If you’ve landed on this page, then you probably did a search for “free ebook” or “full text”, plus the name of one of the authors I mention on this site, commonly Michael Chabon, Giles Milton, Phillip Pullman, and so on, or the title of one of their books.
If you’re deliberately seeking illegal free copies, then you’re an arsehole and I’ve nothing to say to you — nothing will change your mind anyway, so move on.
If, however, you’ve ended up with the impression that anything online should be free or that free copies of books are allowed by the author or somehow helps them, or at least doesn’t hurt, and therefore it’s OK for you to seek them out, please pay attention for just a moment.
Every single time you help yourself to a free copy when previously you would have bought or loaned the book, it directly takes a sale (or library loan) away from the author. Not only does that directly affect their royalties ie how much money they receive for the months of work they did to produce the words you are enjoying so much, but it also impacts their relationship with their publisher and their whole career — because if their publisher does not see enough sales, they will dump that author.
Ebooks are available for free legitimately, often because they are the first in a series or an early work. But those are available from or at least promoted on the publisher’s or author’s website, or listed on proper retail sites. If you’re picking up free ebooks by mainstream authors via sites like Wattpad or Feedbooks or just posted randomly on various sites, those are not sanctioned by author or publisher.
In these cases, you’re stealing from the author and fucking up their chances of their publisher sticking with them. If you like an author, why would you deliberately do that to them? Or, more self-interestedly, why would you ruin your chances of seeing more books from them by screwing their writing career now?
If you don’t want to pay, borrow from a library — it counts for the author.
If DRM is affecting you, buy the copy and circumvent the DRM — it’s just as illegal as downloading free copies, but at least the author, and publisher, get something.
If geographical restrictions are stopping you, try entering your profile as US anyway (even on the credit card page) — apparently that works sometimes. Otherwise, there’s that library, or Amazon’ll most likely have the paperback available just as cheaply as the ebook version.