Category Archives: Ebooks

New Biographies!

In the past two months we have published eight new biography editions on the Kindle store.

Margaret Morley Clough: The Letters and Journal of a Pioneer Missionary by Adam Clarke (1761?-1832) (ed.)
Margaret Clough left England on April 11, 1825 at the age of 22. She arrived at her mission field in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) on September 6, 1825, and died in childbirth less than 2 years later. Although her time on the mission field was short, she wrote numerous letters and journal entries that describe her desire for total consecration to the call of missions.

Pilkington of Uganda by C. F. Harford (1864-1925)
George Pilkington was swept up in the evangelical revival that overtook Cambridge after Moody and Sankey visited in 1882. Despite every prospect of a great career in the United Kingdom, he left for East Africa with a group led by Douglas Hooper, eventually settling in Uganda. There, Pilkington was key to the first Luganda Bible translation and was also involved in surveying that area of Africa, which had only opened up to missions efforts since the work of David Livingstone.

Memoirs of Mrs. Elizabeth Harvard Late of the Wesleyan Mission to Ceylon and India with Extracts from Her Diary and Correspondence by William Martin Harvard (1790?-1857)
Elizabeth Harvard was an early modern missionary in Sri Lanka and India, known to us through the compilation 16 Pioneer Women.

The Life of Robert Laws of Livingstonia by William Pringle Livingstone (1864-1950)
Dr. Robert Laws was the energetic leader of the Livingstonia mission in present-day Malawi, founded by a group of Scottish missionaries in memory of David Livingstone. Dr. Laws worked tirelessly to bring technological advantages to the people around Lake Malawi, both to serve the people and to facilitate the longevity of the mission. For many years he was an important figure in leading exploration as well as language documentation in the area.

Two Years in Upper India by John Cameron Lowrie (1808-1900)
John Cameron Lowrie was the first American Presbyterian missionary to go to India. This book was written in the early part of his very long career, describing his early life there.

Seven Years in Sierra Leone: The Story of the Work of William A. B. Johnson, Missionary of the Church Missionary Society from 1816 to 1823 in Regent’s Town, Sierra Leone, Africa by A. T. Pierson (1837-1911)
William Johnson was a quiet but passionate missionary in the colonial era of Sierra Leone.

Philip Jacob Spener and His Work by Marie E. Richard (1851-1920)
August Hermann Francke and His Work by Marie E. Richard (1851-1920)
Philip Jacob Spener and August Hermann Francke were, in some ways, among the founders of evangelicalism as we know it. In the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, they were instrumental in a revival among German Lutheran university students, who eventually became known as Pietists. Francke’s orphanage presaged that of George Müller in almost every distinctive; and Francke personally selected the first Lutheran missionaries for the Tranquebar mission.

Free Books by A. W. Tozer

Most of Tozer’s books are still under copyright, but a few happen to be in the public domain, including the classic The Pursuit of God. Although that’s the only one that’s in multiple formats, I’m leaving these links here in case more of them show up in the future (like Total Commitment to Christ, or How To Be Filled with the Holy Spirit).

Helpful tip: If you’re in a pinch, you can borrow many Tozer books with digital library access from the Internet Archive. All you have to do is sign up, and you can borrow a book for two weeks at a time.

Free A. W. Tozer books (PDF) on the Internet Archive (10+)
Free A. W. Tozer audiobooks on LibriVox
Free A. W. Tozer books on Project Gutenberg

