By Praveen Kannan and Anna Strokolyst The Hotspot Shield team believes the internet should be open and secure …
I’ve always known that reading is one of the best ways to acquire knowledge. The good news for bookworms like me is that there are now lots of sites where you can access ebooks and audiobooks for free. Once downloaded, you can access the content anywhere you go on any of your device.
Here’s my top 10 list of sites for ebooks & audiobooks:
- Amazon.com – Amazon has a large collection of ebooks organized by categories that you can access for free. To access ebooks from Amazon, you can use their Kindle device or their free Kindle Reading app (if you do not own a Kindle device). In addition, If you are a Prime member, Amazon allows you to borrow books from the Kindle Owner’s Library for free.
- Google Play Free Books – Google Play has a free ebook section that offers a ton of free books from a variety of genres, including bestsellers, classics and more. You can even check out others’ ratings and reviews.
- Project Gutenberg – Project Gutenberg is a volunteer project dedicated to providing free ebooks online. It has a strong collection of more than 49,000 free e-books. No registration or fee is required.
- The Open Library – The Open Library has more than 1 million free e-books available. You can easily search by the title, author and subject on here.
- free-ebooks.net – Free-ebooks.net is a good source for all kinds of ebooks, from entertaining fiction/romance to drama to non-fiction business books.
- Ebooks directory – E-Books Directory has a growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet. The site also allows users to submit and promote their own ebooks, comment on posted books.
- ManyBooks.net – ManyBooks.net is another large free ebook site with more than 29,000 free e-books. You can browse by most popular titles, authors, genres, languages, and more.
- Open Culture – Open culture has lots of educational audiobooks that are made by other educational ventures.
- Lit2Go – Lit2Go provides a good collection of stories and poems.
- Loyal Books – Loyal Books has a great collection of free audiobooks as well as ebooks. Furthermore, they belong in the public domain. This means that no one has a copyright on these books.
How to Access Geo-Restricted Content
Due to licensing rights issues, content from Amazon Prime and other popular streaming sites is supposedly only available for viewing if you reside in the U.S or certain regions of the world.
So, if you are traveling abroad, the site will block you from accessing the content even if you are a subscriber. To bypass the geo-restriction, you would need to use Hotspot Shield.
Hotspot Shield enables you to get a virtual I.P. address from the U.S. so that you can bypass the geo-restriction.
Follow the step by step instructions below to use Hotspot Shield to access content from Amazon or other streaming sites if you are traveling outside of the U.S.
Step by Step Instructions to Unblock Geo-Restricted Content
1) Turn on Hotspot Shield on your device. The Hotspot Shield app is available on Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android. Click below to download the app on your devices:
You may upgrade to Hotspot Shield Elite version to benefit from faster speed, unlimited and unrestricted access to your favorite content, unblock 18 virtual locations and protect up to 5 devices simultaneously. Click here to upgrade to Elite.
2) Inside the app, once protection is activated, select the U.S. virtual location to get a US IP address. You may check your new IP info via www.findipinfo.com (we recommend to clear your browser’s cookies and cashes prior to checking).
3) Connect to Amazon Prime, Netflix, or other streaming sites of your choice (available with a ‘United States’ IP address), and enjoy your favorite content!
If you have difficulties using Hotspot Shield and need support or have questions, contact us via our help desk. We will be happy to help!