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Adobe Sample eBook Library
- Features free sample eBooks including entire books and preview chapters from leading publishers. Adobe Digital Editions software is needed.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
- Collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
- A private nonprofit project to convert into electronic format and publish the Armenian literary heritage. Also provides information on Armenian culture, history, religion.
- Etexts, focusing on classics and general reference works.
- Houses an extensive online collection of texts ranging from fiction and poetry to general non-fiction and reference works.
- Free online texts in several languages.
- Free, online illustrated children's stories, 20 best out-of-copyright novels of the 20th century, out-of-copyright nonfiction of the 20th century. Also children's stories.
- Free electronic books to read online.
- A collection of classic fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and children's stories.
- Includes archives of now public-domain works by various well-known American and British authors.
Classics at the Online Literature Library
- Archived electronic texts indexed by author.
The Classics in ASCII
- Public domain fiction and non-fiction etexts at Textfiles.com.
- HTML collection of online classic e-books.
E-texts and Women's History
- From About.com, listing of electronic versions of books, poetry, speeches, and other writings that illuminate women's history.
- Includes a variety of literature-related materials, including etext archives of prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction; links.
- Public domain novels, short stories and plays in HTML format.
Free classic e-books
- A site with 1000s of free e-books (in pdf format) of the classics and other out of copyright books
Free Electronic Books
- Educational texts.
Full Text Archive
- Large free and searchable collection of classic books, novels and poems.
- A free online collection with thousands of books.
- Collection of free downloadable ebooks in a variety of popular formats and categories.
- Features selected electronic texts, including Doyle, Dumas, and Dana.
Hypertexts in American Studies
- American literature including works by Poe, Jefferson, Madison, and Twain.
Instinct.org Online Texts
- Selected online texts on a variety of topics.
The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)
- Provides free access to children's books from around the world. Some books are public domain, others are used by author's permission.
The Internet Archive: Million Book Project
- Carnegie Mellon University project to compile digitized texts into a free, searchable digital library.
- Free classic literature books, with kids picks highlighted.
- Book lover community, vanity postings, directory of free ebooks, biographies, encyclopaedia.
- Offers books, poems, speeches, plays and essays; includes reader discussion forums.
Library of Southern Literature
- There is a collection of approximately 100 texts in HTML and XML. Documents the riches and diversity of Southern experience as presented in its most important literary works.
- Contains a searchable collection of timeless literature classics.
Literature of the Fantastic
- A fair-sized collection of classic works of fantasy/sf, along with fantasy/sf-related websites.
- Links to third party sites, plus literary and reference databases including English and American poetry, drama, and prose, and The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature. Requires paid subscription.
- A collection of classic books, poems, speeches, and plays. Site offers online chapter-indexed hypertext that can be easily read and searched and each piece includes downloadable e-text of the work.
Making of America
- A digital library of primary sources in 19th-century American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.
Medieval and Classical Library
- Collection of literary works of classical and medieval civilization.
The Online Literature Library
- A small, but easily-navigated selection of online etexts from English literature.
- Aims to provide the complete works of Shakespeare along with textual apparatus (introduction, notes) and tools (concordance, search, annotation, word frequency, etc.) in an open knowledge package that allows for easy deployment, redistribution and reuse.
Page by Page Books
- Hundreds of books in the public domain, divided into HTML pages.
- A small collection of free public domain and copyleft books. Read online on iPaper or download free full text versions as PDF.
- Includes texts from the classical and Renaissance world.
- Archive of free ebooks of classic Nordic (Scandinavian) literature.
PSU's Electronic Classics Series
- Classics of literature in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.
- A collection of books in the public domain which can be downloaded.
- Digital online library provides book lists by author or subject with a "set display" feature for the partially sighted and visually impaired.
Selected Sources for Electronic Texts
- Provides links to electronic texts and archives in a variety of formats ranging from plain text to digital audio and digital braille. Compiled by the National Library Service.
The Society for the Appreciation of the Post-Dialogic Novel
- For theories on the status of the contemporary novel, reviewing texts in print form, with an eye toward the form's evolution via hypertexts and immersive environments.
World eBook Library
- Public domain books in HTML, usually one file per chapter. Offers PDF books to members only.
Yahshuan Archives - Akashic Infinitum
- Preservs Books from world religion, sects, history, philosophy, health, self-help, self-sufficiency, biographies and old Children's materials. Including Apocrypha, Pseudepigrapha and Gnostic writings.
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