8 Best Websites for Free Books

In general, if you’re looking for free books, the best places to look are the following, in order of usefulness:
  1. The Online Books Page
    A huge handmade database that aggregates freely available books in all formats, especially from major sites listed below like Google Books, HathiTrust, and the Internet Archive. It is the most useful because you can find comprehensive lists arranged by author, although, for our favorite authors, listed above, we have compiled even better lists here.
    Especially good for: Books organized by author
  2. The Internet Archive (archive.org)
    A massive media archive based in San Francisco, housing mainly public domain materials. The Internet Archive includes digitized library resources, like Google Books, but also includes other media forms like video and audio. Many public domain books from Google Books have been re-uploaded on archive.org, but not nearly all. It is also sometimes prone to religious propaganda or spam, so you may have to tailor your searches.
    Europe has more Internet restrictions and stricter copyright laws, so you will have the best luck if you are logged in from the United States or Canada.
    Especially good for: Any book from 1850 to 1923
  3. Google Books
    Google Books contains millions of digitized books, including both public domain and in copyright. Google Books often has the best collection of very old materials, i.e., before 1850. If you are looking for a rare Puritan work, a very rare hymn, or something from William Carey’s day, Google Books is often the best place to start.
    I also have written a guide to hunting for rare quotes, which works best on Google Books for numerous reasons.
    Especially good for: Magazines, periodicals, anything pre-1850
  4. Project Gutenberg
    Project Gutenberg is the best place to find books in epub and mobi formats, as well as rich-text format or plain text files, all of which are kilobytes instead of megabytes, and have many advantages over reading PDFs.
    Especially good for: Reflowable and searchable formats (epub, mobi, rtf, txt)
  5. LibriVox (for audiobooks only)
    LibriVox is the best source for public domain audiobooks. Occasionally, there are public domain books on LibriVox that are not available in any of these other sites; but, usually, they are popular titles that are already on Project Gutenberg and elsewhere. Often, I find that books that are free on Kindle will end up on LibriVox, so it is nice to switch back and forth, and use the Kindle to annotate or highlight the book as you listen.
    Especially good for: Fiction and adventure
  6. HathiTrust Digital Library
    HathiTrust is similar to Google Books and the Internet Archive, but, like Google Books, it also includes some books with use restrictions. So, sometimes you will find a newer book listed, but you won’t be able to access, or it will ask for an institutional (i.e. library or university) login, or perhaps the file will be read-only.
    Like the Online Books Page, HathiTrust has wealth of metadata, like author’s birth and death date, which makes it easier to find out if you are looking at the right title or not.
    Especially good for: Pamphlets
  7. Amazon’s Kindle Store
    When the Kindle Store began, there was a huge selection of free ebooks; however, all of these were taken directly from Project Gutenberg, so there’s no unique free material. Amazon was also swarmed from 2013 to 2015 by piggybacking public domain publishers, which caused a number of problems when readers are searching for older books—there would be dozens of Kindle editions, with no available rationale for choosing between them. This debacle has unfortunately become the status quo for lovers of resurrected books, since Amazon has continued to change its indexing in ways that only mask the free editions and promote more expensive ones. You can type “free” in the search bar, but it won’t limit your search to free titles.
    For the authors listed above, you will find that we have personally curated lists of Amazon’s free ebook editions, wherever available.
    Especially good for: Quick access & syncing
  8. U-M Library Digital Collections
    The University of Michigan has a fantastic collection of digitized books, but it’s not a good place to start looking. Usually, I end up on U-M’s digital collection because I am looking up a quote from poets and Puritans.
    However, it belongs on this list because I frequently find very rare or very old books there that are not available anywhere else. They have digitized books in their collection that are virtually impossible to even read anywhere else.
    Especially good for: Very old books, 17th and 18th century

Free Books by Joseph Parker (PDFs)

The following is an alphabetical list of publications by Joseph Parker, D.D., preacher of City Temple, London, with links to PDF copies where available.

Joseph Parker was one of the most prolific writers of the century. More than 60 volumes of his writings are hyperlinked below. About half a dozen others have not been digitized—the complete list is available here. Parker’s output is certainly comparable to that of his friend, Charles Spurgeon. Nearly all of these books are above 300 pages, and there is no way of guaranteeing that this is all that he published, since some of them are very rare.

Most of these books are out of print, but we have worked tirelessly to make his crowning work, The People’s Bible, widely available in digital format.

