Are you looking for free lesbian fiction?
Perhaps places where you can download free lesbian books and wlw novels?
But you still want the authors to benefit and you don’t want to resort to piracy?
Libraries are having a huge resurgence, despite so many of them suffering cuts all around the world! They are a fantastic resource but what about their digital equivalents?
I’ve decided to bring you a list of online libraries and resources so you can make the most of the library from the comfort of your own home!Not just bricks and mortar, paperbacks, and late fees! Here's a list of Digital Libraries Where You Can Read Lesbian Fiction For FREE TWEET THIS
So settle in with a mug of your favourite beverage and get settled into this list:
Project Gutenberg offers over 59,000 free eBooks, with a focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
This does, of course, mean that there are very few books with LGBT content available on the website. However, don’t discount it completely! There are a few pioneering writers, or books with plenty of wlw angst, subtext, or just outright [previously banned] books that portray relationships between women.
You just have to know where to look.
So, just for you, I put together a little list to get you started: Classic Authors with Lesbian Fiction on Project Gutenberg
Completely Free to local residents, the Free Library of Philadelphia, is one of the few local libraries that will also let non-locals borrow books. There is a $50 fee for non residents to obtain a library card, but once you do, you can access a huge resource of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer resources and support, emphasizing the diversity of sexual and gender identity-based cultures. Other resources include information on bullying, safety, and coming out; books and resources for parents and siblings; biographies of important LGBTQ figures in the community; and award-winning LGBTQ fiction.
There is no LGBT category but there is a section dedicated to Esotericism section. Normally I would avoid any website without a dedicated LGBT section, simply because A) is it a nightmare to find what I’m looking for and B) they are unlikely to be welcoming to me.
So why on earth am I including this place in my list?
Because the site also contains an active forum and there are a few Lesbian and LGBT groups on the site which are super helpful in seeking out the books I’m looking for. This is not my favourite site on the list, but it is still well worth checking out.
This is a site specifically for children’s books, and as well as having a great range for middle-grade readers and younger, they also have a young adult section.
If you are a reader that avoids young adult books because you assume they are only for ‘children’, then you are missing out on some of the most interesting and ground-breaking fiction LGBT authors have to offer. As well as Malinda Lo’s classic: ‘Ash’, they can also boast Meredith Russo’s ‘If I Was Your Girl’ and Lisa Williamson’s ‘The Art of Being Normal’.
It is well worth a look.
BONUS: Library Tools
If you have a bricks-and-mortar library that you can join, then you might benefit from these awesome tools that will help you transform your library card into downloadable ebooks you can read anytime, anywhere!
Amazon obviously has the famous Kindle Unlimited, which many people consider to be a library.
However, did you also know that you can use the Amazon platform and free kindle tools in order to download ebooks from your own local library?
If you have ever thought ebooks were out of reach for you because you didn’t have an e-reader or the money to afford the books, then this combination would be an excellent workaround for you.
A similar tool to Amazon, OverDrive and the app Libby help you borrow and read ebooks from your local library. the Libby app will also help you acquire a library card if for any reason you don’t already have one.
Open Library is an open, editable library catalogue.
This means it is less of a library and more akin to a library of library books! This place is like a one-stop-shop for all your borrowing requests. All you have to do is head over, search for the book you want to borrow and the open library will tell you where you can borrow it from!
It will even let you know which libraries allow you to borrow the book as an ebook.
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What did I miss? Do you know of any digital libraries with lesbian fiction? Add your suggestions in the comments!
About Niamh Murphy
Hi there! I’m Niamh Murphy and I’m a bestselling author of adventure books with lesbian main characters!
I tell romantic and exciting stories of gripping adventure and epic fantasy. My favourite places to explore are historical settings, science fiction landscapes, and fantasy worlds. My stories involve exciting characters such as knights, pirates, vampires, and mermaids. But I also tell more down-to-earth stories involving teenage angst, coming out, and exploring lesbian relationships for the first time.
I most enjoy rewriting fairy tales for the modern reader or re-telling mythical stories of old with a sapphic twist. But whatever the genre I choose to write in, my stories always include romance, love, and a lesbian main character.