How to read books for free on Android and iOS

How to read books for free on Android and iOS

How to read books for free on Android and iOS

January 30, 2021

Likbez Technologies

There are at least five different ways.
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How to read books for free on Android and iOS

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1. Applications of major services (only classic available)

Large book services not only distribute books for money, but also provide free and legal access to the works of the classics. To start reading, just install the desired application on your smartphone and find the book you are interested in in its catalog. After downloading it to your device, you can read without an Internet connection.

Cross-platform applications of such services as Bookmate, LitRes (Read books online) and MyBook are at your service. According to official information, their libraries contain 50,000, 32,000 and 27,000 free texts, respectively.

Bookmate and MyBook allow you to read books only inside their programs. Against this background, LitRes has an advantage. So, you can select a book in the Read Books Online app and export it to any third-party reader. Almost every book on LitRes is available in several formats: FB * 2, ePub, PDF and others.

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2. Google Play Books and Apple Books

The Google and Apple branded stores contain many books, among which many free ones are available. These are mainly classical works, as well as books by independent authors, but sometimes there are also popular novelties. Most of the content on Apple Books is in English. Google Play Books has a lot of literature, comics, textbooks and audiobooks in Russian.

To read, you need to install the official application on your smartphone.

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3. Application “Read for free”

This is another LitRes application, but available only on the Android platform. The program catalog contains more than 50,000 free books, including modern fiction and non-fiction. In “Read for free” you will find both texts by domestic authors and translated books by foreign writers.

Texts are monetized through ad impressions, so be prepared to be distracted from reading by annoying ads. But if you’re a master at concentration, you can give the program a try.

We also note that the range of the application does not include many popular texts that can be bought in offline stores or obtained from paid Bookmate, LitRes and MyBook catalogs.

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4. Free online libraries

In addition to paid services, there are online libraries where you can read books for free and completely legally. As a rule, the choice there is not so great, especially for literary novelties. However, you can always find something interesting. Here are some popular libraries:

  • Samolit is a library with works by independent and emerging writers. Books are available for free, but there is an opportunity to thank the authors you like.
  • TarraNova is an archive of foreign books provided personally by the authors and translators or with their permission.
  • Project Gutenberg is a well-known library of the eponymous project for the preservation of works of world literature that are in the public domain. Books are available in various formats in English and other foreign languages.
  • Bookz.ru is a large library of regular and audio books, where, in addition to classics, there are modern works. Many books can be downloaded for free, but there are also paid ones.

5. “LitRes Library”

The service of the same name from LitRes allows you to legally and free of charge read any e-books from the catalog with a local library subscription. To do this, you need to issue a library card by contacting one of the nearest state libraries. By presenting your passport, you can get a login and password from your LitRes account in order to log in to the website or mobile application and read books at any time.

Some libraries issue a library card online. For example, in the Library of Foreign Literature at this link. If your local library is not connected to LitRes, ask the staff to write to [email protected] or do it yourself by indicating the contacts of the institution.



After registration in the book catalog, in addition to the “Buy” button, another one will appear – “Take it from the library”. Access to the work is issued for two weeks. You cannot extend the rental period, you can only request the book again. This works for both the text option and audiobooks. Copy protection does not allow you to simply download files to your device, you can only view them on the website or in the mobile application. In the latter case, offline reading is also available.

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This article was first published in February 2018…


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