free.- you can read or download 'The Free' on Google Play Books. ...,Just type in 'The Free by M Gilliland'
Reading for Free.- you can read or download ‘The Free’ on Google Play Books. … Just type in ‘The Free by M Gilliland’

This post is the first of a series:

post 1.How to use Google Play reader to ‘buy free books’ and upload from other places.

post 2. How to find millions of free books and upload to your library.

post 3. How to convert pdf and word files to your own ebooks.


post 1.How to use Google Play reader to ‘buy free books’ and upload from other places.

hello again. Looking at Goodreads I find great books but there’s a catch.. I can’t read them …  like most people I don’t and can’t buy books, (unless it’s really cheap and I really need it).

So I’m checking out how to read all this stuff for free, and straight off I find that the Google Play reader now lets you upload files (epub format is best) to your personal ‘library’ and read them synced on your smartphone, PC, tablet etc as well if you have them.

This is new but already reached 60 countries and counting. (check your country here (many world countries )

So the book I wanted to read was ‘Makers’ by Cory Doctorow  (I’m researching the link between the Makers movement and Commons Transition). First I check out Google Play Books..costs 13 euros!Then I try Project Gutenberg as I’ve heard they stock millions of free books (here: And bingo, they have 14 books by Cory. I download ‘Makers’ in a few seconds, in epub, its only 450kB.

Now on Google Play (supposing you’ve clicked the free app on a PC,  using Chrome>apps>Play Books>my books) I look for the upload button, choose my file and I’m reading it seconds later.

I’m no fan of big brother Google but with the Play Books reader they’ve finally got their act together, it seems. I can click back and forward round the book, keep bookmarks, change size and typeface, even make it white on a black background on the phone, plus a lot more.

Of course I can’t keep many books on a mobile, (I need them uploaded as I don’t have internet always) so I’ll keep them on the laptop once I’ve read it. Will this work? It worked for me the first time. Wait and see if it’s really true that ‘your library automatically syncs across all your devices’.

finding Free Books on Google Play

There’s an easy trick to finding Free Books on Google Play. Use a laptop and Chrome and get the  Books app, its free. Go to the Store. Use Search.. eg. I typed in ‘anarchist’, .. all the books that come up are to buy, but a new button says ‘all prices>’, click the arrow and choose Free to get a huge list of free books. Changing the search term slightly gives new lists, all play free books
You can just read them straight off.

But to download them to your ‘library’ to read without internet you have to ”buy” a free book! You have to give them a credit card or paypal number the first time.. which I HATE to do. I suppose they figure once you’re in you’ll buy not-free books as well.
Google Play books has at least 3 million books already, but in reality many of them are ancient manuscripts copied on their archive prog, (they have 30m by now).
But there are MANY places on the internet
you can find and download what you’re looking for, they just need to be DRM-Free. SEE NEXT POST NEXT WEEK..they’ll also appear on Goodreads here https://www.goodread….M_Gilliland/blog

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