OverDrive Downloadable eBooks and audiobooks
a collection of eBooks in EPUB and PDF format suitable for use on any computer (Windows or Macintosh), laptop or tablet PC, or certain eBook readers such as the Sony Reader, Barnes & Noble Nook, and Kobo eReaders.
Alex Catalog of electronic texts
This collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy offers users the ability to search the content of located texts.
The Bartleby Library
Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse giving students, researchers, and the intellectually curious unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.
Over 2,000 classic texts, plus book notes, summaries, author biographies and other information.
This e-mail service sends two or three chapters of a book, one section a day, to introduce busy people to books they might enjoy finishing. All books are used by permission of the publisher and can be purchased through the website or borrowed from the library.
Electronic Text Center of the University of Virginia.
Since 1992, the Electronic Text Center at the University of Virginia Library has pursued twin missions with equal seriousness of purpose:
1. to build and maintain an internet-accessible collection of SGML and XML texts and images
2. to build and maintain user communities adept at the creation and use of these materials.
10,000 texts are publicly accessible.
The EServer, founded in 1990 and now based at Iowa State University, attempts to provide an alternative niche for quality work. It offers 44 collections on diverse topics, with over 31,000 works available.
Fictionwise is an independent eBook seller launched in June 2000 as a partnership between Steve Pendergrast and Mindwise Media, LLC, which is owned by Scott Pendergrast. The success of Fictionwise led to it being spun out of Mindwise into its own company, now called Fictionwise, Inc. Some of its ebooks are available free of charge.
HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository. Users can search by Author, Title or words within the full text of the digital books. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and many partner academic institutions. Users are able to read the digitized books on-line.
Kobo Kobo is a global eBook retailer that offers almost 2 million eBooks to brows, purchase and download. It also offers downloadable apps for use on smart phones and other portable devices and it sells a portable eBook reader. It makes a small selection of free eBooks available on its website.
Internet Classics Archive
A library of over 400 works with access made possible by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.
National Academies Press
The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes reports issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council, all operating under a charter granted by the U.S. Congress. NAP publishes over 200 books a year on a range of topics in science, engineering, and health, offering authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy.
Online Books Page
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all. The Online Books Page was founded, and is edited, by John Mark Ockerbloom, a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. He is solely responsible for the content of the site. The site is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Library, who provides the server, disk space, and network bandwidth for the site.
PENNsound: on-line poetry MP3 files.
Listen to poets reading their poetry via free, downloadable MP3 files collected by Project PENNsound, from the University of Pennsylvania Center for Programs in Contemporary Writing.
Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of free electronic books (eBooks or eTexts). The collection contains approximately 10,000 electronic books.
Storynory: iPod-Ready Stories for Kids.
Free children's stories that can be downloaded to an iPod or burned to a disk to play in a compact disc player.
Unglue.it: Unglue.it is a a place for individuals and institutions to join together to give their favorite ebooks to the world. We work with rights holders to decide on fair compensation for releasing a free, legal edition of their already-published books, under Creative Commons licensing. Then everyone pledges toward that sum. When the threshold is reached (and not before), we collect the pledged funds and we pay the rights holders. They issue an unglued digital edition; you're free to read and share it, with everyone, on the device of your choice, worldwide.
WOWIO: free downoadable e-books.
Electronic books in .PDF format to read on-line or down-load to your computer, PDA or e-book reader. Advertisers support this website, making downloads free to registered users who will receive targeted ads based on their registration profile. WOWIO is a new kind of online bookstore that enables readers to download ebooks for free, using full-page advertisements dynamically inserted into the ebooks to compensate authors and publishers.