  1. Ad Clerum
  2. Apostolic Life, As Revealed in the Acts of the Apostles (also published as vol. 23-25 of The People’s Bible)
    vol 1: [Acts 1-12] From the Ascension of Christ to the Withdrawal of Peter;
    vol 2: [Acts 13-19];
    vol 3: [Acts 20-28].
  3. The Ark of God: The Transient Symbol of an Eternal Truth
  4. The Cavendish Hymnal, Compiled for Use in Homes and Churches. [Compiler.]
  5. The Chastening of Love: Words of Consolation for the Christian Mourner
  6. Christian Profiles in a Pagan Mirror
  7. Church Questions
  8. The City Temple: Sermons (also published individually as pamphlets)
  9. Ecce Deus: Essays on the Life and Doctrine of Jesus Christ
  10. Emmanuel
  11. Helps to Truth-Seekers
  12. Hidden Springs
  13. A Homiletic Analysis of the Gospel of Matthew
  14. The Inner Life of Christ as Revealed in the Gospel of Matthew
    vol 1: “These Sayings of Mine”;
    vol 2: “The Servant of All”;
    vol 3: “Things Concerning Himself.”
  15. Might Have Been: Some Life Notes
  16. None Like It: A Plea for the Old Sword
  17. The Paraclete: An Essay on the Personality and Ministry of the Holy Ghost
  18. Paterson’s Parish: A Lifetime amongst the Dissenters (fiction)
  19. The People’s Bible (27 volumes of sermons)
    vol 1: Genesis;
    vol 2: Exodus;
    vol 3: Leviticus to Numbers 26;
    vol 4: Numbers 27 to Deuteronomy;
    vol 5: Joshua to Judges 5;
    vol 6: Judges 6 to 1 Samuel 18;
    vol 7: 1 Samuel 18 to 1 Kings 13;
    vol 8: 1 Kings 15 to 1 Chronicles 9;
    vol 9: 1 Chronicles 10 to 2 Chronicles 20;
    vol 10: 2 Chronicles 21 to Esther;
    vol 11: Job;
    vol 12: Psalms;
    vol 13: Proverbs;
    vol 14: Ecclesiastes to Isaiah 26;
    vol 15: Isaiah 27 to Jeremiah 19;
    vol 16: Jeremiah 20 to Daniel;
    vol 17: Hosea to Malachi;
    vol 18: Matthew (The Inner Life of Christ vol. 1, “These Sayings of Mine”);
    vol 19: Matthew (The Inner Life of Christ vol. 2, “Servant of All”);
    vol 20: Matthew (The Inner Life of Christ vol. 3, “Things Concerning Himself”);
    vol 21: Mark and Luke;
    vol 22: John;
    vol 23: Acts [1-12] (Apostolic Life Revealed in the Acts of the Apostles, part 1);
    vol 24: Acts [13-19] (Apostolic Life Revealed in the Acts of the Apostles, part 2);
    vol 25: Acts [20-28] (Apostolic Life Revealed in the Acts of the Apostles, part 3);
    vol 26: Romans to Galatians;
    vol 27: Ephesians to Revelation.
  20. The People’s Family Prayer Book
  21. Preacher’s Life: An Autobiography and an Album
  22. The Priesthood of Christ: A Restatement of Vital Truth
  23. Pulpit Notes: With an Introductory Essay on the Preaching of Jesus Christ
  24. Six Chapters on Secularism
  25. Springdale Abbey: Extracts from the Diaries and Letters of an English Preacher (fiction)
  26. Studies in Texts (vol 1, vol 2, vol 3, vol 4, vol 5, vol 6) [full text is on Kindle]
  27. Today’s Bible
  28. Tyne Chylde: My Life and Teaching (fiction?)
  29. Tyne Folk: Masks, Faces, and Shadows (fiction?)
  30. Walden Stanyer, Boy and Man (fiction)
  31. Weaver Stephen: Odds and Evens in English Religion (fiction)
  32. Wednesday Evenings in Cavendish Chapel: Homiletic Hints
  33. Wilmot’s Child (fiction, under a pseudonym)
  34. The Working Church: An Argument for Liberality and Labour

In addition to the above, many of Parker’s sermons and speeches were published in pamphlets or small volumes:

