Find Free eBooks with Google (Electronic Books)

Posted April 2, 2005 by AlexTheBeast in Google

Google will easily show you all those ebooks that are out there for free. Read on to find out how to use this search engine to locate free reads.


Once you learn Google Search, you can find anything. Are you looking for some ebooks? Google does that easily. Here is another power searching lesson.

Google: -inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:”index of” +(“/ebooks”|”/book”) +(chm|pdf|zip)

    What does all of this mean? The -inurl htm and -inul html is attempting to get rid of regular webpages and show just index pages. Looking for index of in the title is doing the same. Using the pipe ( | ) tells google to look for something OR something else. Here, we are telling Google to look for book or ebook directories, and we have listed several common ebook formats (zip, pdf, chf).

If you would like to look for a particular author or title, just tack it to the end of your search.

Google: -inurl:htm -inurl:html intitle:”index of” +(“/ebooks”|”/book”) +(chm|pdf|zip) +”o’reilly”

    This uses the same idea but attempts to focus on directories that contain O’Reilly information. It is not perfect, but it is better than paying for it.

If you have any other interesting search suggestions, please post in the comments below.

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