There are a number of sources for free eBooks on the Internet. A good place to start is Project Gutenberg:
Project Gutenberg has over 33,000 free ebooks available. Listed below are some of the most popular downloads:
The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Complete by Leonardo da Vinci
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Moby Dick, or, the whale by Herman Melville
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Bible, Old and New Testaments, King James Version
Grimm's Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Divine Comedy by Dante, Illustrated by Dante Alighieri
The Republic by Plato
The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton and John Jay and James Madison
Adding free eBooks to your iPad (requires Internet connection)
1. open iBooks on your iPad
2. with the Bookshelf displayed, touch the Store button
3. enter an author name or book title in the search slot
4. your search will display books for sale as well as free books
5. to download a free book, touch the Free button associated with the book
If you need help in finding a book, open this page in the iPad Safari browser and touch link below:
After you have identified the author or title, then you can use the store in iBooks to download.
Another source of free eBooks
Google Books is another large collection of free eBooks. These are primarily in PDF format but some are also available in EPUB format. Google Books are not available through the iTunes store, follow these directions to add a book to your iPad:
1. Using your computer, open this link in your web browser: http://books.google.com/
2. Click the Advanced Book Search link
3. Make sure the radio button Full view only is selected as illustrated below, enter your search terms, then click the Google Search button. By searching for Full view books, you will find only those that are free and in the public domain.
4. Click on the link for a book you would like to download (in our example, History of France by Charlotte Mary Yonge).
5. When the front page of the book loads, click on the Download link on the right side of the window (if both PDF and EPUB versions are available, select the desired format). A dialog should now open that allows you to save the eBook to your computer. At this point, use the procedure described on this page to copy the book to your iPad.
Keep in mind that books in PDF format are image scans of the pages and the file size for the book will be relatively large. The EPUB format at Google Books is produced by OCR (Optical Character Recognition), which provides the advantage of turning the page images into true text. Therefore, the EPUB format will be a smaller file size, but there will be some errors in the character recognition. For an exact copy, download the PDF, for a smaller file size with some text errors, download the EPUB.