  1. American War and American Slavery: A Speech
  2. Job’s Comforters: Scientific Sympathy
  3. Ingersoll Answered: “What Must I Do To Be Saved?”
  4. John Stuart Mill on Liberty: A Critique
  5. The Testimony of an Enemy: A Sermon to the Young
  6. A Word for the Present Crisis (search only)

 

Compilations:

  1. Detached Links: Extracts from the Writings and Discourses of Joseph Parker (compiled by Joseph Lucas)

Free Andrew Murray Books (40+)

Although almost all of Andrew Murray’s 45 books have been in print recently, most readers don’t realize how old they are because of his simple and pointed language. (Not to mention all the updated editions!) Murray was born in 1828 and died in 1917, which means everything published during his lifetime has entered the public domain.

Nearly everything Andrew Murray published is available at one of the links below:

Free Andrew Murray books (PDF) on the Internet Archive (40+)
Free Andrew Murray books in the Kindle Store (15)
Free Andrew Murray audiobooks on LibriVox (20+)
Free Andrew Murray books on the Online Books Page (40+)
Free Andrew Murray books on Project Gutenberg (9)

If you’d like a complete list of everything published in English by Andrew Murray, you’ll find that here.

Free Andrew Murray PDFs

Although almost all of Andrew Murray’s 45 books have been in print recently, most readers don’t realize how old they are because of his simple and pointed language. (Not to mention all the updated editions!) Murray was born in 1828 and died in 1917, which means everything published during his lifetime has entered the public domain.

Below is a list of all of the best PDFs available on the Internet Archive. (Those with asterisks are highly recommended.)

Abide in Christ: Thoughts on the Blessed Life of Fellowship with the Son of God
Absolute Surrender and Other Addresses
The Children for Christ
The Christian Life 
(preached Sept. 1895, Toronto)***
The Cross of Christ 
(excerpt from The Blood of the Cross)
The Dearth of Conversions (booklet)
Divine Healing: A Series of Addresses
Faith in the Power of God
The Full Blessing of Pentecost: The One Thing Needful
Helps to Intercession
 (booklet)
Have Mercy upon Me: The Prayer of the Penitent in the Fifty-First Psalm Explained and Applied
The Holiest of All: An Exposition of the Epistle to the Hebrews
Holy in Christ: Thoughts on the Calling of God’s Children to Be Holy as He Is Holy
Humility: The Beauty of Holiness***
In My Name 
(booklet)
The Inner Chamber and the Inner Life
Jesus Himself: Two Addresses
The Key to the Missionary Problem: Thoughts Suggested by the Report of the Ecumenical Missionary Conference, Held in New York, April 1900
Like Christ: Thoughts on the Blessed Life of Conformity to the Son of God
(sequel to Abide in Christ)
The Lord’s Table: A Help to the Right Observance of the Holy Supper
Lord, Teach Us to Pray
 (excerpt from With Christ in the School of Prayer)
Love Made Perfect (booklet)
The Master’s Indwelling (preached Aug. 1895, Northfield)
The Ministry of Intercession: A Plea for More Prayer***
Money: Thoughts for God’s Stewards
The New Life: Words of God for Young Disciples of Christ
The Power of the Blood of Jesus
The Prayer Life: The Inner Chamber and the Deepest Secret of Pentecost
The Prophet-Priest: Four Addresses Delivered at Mildmay Conference, 1895
The School of Obedience (Addresses at the Students’ Convention at Stellenbosch, South Africa, July 28-31, 1898)
The Spirit of Christ: Thoughts on the Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in the Believer and the Church
The Spiritual Life: A Series of Lectures Delivered before the Students of the Moody Bible Institute
The State of the Church: A Plea for More Prayer
The Supreme Need: In Response to a Call to the Church, in Mrs. Head’s Booklet, “The Forgotten Friend”
Thy Will Be Done: The Blessedness of a Life in the Will of God
The True Vine: Meditations for a Month on John 15:1-5***
The Two Covenants and the Second Blessing
Waiting on God
Wholly for God: The True Christian Life: A Series of Extracts from the Writings of William Law
(edited by Andrew Murray)
Why Do You Not Believe?
With Christ in the School of Prayer: Thoughts on Our Training for the Ministry of Intercession***
Working for God 
(sequel to Waiting on God)

Looking for a complete list of Andrew Murray’s books? You’ll find that here.

