FREE BOOKS: 70 Legal Sites To Download Books On A Large Variety Of Topics (UPDATED)
Looking for the next great book to sink your teeth into? Look no further.
Below are 70 links to websites that provide free e-books on a huge variety of topics.
Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors here.
The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.
Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on this site.
Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.
5. Planet eBook
Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions of The Spectator and The Tatler.
Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels made it famous.
Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.
If you don’t absolutely need to pay for your textbooks, save yourself a few hundred dollars by reviewing these sites.
From cookbooks to the computing department, find instructional and educational materials here.
10. Online Science and Math Textbooks
Access biochemistry, chemistry, aeronautics, medical manuals and other textbooks here.
11. MIT Open Courseware Supplemental Resources
Find free videos, textbooks and more on the subjects of mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry and more.
Find free books to go along with accounting, economics, and other business classes.
Math and Science
Turn to this list to find books about math, science, engineering, and technology.
Here you can find online textbooks likeElementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables.
14. Science and Engineering Books for free download
These books range in topics from nanotechnology to compressible flow.
15. Free Tech Books
Computer programmers and computer science enthusiasts can find helpful books here.
Even children’s books are now available online. Find illustrated books, chapter books and more.
Find free illustrated children’s books and stories here.
Mrs’P reads classic children’s stories out aloud. Most children aged 3+ to 6+ as well as some for 9 to 11-year-olds can enjoy the melodic voice of Kathy Kinney.
18. Storyline Online
An award-winning children’s story site featuring the narrations of famous actors such as Eva Longoria, Kevin Costner, and Elijah Wood.
Like all good websites for children, Storyline Online is interactive.
19. International Children’s Digital Library
The online children’s library has a single purpose mission of providing free access to children’s literature from around the world.
20. Open Library
Open Library is a part of The Internet Archive. It is just one of the websites that offer classic literature for free and is host to more than 29,000 children’s books.
Philosophy and Religion
For books about philosophy and religion, check out these websites.
21. Open culture
Open Culture features a growing list of Free Philosophy eBooks, including essential works by Aristotle, Hegel, Kant, Nietzsche, Wittgenstein, and many other philosophers.
A Christian online library supported by Northwestern Theological Seminary and Northwestern Christian University.
23. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
A world of philosophical and religious content in written format.
A website designed to advance research in matters of religion.
25. Oxford Religion Encyclopedia
The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion is part of the larger online Oxford Research Encyclopedia, a dynamic digital encyclopedia continuously updated by the world’s leading scholars and researchers.
From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to more contemporary playwrights, visit these sites.
26. Fiction Plays
ReadPygmalion, Uncle Vanya, The Playboy of the Western World, and more.
This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas, and musicals.
28. Plays Online
This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full-text versions online for free.”
29. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare:
All of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories made available thanks to MIT.
Find authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.
Modern Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance
These websites boast collections of graphic novels, romance novels, fantasy books and more.
Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.
Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.
33. Romance novels
This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.
34. Get Free Ebooks
This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.
35. SF and Fantasy Books Online
Books here include Arabian Nights,Aesop’s Fables and more.
For books in a foreign language like French, Spanish and even Romanian, look here.
Find Dutch literature here.
Download Italian books here. Browse by author, title, or subject.
Find Romanian books on this site.
39. Biblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
Look up authors to find a catalog of their available works on this Spanish site.
This page is entirely in Greek, but if you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place to access books online.
41. Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum
Access many Latin texts here.
CELT stands for “the Corpus of Electronic Texts” and features important historical literature and documents.
This easy-to-use database of German language texts lets you search by genres and author.
History and Culture
Refresh your memory of world history, the classics and U.S. history here.
Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages.
History – Download free eBooks or read books online for free. Discover new authors and their books in our eBook community.
Look for rare books online here.
Questia has 5,000 books available for free, including rare books and classics.
47. The McGill Library Rare Books and Special Collections
Rare materials collected since the 1850s. A rich amount of high-quality classic books of diverse topics.
48. The collections of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Rare Book Department
Ranging in age and scope from cuneiform tablets (the first writing of mankind, c. 3000 BCE) to examples of contemporary fine printing.
Arts and Entertainment
This list features books about celebrities, movies, fashion and more.
49. Chest of Books
This site has a wide range of free books, including gardening and cooking books, home improvement books, craft and hobby books, art books and more.
50. Free e-Books
Find titles related to beauty and fashion, games, health, drama and more.
51. Free Music Books
Find sheet music, lyrics, and books about music here.
A database of hundreds of downloadable scripts, movie scripts, screenplays, and transcripts of current and classic television, anime, unproduced projects, and radio shows.
Mystery & Crime
Here you can find mystery books from Sherlock Holmes to more contemporary authors.
Read online or download Mystery & Crime eBooks for free. Browse through our eBooks while discovering great authors and thrilling books.
The list presented here represents many of the early works of the genre.
Features a select list of 100 mystery, suspense, and thriller ebooks currently available as a free download.
These poetry sites have works by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe, and others.
This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
57. Poem Hunter
Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.
58. Google Poetry
Google Books has a large selection of poetry, fromThe Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Walt Whitman.
Here you can find free books in audio format.
A non-profit initiative which records public domain books and releases them as free audiobooks. Hosts over 10,000 projects of a variety of genres.
60. Loyal Books
Shares free audiobooks from titles in the public domain.
61. Mind Webs
A strongly-executed, haunting old-time radio dramatization of over 150 of the most classic science fiction short stories.
A great option for newer releases, with many of the books read by the authors themselves.
63. Open Culture
Open Culture has combed through a large list of audiobooks offered by other places online and compiled them into one expansive list to browse.
For even more free book sites, check out this list.
64. Banned Books
Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopedias, children’s books and a lot more.
DailyLit has everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.
67. A Celebration of Women Writers
The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.
Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
Books here are pulled from Google Books and more. You’ll find history books, novels and more.
70. Prize-winning books online
Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.
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