It would be unfair to classify Tuebl.ca as just another ebook library, despite the name (TUEBL…The Ultimate EBook Library – geddit?). Think of it more as a website on a mission, a mission to connect authors and readers together directly, with no complicated commercial middlemen involved.
The library contains nearly 24000 ebooks of all genres, and there’s some good stuff on there too. The idea is to help authors build their fan base by offering one or more of their titles for free on the site.
The site features a bunch of different ways to accessing the books on offer, ranging from a straight forward search to more nuanced functions such as tags, trends, and most popular. The books are all user uploaded, which of course implies that there’s copyright material on there, but there’s not a user focused online service in existence that doesn’t suffer from that kind of problem, and there are alert buttons everywhere to provide copyright holders with takedown protections.
All of the books are available in the ePub format, which can be read by most readers, but is not Kindle compatible. For that you’ll need to use a converter like Calibre.com. The one downside to the site is the sheer volume of advertising which intrudes everywhere into the interface.
While it’s clearly an expensive venture to host thousands of eBooks, we just wish there was a more elegant and user friendly way to generate revenue from user visits. That said, the site has supplied over 7 million downloads, which suggests that users are not too bothered by all the sales pitches. If you’re into ebooks, Tuebl.ca is definitely a worthwhile place to start.