Free F. W. Boreham Books

F. W. Boreham died in 1959, so many of his books are still under copyright worldwide. (UK copyright lasts 70 years from the year of death of the author.) However, most of his books were printed on both sides of the Atlantic, which means that those printed before 1924 are out of copyright for US readers. Some of these are online.

This is perfect for readers who haven’t yet been introduced to Boreham. They should be aware, though, that there’s a difference between his Texts That Made History series and his other books of essays.

Free F. W. Boreham books (PDF) on the Internet Archive (10+)
Free F. W. Boreham audiobooks on LibriVox (5 online and more in progress)
Free F. W. Boreham books on the Online Books Page (10+)
Free F. W. Boreham books on Project Gutenberg (4)

Free George MacDonald Books

George MacDonald was a Scottish preacher and author who holds today a profound unseen influence in the genres of theology and fantasy. His realistic fiction was a blend of romance and theology; he also had his own way of telling “fairy stories,” which helped popularize fantasy as a genre.

MacDonald passed away in 1905, so everything published by him in his lifetime is out of copyright. Here is where you can read his works for free:

Free George MacDonald books (PDF) on the Internet Archive (50+)
Free George MacDonald books in the Kindle Store (40+)
Free George MacDonald audiobooks on LibriVox (40+)
Free George MacDonald books on ManyBooks
Free George MacDonald books on the Online Books Page (60+)
Free George MacDonald books on Project Gutenberg (50+)

Free George MacDonald PDFs

The following is a complete list of George MacDonald’s books that are available for free in PDF format from the Internet Archive. Abridged titles are given in parentheses.

  1. Adela Cathcart, containing “The Light Princess”, “The Shadows”, and other short stories
  2. Alec Forbes of Howglen (= The Maiden’s Bequest)
  3. Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood (★★★★★)
  4. At the Back of the North Wind
  5. Beautiful Thoughts from George MacDonald (compilation)
  6. Cheerful Words from the Writing of George MacDonald (compilation)
  7. David Elginbrod (= The Tutor’s First Love)
  8. Dealings with the Fairies, containing “The Golden Key”, “The Light Princess”, “The Shadows”, and other short stories
  9. Diary of an Old Soul (★★★★)
  10. “The Disciple” and Other Poems
  11. A Dish of Orts (essays)
  12. Donal Grant (= The Shepherd’s Castle), a sequel to Sir Gibbie
  13. Dramatic and Miscellaneous Poems
  14. The Elect Lady (= The Landlady’s Master)
  15. England’s Antiphon (a history of religious poetry)
  16. Far Above Rubies
  17. The Flight of the Shadow
  18. The Gifts of the Child Christ and Other Tales (= Stephen Archer and Other Tales)
  19. Guild Court: A London Story (= The Prodigal Apprentice)
  20. Gutta Percha Willie, the Working Genius (= The Genius of Willie MacMichael)
  21. Heather and Snow (= The Peasant Girl’s Dream) (★★★)
  22. “A Hidden Life” and Other Poems
  23. Home Again: A Tale (= The Poet’s Homecoming)
  24. The Hope of the Gospel (★★)
  25. Lilith: A Romance
  26. Malcolm (updated under the same title)
  27. The Marquis of Lossie (= The Marquis’ Secret), the sequel of Malcolm (★★★★)
  28. Mary Marston (= A Daughter’s Devotion or The Shopkeeper’s Daughter)
  29. The Miracles of Our Lord (sermons) (★★★★★)
  30. Paul Faber, Surgeon (= The Lady’s Confession), a sequel to Thomas Wingfold, Curate
  31. Phantastes: A Fairie Romance for Men and Women (★★)
  32. The Portent
  33. The Princess and the Goblin (★★★★★)
  34. The Princess and Curdie, a sequel to The Princess and the Goblin (★★★★★)
  35. Rampolli: Growths from a Long-planted Root
  36. Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood (= The Boyhood of Ranald Bannerman)
  37. Robert Falconer (= The Musician’s Quest) (★★★★★)
  38. A Rough Shaking (= The Wanderings of Clare Skymer)
  39. St. George and St. Michael
  40. Salted with Fire (= The Minister’s Restoration)
  41. Scotch Songs and Ballads
  42. The Seaboard Parish, a sequel to Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood (★★★★★)
  43. Sir Gibbie (= The Baronet’s Song) (★★★★★)
  44. Thomas Wingfold, Curate (= The Curate’s Awakening) (★★★★★)
  45. There and Back (= The Baron’s Apprenticeship), a sequel to Paul Faber, Surgeon (★★★★★)
  46. The Threefold Cord: Poems by Three Friends
  47. The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke: A Study With the Test of the Folio of 1623
  48. Unspoken Sermons (1st series2nd series3rd series) (★★★★★)
  49. The Vicar’s Daughter, a sequel to Annals of a Quiet Neighborhood and The Seaboard Parish
  50. Warlock o’ Glenwarlock (= Castle Warlock and The Laird’s Inheritance)
  51. Weighed and Wanting (= The Gentlewoman’s Choice) (★★)
  52. What’s Mine’s Mine (= The Highlander’s Last Song)
  53. Wilfrid Cumbermede
  54. The Wise Woman: A Parable (= “The Lost Princess: A Double Story” or “A Double Story”)
  55. Within and Without: A Dramatic Poem

