7 Best Places to Get Free Nook Books

Fill your Nook with all types of genres

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Barnes and Noble's Nook e-reader is a high-quality, low-cost device that lets users enjoy eBooks at home or on the go. While you can find low-cost eBooks for your Nook, there are millions of free Nook eBooks available from a wide variety of sources covering every genre and subject under the sun.

We've highlighted the seven best places to get free eBooks for your Nook. Some sites lend Nook eBooks while others allow you to keep them, so be sure to read the details for each platform.

If you don't have a Nook e-reader device, you can still read free Nook books on the Nook reading app, which is available for iOS and Android mobile devices as well as Windows PCs.

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Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books

Screenshot of Barnes & Noble's Free Nook Books page
What We Like
  • Massive selection.

  • Organized by category.

  • Advanced search.

What We Don't Like
  • Book synopses are brief.

  • Cluttered main page.

The first place to visit is Barnes & Noble's own extensive free eBooks page, which presents more than a million free Nook books for children and adults.

Browse free Nook eBooks in categories such as Biography, Computers, Education, Fiction, and many more, or take a look at Barnes & Noble's listing of its top free eBooks, free magazines, and staff recommendations. Filter results by age to find books for teens and younger kids, as well.

While all of these Nook books are 100% free, you'll need to set up a payment method and account with Barnes & Noble in order to get them.

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Barnes & Noble Readouts/Nook Free Friday

Screenshot of B&N Readouts, which offers free Nook eBooks
What We Like
  • Large selection.

  • Book samples available.

What We Don't Like
  • Some links go to paid books.

  • Not well organized.

B&N Readouts is is a discovery program where readers can scroll through free content on many topics before deciding if they want to buy the eBook or share discoveries with friends via social media. This free content is only selections of a book, but it's great for reading snippets on the go.

B&N Readouts also includes a feature called Free Friday. Every Friday, B&N Readouts highlights a title and offers it for free for a very limited time. In most cases, the Friday that it's highlighted may be the only opportunity to receive this book at no charge.

To access the Free Friday selection on your Nook, navigate to B&N Readouts by tapping on the Navigation menu (three horizontal lines) and selecting B&N Readouts. Scroll down the My Picks stream to find the weekly Free Friday title, which is identified by a green banner.

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OverDrive: Get Free Nook Books Through Your Public Library

Screenshot of OneDrive service to obtain free Nook books from public library
What We Like
  • Free to download and read.

  • Remote access is usually available.

  • Download process depends on the library.

What We Don't Like
  • Nook books are not always available.

  • Limited selection.

Many public libraries around the country subscribe to OverDrive, making it a great platform for borrowing free Nook books. Users check out the Nook books for a set period of time, just like a regular library.

OverDrive operates in a few different ways depending on your Nook. To download and read library books on newer Nook tablets, use the platform's Libby app. On older Nook tablets, like the Nook HD and HD+, install the original OverDrive app. For the Nook GlowLight 3, transfer library eBooks from a computer using Adobe Digital Editions, and for the Nook GlowLight Plus, use ADE to download the eBooks onto your computer before you transfer them.

Enter your zip code on the OverDrive site to see if your library participates.

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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg, where you can download free eBooks for the Nook
What We Like
  • Random, popular, and latest lists.

  • Easy to download.

  • Thousands of free books.

What We Don't Like
  • No browse feature.

  • Nook mixed in with other formats.

  • Brief or no synopsis.

All the free Nook books at Project Gutenberg are public domain, meaning that they are completely legal for you download and keep.

You'll find a lot of classics at Project Gutenberg, but the site offers many other books, as well. Browse by author, title, or language, or view the top 100 free books.

Download these books as EPUB files so they'll be readable on your Nook.

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ManyBooks where you can download free Nook books
What We Like
  • Thousands of free books.

  • Organized by genre.

  • User reviews available.

  • Includes synopses and excerpts.

What We Don't Like
  • Synopses are short.

  • Includes ads.

ManyBooks is another wonderful place to find thousands of free eBooks in the EPUB format, which can easily be downloaded to your Nook.

Browse through these free offerings by title, author, or language. There's also a section for popular and recommended books. Categories include the Occult, Cooking, Art, Music, Drama, Periodical, Business, Computers, War, Gothic, Health, Young Readers, Satire, Psychology, and more.

Sign up with your email address and receive more information on free and low-cost eBooks.

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Open Library

Open Library, where you can download free Nook eBooks
What We Like
  • Very large book collection.

  • Organized by subject.

  • Track borrowed books.

  • Advanced search form.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires enabling Adobe Digital Editions.

  • Limited to five books at a time.

  • Some books require a waitlist.

Open Library is an initiative of the Internet Archive, a nonprofit library of millions of free eBooks, as well as movies, software, and more.

Register for a free account with Open Library and then download free eBooks for your Nook from an extraordinarily large book collection. Available formats include EPUB, PDF, DJVU, MOBI, and even plain text.

Search free eBooks by subject, author, or even user-created lists, such as "Need to Have."

The ultimate goal of the Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world.

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Goodreads Free Nook Books shelf
What We Like
  • Detailed synopses.

  • Easily track books you've read.

  • Large user community.

What We Don't Like
  • Smaller selection than other sites.

  • Free eBooks mixed in with other books.

In addition to its large user community, detailed descriptions, and tracking features, Goodreads has a "shelf" called Popular Free Nook Books that offers more than 750 free eBooks for Nook devices.

If you have a Kindle, there are many sites that offer free Kindle books. If you prefer the audiobook format, there are also a variety of sites with free audiobooks to download and listen to.

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