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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: http://www.rarebookroom.org/
Ebook finding tools
math ebooks: http://www.kindergartenteacherresources.com/free-math-worksheets/
kindergarten worksheets and workbooks with no registration required to
Virtual Books: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtualbooks/index.html
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: http://www.rarebookroom.org/
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.
of Trinity College Library: http://digitalcollections.tcd.ie/home/
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
Reasonable Basic Algebra (RBA): http://freemathtexts.org/
Book Boon: http://bookboon.com/
Textbooks (many areas) and buisnes ebooks (PDF)
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/dealsAndOffers/promo/id/100
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: http://openlibrary.org
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: http://www.loc.gov/nls/signup.html).
Summerside Kindergarten Bedtime Stories: http://www.summersidekindergarten.org/bedtime-stories/
A collection of short videos of stories read by the school staff from
Room 108 Kids Stories: http://www.netrover.com/~kingskid/108b.html
Online stories with animation and sound for younger children. Many stories have
a self grading quiz at the end.
CBeebies Story Time: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/page/all
Over 120 K-PreK stories read aloud and animated.
Story Before Bed: http://www.astorybeforebed.com/
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
Conrad First: http://www.conradfirst.net/conrad/home
Open access archive of the initial serialized version of the
works of Joseph Conrad.
School Sparks: http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets/
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: http://www.wegivebooks.org/
Over 200 fiction and non-fiction picture books from Pearson
(Penguin and DK).
Project aims to remove barriers to
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: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/
Academic Commons (http://www.academiccommons.org/)
Commons is dedicated to the development of free web-based resources for
academic professionals focusing on liberal arts education via digital
- The news
aggregator showcases current developments and projects in the open
is a build-your-own-textbook service that offers students three different
options for purchasing the book: digital download, paperback, or
can create a customized textbook with book chapters, case studies and
provides services to track how much royalties will cost for each custom
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (http://oerconsortium.org/)
CCCOER collects open access resources for the creation of textbook
alternatives, in addition to open content repositories and developmental
- Access to
over 500 open texbooks, as well as a useful guide to creating and
implementing your own open access textbook.
contains educational materials for everyone - from children to college
students to professionals - organized
in small modules that are easily connected into larger collections or
content is free to use and reuse under the Creative Commons attribution
Flat World Knowledge (http://www.flatworldknowledge.com)
a new approach to college textbooks offering rigorously reviewed textbooks
online free of cost to students.
full-text online for free and in a variety of affordable formats.
multidisciplinary Open Access publisher of books and journals covering the
fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.
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.
online peer-reviewed publication service for medical resources such as
teaching materials, assessment tools and faculty development.
educational collaboration through the open exchange of scholarly
can download and utilize any and all of the published resources for
educational purposes without legal infringements.
free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of
to online learning materials are collected here along with assignments and
comments to enhance the teaching experience of an exercise
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 (http://www.oercommons.org/)
catalog contains hundreds of college-level open textbooks from higher
education institutions around the world.
Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project (http://ohiodigitalbookshelf.ning.com/)
pilot project for the Ohio Textbook HQ, the Ohio Digital Bookshelf aims to
provide inexpensive higher-ed textbooks.
registration required to view textbooks.
Open Courseware Consortium (http://www.ocwconsortium.org)
- 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 (http://knowlton.osu.edu/open/about.asp)
course material made freely available by the Knowlton
School of Architecture at The Ohio State University
Open Textbook Catalog ( https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/)
catalog of open access textbooks to be reviewed by faculty members, made
available by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human
textbooks in this catalog are openly licenses, complete, and available in
print at very little cost.
- A free
and open, online, not-for-profit art history textbook with complete
Student PIRGs: Open Textbooks (http://www.studentpirgs.org)
- 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 (http://www.textbookmedia.com/)
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
Textbook Revolution (http://textbookrevolution.org/)
- 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 (http://globaltext.terry.uga.edu/)
- 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.
- 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 (http://wlh.webhost.utexas.edu/about/index.cfm)
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: http://www.readtomelv.com/current-books/
12 Video books (no text) including Duck Soup and Fancy Nancy read by Vegas
National Geographic Young Explorer: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngyoungexplorer/moreissues.html
National Geographic ezine – flash turn page with audio
The Secret in the Cellar: http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/comic/XPlayer.html
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: http://www.onlineaudiostories.com/
Classic children’s stories in audio format for online play – text is provided.
Story Cove: http://www.storycove.com/
The collection contains 22 leveled picture books with folktales from around the
world and two read along story books.
Kids Space Hear A Story: http://kidsspace.torontopubliclibrary.ca/genStoryArchive_All_1.html
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 (http://media.torontopubliclibrary.ca/virtualbook/48/)
Enoch Pratt Free Library: http://www.prattlibrary.org/home/storyIndex.aspx
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: http://emedialibrary.lib.overdrive.com/E53574D9-74BD-4705-97D2-82E4A6533EBA/10/384/en/PublicDomainCollection.htm
A collection of over 34000 titles in the public domain for download (ePub)
Ebooks in Spanish: http://espanol.free-ebooks.net/
A subsection of free-ebooks.net, with a collection of books in espanol.
British Library Virtual Books: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtualbooks/viewall/index.html#A
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: http://readwithme.cast.org/
These 16 books from the CAST collection provide instructional approach guides
parents and teachers in ways to talk with children when they read storybooks
Open culture : WWW.openculture.com/freeaudiobook
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
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: http://www.abc.net.au/dustechoes/
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
Chest of Books: http://chestofbooks.com/
Visit this site to
access hundreds of free nonfiction books. A wide range of topics are available.
K12 Handhelds Ebooks: http://k12opened.com/ebooks/
Collections of non-fiction ebooks, in multiple formats, for English Language
Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science, for elementary and middle school
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: http://www.setbc.org/setbc/accessiblebooks/freebooksforyou.html
A collection of over 30 assessable books in a variety of formats (including
PPT) from Special Education Technology British Columbia
PowerPoint Books: http://www.fimcvi.org/resources/powerpoint-books/
A collection of 16 assessable books from the Florida Instructional Materials
Center for the Visually Impaired.
Speech & Language PowerPoint Books: https://sites.google.com/site/autumndgb/powerpoints
A collection of PowerPoint books created for a variety of speech, language, and
Story Seeking: http://storyseeking.com/StorySeeking.com 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: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/library.php
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 (http://udleditions.cast.org/)
Tar Heel Reader:http://tarheelreader.org/
books for beginning readers in PowerPoint, Impress or Flash formats.
Talking Book Library: http://talkingbooklibrary.net
Books done in PowerPoint for
Primary, Intermediate and Middle-High school levels, also broken up into
Talking Storybooks from Piory
Woods School: http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page_viewer.asp?page=Talking+Story+Books&pid=75
FDLRS Region 2
Digital Lending Library of PowerPoint Activities: http://region2library.org/ppa.htm
Over 35 ppt books for younger and
older students along with links to 17 more PowerPoint books
Decodable books for beginning readers in HTML or
PPT, with books identified by phonic.
Adapted Books and Materials (NYC): http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/District75/Departments/Literacy/AdaptedBooks/default.htm
Over 70 adapted books in a variety of formats
including Boardmaker, PowerPoint, and PDF.
Community Audio: http://www.archive.org/details/opensource_audio
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: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/storytime/
& 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: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/
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