About Us

Books Should Be Instant and Free

Our Founding Statement

We are your responsible hosts of the Freed Reads website and custodians of the only truly sustainable web-based book reading and publishing platform on offer. As bibliophiles, indie-authors, open-source advocates, Linux specialists and software engineers ourselves, we understand the challenges around creating a holistic long-term solution.

Our founding objectives; to make reading cheaper and more accessible to readers of all ages and promote and encourage reading as a global past-time to the younger and more digitally inclined generations!

After many years in development, Monday 11 January 2016, marked the launch of our new platform and the demonstration of its abilities to the world!

Who is Freed Reads?

Andy FutcherAndy Futcher;
With 14+ years of experience in back-office server administration and dynamic software engineering roles in both B2B commercial and B2C applications, Andy understands that software solutions are not just about financial-gain. As a dedicated Linux and open-source advocate, Andy is an innovator who has given his own-time pioneering technologies & humanitarian solutions involving literacy and education in Western Australia.

Megan Futcher
Megan is Andy's spouse who is an ever dedicated bibliophile and chef-turned writer. She is the creator of the alternate-world novel Fourborn Wind and Fire – a story the dives deep into an unknown world long before recorded history.
Andy and Megan, passionate and responsible hosts of Freed Reads are determined to promote and encourage reading as a global past-time to everyone the world over, no matter their age, gender, race or social status!

How to get-in-touch with Us!

Freed Reads
49/101 Grand Blvd
6027, WA

If you would like to get in touch you can do so with the Contact Us link below; if you would like to send us your books or mail you may address your envelopes to the address marked to the right of this text.

Andy and Megan Futcher are the sole owners of this website, technology and pioneers of this free book distribution initiative. We are NOT affiliated with any other companies (not Internet Companies nor Publishing Companies) and see our impartiality as a vital part of the Freed Reads role in global reading environment.

Freed Reads™ is for Readers

Freed Reads loves reading just as much as you do, so prepare yourself for a glut of amazing books across all genres and suiting all age groups. All our books are reviewed and formatted before they're displayed in our waterfall style catalog and it's as easy as clicking on a title that catches your eye to begin reading.

At Freed Reads, we have 3 types of readers: Installing e-Reader Face?

  1. The Freed Virgin: this reader has seen a friends tear-out and share book page on their social feed (see our tear-out and share feature below) or has by chance stumbled upon a book in our catalog via a web search. They've dropped by looking for a bit of reading fun! We understand that their first time is so full of excitement with the amazing books and features available, so even if they accidentally close their web browser without signing up for a Freed Account - their bookmarks and favorites lists are still saved on their device whenever they choose to continue reading.
  2. Freed Account Holder: this reader is over their first time jitters and wants more. By signing up with Freed Reads, our account holders are free to explore all our amazing books and features, while maintaining their settings and bookmarks across multiple branded devices.

Our growing list of features:

    Tear Out and Share
  1. Readers enjoy seamless access to each book's first chapter without having to swipe through loads of unnecessary pages.
  2. Your exact position in each book is automatically bookmarked! If sign up you get bookmarking across all your devices.
  3. Books responsively adapt to your screen orientation and size to enhance your experience - without ever losing your place.
  4. Create a list of books you're currently reading OR can't wait to read.
  5. Like books you've enjoyed reading and then follow up later with a star rating.
  6. Share books or individual book pages you love with your friends all over social media using our Tear-Out and Share feature.
  7. Support your favorite authors via our Author's direct Donation system.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who are we?

Freed Reads™ is a small Australian company based in Perth, founded by Andy and Megan Futcher, two dedicated bibliophiles with a passion for getting the world reading again.

For more information please see our About Us Page.

What is Freed Reads™?

Freed Reads is a web-based book streaming service. Our platform is open to all readers, authors and publishers. Books listed with us are available to anyone in the world and can be accessed and read on any digital device, all for free! Authors and publishers have complete control over their work, while retaining their ownership rights.

What is book streaming and how do I read books on Freed Reads™?

Book streaming is digital books taken to the next level. Streaming a book gives you the ability to read books in 'real time', instead of downloading a file to your device or installing an app and reading it later. Freed Reads turns your web browser into a complete online reading system which adapts to your screen size. This means that you can start reading an entire book immediately, anywhere in the world and on any device of your choosing, straight from your web browser. To start reading a book from our catalog, all you need to do is click or tap on a book cover of your choosing. From there, you can read at your leisure and when you need to turn a page, either swipe or scroll – we even bookmark the page you're reading automatically for you!

