Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature
- Classic Bookshelf: Classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
- The Online Books Page: Book search and database hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.
- Project Gutenberg: The original free ebook source..
- Page by Page Books: From classic Victorian-age lit to speeches by former presidents.
- Classic Book Library: Classic SF, historical fiction, childern’s lit, etc..
- Classic Reader: From Shakespeare to young adult fiction, and more.
- Read Print: Everything from Dumas to Orwell to Darwin to George Sand.
- Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles: Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
- The Spectator Project: A Montclair State University project featuring full-text, online versions of The Spectator and The Tatler.
- Bibliomania: Over 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.
- Online Library of Literature: Full and unabridged texts of classic literature.
- Bartleby: Bartleby not just classics, its collection of anthologies and other important novels have made it famous.
- 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.
- 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.
- Textbook Revolution: Bology, business, engineering, mathematics and world history textbooks.
- Wikibooks: From cookbooks to computing, instructional and educational materials available.
- KnowThis Free Online Textbooks: Get directed to stats textbooks and more.
- Online Medical Textbooks: Texts on plastic surgery, anatomy and more – we do not recommend putting them into practice witout a license!
- Online Science and Math Textbooks: Access biochemistry, chemistry, aeronautics, medical manuals and other textbooks here.
- 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.
- Flat World Knowledge: This innovative site has created an open college textbooks platform that launched in January 2009.
- Free Business Textbooks: Free books to help you along with accounting, economics and other business classes. You should get extra credit for this!
- Light and Matter: Open source physics textbooks.
- 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.
- FullBooks.com: This site has “thousands of full-text free books,” including a large amount of scientific essays and books.
- Free online textbooks, lecture notes, tutorials and videos on mathematics: NYU links to several free resources for math students.
- Online Mathematics Texts: Here you can find online textbooks like Elementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables.
- Science and Engineering Books for free download: These books range in topics from nanotechnology to compressible flow.
- FreeScience.info: Over 1800 math, engineering and science books available.
- Free Tech Books: Computer programmers and computer science enthusiasts can find helpful books here.
Children’s books are available online, too. Find illustrated books, chapter books, activity books, and more.
- byGosh: Free illustrated children’s books and stories.
- Munseys: Nearly 2,000 children’s titles, plus books about religion, biographies and more.
- 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.
- Lookybook: Children’s picture books here.
Philosophy and Religion
When you want something more transcendent than abstract numbers.
- Ideology.us: Works by Rene Descartes, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, David Hume and mor.
- Free Books on Yoga, Religion and Philosophy: Recent uploads to this site include Practical Lessons in Yoga and Philosophy of Dreams.
- The Sociology of Religion: Read this book by Max Weber, here.
- Religion eBooks: Read books about the Bible, Christian books, and more.
The bright lights of the stage shine on these sites.
- ReadBookOnline.net: Plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.
- Plays: Read Pygmalion, Uncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.
- The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: Forsooth! MIT has brought thee all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories.
- Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”
- ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.
Modern Fiction, Fantasy and Romance
- Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.
- The Internet Book Database of Fiction: This forum features fantasy and graphic novels, anime, J.K. Rowling and more.
- Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.
- Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.
- Baen Free Library: Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.
- The Road to Romance: This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.
- Get Free Ebooks: This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.
- John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.
- SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here include Arabian Nights,Aesop’s Fables and more.
- Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books: This list contains mostly fantasy books.
For books in a foreign language like French, Spanish, even Romanian, check here.
- Project Laurens Jz Coster: Find Dutch literature here.
- ATHENA Textes Francais: Search by author’s name, French books, or books written by other authors but translated into French.
- Liber Liber: Download Italian books here. Browse by author, title, or subject.
- Biblioteca romaneasca: Find Romanian books on this site.
- Bibliolteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes: Look up authors to find a catalog of their available works on this Spanish site.
- KEIMENA: If you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place.
- Proyecto Cervantes: Texas A&M’s Proyecto Cervantes has cataloged Cervantes’ work online.
- Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum: Plenty of Latin texts here.
- Project Runeberg: Scandinavian literature online.
- Italian Women Writers: Information about Italian women authors and features full-text titles too.
- Biblioteca Valenciana: Register to use this database of Catalan and Valencian books.
- Ketab Farsi: Access literature and publications in Farsi from this site.
- Afghanistan Digital Library: Powered by NYU, the Afghanistan Digital Library has works published between 1870 and 1930.
- CELT: CELT stands for “the Corpus of Electronic Texts” features important historical literature and documents.
- 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.
- LibriVox: LibriVox has a good selection of historical fiction.
- The Perseus Project: Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages.
- Access Genealogy: Find literature about Native American history, the Scotch-Irish immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, and more.
- Free History Books: This collection features U.S. history books, including works by Paul Jennings, Sarah Morgan Dawson, Josiah Quincy and others.
- 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.
Look for rare books online here.
- Questia: Questia has 5,000 books available for free, including rare books and classics.
- 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.
- Books-On-Line: Amazing collection movie scripts, newer works, cookbooks and others.
- 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.
- Free e-Books: Find titles related to beauty and fashion, games, health, drama and more.
- 2020ok: Categories here include art, graphic design, performing arts, ethnic and national, careers, business and a lot more.
- Free Art Books: Artist books and art books in PDF format here.
- Free Web design books: OnlineComputerBooks.com directs you to free web design books.
- Free Music Books: Sheet music, lyrics and books about music.
- 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.
- MysteryNet: Free short mystery stories.
- TopMystery.com: Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton and other mystery writers.
- Mystery Books: Books by Sue Grafton and others.
- The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
- Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”
- Poem Hunter: Free poems, lyrics and quotations.
- Famous Poetry Online: Limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.
- Google Poetry: Large selection of poetry, from The Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Walt Whitman.
- QuotesandPoem.com: Pems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and many others.
- CompleteClassics.com: Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson, among others.
- PinkPoem.com: Free poetry ebooks.
Even more free book sites!
- Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
- Bored.com: Bored.com has music ebooks, cooking ebooks, and over 150 philosophy titles and over 1,000 religion titles.
- World eBook Library: This enormous collection includes classics, encyclopedias, children’s books and much more.
- DailyLit: DailyLit has everything from Moby Dick to recent fiction like Skinny Bitch.
- A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.
- Free Online Novels: These original novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction.
- ManyBooks.net: Downloads for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
- Authorama: Pulled from multiple sites, find history books, novels and more.
- Prize-winning books online: Links to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.