Looking for the next great book to sink your teeth into? Look no further. Below are over 100 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.
1. Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
4. Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on this site.
5. Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.
6. Classic Reader: Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.
7. Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.
8. Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
9. The Spectator Project: Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions of The Spectator and The Tatler.
10. Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.
12. Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels made it famous.
13. Fiction.us: Fiction.us has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
14. Free Classic Literature: 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.
15. Textbook Revolution: Find biology, business, engineering, mathematics and world history textbooks here.
16. Wikibooks: From cookbooks to the computing department, find instructional and educational materials here.
21. Flat World Knowledge: This innovative site has created an open college textbooks platform that will launch in January 2009.
24. eMedicine: This project from WebMD is continuously updated and has articles and references on surgery, pediatrics and more.
Math and Science
Turn to this list to find books about math, science, engineering and technology.
25. FullBooks.com: This site has “thousands of full-text free books,” including a large amount of scientific essays and books.
30. 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.
31. byGosh: Find free illustrated children’s books and stories here.
32. Munseys: Munseys has nearly 2,000 children’s titles, plus books about religion, biographies and more.
34. Lookybook: Access children’s picture books here.
Philosophy and Religion
For books about philosophy and religion, check out these websites.
35. Bored.com: Bored.com has music ebooks, cooking ebooks, and over 150 philosophy titles and over 1,000 religion titles.
36. Ideology.us: Here you’ll find works by Rene Descartes, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, David Hume and others.
39. Religion eBooks: Read books about the Bible, Christian books, and more.
From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to more contemporary playwrights, visit these sites.
40. ReadBookOnline.net: Here you can read plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.
41. Plays: Read Pygmalion, Uncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.
43. Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”
44. ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.
Modern Fiction, Fantasy and Romance
These websites boast collections of graphic novels, romance novels, fantasy books and more.
47. Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.
48. Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.
50. The Road to Romance: This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.
51. Get Free Ebooks: This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.
For books in a foreign language like French, Spanish and even Romanian, look here.
56. ATHENA Textes Francais: Search by author’s name, French books, or books written by other authors but translated into French.
57. Liber Liber: Download Italian books here. Browse by author, title, or subject.
60. KEIMENA: This page is entirely in Greek, but if you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place to access books online.
61. Proyecto Cervantes: Texas A&M’s Proyecto Cervantes has cataloged Cervantes’ work online.
64. Italian Women Writers: This site provides information about Italian women authors and features full-text titles too.
66. Ketab Farsi: Access literature and publications in Farsi from this site.
68. CELT: CELT stands for “the Corpus of Electronic Texts” features important historical literature and documents.
69. Projekt Gutenberg-DE: 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.
70. LibriVox: LibriVox has a good selection of historical fiction.
71. The Perseus Project: Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages.
72. Access Genealogy: Find literature about Native American history, the Scotch-Irish immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, and more.
73. Free History Books: This collection features U.S. history books, including works by Paul Jennings, Sarah Morgan Dawson, Josiah Quincy and others.
74. Most Popular History Books: Free titles include Seven Days and Seven Nights by Alexander Szegedy and Autobiography of a Female Slave by Martha G. Browne.
Look for rare books online here.
75. Questia: Questia has 5,000 books available for free, including rare books and classics.
Arts and Entertainment
This list features books about celebrities, movies, fashion and more.
77. Books-On-Line: This large collection includes movie scripts, newer works, cookbooks and more.
78. 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.
79. Free e-Books: Find titles related to beauty and fashion, games, health, drama and more.
80. 2020ok: Categories here include art, graphic design, performing arts, ethnic and national, careers, business and a lot more.
81. Free Art Books: Find artist books and art books in PDF format here.
Here you can find mystery books from Sherlock Holmes to more contemporary authors.
85. MysteryNet: Read free short mystery stories on this site.
86. TopMystery.com: Read books by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton and other mystery writers here.
These poetry sites have works by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and others.
88. The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
89. Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”
90. Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.
91. Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.
92. Google Poetry: Google Books has a large selection of poetry, fromThe Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Walt Whitman.
93. QuotesandPoem.com: Read poems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and more.
94. CompleteClassics.com: Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson are all featured here.
95. PinkPoem.com: On this site, you can download free poetry ebooks.
For even more free book sites, check out this list.
96. Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
97. World eBook Library: This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopedias, children’s books and a lot more.
98. DailyLit: DailyLit has everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.
100.Free Online Novels: These novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction.
101.ManyBooks.net: Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
102.Authorama: Books here are pulled from Google Books and more. You’ll find history books, novels and more.
103.Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.