The full text materials available from these sources may appear in a variety of formats (text, html with illustrations, TIFF images, Word documents, Microsoft Reader, Palm Reader, etc) and in zipped or unzipped formats. Lengthy print jobs should be broken into 40-page sections to avoid overwhelming the printing buffer and causing delays in printing.
Xreferplus - XRefer.com Current Editions Updated Monthly
Xreferplus is a digital reference library that provides information from more than 240 high-quality reference books from the world's leading publishers. Offering access to over 1.7 million individual entries, xreferplus contains all the types of reference books that you'd want to see in any quality library: dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, and books of quotations, plus numerous subject-specific titles covering everything from the arts to accountancy and law to literature.. A complete description of titles available is available at http://www.xreferplus.com/allbooks.jsp.
NetLibrary - OCLC Current file
Provides access to the library's collection of 3,300 eBooks and 3,407 publicly accessible eBooks, such as Hamlet, by William Shakespeare. The collection is searchable by author, title, subject, keyword, full text, and ISBN. Users may search for and view the full text of these books online, or create e free account in order to charge out books. Minimum browser requirements are: Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5 or Netscape 6.2 or higher. Search Guide
Free Books on the Web
Free access to the full text of more than 50,000 titles. The catalog can be searched by author, title, subject, or keyword and can be be limited to books or other media categories in any of 39 languages. Media categories include Audio Book, computer-generated Audio Book, human-read Data, Recorded Music, Sheet Music, Other recordings Moving Pictures, and Still Pictures. The catalog can also be browsed by author or title.
The Online Book
Free access to the full text of more than 25,000 titles. The catalog can be searched by author or title. The collection can be browsed by author, title, or subject and the site includes several features: A Celebration of Women Writers; Banned Books Online; Prize Winners Online; Foreign Language Books; and Specialty Books.
Electronic Text Center
- University of Virginia Library
Free access to the Web (html) version, Microsoft Reader version, and Palm version of more than 2,100 publicly-available e-books including classic British and American fiction, major authors, children's literature, the Bible, Shakespeare, American history, African-American documents, and much more. The collection can be browsed by author or title and searched by keyword or phrase. Subject collections include: Illustrated Classics, African-American, Native American, Women Writers, The Bible, Literature in Translation, Shakespeare, Civil War, Young Readers, Early American Fiction, and the Center on Religion and Democracy. Each text can be accessed in HTML (web version) for online viewing, and can be downloaded as both a MS Reader E-book for the Microsoft Reader and a Palm-readable text for the Palm Reader. Software for the Microsoft Reader and the Palm Reader can be downloaded at the site. For a step-by-step guide on how to get and use other ebooks and ebook software, look at Candida Martinelli's informative site at http://home.wanadoo.nl/cecilia.mccabe/instructions.htm.
University of Virginia
Online Library Catalog
The Electronic Text Center's holdings include approximately 70,000 on- and off-line humanities texts in thirteen languages, with more than 350,000 related images (book illustrations, covers, manuscripts, newspaper pages, page images of Special Collections books, museum objects, etc.) Most etexts can now be accessed alongside the print collections in Virgo, the University of Virginia online library catalog.
Best Websites to Download Free E-books
Annotated list with links to websites where you can download books for free. Some sites listed focus on computer programming, Shakespeare, government texts, technology, and other subjects. Reader comments provide suggestions of additional sources. From a blog with tips for tech users, designers, and bloggers.
Online Library of Liberty
Provides the full-text of classic texts "which have contributed to our understanding of the nature of individual liberty, limited and constitutional government, and the free market". Includes 1396 titles by 441 authors from Ancient Sumeria to the present day in the following disciplines: art, economics, history, law, literature, music, philosophy, political theory, religion, science, sociology, war, and peace. A brief biography for each author is included. Works are available in HTML, PDF, and Facsimile PDF formats.
The Library of Economics and Liberty
Provides the full text of classic works on economics, an Encyclopedia of Economics, monthly articles on economic topics, and a moderated economics blog. Works are available in HTML, PDF, and MSReader formats.
Text Collections in Western European Literature
From the Western European Studies Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries, this site lists Internet sources for literary texts in the western European languages other than English. Translations are mentioned only when they are included in collections of original language texts, or when they are themselves of interest. Collections are listed more or less in order of size; indivdual authors are listed alphabetically. EuRoDocs lists many historical and social science texts in western European languages.
Primary Historical Documents From Western Europe
Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations subdivided by 24 countries plus Medieval & Renaissance Europe, and Europe as a Supranational Region. The links connect to Western European (mainly primary) historical documents that shed light on key historical happenings within the respective countries (and within the broadest sense of political, economic, social and cultural history). The order of documents is chronological wherever possible. The collection is searchable by keyword.
Library of American Civilization
Titles Available Free on the Web, compiled by Terry Ballard
The Library of American Civilization (LAC) is a collection on microfiche containing 6.5 million pages of material relating to all aspects of American life and literature from their beginnings to 1917. Included in the collection are pamphlets, periodicals, documents, biographies and autobiographies, fictional works, poetry, collections of various kinds, materials of foreign origin relating to America, and many rare books not generally available. Access to the LAC is provided through a printed, four-volume guide to LAC materials located next to the microfiche in the Microform Area. Search Guide
The Baldwin Library of Historical
Children's Literature: Digital Collection
Based in the Department of Special Collections at the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries, this collection contains more than 4,700 fully digitized children's books published from 1850 to 1900 in Great Britain and the United States. A great strength of the collection is the many English and American editions of the same work. Other strengths of the collection include 300 editions of Robinson Crusoe, 100 editions of Pilgrim's Progress, fables, juvenile biography, 19th century science and natural history, 19th century alphabet books, moral tales, fairy tales, 19th century juvenile periodicals, 19th century boys' adventure stories, 20th century boys' and girls' series, Little Golden Books, and juvenile publications of the American Sunday School Union and other tract societies. Specialized collections within this digital collection include: Afterlife of Alice and Her Adventures in Wonderland; Daniel Defoes Robinson Crusoe and the Robinsonades; and St. Nicholas Magazine. The page viewer is robust but there is no specific printing or downloading option.