Find Free eBooks with Google (Electronic Books)

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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21 Responses to “Find Free eBooks with Google (Electronic Books)”

  1. April 15, 2009 at 1:52 am, ashish said:



  2. April 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm, Anonymous said:

    What a useful post here. Very informative for me..TQ friends…


  3. May 25, 2009 at 5:24 am, Anonymous said:

    It’s a good blog.


  4. October 01, 2009 at 1:09 am, Anonymous said:

    I tried ur link,it just came back with :
    Your search – -inurl%3Ahtm -inurl%3Ahtml intitle%3A(%22index of%22 (ebooks%7Cbook)) %22last modified%22 – did not match any documents


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  6. November 16, 2009 at 4:43 pm, Anonymous said:

    Fonts. I need to search those high priced fonts.


  7. January 06, 2010 at 10:53 am, Martin Kimber said:

    I’ve not read any of Charlie’s previous offerings, but if they’re anywhere as gripping, tense and more-ish as The Enemy then I’ve done myself a disservice. The principal carnival cruise lines are well drawn and convincing; their bravado and desperation is underpinned by sometimes poignant reminders that these are, after all, otherwise normal kids who’ve been plunged into a world where everyone they’re supposed to trust is trying to eat them.


  8. January 22, 2010 at 3:37 am, Techfused said:

    Interesting! I have been looking for this info for the last few hours. Keep us updated I would like to hear more!


  9. April 18, 2010 at 11:28 pm, angelo said:

    You should try!
    It’s a new search engine for documents (Word, Pdf, Ppt, Open Office) but is the first one that finds file Office 2007!!! Really fast and useful.


  10. May 28, 2010 at 1:42 pm, Michael Penney said:

    Is there a way to get it to search for a specific EBook?

    Thanks and cool stuff


    • September 20, 2010 at 7:57 pm, shmek erosu said:

      you can use to find any document (ebook, article, product description) in PDF format online. You can also search within PDF document text for exact match.


  11. September 20, 2010 at 7:59 pm, shmek erosu said:

    nice article and tips. you can also use search engine for PDF documents like
    It can search in PDF text document as well.


    • January 19, 2011 at 12:05 pm, Lucus Sindo said:

      Hello, Shmek .. This is really helpful… Thank you for sharing the link. I tried google but it was not coming up with desired result. But Thanks to you … your shared link helped me lot.


  12. September 29, 2010 at 3:01 pm, Asbestos Lawyer said:

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  13. October 11, 2010 at 6:50 pm, Neon923 said:

    Have you downloaded the pfd reader software?


  14. January 20, 2011 at 3:13 am, remove antivirus 8 said:

    Thanks for your sharing!


  15. February 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm, Aa said:

    mmm lots of waffle here…

    Basic search works ok but change file types to mobi|pdf|lit returns more


  16. April 10, 2011 at 1:06 pm, Link Building Service said:

    Mind blowing concept! I really inspired to read the article. Thanks buddy!


  17. May 22, 2011 at 11:55 pm, Joshua Ford said:

    -inurl:(htm|html|php) intitle:”index of” +”last modified” +”parent directory” +description +size +(/ebooks|/book) +(epub|mobi|lit|txt|rtf|doc|html|azw|cbr|cbz|pdf) “Chuck Palahniuk”

    Hard not to find the book you’re looking for.  Obviously, one might not need all those formats, but just in case, there ya go.


  18. September 05, 2011 at 5:47 pm, Delmer Uplinger said:

    I was just seeking this info for some time. After six hours of continuous Googleing, at last I got it in your web site. I wonder what’s the lack of Google strategy that don’t rank this kind of informative sites in top of the list. Usually the top websites are full of garbage.


  19. March 07, 2012 at 5:07 pm, rar said:

    How or could this strung be used to find audio books?


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