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The linked lists represents only a small portion of the free eBook libraries available today. Each of the libraries listed provides free services to the public. Depending on the library book can be presented in either single or multiple formats.

What's New in the Libraries! (Summer 2013)

Rare Book Room

Ebook finding tools

Kindergarten math ebooks:
Free kindergarten worksheets and workbooks with no registration required to download.

British Library’s Virtual Books:
Shows books online using Turning the Pages software. Includes in its collection works from Leonardo da Vinci and Lewis Caroll’s Alice’s Adventures Underground in the author’s own hand.

Rare Book Room:
Online reading site containing digitally photographed versions of some of the world ’s great books from some of the greatest libraries. This site contains all of the books (about 400) that have been digitized to date including selected works of Shakespeare, Benjamin Franklin, Redouté, Galileo, Copernicus, Louis Renard, and Illuminated Manuscripts.

Digital Collections of Trinity College Library:
Digitized materials from the Manuscripts & Archives, Early Printed Books, and general collections to be read online including the Book of Kells (click on the search button with the box blank to see the entire collection)

Reasonable Basic Algebra (RBA):

Book Boon:
Textbooks (many areas) and buisnes ebooks (PDF)

 Book Depository:
Over 11,000 free ebooks - general collection. 

Very large library of books that can be downloaded in multiple formats – many not public domain in the US. 

Open Library:
A service from the Internet Archive that provides access to over one million ebooks (classics to current novels) adapted for persons have print disabilities. Older books are available though the Internet Archive’s unencrypted DAISY library and modern books can be accessed by users how have a Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) key (available through application:

Summerside Kindergarten Bedtime Stories:
A collection of short videos of stories read by the school staff from Edinburgh, UK.

 Room 108 Kids Stories:
Online stories with animation and sound for younger children. Many stories have a self grading quiz at the end.

 CBeebies Story Time:
Over 120 K-PreK stories read aloud and animated.

 Story Before Bed:
Two free stories read by the authors – Spike in the City by Paulette Bogan and The Night Before Thanksgiving by Phyllis Porter Turner. An additional story – the Itsy Bitsy Spider is also available for student to narrate and record for preview.

Conrad First: 
Open access archive of the initial serialized version of the works of Joseph Conrad.

School Sparks:
Homeschool/early learning/Kindergarten learning books (PDF): Fun Math for Young Learners; Early Writing for Little Hands; Stepping Stones for Early Readers

We Give Books:
Over 200 fiction and non-fiction picture books from Pearson (Penguin and DK).

Project aims to remove barriers to open textbooks
Officials hope to address key questions, such as how to ensure the books are of high quality.
 Currently UMN has an open textbook library of 90 books covering areas including business, economics, humanities, mathematics, and social, natural, and physical sciences.

Univ of Minnesota – Open Academics Textbook Catalog:


Academic Commons (

  • Academic Commons is dedicated to the development of free web-based resources for academic professionals focusing on liberal arts education via digital tools.
  • The news aggregator showcases current developments and projects in the open education community.

AcademicPub (

  • AcademicPub is a build-your-own-textbook service that offers students three different options for purchasing the book: digital download, paperback, or hardcover.
  • Instructors can create a customized textbook with book chapters, case studies and journal articles.
  • AcademicPub provides services to track how much royalties will cost for each custom textbook.

Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (

  • The CCCOER collects open access resources for the creation of textbook alternatives, in addition to open content repositories and developmental tools.
  • Access to over 500 open texbooks, as well as a useful guide to creating and implementing your own open access textbook.

Connexions (

  • Connexions contains educational materials for everyone - from children to college students to professionals - organized in small modules that are easily connected into larger collections or courses
  • All content is free to use and reuse under the Creative Commons attribution license

Flat World Knowledge (

  • Provides a new approach to college textbooks offering rigorously reviewed textbooks online free of cost to students.
  • Offers full-text online for free and in a variety of affordable formats.

InTech (

  • A multidisciplinary Open Access publisher of books and journals covering the fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.
  • InTech as published more than 850 Open Access books, and provides support services for faculty who wish to publish a book or journal and make it available via Open Access.


  • Free online peer-reviewed publication service for medical resources such as teaching materials, assessment tools and faculty development.
  • Promotes educational collaboration through the open exchange of scholarly educational resources.
  • Users can download and utilize any and all of the published resources for educational purposes without legal infringements.


  • A free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of higher education
  • Links to online learning materials are collected here along with assignments and comments to enhance the teaching experience of an exercise

NanoHUB (

  • Provides over 1600 open teaching and learning resources: online presentations; course material; learning modules; podcasts; simulation tools.
  • Created by the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology

OER Commons: Open Textbooks (

  • This catalog contains hundreds of college-level open textbooks from higher education institutions around the world.

Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project (

  • A pilot project for the Ohio Textbook HQ, the Ohio Digital Bookshelf aims to provide inexpensive higher-ed textbooks.
  • Free registration required to view textbooks.

Open Courseware Consortium (

  • Free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses.
  • A collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a board and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.

Open KSA (

  • Digital course material made freely available by the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University 

Open Textbook Catalog (

  • A catalog of open access textbooks to be reviewed by faculty members, made available by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development.
  • All textbooks in this catalog are openly licenses, complete, and available in print at very little cost.

SmARThistory (

  •  A free and open, online, not-for-profit art history textbook with complete multimedia content. 

Student PIRGs: Open Textbooks (

  • A catalog of information about some of the top examples of open college textbooks, offered online under a license allowing free digital access and inexpensive print options. Material can be easily modified to fit your needs.
  • Subjects covered: Accounting & Finance; Business, Management & Marketing; Computer Science & Information Systems; Economics; General Education; Humanities & Language; Mathematics & Statistics; Natural & Physical Sciences; Social Sciences.

