There are many sources of free eBooks and audiobooks. Most are public domain (no longer subject to copyright) but there are some places to find free original content.
- Project Gutenberg - largest site for public domain eBooks and audiobooks
- Archive.org -
- Librivox.org - public domain audiobooks
- Feedbooks.com - Public Domain
- Feedbooks.com - Original books
- Loyal Books - free public domain audiobooks and eBooks
Calibre is an open-source (free) ebook management tool, available for Windows, Mac, and Linux. You can sync eBooks to your ereading device and convert eBooks that are not protected by D.R.M. You can even download information from the web and convert it into eBooks.
Calibre does not work with eBooks available through WPPL's eBook services, like OverDrive, but it is a great tool for managing other eBook libraries.
Musopen provides recordings, sheet music, and textbooks to the public for free, without copyright restrictions.
Internet Archive provides public domain and Creative Commons-licensed music.
Netlabels Free "virtual record labels from Archive.org
Jamendo.com provides Creative Commons-licensed music
ccMixter - Another great source for Creative Commons-licensed music.
Free Music Archive Legal audio download site managed by freeform radio station WFMU
CC Search - Search for Creative Commons-licensed media including images, music and movies
FreeRangeStock provides free stock images -- free membership required.
Morguefile.com - includes free, Creative-Commons-licensed photos and paid photos.
Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection -- Free map images
Realia Project - images from around the world, designed for use in language instruction. Non-commerical use only.
Search Flickr.com for Creative Commons-licensed images.
These sources contain--or link to sources of--a range of media.
Hathi Trust - A digital library dedicated to the preservation of the culture record developed in partnership with research institutions.
Internet Archive - A digital library of text, music, video and more.
Guide to Finding Interesting Public Domain Works Online from Public Domain Review. Includes many more sources for public domain and Creative Commons media. Also includes a good description of Creative Commons and public domain works.
Wikimedia Commons A database of images, video and sound.
ComicBookPlus offers more than 17,000 public domain comic books, and large collections of comic strips and pulp novels.
The site also includes digitized pamphlets and brochures
You can read everything online without creating an account, but you must have one in order to download. Everything on the site is in the public domain, and therefore free to download.