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Initial post: Feb 28, 2011 5:59:35 AM PST
Anyone ever hear of "EBOOKEE" a free ebook download site. Is this legal? Do authors agree to having their work offered for free? This can't be good for the ebook industry. Personally, I wouldn't download someone's hard work for free unless they have explicitely agreed to it. I am perplexed.....

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 6:05:57 AM PST
Dunno... that site says it is just a ebook search engine and doesn't have files of anything listed on its site. (Somewhere along the bottom of the page in small a small font) The site just seems a bit hinky to me. I'd never use it, personally.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 6:11:56 AM PST
Bufo Calvin says:
I took a quick look, Chris.

It directs you to books that are clearly unauthorized (Harry Potter). I'd avoid it.

A free e-book site could be legal, under a few circumstances:

1. The books could be in the public domain, in which case anybody can do anything with them they want (in the proper jurisdictions). That's the case with ad, for example

2. The rightsholder could agree to have the book distributed for free, typically to promote other books by the same author or in the same series. Also, some authors write for the sake of writing...they aren't doing it just to make money, and they would rather see the books read than not read

I think you are smart to be asking about it. :)

Bufo Calvin
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Posted on Feb 28, 2011 6:17:27 AM PST
I agree with you, Bufo, totally. Well said, too.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 6:18:01 AM PST
Kindleista2 says:
<<I think you are smart to be asking about it. :)>>

I agree. When something raises a red flag for me, even when I can't explain why, it's usually with good reason.

Posted on Feb 28, 2011 6:21:12 AM PST
I've seen that site on the internet before. Many links require that you download a torrent type program. I use firefox with Noscript and WOT. Their system didn't work with my system. That site doesn't store the ebooks, it links to, which is a file storage service.

The site itself, Ebookee, comes up safe in WOT, but the only comments are red, indicating viruses and trojans (which I would suspect - I think I tried something, and the hookups to some type of torrent front end - I did not like, so I RAN).

I would NOT use.

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 28, 2011 7:10:58 AM PST
Kindler says:
Good post - thanks for raising the question!


Posted on May 5, 2014 7:53:26 AM PDT
elly says:
My lovely (but almost completely computer illiterate) other half tried to download a book from ebookee yesterday.

This may well be because he infact hit a wrong button or an ad but what happened was no book at all and a maladware called "genieo" was almost installed but fortunately not because he didn't know the admin password but it still managed to install itself on Firefox instead.

I think - that is I hope - because how can one tell what is running in the background (???) that I have got rid of it. But I would avoid that site for that reason.

It definitely did not give access to a book and tried to install a package on my Mac and managed to install a adware/search virus on to my Firefox page.

Posted on May 5, 2014 8:35:56 AM PDT
Anyone downloading illegal pirated ebooks from sites like ebookee deserves all the viruses and malware they get. Play by the rules and don't violate copyright laws. They benefit everyone - authors, publishers and readers alike.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 12:24:05 PM PDT
Steven White says:
Started to download a pdf and the site wants you to "sign-up" which includes your credit card information. They said it was just for address verification. I ran as fast as I could.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 12:58:33 PM PDT
TuxGirl says:
Free ebooks on amazon can be found using those are legitimate free books.

Some good sites for free public domain (out of copyright) ebooks are: (large selection, but hard to browse) (smaller selection, good quality formatting, browseable)

(Yes, I see that this is a zombie, but I figured it might help someone anyways)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 11, 2015 1:03:28 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
and for sci-fi and fantasy, Baen has quite a few free books
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