Although all of George MacDonald’s works are out of copyright, this list does not include everything he has written. If you want a more complete list, you can check out our Complete Bibliography of George MacDonald.

Free Books by Samuel M. Zwemer (30+)

Samuel M. Zwemer worked as a pioneer missionary in Iraq, Bahrain, and Egypt, but his most lasting influence was through his conferences and books. He worked tirelessly as a missions mobilizer to make Christians aware of the challenges and opportunities of missions among Muslims.

The following list links to free PDFs of Zwemer’s books from several sources, many of them graciously shared by the Zwemer Center or by muhammadanism.org.

  1. Across the World of Islam
  2. Arabia: The Cradle of Islam (4th Edition)
  3. Call to Prayer [Zwemer Center]
  4. Childhood in the Moslem World
  5. The Cross Above the Crescent [Zwemer Center]
  6. Daylight in the Harem (with Annie van Sommer)
  7. The Disintegration of Islam
  8. Evangelism Today: Message Not Method [Zwemer Center]
  9. The Glory of the Cross  (Arabic Translation)
  10. The Glory of the Manger
  11. The Golden Milestone
  12. Heirs of the Prophets [HathiTrust]
  13. The Influence of Animism on Islam
  14. Into All the World [Zwemer Center]
  15. Islam, A Challenge to Faith (2nd Edition) (German Translation)
  16. Islam and Missions (editor & contributor)
  17. The Law of Apostasy in Islam
  18. Lucknow, 1911
  19. The Mohammedan World of Today (with E. M. Wherry)
  20. Mohammed or Christ (Fleming H. Revell edition)
  21. The Moslem Christ
  22. The Moslem Doctrine of God
  23. The Moslem World (revised for students from Islam, A Challenge to Faith)
  24. A Moslem Seeker After God (Arabic Translation)
  25. The Nearer and Farther East (with Arthur J. Brown)
  26. Our Muslim Sisters (editor & contributor)
  27. Raymond Lull: First Missionary to the Muslims (Spanish Translation)
  28. The Solitary Throne
  29. Sons of Adam: Studies of Old Testament Characters in New Testament Light
  30. Taking Hold of God
  31. Thinking Missions with Christ (3rd Edition)
  32. Topsy-Turvy Land: Arabia Pictured for Children (with Amy E. Zwemer)
  33. The Unoccupied Mission Fields of Africa and Asia
  34. Zigzag Journeys in the Camel Country (with Amy E. Zwemer)

This list only includes full-length books. For an exhaustive list of Samuel M. Zwemer’s publications, see our bibliography for Samuel Zwemer.