What does it cost to publish with Freed Reads™?

Publishing with Freed Reads is FREE! There are no hidden fees. The only fee we do charge is in the case of authors only having hard copies of their books – the only cost will be them getting their books to us for scanning.

How do I sign up with Freed Reads™?

Whether you're a reader or an author signing up for an account with Freed Reads is easy and free. Keeping things simple, we've provided one sign up feature for both readers and authors. Once you've signed up, you will find a user drop down box that gives the following options: 'My List', 'Settings', 'Go Premium', 'Publishing Tools' and 'Sign Out'. To publish with Freed Reads just click the 'Publishing Tools' option and you will be guided through our process step-by-step.

Does Freed Reads™ require exclusive rights?

No. All our author and publisher contracts are non-exclusive. Our authors and publishers retain 100% ownership rights to their work and are free to publish their work on any additional platform of their choosing. Authors and publisher can also remove their work from Freed Reads at any time should you choose to do so.

How does Freed Reads protect an author's work?

Freed Reads believes strongly in giving our authors the ability to protect their work from plagiarism and piracy. Our systems have been uniquely developed so that everything is cloud-based and can't be downloaded or copied. Digital Right Management (DRM) is not a concern for authors with Freed Reads because books are transmitted as images, making it impossible for readers to copy and paste any part of your book.

What's an ISBN and do I need one?

ISBN stands for International Standard Book Number. It's a 13-digit number that's used to uniquely identify your book among millions. When you submit your book for publishing with Freed Reads there is a section for authors and publishers to insert their ISBNs.

Why isn't there a traditional copyright page at the beginning of books published with Freed Reads?

All your books traditional copyrights, ISBNs, dedications and acknowledgements are included in your books page meta-data and readers can access this information via their web-browsers 'page info' window. Additionally readers who like or rate your book are displayed a personalized page with your dedications, donations and any social widgets.

Who can publish with Freed Reads™?

Freed Reads believes that daring to be different reaps its own rewards and we're passionate about supporting anyone who has a story to tell! We support traditionally published authors, indie and self-published authors, and publishing houses – large press, small press, vanity or otherwise. In the fight against piracy and plagiarism, Freed Reads does however, require our authors and publishers to have full rights to the books they wish to publish with us.

How does Freed Reads™ fairly maintain overall book quality?

Before books are added to our catalog, they're thoroughly reviewed for any major formatting issues by the Freed Reads Team. Once published, our books are optimized purely on the “Reader's Choice” principle - we do not influence your books ranking in any artificial way. We've given our readers the ability to 'Like' books and once they have progressed far enough through a book, readers can give it a star rating! In general books of a higher quality will average a higher position in the waterfall.

What is the Freed Reads™ Tear-Out and Share feature and how does it work?

The Tear-Out and Share feature gives our readers the ability to safely and easily share a specific page from the book they are currently reading with friends from up-to eight different social media platforms. This helps authors broadcast their work and allows readers to share their experiences with their friends and family. If anyone engages with those social posts they are directed back to your book on Freed Reads.The Tear-Out and Share button is displayed discreetly at the top left corner on every book page. Sharing is as simple as tapping or clicking the icon and then deciding whether you want to share the book cover or a specific page and to which social media site you would like to share it on.

How does Freed Reads™ technology actually 'stream' books?

We've developed a unique approach to streaming each individual book page by literally 'rendering' book pages and serving them out to readers on-demand using a format commonly used by billions of websites to draw vector icons. We provide our readers with lossless textual quality, high-definition character integrity and natively supported data-compression. The results of combining all these technologies is a great reading experience, economical bandwidth usage and extremely diverse hardware support – maximizing compatibility and reducing cost of accessibility for each book.
The benefits of our platform are two-fold as traditional text-based websites – and indeed current ebook file formats - carry with them the textual work of each book in it's entirety, ours don't. Because our servers provide per-page vector rendering with no actual copy-able text to speak of, we address the needs of readers and authors simultaneously. The result is Freed Reads provides a much safer methodology with which to transport books over digital mediums and a strong resistance to all forms of plagiarization.