8 Best Places to Get Free Nook Books

Fill your Nook with all types of genres

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 eight best places to get free books for your Nook. Some sites lend titles while others allow you to keep them, so be sure to read the details for each platform.

If you don't have a Nook, you can still read these books for free with the Nook reading app for iOS and Android. Or, check out these places that have more free books.

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Barnes & Noble Free Nook Books

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 their 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 to get them.

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Barnes & Noble Readouts

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.

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OverDrive: Free Nook Books Through Your Public Library

overdrive free book collections
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 books for a set period of time, just like a regular library.

OverDrive operates a few ways, depending on your Nook. To download and read library books on newer tablets, use the platform's Libby app. On older devices, 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.

See if your library or school uses OverDrive by searching for it through that link.

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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg
What We Like
  • Random, popular, and latest lists.

  • Easy to download.

  • Thousands of free books.

What We Don't Like
  • Nook mixed in with other formats.

  • Brief or no synopsis.

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

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

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

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ManyBooks free 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.

  • Website includes ads.

  • Must make a user account to see the download link.

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 classic books
What We Like
  • Very large 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. The ultimate goal of Open Library is to make all the published works of humankind available to everyone in the world.

Register for a free account 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.

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Planet eBook

Planet eBook
What We Like
  • No user account necessary.

  • Multiple format options.

What We Don't Like
  • Several website ads.

  • Small collection.

Search Planet eBooks for free classic literature, or browse by author or title. The site is pretty simple, but it's easy to use, provides full summaries, and offers the books as one-click downloads.

You'll find classics from authors like Mark Twain, Jane Austen, D.H. Lawrence, and Charles Dickens.

Format options typically include EPUB, PDF, and MOBI.

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Book Cave

Steal My Heart free download at Book Cave
What We Like
  • Great place for authors to publish their books.

  • No website ads.

  • Free expiration date for some titles.

What We Don't Like
  • Some are just samples.

Book Cave is a unique site because it's built specifically for connecting authors to new readers. An author submits their book for free or they provide a way for you to get it at no cost by signing up for their newsletter.

Some of the content here are just samples because the author is letting you get a taste only. For free eBooks, visit the link below. Some download links go to a separate site, such as Barnes & Noble, but others are direct downloads at Book Cave.

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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