Free E-Books on the Web
Search across the e-book sites listed below:
Free E-Book Sites:
These sites work best for older books (pre-1923) since those books are now in the public domain.
- Alex Catalogue of Electronic Text
- The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of about 14,000 “classic” public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
- Bartleby.com Great Books Online
- Includes several classic works in nonfiction, fiction, poetry and reference.
- Complete Works of William Shakespeare
- Williams Shakespeare's plays available full text.
- EServer Books Collection
- This is a collection of book-length monographs and includes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
- Humanities Text Initiative
- Includes a variety of resources in the humanities.
- Internet Classics Archive
- Includes 441 works of classical literature by 59 different authors, including user-driven commentary and "reader's choice" Web sites. Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.
- Internet Public Library Book Collection
- This site points to free e-books in a variety of places across a wide range of disciplines.
- Making of America
- This is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction. The collection is particularly strong in the subject areas of education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. The collection currently contains approximately 10,000 books and 50,000 journal articles with 19th century imprints.
- On-Line Books Page
- Includes more than 30,000 English works.
- Perseus Digital Library
- Contains several collections including Greek and Roman Materials, Arabic Materials, Germanic Materials, 19th-Century American, Renaissance Materials, and Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri.
- Project Gutenberg
- This database contains a large number of e-books that are freely available.
- Universal Digital Library
- Includes the Million Book Digital Library project and is continuing to grow.