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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  • Anonymous

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

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  • Anonymous

    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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  • Techfused

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

  • angelo

    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.

  • Michael Penney

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

    Thanks and cool stuff

    • shmek erosu

      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.

  • shmek erosu

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

    • Lucus Sindo

      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.

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    Have you downloaded the pfd reader software?

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  • Aa

    mmm lots of waffle here…

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

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

  • Joshua Ford

    -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.

  • Delmer Uplinger

    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.

  • rar

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