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The following list of eLibraries provides eBooks for the general collection: including nonfiction, fiction, classics, literature, and more.


General Libraries

Abacci Books:
Digital text versions of classic literature with reviews from Amazon (txt & .lit).

Alex Catalog of Electronic Texts   or
Site contains a catalog with roughly 2,000 links of e-texts, located on various servers.American Library Association  
700+ SITES for CHILDREN covering Literature and Language many with complete stories.

Ask Sam ebooks:

Free searchable e-books. Some classic literature, US Govt reports, legislative, legal, judicial & political documents.  Requires registration & downloading the free askSam viewer software to use.

Audio Books for Free:
Over 300 audio books (as MP3 file) available for free download.  Some texts available as unabridged edition.

Audiobooks with Annie:
A collection of podcasts of classic books in the public domain, read aloud by Annie, the host (MP3)

Baen Free Library:  
Over 100 relatively new popular science fiction books in Reader, Palm, Rocket, and RTF.
Classic books and resource/reference texts in html.

Over 2000 texts of classic literature, book notes, references, and resources in html format.

Blackmask Online:  down due to copyright dispute - now available as
over 20,000 texts in a variety of formats: .lit, .html, .pds, etc.

Book Glutton:
Mixing online book reading with discussion groups. Uses a three panel display for the text, the center panel shows the text, the side panels Talk and Mark,: Talk for conversation with other about the book; and Mark to take notes about the book.

Book notes and over 1500 novels (HTML) available.

Bookyards has over 14,000 books (PDF format) in a variety of topics.

Burst, Steven:
Noted science fiction author Steven Burst has released a Firefly novel under the Creative Commons license (PDF & Word).

Center for Educational Technology and Learning (CETL): 
Great excerpt from Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation in Flash and audio (MP3).

CIA Publication Library:
Including the World Fact Book with up to date information on every country in the world.

Classic Book Library:
Over 125 books in seven genres done in HTML page by page format.

Classic Bookshelf:
Classic books deliver in JAVA format with adjustable text structure, size, and color along with adjustable background and text (txt) formats.

Complete Works of William Shakespeare:
Online reading (HTML).

Creative Commons Books

Over 50 works that are or have been commercially available in hardcopy and have an ISBN

CyberRead Free Books:

DailyLit delivers a small excerpt from the book of your choice by email on a daily basis until the book is finished. Good number of free books.

Diesel eBooks:
Over 700 free ebooks formatted for Microsoft Reader (LIT)

Digitized Materials from the Rare Book & Special Collections Division:
Over five special collections from the Library of Congress, scanned books in two image sizes.

Doctor Who the Classic Series:
17 Dr. Who books in multiple formats.

only .lit files for MS Reader

eBooks@Adeliade   (University of Adelaide Library):
Over 1000 web books, including classic literature, philosophy, science, and history (HTML).

Index site with links to" free e-books and more.  In plain text, RTF, HTML, downloadable as zip files, or as PDFs.

eScholarship Editions:
Over 500 books available to the public from the California Digital Library

Electronic Literature Foundation:
Over 100 classic works in HTML format (page by page).

Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library:  
thousands of xml, html, Reader, and Palm texts.

Elegant Solutions Software Company eBooks
MS Reader books
From the University of Washington. Collections include not just English, but also art, architecture, drama, fiction, poetry, history, political theory, cultural studies, philosophy, women's studies and music (HTML).

EServer Drama Collection:
Plays from classical through Modern (HTML). Site contains a collection of original plays and screenplays, criticism and links.

The English Server's Fiction Collection:
works of and about fiction

Feedbooks is a e-reading platform compatible with mobile devices where you can download  free e-books available in multiple formats (ePub, Mobipocket, Kindle, PDF, Sony Reader, iLiad)

The Florida Electronic Library:
A full digital public library for Florida Residents.

Free Classic Audio Books:
A collection of over 35 classic books available for download as audio books (mp3 format or m4b audio book), books are either human narrated or are narrated using  text to speech voices. is a non-partisan organization dedicated to the spread of liberty with MP3 files.
Lots of books in both text and mp3 formats.

Google Books:
has lots of public domain books in PDF and txt formats.

Great Literature Online:
Works (in HTML) of over 136 authors.

Harlequin Free Romance:
As part of Harlequin’s 60th anniversary you can get 16 free romance novels from eHarlequin online.

HarperCollins Browse Inside:
HarperCollins has a special feature on their website called "Browse Inside," an application allowing visitors to sample whole books from the list of HarperCollins titles online using a special flash display. Click on the Browse Inside link to access content. Over 500 titles in the general section and similar number in the children's section.
Children's Books:

Hour of the Wolf Science Fiction Collection:
Links to science fiction and fantasy books online.

Links to online texts for American studies, including works from authors writing about America or American Literature.

Intersect Digital Library:
A small library of "supported text" books, books which have incorporated resources and reading/study strategies that help student learn more from what they read.

Internet Public Library:
links to over 20,000 titles

Kindle Store:!133141011%2Cn%3A154606011&page=1

Amazon does have free books for the Kindle reading device.
A collection of audiobooks or links to audiobooks including topics of Education, Business, and Literature. (MP3)

Free audiobook collection done by human readers of public domain books in mp3 or ogg file formats.
Over 45 audio eBooks of classic literature and poetry.

