Legally free e-books. A comprehensive list.

  • Free Books: 100 Legal Sites To Download Free Literature

    Free books 100 legal sites to download literature

    Modern reading habits have evolved in an era with so much information at one’s fingertips.  Here is an amazing list of more than over 100 links to websites that provide free e-books on a large variety of topics.

    We read for information and as a hobby, with the hope that information we acquire will improve our minds, provide us with knowledge or give simply to give us pleasure.  In the modern age of information, more reading material is available than ever.

    Imagine an almost limitless library, open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, to anyone with a passion for reading!  Never has so much free material been available.

    Keep this resource bookmarked for future reference, it is perfect for everyone whether you are a student, a business or simply an avid reader.  There are also fabulous children’s titles to download free.

    Many classic titles can be downloaded free, from Dickens to Darwin, from Shakespeare to Lewis Carroll.  Here are some sites dedicated to simple classic literature:
    * Classic Bookshelf :  a source of classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte
    * The Online Books Page :  hosted by the University of Pennsylvania this site provides a complete database search ability
    * Project Gutenberg :  more than 45,000 titles available for download to pc’s, tablets and Kindles
    * Page By Page Books :  range of classic titles and famous historical speeches
    * Classic Book Info :  lists of classic books from multiple genres including historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature
    * Classic Reader:  a variety of genres available to search
    * Read Print :  a user friendly site with added discussion groups
    * Planet eBook :  a range of well known classics
    * Bibliomania:  a range of classic titles, poetry and reference titles
    * Online Library of Literature :  full and unabridged texts of classic works of English literature
    * Bartleby :  many classics and a vast collection of anthologies
    * Fiction.Us :  a huge selection of novels, poetry, childrens classics and short stories
    * Classic Literature UK :  a wide range of complete collections from many authors

    The sites below offer everything in the mystery genre from Sherlock Holmes to more contemporary modern authors.
    * Top :  from Edgar Allen Poe to Wilkie Collins
    * Mystery Books :  another good source from classic to modern mysteries
    * :  short stories in the mystery genre

    * Free Art Books :  a wide range of artist books and art books in PDF format
    * Free Music Books :  ranging from sheet music, lyrics and books about music
    * Chest of Books :  This is a site offering titles on a wide range of topics including gardening and cooking books, home improvement books, craft and hobby books, art books and more.
    * Books-on-Line :  offers a large collection includes movie scripts, newer works, cookbooks and more
    * Free :  a range of titles related to beauty and fashion, games, health, drama and more
    * Fashion Books :  costume and fashion books are linked to the Google Books page
    * Web Design Books :  offering titles on web design, programming, software engineering and more
    * 2020ok :  title categories including art, graphic design, performing arts, ethnic and national, careers, business and science

    The cost of many textbooks can be prohibitive to students around the world.  Check some of these resources to save a small fortune.
    * Textbook Revolution :  a student run site offering biology, business, engineering, mathematics and world history textbooks
    * WikiBooks:  from computing to cookery this site offers a wide range of educational material
    * Medical and Denistry Textbooks :  specialist books about plastic surgery, anatomy and more
    * Science And Math :  science titles including aeronautics, chemistry, medicine, psychology and more
    * MIT Open Courseware Supplemental Resources :  Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers a wide range of free videos, textbooks and more on the subjects of engineering, mathematics, chemistry and much more.
    * Flat World Knowledge :  college textbooks written by the industry’s top authors
    * Free Business Textbooks :  offers titles for accounting, economics and other many other business topics
    * Light And Matter :  open source physics textbooks
    * eMedicine :  a wide range of reference titles run by WebMD regularly updated

    These sites offer titles books specific to the math, science, engineering and technology fields.
    * Free :  800 math, engineering and science books
    * Science And Technology :  a wide range of scientific titles
    * Online Mathematics Books :  free online textbooks including Elementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables
    * Full Books :  offering a large amount of scientific essays and text books
    * Free Tech Books :  free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes

