Ebook & Electronic Text Sites
Listed below are some of sites available on the Web for downloading electronic books to various devices. The focus here is sites that offer free ebooks and content.
How to download E-Texts and E-Books to your PC
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Adobe Digital Editions: Sample eBook Library
Free sample eBooks including entire books and preview chapters from leading publishers.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
Collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
The aim of this site is to bring the public domain books featured on sites like Project Gutenberg into easily readable HTML version. Most of the files provided by Project Gutenberg are in plain-text (ASCII) format. On this site, you will find the public domain books in XHTML.
Baen Free Library
Science fiction & fantasy free ebooks.
Bartleby.com: Great Books Online
Unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.
Free online literature with more than 2000 classic texts.
Textbooks; Business; Travel guides.
The Book Depository
Over 11,000 free ebooks.
Web portal in which books, education materials, information, and content are free to anyone who has an internet connection.
British Women Romantic Poets, 1789-1832
An electronic collection of texts from the University of California, Davis.
Sends books in installments via e-mail or RSS feed. Over 1000 classic and contemporary books available for free or on a Pay-Per-Read basis (with sample installments available for free). You can read your installments wherever you receive e-mail/RSS feeds, including on your Blackberry and iPhone.
Free ebooks divided into different categories, including business, art, computing and education.
The University of Adelaide. The purpose of this site is: to provide access to the “classic” works of civilisation; to promote reading of the same.
Digital humanities venture, based at Iowa State U, where hundreds of writers, editors and scholars gather to publish over 35,000 works free of charge.
Cloud publishing and distribution service.
Fictionwise: Free eBooks
Free sample eBooks
Folklore & Mythology Electronic Texts
University of Pittsburgh
Free ebooks library where you can find and download free books in almost any category.
Free Computer, Mathematics, Technical Books and Lecture Notes, etc.
The Free Library
Free, full-text versions of classic literary works from hundreds of celebrated authors. Recently expanded to include periodicals from hundreds of leading publications covering Business & Industry, Communications, Entertainment, Health, Humanities, Law, Government, Politics, Recreation& Leisure, Science & Technology, and Social Sciences. Includes millions of articles dating back to 1984 as well as newly-published articles that are added to the site daily.
Free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes.
Thousands of full-text free books
HathiTrust Digital Library
Partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. To view Public Collections, set up a “friend account” through University of Michigan Weblogin.
Humanities Text Initiative
Collections on this site are freely available to the Internet community.
Online public library with freely available software and information, for topics such as music, literature, art, history, science, politics, and cultural studies.
Ebook search engine to find free ebooks and compare ebook prices for the Kindle, iPhone, Nook, Sony Reader and more.
International Children’s Digital Library
Collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.
The Internet Archive: Ebook and Texts Archive
Download free books and texts. Contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children’s books, historical texts and academic books.
The Internet Classics Archive
Classical literature, including user-driven commentary and “reader’s choice” Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.
Internet Sacred Text Archive
Largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship.
Searches the content of more than 700 web sites, including gutenberg.org, wikibooks.org and archive.org. Find all types of free books: public domain texts, open books, audio books, ad-supported books and more. Type in the search box the book title, author or theme you want to find.
Library of Southern Literature
Includes a wide range of literary works of the American South published before 1924.
LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain, and the audio files back are released back onto the net for free.
Free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format.
Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature
Medieval literature; Renaissance literature; 17th century literature; Restoration & 18th century.
Many of the etexts are from Project Gutenberg. As of July 2004 most current PG texts are available here, usually within the week of release. There are also public domain and creative commons works from many other sources.
Over 20,000 rare and hard to find titles in 10 formats.
Free short and novel length story archive. Standard stories and stories for young people.
Ohio Digital Library
This statewide project helps libraries provide downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music and video to library customers. The State Library of Ohio contracts with OverDrive, Inc., a digital materials provider to libraries throughout the country.
>>If your local library is not a member, you can sign up online for a State Library of Ohio card using the Ohio Resident – Patron Registration Form.
The Online Books Page
Over 1,000,000 free books on the Web. Facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all. Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries.
Free computer books, online books and free ebooks related to IT, Computer Science, Internet, Business, Marketing, Maths, Physics, Engineering, Electronics and Science.
Manuals, guides and ebooks.
The Online Library of Liberty
Thousands of titles about individual liberty, limited constitutional government, and the free market, free of charge to the public, for educational purposes.
They have a goal of one web page for every book ever published. Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open, and they welcome your contribution, whether you fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget.
O’Reilly Books & Videos: Open Books
Open Books–books with various forms of “open” copyright.
Search for audiobooks, eBooks, music, video, local libraries and bookstores.
Page By Page Books
Hundreds of classic books you can read online.
Over 460 free study guides, book notes, book reviews, online chapter summaries, notes, analysis for literature titles.
Free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats. They carry high quality ebooks previously published by bona fide publishers and digitized with the help of thousands of volunteers. The available ebooks are free in the U.S. because their copyright has expired.
Project Gutenberg Consortia Center
Designed for the collection and redistribution of eBooks that are public domain under U.S. copyright laws.
Read classic literature online.
Read Easily Ebooks Online Library
Digital library designed to provide an adaptive reading experience. Click on “set display” and select the font size, font color and background color. For the blind or visually impaired every book has been formatted into HTML code, avoiding proprietary formats that are not friendly with Text to Speech Software.
Free online books library.
The world’s largest social reading and publishing company. Share and discover entertaining, informative and original written content across the web and mobile devices.
Free ebooks and software. They either bought or attained PLR, resale or master rights to all the products on their page and are making them available for free. Some files are hosted with a download service, you may need to wait a few seconds before you can download and others are instant.
The University of Oxford Text Archive
Develops, collects, catalogues and preserves electronic literary and linguistic resources for use in higher education, in research, teaching and learning.
Open platform allowing readers and writers to exchange stories freely online and through mobile devices.
Collection of open-content textbooks, annotated texts, instructional guides, and manuals.
World Public Library
2,000,000+ eBooks in 100+ languages, containing 125 of the finest eBook and eDocument collections. $8.95 annual membership.
World Wide School Library
Dedicated to the collection, preservation and presentation of educational material.