Textbook Media (

  • Offers a number of e-Textbooks sorted by author and topic
  • All of the textbooks can be downloaded for free and many of them can be purchased in print form

Textbook Revolution (

  • A student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors
  • The approach is to bring all of the free textbooks they can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in classrooms around the world

The Global Text Project (

  • A free library of thousands of texts for students in a range of topics covered in a university undergraduate program
  • Join venture between the Terry College of Business of the University of Georgia and the Daniels College of Business of the University of Denver.
  • Individual book chapters can be opened and modified to fit your own needs.

WikiEducator ( 

  • An evolving online community intended for the planning of education projects linked with the development of free content and the development of free content on WikiEducator for free learning.

World Lecture Hall (

  • Includes links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver course materials in any language.

Over 600 public domain texts in the EPUB format.

Over 40 classic book in PDF and chapter HTM formats.

Read to Me:
12 Video books (no text) including Duck Soup and Fancy Nancy read by Vegas personalities (flash)

 National Geographic Young Explorer:
National Geographic ezine – flash turn page with audio support.

 The Secret in the Cellar:
Graphic/web comic novel (mystery) from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, also available in HTML and PDF.

Audio stories for children. New story each week.  

 Online Audio Stories:
Classic children’s stories in audio format for online play – text is provided.

 Story Cove:
The collection contains 22 leveled picture books with folktales from around the world and two read along story books.

 Kids Space Hear A Story:
From the Toronto Public Library a collection of over 100  audio narrations from children’s books in different languages.  Additonal a virtual edition of Barbara Reid’s the Party is available (

 Enoch Pratt Free Library:
Over 60 stories told by storytellers of national and regional renown representing diverse cultures.

Original stories for children, read by children.

Chicago’s’  eMediaLibrary – Pubic Domain:
A collection of over 34000 titles in the public domain for download (ePub)

Ebooks in Spanish:
A subsection of, with a collection of books in espanol.

British Library Virtual Books: collection of over 25 books, artworks, and music manuscripts based on scans of the works from the British Library that are displayed using the library’s “Turning the Pages” system to view, magnify, and even have the books read aloud. 

Read with Me eBooks:
These 16 books from the CAST collection provide instructional approach guides parents and teachers in ways to talk with children when they read storybooks together. (flash)

Open culture :
Hundreds of audiobooks including fiction and nonfiction. (MP3).

Booktrack adds soundtracks of music and sound effects into their books for iOS and Galaxy. Currently there are five free sound enhanced books for download on their site. 

 Book serialization by email (EPUB). Choose from the over 125 books available or upload your own book to be delivered as a serial book.

Dust Echoes:
A collection of aboriginal stories presented as text and short movies.

18 audiobooks (MP3) for children available in a variety of languages available for download.
Nine animated stories with audio support.

14 free children’s audiobooks (MP3) for download in zipped format.

120 stores presented a videos, includes a good number of Arthur stories read by the author.

Chest of Books:
Visit this site to access hundreds of free nonfiction books. A wide range of topics are available.

K12 Handhelds Ebooks:
Collections of non-fiction ebooks, in multiple formats, for English Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science, for elementary and middle school levels
Subscription site that allows limited downloads of fiction and nonfiction on a monthly basis for the free account. Ebooks are available for reading online or downloading as PDF, TXT, MOBI, and ePub. 

Free Books for You:  
A collection of over 30 assessable books in a variety of formats (including PPT) from Special Education Technology British Columbia

PowerPoint Books:
A collection of 16 assessable books from the Florida Instructional Materials Center for the Visually Impaired. 

Speech & Language PowerPoint Books:
A collection of PowerPoint books created for a variety of speech, language, and academic concepts. 

Story Seeking: is a website that combines reading with actual map use. A reader picks a local park and story to read. At the end of the first chapter he is given clues and prompted to find a hidden cache in that park. An adapted form of geocaching, readers use a GPS, smartphone, or tablet computer with GoogleMaps to help find the hidden treasure cache. Actually, the cache holds the password to access the next chapter in the story. 

CAST UDL Book Builder’s Pubic Library:
A collection of books created by individuals that are shared. Books were created using CAST’s Book Builder program to create the book, but books are readable using a standard browser running Java. Books can also be printed and downloaded. Book collection has over 2000 books, which are categorized by grade level, content area, and genre. In addition to the Public Library section there are the UDL Editions which has seven books presented in three reading levels with prompts, accommodations, and interactions, for ages 10 and up (
Tar Heel Reader:
books for beginning readers in PowerPoint, Impress or Flash formats. 

Talking Book Library:
Books done in PowerPoint for Primary, Intermediate and Middle-High school levels, also broken up into subject areas.  

Talking Storybooks from Piory Woods School:  

FDLRS Region 2 Digital Lending Library of PowerPoint Activities:
Over 35 ppt books for younger and older students along with links to 17 more PowerPoint books 

GenieBooks in PowerPoint:  
Decodable books for beginning readers in HTML or PPT, with books identified by phonic.  

Adapted Books and Materials (NYC):
Over 70 adapted books in a variety of formats including Boardmaker, PowerPoint, and PDF.  

Community Audio:
Audios contributed to the Internet Archive under the Creative Commons License.  Samples include Watership Down, Treasure Island, 1984, and the Little Princess – many are from LibriVox, but there are others. 

Online Storytime:
Barnes & Nobel presents over 14 picture books read by authors and celebrities presented as online streaming video. Books include such works as The Very Hungry Caterpillar read by Eric Carle and Green Eggs and Ham read by Rachel Ray. 

Bookbuilder Now in Spanish:
CAST's Bookbuilder, a free tool for creating digital books that include UDL features, is now available in Spanish. Just go to the Bookbuilder home page and choose the language you want to work in English or Espa