Wondering where you can read free books online?
Want to read free online romance novels?

Why pay to read or spend time going to the library when you can read free books online? There are several great online resources designed to let you read free online romance novels - including PublicBookshelf, Project Gutenberg and Google Books.

PublicBookshelf is, by far, the easiest online book website to read from -- providing an onscreen design that mimics the book-reading experience. The PublicBookshelf reader sees individual pages and can easily move between pages and chapters. Project Gutenberg and Google Books also offer the opportunity to read free books online, however their readers may find a less than desirable reading experience with hard-to-read text files or scanned book pages which frequently include unclear text in very small font sizes.


PublicBookshelf is a fast growing online library of over 500 free online romance novels as well as mysteries and several other popular book genres. The books are available as whole books to read online for free.

PublicBookshelf gives quality authors a place to promote their new and previously published books. All types of romance novels are published including:

  • Contemporary romance
  • Historical romance
  • Romantic suspense
  • Fantasy and paranormal romance
  • Inspirational romance
  • Western romance

The screens are designed like the individual pages of a book. This makes it easy for you to enjoy reading your selected book:

  • No need to download a file in order to read the book. The text is presented in an easy-to-read page format.
  • Handy navigation buttons make it easy to move forward or backward through the pages of the book.
  • Easy-to-access book chapters are listed on each page and can be clicked on to move between chapters in the book.
  • Text size adjustment buttons let you adjust the size of the text for your most comfortable reading experience.
  • Author biographies give you background information about the author and their other books.
  • Links to purchase the books allow you the option to purchase a paper copy of the book.

Project Gutenberg

The Project Gutenberg website was created in 1971 to offer public domain books as free electronic books. The website currently offers readers the opportunity to download thousands of free e-books.

The website offers a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction books such as:

  • Bestsellers from the early 1900s
  • History books
  • Mystery stories
  • Children's literature

The books are reproduced by volunteers from the original book text to computer-readable text files. To read the Project Gutenberg books, you need to download the text files to your computer.

Google Books

Google Books offers limited previews of a large assortment of fiction and non-fiction books. Full views of the whole book are available for a limited number of public domain and out-of-print books. You can check if a book is available by searching for the book by title on Google Books or on Google.