Tons of Free Books in French Not sure if this has been posted before and is now buried but Amazon has TONS of FREE Kindle Books in French. You don't need a Kindle just the Kindle app (which is for iOS, Android, and PC).

They have some classics: Jane Eyre, Frankenstein. Along with a large selection of bargain bin smut books and an occasional children's book.

A great way to practice your French reading when your local library has a poor selection, the books are too hard, or when you want to take your time understanding the text. Plus you can get as many books as you want and it won't cost you a thing!

If you happen to have a KindleUnlimited subscription there are a handful more books for free you can download.

July 17, 2015


Even better, there are also some free readings of these public domain texts, and some youtubers put them together in a video - so you can read the text, while you get the right pronunciation as well. For example here:

Disclaimer: No, it's not my channel. It's just very useful. Download the video to your smartphone and watch them on the bus/train.

July 17, 2015

There is a much larger collection of audio readings at librivox.

July 17, 2015

And very many recordings with text at literature

July 17, 2015

Thank you! I was unaware of that collection. Some very nice stuff there.

I listened to the first chapter of Le Journal D’une Femme De Chambre. Very well read!

Interesting to note that LibriVox has a policy that all its readings are released to the public domain, while this site leaves the decision to the reader of the recording. More detail can be found on their help page under section 5:

July 18, 2015

You're welcome. The person who probably records the most for the site is not really to my liking, but he is listenable, and there are plenty of other readers who are excellent.

The Mirbeau recording is very clear and pleasing to listen to, you are right. Here is a different recording, as well as much else.

More audio files can be found on bibliboom and an archive of au fil des lectures . . . also a site devoted to Maupassant ("CLIQUEZ ici pour écouter Maupassant").

And there are more. Such great listening! Someday I'll get back to it, from concentrating on Russian.

July 18, 2015

Never heard of that site! Thank you for the link I'll for sure check it out.

July 19, 2015

This is so helpful, thank you!

July 17, 2015

Thanks for the tip !

July 19, 2015

I personally use gutenberg to download most of my french books. There are different formats available to download on this site. My kindle has a french to english dictionary that makes it really fun and easy to read in French.

here is the link: is also a great source :

July 20, 2015

Hi, I just recently started developing a mobile app to listen French classics, novels and poems as audiobooks on your phone, android TV and in car even offline. Please check it out if you are interested: -

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