Find Free Stories Online
Stories do not live in a vacuum. They are free and many are available with one click. Readers of any age can find free stories online.
There are links to collections of stories and to original stories in this post. Certain stories are only available on one website. Likewise, others have been shared across the world and in multiple languages.
The internet is like a train on a set of tracks. There are many stations. This post is one set of tracks. Here are links to rows and columns of stories.
Stories are waiting to be read. Travelers can debark and visit or continue on. There are many sets of internet railroad tracks that you can travel on. Choosing the route is part of the fun.
Online Story Stations
This post is one set of tracks. On this set of tracks, there are over 15 stations. Each website hosts classic or original stories. A few offer both. This set of tracks is just the beginning. One post. One place. One beginning.
First on the list, is Storyline Online. Storyline Online is a children’s literacy website. Storyline Online has garnered Daytime Emmy nominations and numerous additional awards. It was created and is sustained by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. The nonprofit organization is funded by grants, gifts, and donations.
Reading aloud is a proven technique for improving reading comprehension, writing, and communication skills. StoryOnline streams videos of its stories 24-hours a day. It includes beautiful illustrations and the voices of celebrity readers like Viola Davis, Betty White, Wanda Sykes, and Oprah Winfrey.
One of the biggest sources of archived stories is Project Gutenberg. Project Gutenberg has over 60,000 free e-books. There are non-fiction e-books about history, law, religion, science, geography, fine arts, and war. In short, the choices are equal to the possibilities.
Second, on the list is Google Books. Google Books places the power of the Google search engine behind online books. Subsequently, the upside is that viewers can find almost anything. Conversely, the downside is that they only get a preview.
Consequently, the Internet Archive is funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation. The Kahle/Austin Foundation supports the Center For The Book in San Francisco, Ca.
Open Library has over 20 million records. Open Library’s mission states that it welcomes any and all contributions. It credits a small dedicated team of programmers for making this possible.
The public-domain collection Authorama features classics from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Mary Shelley, and Rudyard Kipling. But that is only the start of its selection. Authorama’s non-fiction collection of Franz Kafka, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and Frederich Nietzsche headline the philosopher’s collection.
As a rule, the oldest collections can offer the best stories. Thus, The Library of Congress should not be overlooked. There are 64 books available for free from the Library of Congress.
They include selections for kids, teens, adults, and parents and educators. Many are public domain books and are similar to those available on Authorama. Both Authorama and the Library of Congress own content that is exclusive.
Another possible resource is the ManyEbooks list of books. ManyEbooks established in 2004. Its original mission was to provide an extensive library of books. The key was making them available in a digital format.
The result made them free on the internet. ManyEbooks sourced its early eBooks from the Project Gutenberg Archives to ensure access to classics. ManyEbooks now is a platform for self-publishing authors.
Ebooks and Self-Publishing
SmashWords is the largest distributor of books in the world. It publishes to major retailers and thousands of libraries. Over 70,000 books are available for free on SmashWords. Its list includes short fiction, poetry, personal memoirs, nonfiction, and research reports. Smashwords offers catalogs on 400,000 books from over 100,000 authors and publishers.
BookRix is a free self-publishing website. BookRix was the first site to give writers a platform to promote and sell their work on the web as published ebooks. Users share their writing, connect with other readers, and discover stories. BookRix puts these services in one place. In this case, users create a profile and customize it to their liking. Finally, they equip it with all the tools needed to create an ebook.
Free Short Stories
Pennington Public Library compiled a list of websites that offer free short stories. It is broken down into four smaller lists. The four lists total of 65 short stories. The stories are online and free.
Bookbub‘s site hosts a list of short stories. Compiled by Jennifer Martin and Bookbub’s editors the queue offers 34 short stories. The first four stories are available with one click.
Bookbub features works by Stephen King, Isabel Allende, and Anthony Doerr. Additional authors are blurred without a Bookbub membership.
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