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The linked lists represents only a
small portion of the free eBook libraries available today. Each of the
libraries listed provides free services to the public. Depending on the
library book can be presented in either single or multiple formats.
What's New in the Libraries! (Fall 2012)
Open Library: http://openlibrary.org
A service from the Internet Archive that provides access to over one million
ebooks (classics to current novels) adapted for persons have print
disabilities. Older books are available though the Internet Archive’s
unencrypted DAISY library and modern books can be accessed by users how have a
Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically
Handicapped (NLS) key (available through application: http://www.loc.gov/nls/signup.html).
Summerside Kindergarten Bedtime Stories: http://www.summersidekindergarten.org/bedtime-stories/
A collection of short videos of stories read by the school staff from
Room 108 Kids Stories: http://www.netrover.com/~kingskid/108b.html
Online stories with animation and sound for younger children. Many stories have
a self grading quiz at the end.
CBeebies Story Time: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/page/all
Over 120 K-PreK stories read aloud and animated.
Story Before Bed: http://www.astorybeforebed.com/
Two free stories read by the authors – Spike in the City by Paulette Bogan and
The Night Before Thanksgiving by Phyllis Porter Turner. An additional story –
the Itsy Bitsy Spider is also available for student to narrate and record for
Conrad First: http://www.conradfirst.net/conrad/home
Open access archive of the initial serialized version of the
works of Joseph Conrad.
School Sparks: http://www.schoolsparks.com/kindergarten-worksheets/
Homeschool/early learning/Kindergarten learning books (PDF): Fun Math for Young
Learners; Early Writing for Little Hands; Stepping Stones for Early Readers
We Give Books: http://www.wegivebooks.org/
Over 200 fiction and non-fiction picture books from Pearson
(Penguin and DK).
Project aims to remove barriers to
Officials hope to address key questions, such as how to ensure the books are of
high quality. Currently UMN has an open textbook library of 90
books covering areas including business, economics, humanities, mathematics,
and social, natural, and physical sciences.
Univ of Minnesota – Open Academics Textbook Catalog: https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/
Academic Commons (http://www.academiccommons.org/)
Commons is dedicated to the development of free web-based resources for
academic professionals focusing on liberal arts education via digital
- The news
aggregator showcases current developments and projects in the open
is a build-your-own-textbook service that offers students three different
options for purchasing the book: digital download, paperback, or
can create a customized textbook with book chapters, case studies and
provides services to track how much royalties will cost for each custom
Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (http://oerconsortium.org/)
CCCOER collects open access resources for the creation of textbook
alternatives, in addition to open content repositories and developmental
- Access to
over 500 open texbooks, as well as a useful guide to creating and
implementing your own open access textbook.
contains educational materials for everyone - from children to college
students to professionals - organized
in small modules that are easily connected into larger collections or
content is free to use and reuse under the Creative Commons attribution
Flat World Knowledge (http://www.flatworldknowledge.com)
a new approach to college textbooks offering rigorously reviewed textbooks
online free of cost to students.
full-text online for free and in a variety of affordable formats.
multidisciplinary Open Access publisher of books and journals covering the
fields of Science, Technology and Medicine.
as published more than 850 Open Access books, and provides support
services for faculty who wish to publish a book or journal and make it
available via Open Access.
online peer-reviewed publication service for medical resources such as
teaching materials, assessment tools and faculty development.
educational collaboration through the open exchange of scholarly
can download and utilize any and all of the published resources for
educational purposes without legal infringements.
free and open resource designed primarily for faculty and students of
to online learning materials are collected here along with assignments and
comments to enhance the teaching experience of an exercise
over 1600 open teaching and learning resources: online presentations;
course material; learning modules; podcasts; simulation tools.
- Created by
the NSF-funded Network for Computational Nanotechnology
OER Commons: Open Textbooks (http://www.oercommons.org/)
catalog contains hundreds of college-level open textbooks from higher
education institutions around the world.
