Want to live longer? Read books, and here are the free ebooks for you

Want to live longer? Read books, and here are the free ebooks for you

A study published by Elsevier, in the journal Social Science & Medicine, looked at the reading patterns of more than 3000 people and found that on average, book readers live for about two years longer than non-readers. This is a good reason for people to start reading more. 

According to Wikipedia, e-books gain US libraries’ support in 1998. In 2000’s, especially between 2005-2008, libraries experienced 60% growth in e-book collections. In July 2010, Amazon.com reported sales of e-books for its proprietary Kindle outnumbered sales of hardcover books for the first time ever. At the beginning people use computer and physical e-readers to read e-books, and now apps such as Amazon Kindle, iBooks and Kobo eReader. There are plenty of free e-books out there, you just need to know where to look.

Amazon

If you own a Kindle (or download the Kindle app), the Amazon store itself has a collection of free ebooks. All you need to do is: go to Amazon, click on the ‘Kindle ebooks’, type in the search keywords of your choice and search. Then at the right side of the screen, sort the books ‘Price: Low to High’, you will see many books with price $0.00. Browse them through and pick the one you like.

Kobo

Kobo is another major player in e-books market. To find free e-books, go to Kobo app review page, click on the main page it will take you to the Kobo store. Similarly, type in the keywords you want to search and sort the ebooks by ‘Price Low to High’. 

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 53,000 free ebooks and it is growing. Selections include free epub books and kindle books, you can download them or read them online.

Free Ebooks

This site has a large range of free ebooks. Go to the site via the app review page, then click on the ‘Free’ button on the top menu, you will be taken to the free section.

Smashwords

Smashwords is another site which offers free ebooks. It has made it easier for you to find free e-books by having a ‘free’ button at the front page. There are many small independent publishers on Smashwords. The ebooks on Smashwords can be read online, or can be downloaded to reading devices or apps such as the iPhone or Amazon Kindle.

LibriVox

If you prefer to listen than read, LibriVox would be of interests. LibriVox has a huge number of free audiobooks available. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and then LibriVox releases the audio files back onto the net for free. 

If you are interested, you can become a volunteer too – it does not require any experience with recording or audio engineering or acting or public speaking. All you need is a computer, a microphone, some free recording software, and your own voice. 

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  • Thanks Srihari, great that you found it informative. Couldn't agree more that we don't do reading as much as before. We are all driven by too much pressure, and always not enough time. Maybe give ourselves a less ambitious target, start with an ebook a week :-).

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  • Nice article Sophia. Very informative. It is true that with the advent of audio & visual techniques the reading skills are loosing the focus. It was my endeavor in college days to hit the light speed with "speed reading" skills through "skimming and scanning" and "meta-guiding" methods. In practical I have seen the speed reading added a lot in keeping my "response-to-stimuli" at amazing levels. Again will resume my practice with the inventory provided. Thank you!

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  • Thank you William for your note.

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  • Great article Sophia, thank you for the research. Very useful.

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