Are there any free ebooks available for download? Definitely. Are all free downloads legal? Certainly not. How can something be available for free and yet be illegal? Well, anyone can steal anything belonging to you and offer it to a third person at zero cost. You would not call such a transaction legal and fair, would you?
In the same way, stealing a best seller and offering it for free at zero cost is illegal. Free downloads of a latest bestseller that has been purchased once, scanned, and offered to multiple individuals is an illegal act. Most people adopt an approach that they are not bothered about legality or illegality as long as they are secure and enjoy reading the book.
Well, the damage that piracy causes to the publishing industry is incalculable. However, it is not just a question of morality alone. It is also a question of practical security. Why would anybody offer you anything for free? The person who is offering ebooks for free in an illegal manner has already violated the law.
What is the guarantee that the website that offers you the free ebook will not hack into your computer, or try to con you into handing over your private and confidential information? An entity that does not hesitate to break the law once will not hesitate to break it again, as long as it benefits from the transaction.
The best way to tackle the problem is to completely skip free illegal ebooks downloads. Avoid it all costs. Furthermore, educate others about the risks involved. If you opt for such free downloads again and again, you will soon end up with viruses in your computer, despite your best efforts. Rather than trying to save money by adopting such solutions, it makes more sense to focus on legal and affordable solutions alone.