Yes, you can get free textbooks online- here’s how.

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Textbooks can often be hard to find, and when you do find them, they can be quite expensive. Fortunately, there are many sites online that have thousands of free e-books which you can download. Here are a few of our favourites.

Everything Maths

The Everything Maths site, powered by Siyavula, offers free textbooks to help you with Mathematics, Life Sciences and Physical Sciences. You can freely copy, print and share these books with your friends, as well as load them onto your phone, tablet or other device.


Bookboon is a site which offers free textbooks for all kinds of subjects including Accounting, Economics, Engineering, IT and Programming, Languages, Marketing, Mathematics and Natural Sciences. We recommend you take a look at the rest of the site as well- you may find an interesting book or two to help improve your skills, even if it’s not school related.


OpenStax is a non-profit site which lets you download Maths, Science and many other textbooks for free. In addition to textbooks, you can also find Powerpoint slides and quizzes on this site. Please note that these textbooks are written for students in the United States, however they can still help you understand your subjects better. Please note that you may need to create an account in order to access these resources, however this is 100% free to do.

Just Free Books

Just Free Books is a great site which lets you find free books online. When you visit the site it will look very simple- just click “Search For a Book”, type the title or author of the book you’re looking to find and instantly get links to sources where you can download the book for free.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is one of the most well-known sites for getting free books online. With over 57,000 book titles to choose from, you’re bound to find something interesting or helpful here.

Open Library

Open Library has novels, classic books and textbooks you can search for, find and download for free. It’s similar to a few of the other sites we’ve mentioned on here, and there’s no need for you to sign up in order to download the books you want.

ZA Books

This Site is a local source for free e-books, as well as downloadable textbooks for school which you can get at a discounted price. Subjects you can find on here include Mathematics, Science and Programming.

Book Lending

Book Lending makes use of laws which allow people to lend books to one another, in order to get users to access books for free. Try searching here for the book you need, or, if you’re feeling generous, why not share the books you have with others on the site?

Get Free E-Books

Get Free e-Books is another site where you can search for any novel or textbook you may need. You can also find a lot of other interesting books on here such as fictional books to read in your spare time, or books on topics such as health and fitness.

Be sure to check out these sites and see if you can find any of the books you need for school or varsity on there for free. Also, don’t forget to let your friends and classmates know about these sites - you never know who might need them.

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