    More children are using tablets and reading devices.  Download free children’s classics and illustrated books.
    * International Children’s Digital Library :  offering many award-winning books with the ability to search by categories like age group, make believe books, true books or picture books
    * Munsey’s :  a source of more than 2000 children’s titles
    * ByGosh :  short stories, children’s classics and poetry

    Specialist sites offer many titles in these categories.
    * Yoga Religion And Philosophy :  offering everything from Yoga titles to books on the Philosophy of Dreams
    * Ideology.Us :  offering eBooks on sociology, philosophy, psychology, education, and politics
    * Religion :  from titles discussing the Bible and other religious works

    Here are sources of classic historical works and great cultural reference books.
    * Free History Books :  This site provides material on history from all over the world categorized by country.
    * Books :  a good selection of historical and civil war books as well as providing fiction and many other genres
    * Perseus Digital Library :  The Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages.
    * LibriVox :  a site specializing in historical fiction
    * Access Genealogy :  includes literature about Native American history, the Scotch-Irish immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, and more

    Offering a wide scope of contemporary graphic novels, romance novels, fantasy books and much more
    * Road to Romance :  includes popular titles by authors such as Patricia Cornwell and Mary Higgins Clark
    * Public Bookshelf :  claims to be the No 1 site for free romance novels across a wide range of romance genres
    * The Internet Book Database :  fantasy novels and also includes J.K.Rowling titles
    * Free Online :  a collection of links to free online novels, organized by genres including adventure, mystery and romance
    * Baen Books :  a wide range of authors including Scott Gier, Keith Laumer
    * Get Free :  includes a wide range of fiction titles
    * :  science fiction and fantasy titles
    * Free Novel Directory :  specializing in fantasy titles
    * John T :  free titles from John T Cullen

    From classic playwrights to contemporary works, many titles are available.
    * Shakespeare :  MIT offers the Complete Works of Shakespeare.
    * Screenplays :  from Oscar Wilde to George Bernard Shaw
    * Plays Online :  claiming to offer ‘every play they have heard of’ that is available free
    * :  many plays and literature classics
    * ProPlay :  plays, dramas and comedies for adults and children

    The poetry sites below have works by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and others as well as full books of poetry collections
    * Famous Poetry Online :  a site providing the famous poems by the World’s most popular Poets
    * The Literature Network :  features poems, quotations and short stories
    * Poetry :  poetry as well as novels, short stories and plays
    * Poem :  a collection of free poems, lyrics and quotations
    * Quotes And :  many popular poems including Maya Angelou and William Blake

    Here are some sources of free books in a variety of foreign languages.
    * Projekt Gutenberg-DE :  German titles
    * Bibliolteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes :  Look up authors to find a catalog of their available works on this Spanish language site.
    * Biblioteca Valenciana :  Catalan and Valencian books
    * Project Laurens Jansz. Coster :  Dutch literature
    * LiberLiber :  Download Italian books.
    * Italian Women Writers :  providing information about Italian women authors and also features full-text titles
    * Athena Textes Francais :  original french literature and translated books
    * :  an online library in Romanian
    * Keimena :  Modern Greek literature
    * Runeberg :  offers Scandinavian literature
    * Afghanistan Digital Library/ :  collecting, cataloging, digitizing, and making available over the Internet as many Afghan publications from the period 1871–1930 as it is possible to identify and locate.
    * Ketab :  literature and publications in Farsi
    * Celt :  resource for Irish history, literature and politics
    * Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum :  a source of many original Latin texts

    Questia :  a good range of classic and rare titles

    * Banned Books :  provides links of banned books to their full text online
    * Prize Winning Books :  a range of titles including Newberry winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners
    * :  a huge range of comics, periodicals, encyclopedias and childrens titles
    * :  featuring links to completely free books from a variety of different authors
    * :  everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.  also offers daily short sections to encourage people who think they have no time to read
    * Free Novels Online :  many genres:  romance novels, science fiction novels, mysteries, didactic fiction, religious fiction, historical fiction and more, that are not found in the mainstream bookstores
    * Many :  more than 29,000 eBooks available across many genres

    Happy Reading !



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