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100 sources for free ebooks

Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature

The Classics

  1. Classic Bookshelf: Classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
  2. The Online Books Page: Book search and database hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.
  3. Project Gutenberg: The original free ebook source..
  4. Page by Page Books: From classic Victorian-age lit to speeches by former presidents.
  5. Classic Book Library: Classic SF, historical fiction, childern’s lit, etc..
  6. Classic Reader: From Shakespeare to young adult fiction, and more.
  7. Read Print: Everything from Dumas to Orwell to Darwin to George Sand.
  8. Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles: Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
  9. The Spectator Project: A Montclair State University project featuring full-text, online versions of The Spectator and The Tatler.
  10. Bibliomania: Over 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.
  11. Online Library of Literature: Full and unabridged texts of classic literature.
  12. Bartleby: Bartleby not just classics, its collection of anthologies and other important novels have made it famous.
  13. Fiction.us: Fiction.us has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald… the list goes on.
  14. Free Classic Literature: Find Shakespeare to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne to Mark Twain, and more.


If you don’t absolutely need to pay for your textbooks, save yourself a few hundred dollars by reviewing these sites.

  1. Textbook Revolution: Bology, business, engineering, mathematics and world history textbooks.
  2. Wikibooks: From cookbooks to computing, instructional and educational materials available.
  3. KnowThis Free Online Textbooks: Get directed to stats textbooks and more.
  4. Online Medical Textbooks: Texts on plastic surgery, anatomy and more – we do not recommend putting them into practice witout a license!
  5. Online Science and Math Textbooks: Access biochemistry, chemistry, aeronautics, medical manuals and other textbooks here.
  6. MIT Open Courseware Supplemental Resources: One of the best sites around, MIT ofers free videos, textbooks and more on the subjects of mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, theater, and other fields.
  7. Flat World Knowledge: This innovative site has created an open college textbooks platform that launched in January 2009.
  8. Free Business Textbooks: Free books to help you along with accounting, economics and other business classes. You should get extra credit for this!
  9. Light and Matter: Open source physics textbooks.
  10. eMedicine: This project from WebMD is continuously updated and has articles and references on surgery, pediatrics and more.

Math and Science

Math, science, engineering and technology, aka Nerdvana.

  1. FullBooks.com: This site has “thousands of full-text free books,” including a large amount of scientific essays and books.
  2. Free online textbooks, lecture notes, tutorials and videos on mathematics: NYU links to several free resources for math students.
  3. Online Mathematics Texts: Here you can find online textbooks like Elementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables.
  4. Science and Engineering Books for free download: These books range in topics from nanotechnology to compressible flow.
  5. FreeScience.info: Over 1800 math, engineering and science books available.
  6. Free Tech Books: Computer programmers and computer science enthusiasts can find helpful books here.

Children’s Books

Children’s books are available online, too. Find illustrated books, chapter books, activity books, and more.

  1. byGosh: Free illustrated children’s books and stories.
  2. Munseys: Nearly 2,000 children’s titles, plus books about religion, biographies and more.
  3. International Children’s Digital Library: Not only do they have award-winning books, you can search by categories like age group, make believe books, true books or picture books.
  4. Lookybook: Children’s picture books here.

Philosophy and Religion

When you want something more transcendent than abstract numbers.

  1. Ideology.us: Works by Rene Descartes, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, David Hume and mor.
  2. Free Books on Yoga, Religion and Philosophy: Recent uploads to this site include Practical Lessons in Yoga and Philosophy of Dreams.
  3. The Sociology of Religion: Read this book by Max Weber, here.
  4. Religion eBooks: Read books about the Bible, Christian books, and more.


The bright lights of the stage shine on these sites.

  1. ReadBookOnline.net: Plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.
  2. Plays: Read PygmalionUncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.
  3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Forsooth! MIT has brought thee all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories.
  4. Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”
  5. ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.

Modern Fiction, Fantasy and Romance

Escapism, anyone?

  1. Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.
  2. The Internet Book Database of Fiction: This forum features fantasy and graphic novels, anime, J.K. Rowling and more.
  3. Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.
  4. Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.
  5. Baen Free Library: Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.
  6. The Road to Romance: This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.
  7. Get Free Ebooks: This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.
  8. John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.
  9. SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here include Arabian Nights,Aesop’s Fables and more.
  10. Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books: This list contains mostly fantasy books.

