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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free books on the internet. You'll find novels, poetry, short stories, and drama, but also cookbooks, reference works and issues of periodicals. Most are in English, but there are also large numbers in many other languages. All the works featured are out of copyright in the US. You can browse by author or title or search if you know what you're looking for. The top 100 lists the most popular. All books at Project Gutenberg are available as ePub, Kindle, HTML and text documents.

Many Books

The content is similar to Project Gutenberg, thousands of public domain ebooks available for free, but there are a few extras. It looks and feels more like an online bookstore, with cover art, reviews and descriptions. You can download in lots of different formats, including ePub, Kindle, PDF and text.

The Online Books Page

Lists over 1 million free books available on the Web. You can search or browse by author, title or recently added. Features include a celebration of women writers and banned books online. Includes a list some of the major sources free online texts in all languages.

Internet Archive Text Archive

Download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.

Open Library Accessible Books

Over a million eBooks.


Girlebooks aims to make classic and contemporary works by female writers available in ebook format. The eBooks on this site are hand-crafted and professionally formatted. Each one has a linked table of contents and a specially produced cover plus ratings and reviews. Most formats and devices are catered for.

Google Books

Google Book search lets you search the full text of books, the same way as a web search. Enter a search term and you'll get a list of matching results. Click on a book result and you will be able to see anything from a few short extracts to the entire book. If the book is out of copyright you will be able to look through the book from start to finish. If it’s in the public domain you can download a pdf copy.

National Academies Press

All 4,000 National Academies Press titles are available to download as pdf’s free as of 2 June 2011. You don’t have to register, but it’s quicker if you do.

TeleRead: free eBooks

A catalogue of free eBook sites maintained by TeleRead, a great blog to follow if you are interested on eBook developments.

Free Books Online

A listing of 391 (and growing) sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing.

IPL Book collection

The Internet Public Library (IPL) maintains a long list of links to websites that provide online books, from single texts such as A Christmas Carol and Treasure Island to collections based around themes, ie poetry and mythology and to general collections..

Turning the pages

The British Library's Turning the Pages project allows you to view precious manuscripts from the Library's collections. Using interactive animations, you can turn the pages in a realistic way, zoom in on the images and read or listen to notes explaining each page. Highlights include Sketches by Leonardo, Mozart's Musical Diary and The original Alice. You will need the Shockwave Plug-in to turn the pages (alternative versions are available).