Literature @ SunSITE:
Collection of digital literary texts (mostly U.S. authors) in chapter HTML

Literature Network:
Over 1900 full books and over 3000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors (HTML).
An Online Library of Literature Classics in HTML chapter format.

Litrix Reading Room:
Over 300 public domain titles in HTML chapter format.
delivering public domain literature embedded into web pages (text and audio)

Making of America (MOA):
Created by Cornell University Library, MOA is a digital library of primary sources in American social history (antebellum through reconstruction periods). This is a full text/image journal site of 22 magazines from 1830's to 1900's.
More than 10,000 eBooks Palm, PocketPC, Zaurus, Rocketbook, or PDA in multiple formats, including versions for the iPod.
***Go to"WAP-enabled" ( for free e-books for your mobile phone (cellphone).
***For PSP (PlayStation Portable)-friendly e-books, visit :

Wide variety of documents and book on various categories in Palm and other formats .

Moon Books Project:
eBooks for Nintendo DS device. Over 80 downloadable files, some with multiple books, mostly classics.

Motion Mountain Physics:
Free downloadable physics text book.

Munseys : Formerly Blackmask:
over 20,000 texts in a variety of formats: .lit, .html, .pds, etc.

Microsoft Reader e- books (free category):
Links to over 1,500 eBooks in MS Reader (.lit) format along with MS resources including dictionaries.

National Academy Press:
Read and search the fulltext of their digitized books

On-Line Books:  
15000+ listings, usually .txt

Open Library:
A great demonstration of a selected number of books from the Internet Archive, displaying how books can be shared on the internet.

Oxford Text Archive:
From Oxford University, this archive contains public domain texts from the on-line catalogue and may be downloaded (TXT, DOC, HTML, SGM, XML).

Page-by-Page Books:
about 400 books to be read online (html).

PDF Books:
Over 7,000 downloadable public domain e-books, classified alphabetically by author (in the Open Literature section). All files are in pdf format (standard or mobile versions for a small screen (more pages)).

Penguin Books - We Tell Stories:
Exciting variety of newly created short stories matched with classics. Includes a Google map story, some Choose Your Own Adventures, a presentation story, a story told though twittter, and a simultaneous written story.

Perseus Project:
A digital library of Greek & Latin texts (HTML).

Planet eBook:
A collection of over forty leading classic novels (PDF) - one and two page layout versions.

Planet PDF (Free eBooks area):
 Over 60 popular classic novels in the PDF format.
About 100 books in English and French grouped into a variety of topics
Classics library in Reader format.

Project Gutenberg:
Oldest and largest online library usually .txt only.

Rare Book Room:
A large number of rare books, available as high resolution photographs or PDF

Read Easily!:
Approximately 300 classic texts in html, the site also can adjust the display for easier reading including visually disabled.

Read free books online:
Flash page turn versions of books written by non-professionals. There are also a number of audiobooks available. Has a children's book section.

Read Print:
housands of books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast in HTML.
Site provides books and biography and literary information on over 115 authors. See the Biography picture and read Literary work of the eminent authors by clicking on their name. (HTML)

Safari Books Online:
E-reference library for programmers and IT. Contains components of many tech books.

Sony Classic Books from Google:
500,000 public domain books for the Sony Reader

Southwestern Classics On-line:
Five classic books about Texas and the Southwest (HTM)

Tar Heel Reader:
Easy to read and accessible books for beginning teenaged readers.

Tor publishing, which offers a wide range of science fiction,  is offering free weekly books if you sign up

Travel eBooks by Mark Moxon:
Collection of over 18 eBooks world spanning travel books, containing the writings of travel writer Mark Moxon. Multiple formats.

Universal Digital Library:
The million books project - content in English, Indian, and Chinese languages.

Free USA e-books:
USA Today's Open Book program, over 25 books in HTML.  Open Book runs original stories from well-known novelists and offers them free to all visitors, published in weekly installments.

USGS Books and Other Publications:   
Listings of online books, reports, and pamphlets published by the U.S. Geological Survey's Geology Discipline. Or search for publications =- change to advanced search - select USGS publication series drop down to General Interest Publication then click on Search Now button

Voices in the Dark:
Collection of audio books and stories read aloud by real people, available in  low or high-bitrate MP3.
over a 1000 classic texts usually in own reader format or HTML.

Wikibooks Portal:
A collection of free, open-content textbooks, including a collection of science and technology (HTML).

Wired for Books:
Collections of audio books and interviews. Contains full versions of A Christmas Carol, Alice in Wonderland, and Beatrix Potter stories along with short stories and excerpts from other books. (Real player)

Wiretap Electronic Text Archive: Classics:
A gopher tool containing text (.txt) versions of literary classics.

Over10,000 online e-books, in HTML paged format. Each word is hyperlinked to a dictionary.

World Digital Library:
The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world.

WOWIO is a new kind of online bookstore that enables readers to download eBooks for free, using commercial sponsorships to compensate authors and publishers (free account required). EBooks available in PDF format.

World eBook Library:
Over 27000 free eBooks in HTML format.

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