Foreign Language

For books in a foreign language like French, Spanish, even Romanian, check here.

  1. Project Laurens Jz Coster: Find Dutch literature here.
  2. ATHENA Textes Francais: Search by author’s name, French books, or books written by other authors but translated into French.
  3. Liber Liber: Download Italian books here. Browse by author, title, or subject.
  4. Biblioteca romaneasca: Find Romanian books on this site.
  5. Bibliolteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes: Look up authors to find a catalog of their available works on this Spanish site.
  6. KEIMENA: If you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place.
  7. Proyecto Cervantes: Texas A&M’s Proyecto Cervantes has cataloged Cervantes’ work online.
  8. Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum: Plenty of Latin texts here.
  9. Project Runeberg: Scandinavian literature online.
  10. Italian Women Writers: Information about Italian women authors and features full-text titles too.
  11. Biblioteca Valenciana: Register to use this database of Catalan and Valencian books.
  12. Ketab Farsi: Access literature and publications in Farsi from this site.
  13. Afghanistan Digital Library: Powered by NYU, the Afghanistan Digital Library has works published between 1870 and 1930.
  14. CELT: CELT stands for “the Corpus of Electronic Texts” features important historical literature and documents.
  15. Projekt Gutenberg-DE: This easy-to-use database of German language texts lets you search by genres and author.

History and Culture

Refresh your memory of world history, the classics and U.S. history here.

  1. LibriVox: LibriVox has a good selection of historical fiction.
  2. The Perseus Project: Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages.
  3. Access Genealogy: Find literature about Native American history, the Scotch-Irish immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, and more.
  4. Free History Books: This collection features U.S. history books, including works by Paul Jennings, Sarah Morgan Dawson, Josiah Quincy and others.
  5. Most Popular History Books: Free titles include Seven Days and Seven Nights by Alexander Szegedy and Autobiography of a Female Slave by Martha G. Browne.

Rare Books

Look for rare books online here.

  1. Questia: Questia has 5,000 books available for free, including rare books and classics.
  2. JR’s Rare Books and Commentary: Check this site for PDF versions of some rare books.

Arts and Entertainment

Ebooks about celebrities, movies, fashion and style.

  1. Books-On-Line: Amazing collection movie scripts, newer works, cookbooks and others.
  2. Chest of Books: Covers a wide range of topics, such as gardening and cooking books, home improvement books, craft and hobby books, art books and more.
  3. Free e-Books: Find titles related to beauty and fashion, games, health, drama and more.
  4. 2020ok: Categories here include art, graphic design, performing arts, ethnic and national, careers, business and a lot more.
  5. Free Art Books: Artist books and art books in PDF format here.
  6. Free Web design books: OnlineComputerBooks.com directs you to free web design books.
  7. Free Music Books: Sheet music, lyrics and books about music.
  8. Free Fashion Books: Costume and fashion books linked to the Google Books page.


Here you can find mystery books from Sherlock Holmes to more contemporary authors.

  1. MysteryNet: Free short mystery stories.
  2. TopMystery.com: Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton and other mystery writers.
  3. Mystery Books: Books by Sue Grafton and others.


  1. The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
  2. Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”
  3. Poem Hunter: Free poems, lyrics and quotations.
  4. Famous Poetry Online: Limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.
  5. Google Poetry: Large selection of poetry, from The Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Walt Whitman.
  6. QuotesandPoem.com: Pems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and many others.
  7. CompleteClassics.com: Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson, among others.
  8. PinkPoem.com: Free poetry ebooks.


Even more free book sites!

  1. Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
  2. Bored.com: Bored.com has music ebooks, cooking ebooks, and over 150 philosophy titles and over 1,000 religion titles.
  3. World eBook Library: This enormous collection includes classics, encyclopedias, children’s books and much more.
  4. DailyLit: DailyLit has everything from Moby Dick to recent fiction like  Skinny Bitch.
  5. A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.
  6. Free Online Novels: These original novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction.
  7. ManyBooks.net: Downloads for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
  8. Authorama: Pulled from multiple sites, find history books, novels and more.
  9. Prize-winning books online: Links to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.