Ohio Digital Bookshelf Project (http://ohiodigitalbookshelf.ning.com/)
pilot project for the Ohio Textbook HQ, the Ohio Digital Bookshelf aims to
provide inexpensive higher-ed textbooks.
registration required to view textbooks.
Open Courseware Consortium (http://www.ocwconsortium.org)
- Free and open digital publication of high quality
educational materials, organized as courses.
- A collaboration of more than 200 higher education
institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a
board and deep body of open educational content using a shared model.
Open KSA (http://knowlton.osu.edu/open/about.asp)
course material made freely available by the Knowlton
School of Architecture at The Ohio State University
Open Textbook Catalog ( https://open.umn.edu/opentextbooks/)
catalog of open access textbooks to be reviewed by faculty members, made
available by the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human
textbooks in this catalog are openly licenses, complete, and available in
print at very little cost.
- A free
and open, online, not-for-profit art history textbook with complete
Student PIRGs: Open Textbooks (http://www.studentpirgs.org)
- A catalog of information about some of the top examples
of open college textbooks, offered online under a license allowing free
digital access and inexpensive print options. Material can be easily
modified to fit your needs.
- Subjects covered: Accounting & Finance; Business,
Management & Marketing; Computer Science & Information Systems;
Economics; General Education; Humanities & Language; Mathematics &
Statistics; Natural & Physical Sciences; Social Sciences.
Textbook Media (http://www.textbookmedia.com/)
a number of e-Textbooks sorted by author and topic
- All of the
textbooks can be downloaded for free and many of them can be purchased in
Textbook Revolution (http://textbookrevolution.org/)
- A student-run
site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by
teachers and professors
- The approach is to bring all of the free
textbooks they can find together in one place, review them, and let
the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in
classrooms around the world
The Global Text Project (http://globaltext.terry.uga.edu/)
- A free library of thousands of texts for students in a
range of topics covered in a university undergraduate program
- Join venture between the Terry College of Business of
the University of Georgia and the Daniels College of Business of the
University of Denver.
- Individual book chapters can be opened and modified to
fit your own needs.
- An evolving online community intended for the planning
of education projects linked with the development of free content and the
development of free content on WikiEducator for free learning.
World Lecture Hall (http://wlh.webhost.utexas.edu/about/index.cfm)
links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to
deliver course materials in any language.
Over 600 public domain texts in the EPUB format.
Over 40 classic book in PDF and chapter HTM formats.
Read to Me: http://www.readtomelv.com/current-books/
12 Video books (no text) including Duck Soup and Fancy Nancy read by Vegas
National Geographic Young Explorer: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngyoungexplorer/moreissues.html
National Geographic ezine – flash turn page with audio
The Secret in the Cellar: http://anthropology.si.edu/writteninbone/comic/XPlayer.html
Graphic/web comic novel (mystery) from the Smithsonian National Museum of
Natural History, also available in HTML and PDF.
Audio stories for children. New story each week.
Online Audio Stories: http://www.onlineaudiostories.com/
Classic children’s stories in audio format for online play – text is provided.
Story Cove: http://www.storycove.com/
The collection contains 22 leveled picture books with folktales from around the
world and two read along story books.
Kids Space Hear A Story: http://kidsspace.torontopubliclibrary.ca/genStoryArchive_All_1.html
From the Toronto Public Library a collection of over 100 audio narrations
from children’s books in different languages. Additonal a virtual edition
of Barbara Reid’s the Party is available (http://media.torontopubliclibrary.ca/virtualbook/48/)
Enoch Pratt Free Library: http://www.prattlibrary.org/home/storyIndex.aspx
Over 60 stories told by storytellers of national and regional renown
representing diverse cultures.
Original stories for children, read by children.
Chicago’s’ eMediaLibrary – Pubic Domain: http://emedialibrary.lib.overdrive.com/E53574D9-74BD-4705-97D2-82E4A6533EBA/10/384/en/PublicDomainCollection.htm
A collection of over 34000 titles in the public domain for download (ePub)
Ebooks in Spanish: http://espanol.free-ebooks.net/
A subsection of free-ebooks.net, with a collection of books in espanol.
