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This extensive Web site contains full-text verse, fiction, nonfiction, quotations,
and reference works. Famous authors include T.S. Eliot, Charles Darwin, F. Scott
Fitzgerald, Robert Frost, Thomas Hardy, Sinclair Lewis, John Milton, Theodore
Roosevelt, and Bernard Shaw.
Google Books Search
Find full text and/or bibliographic information using the world's best known search engine to search through one of the largest collaborative digitization projects ever. To find "Full Text Books" (which are likely to be older), select "Advanced Search" next to the Search button and click the "Full view" button before searching.
The Internet Public Library Online Texts Collection
This database contains links to more than 18,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal Classification. They also can be searched by keyword. Titles are included for online books, stories, essays, poems, articles, dramas, letters, and speeches.
Covers various subjects including arts and photography, biographies and memoirs, business and investing, computers and Internet, children's books, and more.
MERLOT – Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching
Put your subject area into the “New Search” box. MERLOT is the best site for finding reliable free online learning materials of all types, so you might want to do other searches in MERLOT. This link will only search for free textbooks, but search again from the column on the left.
The Online Books Page
Search more than 14,000 online books by author or title. All of the titles listed are freely available on the Internet due to a lapse in copyright, the copyright holder has granted permission for inclusion, or the copyrighted work is allowed online under special licenses granted by law. (All books will appear in the online catalog of a major library such as the Library of Congress.)
World Public Library
The world's largest digital archive of PDF e-books and other eDocuments. Membership is required to download books and to get access to their entire collection.
The Merck Manual
The Merck Manuals are a series of healthcare books for medical professionals and consumers. The Online Medical Library is updated periodically with new information, and contains photographs, and audio and video material not present in the print versions.
National Academies Press
The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. NAP offers many titles in electronic Adobe PDF format. Hundreds of these books can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book, while others are available for purchase.
Science & Technology
Free Computer Books
Contains a huge collection of Free online Computer, Programming, Mathematics, Engineering, and Technical Books, Lecture Notes and Tutorials. The e-books are categorized by topics, with 12 top level categories, and over 150 sub-categories.
Free Tech Books
A list of free online computer science, engineering and programming books, ebooks, texts, textbooks, lecture notes, documentations and references.
Online Computer Books
Contains details about free computer books, free ebooks, free online books and sample chapters related to Information Technology, Computer Science, Internet, Business, Marketing, Maths, Physics and Science which are provided by publishers or authors on their websites
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
You will find full-text versions of Western philosophy, American literature, and British literary works here. Authors include Edmund Burke, Lewis Carroll, and Willa Cather. The site is browsable by author, title, and date, and you can search for and display texts from the collection, as well as search the content of located texts.
American Verse Project
Developed at the University of Michigan, this project provides the full-text electronic online version of more than 170 volumes of American poetry written prior to 1920. The opening page of the site offers various search options, from keyword and phrase searching to proximity searching to author browsing. Both well-known poets such as Carl Sandberg and Ralph Waldo Emerson and lesser-known poets such as Lizette Woodworth Reese and Mary Eliza Perine Tucker are included. The project is ongoing with a list of hundreds of volumes forthcoming.
This site contains books that are currently out of copyright; generally, this means books published before 1923. The site includes works from Shakespeare, Dante, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and Lewis Carroll among others. Alice in Wonderland, Aesop's Fables, The Bible, Moby Dick, Paradise Lost, and Roget's Thesaurus are representative of the titles offered on this site, which also contains various almanacs, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.
University of Virginia Electronic Text Center
The Center's holdings include 51,000 humanities texts in 12 languages, with more than 350,000 related images. Thousands of these texts are available for free to the general public over the Internet. Other titles are available only to students of the University of Virginia. The site is browsable by area of interest and author's last name. A large selection of titles is available to the public in the following English collections: The Middle English Collection, Shakespeare Resources, Religious Resources, Special Collections electronic texts, British Poetry 1780 to 1910, Documenting the African American Experience, and Michigan Early Modern English Materials.