A resource list for Online Book Depositories that offer readers free access to their eText, Hypertext, and eBook Collections
The following is a resource list for Online Book Depositories that offer readers free access to their eText, Hypertext, and eBook Collections. While this list is extensive, it by no means covers all such collections on the Internet. Most of these sites are fully accessible, providing a treasure trove of books, both fiction and nonfiction, that can be read using screen reading software.
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Andamooka provides free access to computer books on a variety of subjects, most are however, Linux related.
- American Studies Hypertexts
A small collection of about 50 classic works of American Literature and History from the University of Virginia.
- Avalon Project
The Avalon Project is Yale Law School's collection of Documents in Law, History and
- Bozo and The Storyteller
The publisher of Bozo and The Storyteller, a book for young adults by Tom Glaister, is offering a free download of the audio version of this enchanting book about The Storyteller and the stories he tells the Bloons, blue skinned creatures that live on a world made of cheese!
- Bartleby.Com - Great Books Online
Project Bartleby offers eText of a variety of great books, including literature, nonfiction and reference books, free of charge.
This site offers access to over 2,000 classic Texts, many of the title are accompanied by study guides.
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Contains a wealth of classic Christian books and bible study materials that can be read online in a variety of formats, including plain text. They also have a selection of audio recordings.
- Classics of American Colonial History
An outstanding collection of books and articles dealing with American Colonial History.
Containing a list of electronic editions of eighteenth-century works available online.
- The Electronic Texts Collection
Hosted by Adelaide University in Australia, this collection of eTexts includes "classic works of Literature, Philosophy, Science, and Medicine."
- The EServer: An Arts and Humanities e-Publishing Co-Op
Over 35,000 humanities texts and much more, including works of music and music theory, politics, fiction, and an extensive collection of history texts (Formally known as 'The English Server').
- Free Tech Books
This site provides links to online computer books, and books about computing such as The Hacker Crackdown. Each link is accompanied by a description of the book, plus reviews and other information.
- Hebrew Books .org
HebrewBooks.org has a free, online library with over 32,550 Sefers written in the early parts of the 20th century. Most of these books are in Hebrew, however some are also in English and Yiddish. They also provide access to over 300 Hebrew periodicals from the same period. Books are scanned copies that are presented in PDF format.
- Internet Classics Archive
A very nice collection of over 400 classical Greek and Roman Texts (in English), as well as a few Chinese and Persian texts.
- The Internet Sacred Text Archive
An extensive archive of books of sacred literature from all the worlds religions, as wells as books on mythology and folklore.
- The Labyrinth
Resources for Medieval Studies, including an extensive library of Medieval material, in a variety of languages including English, Latin, French, Old-English, Iberian, and more.
- New Fairy Tales Online
A collection of 32 (and counting) imaginative fairy tales by Rosemary Lake, for readers grade 4 and up.
- The Ohio State University Press' Open Access Initiative
They offer a small, but growing, collection of academic titles in PDF format.
- The Online Books Page
A phenomenal collection consisting of links to over 15,000 books - and it is still growing. Many of the books on this site are in html format, and many of the books are illustrated.
- The Online Medieval and Classical Library
Another outstanding collection of classical and medieval books.
- Oxford Text Archive
High quality electronic editions of 'major' literary works in 25 different languages, including English, French, Scots, Italian, Spanish, German, Greek, and Latin. This collection has over 13,000 texts, and includes reference works.
- Perseus Project
A digital library containing a large selection of books dealing with all aspects of the Ancient World.
- Project Ben-Yehuda
A free, online library of classic works of Hebrew Literature.
- Project Gutenberg
One of my favorite collections, this site contains over 28,000 books, all in plain text format. This link is for the main Project Gutenberg webpage, but many mirror sites exist around the world.
- Read Print
A free online library of literary classics, includes short biographies of the authors, articles, and related information.
- Renascence Editions
"An Online Repository of Works Printed in English Between the Years 1477 and 1799"
- Science Fiction eText
Baen Publishing offers, for free, a selection of their science fiction titles. These books can be read online or downloaded in a variety of formats.
- SETIS: Australian Literature Database
Australian Literary and Historical Texts Online, fully searchable.
- Tsel Harim- Free Torah Library
Their aim is to create a complete online library of Torah source books, in Hebrew, English, and other languages.
- University of Texas Library Online
To access their electronic books you need to be a student, or otherwise related to the University of Texas. However they do offer a detailed list of links to other electronic resources, including works in languages other than English, which makes this site worth a visit.
- The University of Virginia Electronic Text Library
A wide selection of material, while most items can only be viewed by University of Virginia students, a portion of this collection is accessible to the general public.
Foreign Language eText Depositories
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- Bookshare.Org: An Online Library for the Print Disabled.
Bookshare.org is an innovative online community and book sharing program that, legally, provides access to thousands of scanned books, including copyrighted works, to individuals who have a documented 'print' disability.
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