13/12/2016 1:58 PM AEDT | Updated 15/12/2016 1:24 PM AEDT

The Best Online Stores To Download eBooks

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Reading is the perfect way to spend the summer break.

It's the perfect time of year to catch up on some good reading. Sure, physical books are great and (thankfully) still have their place, but sometimes eBooks are more convenient -- especially if you're going to the beach or travelling.

Though, where do you download eBooks from? There's more than once site, and you can even loan eBooks and save some money, if you're an avid reader.


The most popular and probably well known option is Amazon. The e-tailer juggernaut has a giant selection of books to download, plus customer reviews as indicated with a star rating. For Kindle, Sign in to the Kindle Store with the same Amazon account you used when you registered the Kindle app.


Read books on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch or MAC with the iBooks app. Turn pages with a flick on any iOS devices, or with a two-finger swipe on your Mac track pad. You can also choose to read one page at a time, or turn your iPad on its side and view two pages at once. You can also alter the look of most books by changing their text size and font.


The Kobo bookstore supports Kobo readers - connect straight to the digital store from your device using wifi and download to your heart's content. Books are divided into genres, much like a bricks and mortar store, and their range is vast.

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Smashwords is a site which offers books from independent publishers. In fact, it's the world's largest distributor of indie eBooks. A great way for writers to get out there, the site provides an opportunity to discover new voices in all categories and genres. Once you register you can use the for 'search', 'discovery' and personal library management tools. Most of our books are affordably priced and impressively, Over 55,000 of our books are free.


The e-commerce store for Bolinda Publishing, a small and expanding international media company, provides personal entertainment to people around the world while they do other things through audio books. There's books for everyone -- adult, children and YA, and most often prices are a little more affordable than recomended retail.

Borrow Box

Don't want to keep the book forever, even if it's just a digital file and not a physically bound copy? Try Borrow Box. it's just like borrowing a book from the library, except it's digital. The link expires after a certain amount of time -- which helps to encourage you to read faster, too -- and the cost of hiring is much cheaper than purchasing an eBook.

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