12 kindle high school free textbooks

There’s a really long list of free high school textbooks available at the Kindle Store -

  1. CK-12 21st Century Physics: A Compilation of Contemporary and Emerging Technologies by Andrew Jackson and James Batterson.

    A collaborative effort of the Secretaries of Education and Technology and the Department of Education that seeks to elevate the quality of physics instruction across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  2. CK-12 Engineering: An Introduction for High School by Dale Baker. 

    Introduces engineering techniques and practices to high school students. This book is designed for a broad range of student abilities and does not require significant math or science prerequisites.

  3. CK-12 People’s Physics Book Version 2 by James H. Dann.

    The People’s Physics Book is intended to be used as one small part of a multifaceted strategy to teach physics conceptually and mathematically.

  4. 9 more free kindle textbooks from the CK-12 Foundation (the link takes you to a page with all 9 listed).

    CK-12 Earth Science – covers the study of Earth, its minerals and energy resources, processes inside and on its surface, its past, water, weather and climate, the environment and human actions, and astronomy.

    CK-12 Advanced Probability and Statistics – introduces students to basic topics in statistics and probability but finishes with the rigorous topics an advanced placement course requires.

    CK-12 Calculus – introduces high school students to the topics covered in the Calculus AB course. Topics include: Limits, Derivatives, and Integration.

    CK-12 Chemistry – covers Matter, Atomic Structure; The Elements and Their Properties; Stoichiometry; Chemical Kinetics; Physical States of Matter; Thermodynamics; Nuclear Chemistry; and Organic Chemistry.

    CK-12 Algebra I – an introduction to algebraic concepts for the high school student. Topics include: Equations & Functions, Real Numbers, Equations of Lines, Solving Systems of Equations & Quadratic Equations.

    CK-12 Geometry – Geometry FlexBook is a clear presentation of the essentials of geometry for the high school student. Topics include: Proof, Congruent Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Similarity, Perimeter & Area, Volume, and Transformations.

    CK-12 Trigonometry – Trigonometry FlexBook is an introduction to trigonometry for the high school student. Topics include: Trigonometric Identities & Equations, Circular Functions, and Polar Equations & Complex Numbers.

    CK-12 Life Science – Covers seven units: Understanding Living Things; Cells: The Building Blocks of Life; Genetics and Evolution; Prokaryotes, Protists, Fungi, and Plants; The Animal Kingdom; The Human Body; and Ecology.

    CK-12 Biology I – Honors

These are some really big books (10 to 20 MB each) and seem like they took a lot of time and effort to write. It’s surprising that the CK-12 foundation is giving these away free and it’s equally as surprising that Amazon is covering bandwidth costs.

11 Responses

  1. Did anyone notice this statement when ordering these “free” books:

    Thank you for your purchase. This book will be auto-delivered wirelessly to your Kindle on September 9, 2025.

    2025???????

    • That is only for CK-12 Life Sciences. If you “buy” it, it should download normally even though it’ll say “This item will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on September 9, 2025″.

  2. I couldn’t resist; I downloaded them all. Even though we celebrated our 35th high school reunion this summer, these are simply too valuable of a resource and a great refresher of subjects that I wish I’d been able to cover in more depth years ago.

    I did notice that the Life Sciences book is marked for “pre-order”. I went ahead, curious to see what would happen…

    UPDATE: The Life Sciences book downloaded, even though the availability date was weird…

  3. Thanks for this info. I think that science books especially are suited for Kindle, since info can change and be updated so quickly – an online book would be the easiest way to have the latest theories and concepts.
    …on a tangent, recently I was watching a “Charlie Rose Show” interview with Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Justice. SB mentioned some book recommendations, which included “The Education of Henry Adams”. In that book from 1900′s, HA had talked about how his earlier education had not really prepared him to live in his contemproary world of the 20th century.
    …and, sometimes, I feel like that too about the 21st century. Things I learned back in high school, are not really revelant, to what people today are learning in high school.
    So, these Kindle books, being current info for the 21st century, will be interesting to look through.

  4. I’m new to the Kindle experience. Having said that, I have noticed many posting of “free” ebooks. Does anyone maintain an index of all the free ebooks in one place or is the only source for that these postings?

    • Index of free books?

      There’s a link to the right called ’50 Free Books’ – that has all the current offers. Offers come and go so it’s very hit and miss.

  5. All the textbooks are great but so sizable as to take lots of download time. Is there any way to force the items to be viewed as archived on the Kindle instead of downloading them immediately after they are bought?

    • Go to Amazon.com on PC browser and when buying indicate ‘Send to kindle for PC’ or another non-Kindle option. You might have to download the Kindle for PC software to get this option.

      • I got you. Thanks. Though this solution is not as straightforward as it should be. So does Amazon break its claim that books can be downloaded in 60 Seconds?

      • Well, it’s hardly fair to consider a textbook sized 20 MB. Most books are under a MB.

      • Yeah, but y’know, why this kind of textbooks is so “heavy” is they consist of large amounts of images and diagrams inside. The compression makes a trade-off between the size and quality, which is not controlled consistently. Some books, esp. technical textbooks, have even lower image quality than the CK-12 series even though they are more than 30MB. Why not keep this kind of media to be downloaded on demand and provide a better quality version esp. when the e-reader has a larger screen?

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