Frequently Asked Questions




Who runs this site?

I do. If you want to know more - you can read my about page.


How do I put the ebooks onto my E-Reader?

After downloading the eBook, plug your E-Reading device into the PC, open the folder where all your books are stored and simply either copy and paste the new eBook, or drag it into your E-Reader folder.


How do I put the ebooks onto my Kindle?

Most people who read Kindle books are only used to doing so after downloading or buying from Amazon, and there seems to be some confusion as to how to get the .mobi file onto the actual Kindle in order to read it. You do not need your Amazon account to download the Kindle books on this site.

1. Download the Kindle format file from Global Grey onto your PC or laptop.

2. Plug your Kindle into the PC using your USB charger (your Kindle doesn't need to be switched on).

3. Find your Kindle folder on your PC.

4. Inside this folder is another folder called "Documents".

5. Copy/paste/move the Kindle book you just downloaded, into this folder.

6. Unplug your Kindle, switch it on, and the book should be there.


How do I read the pdfs?

Most pcs have Adobe Reader already installed on them. If for some strange reason, yours doesn't, you can download it for free here.


Why can't I download the books on my tablet?

The download links work fine on most tablets. However, a couple of people have contacted me regarding them not working on certain budget ones. I would suggest trying the Dolphin browser, as it appears to be very lightweight.


How do I know what format I need to download?

If you have a Kindle, then you need the "Kindle/.mobi" format. For every other eReader, you will need the epub file. Otherwise, it's the good old PDF.


How do I let you know that one of the books on your site is not in the public domain?

I have checked all the books on my site, to ensure they are legally out of copyright. Every effort has been made to ascertain this fact. However, if there is a book that you know is not in the public domain, please do let me know. I take copyright issues very seriously and do not wish to infringe upon the rights of others. Please contact me here.


Can I request a book?

If there is a book that you can't find in ebook format, feel free to contact me over on the contact page, or email me at julie@globalgreyebooks.com, and I will try my best to locate the book and get it up on the site. Please note that the book has to be out of copyright.


Why are all the books on your site old? Do you not have [insert name of book published in the last 10 years] here?

All the books on this site are in the public domain, which means that their copyright has expired. I know lots of sites have copyrighted books on them, but that's not the way we do things here. I don't want to get shut down by breaking the law, so only non-copyrighted books will be found here.


I found a book that uses very racist/sexist/homophobic language - what's that about?

As lovely as it is to live in an era where racist/sexist/homophobic viewpoints are frowned upon greatly; there were times in the not so distant past when that wasn't the case. Because these are old books, sometimes the views expressed in them seem very unsavoury to our modern ears.


Are there download limits? (And general site etiquette)

Technically, no. The amount I pay for bandwidth allows for a healthy amount of downloads per person. However, I’d appreciate it if you didn’t download hundreds of books in one visit. This site isn't going anywhere - add it to your bookmarks and come back again. On the other hand, there are a tiny percentage of people who try to download every book on the site. PLEASE DON'T DO THIS - this is a free site and when you have free sites that allow downloads, that kind of relies on either everyone playing fair or me having to keep upgrading my hosting package so the site doesn't slow/shut down.

Please do consider donating a little something; especially if you are downloading a lot of books.


Why do you need donations?

To pay for web hosting, bandwidth, domain name renewals, security updates, and other software connected to running the site. In addition, if there’s ever a time when I have a surplus of donations (it hasn't happened yet), then I would like to put more money into additional features to make the site better.


What is the difference between the scanned PDFs and Global Grey editions?

Scanned PDFs are fascimiles of books. They haven’t been altered by me in any way, and I’ve done no work on them apart from tidying them up and getting rid of blank pages at the front of the books. You can’t search for words in a lot of them either because sometimes the pages are images. This also means that in those books, you can’t copy text. Global Grey editions, on the other hand, have been formatted by myself. Working from an original document, I run it through OCR (Optical Character Recogniton) software, copy all the subsequent text into a Word doc (at this point, it still looks terrible, albeit a lot easier to work with), split it into chapters, add table of contents, a cover page, nice chapter headings and sub-headings, check for spelling errors, include footnotes and illustrations (if applicable), and generally make it a lot more readable and lovely looking. I then convert that to a PDF and edit the PDF to include bookmarks, page numbers, etc. I then go back and use the Word doc to create the epub and Kindle formats. As you can imagine, this takes time. The longest book I did took me around 16 hours, but even the simplest of texts takes around 2 hours.


I have a question that's not answered here.

If you need some help that's not covered here or want to ask a question, please email me at julie@globalgreyebooks.com, or go to the contact page, fill in the form and await my response. Remember I am on UK time.


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