British Library Virtual Books: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/virtualbooks/viewall/index.html#A
collection of over 25 books, artworks, and music manuscripts based on
scans of the works from the British Library that are displayed using
the library’s “Turning the Pages” system to view, magnify, and even
have the books read aloud.
Read with Me eBooks: http://readwithme.cast.org/
These 16 books from the CAST collection provide instructional approach guides
parents and teachers in ways to talk with children when they read storybooks
Open culture : WWW.openculture.com/freeaudiobook
Hundreds of audiobooks including fiction and nonfiction. (MP3).
Booktrack adds soundtracks of music and sound effects into their books for iOS
and Galaxy. Currently there are five free sound enhanced books for download on
Book serialization by email
(EPUB). Choose from the over 125 books available or upload your own book
to be delivered as a serial book.
Dust Echoes: http://www.abc.net.au/dustechoes/
A collection of aboriginal stories presented as text and short movies.
18 audiobooks (MP3) for children available in
a variety of languages available for download.
Nine animated stories with audio support.
14 free children’s audiobooks (MP3) for download
in zipped format.
120 stores presented a videos, includes a good number of Arthur stories read by
Chest of Books: http://chestofbooks.com/
Visit this site to
access hundreds of free nonfiction books. A wide range of topics are available.
K12 Handhelds Ebooks: http://k12opened.com/ebooks/
Collections of non-fiction ebooks, in multiple formats, for English Language
Arts, Math, Social Studies, and Science, for elementary and middle school
Subscription site that allows limited downloads of fiction and nonfiction on a
monthly basis for the free account. Ebooks are available for reading online or
downloading as PDF, TXT, MOBI, and ePub.
Free Books for You: http://www.setbc.org/setbc/accessiblebooks/freebooksforyou.html
A collection of over 30 assessable books in a variety of formats (including
PPT) from Special Education Technology British Columbia
PowerPoint Books: http://www.fimcvi.org/resources/powerpoint-books/
A collection of 16 assessable books from the Florida Instructional Materials
Center for the Visually Impaired.
Speech & Language PowerPoint Books: https://sites.google.com/site/autumndgb/powerpoints
A collection of PowerPoint books created for a variety of speech, language, and
Story Seeking: http://storyseeking.com/StorySeeking.com is a website
that combines reading with actual map use. A reader picks a local park and
story to read. At the end of the first chapter he is given clues and prompted
to find a hidden cache in that park. An adapted form of geocaching, readers use
a GPS, smartphone, or tablet computer with GoogleMaps to help find the hidden
treasure cache. Actually, the cache holds the password to access the next
chapter in the story.
CAST UDL Book Builder’s Pubic Library: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/library.php
A collection of books created by individuals that are shared. Books were
created using CAST’s Book Builder program to create the book, but books are
readable using a standard browser running Java. Books can also be printed and
downloaded. Book collection has over 2000 books, which are categorized by grade
level, content area, and genre. In addition to the Public Library section there
are the UDL Editions which has seven books presented in three reading
levels with prompts, accommodations, and interactions, for ages 10 and up (http://udleditions.cast.org/)
Tar Heel Reader:http://tarheelreader.org/
books for beginning readers in PowerPoint, Impress or Flash formats.
Talking Book Library: http://talkingbooklibrary.net
Books done in PowerPoint for
Primary, Intermediate and Middle-High school levels, also broken up into
Talking Storybooks from Piory
Woods School: http://www.priorywoods.middlesbrough.sch.uk/page_viewer.asp?page=Talking+Story+Books&pid=75
FDLRS Region 2
Digital Lending Library of PowerPoint Activities: http://region2library.org/ppa.htm
Over 35 ppt books for younger and
older students along with links to 17 more PowerPoint books
Decodable books for beginning readers in HTML or
PPT, with books identified by phonic.
Adapted Books and Materials (NYC): http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/District75/Departments/Literacy/AdaptedBooks/default.htm
Over 70 adapted books in a variety of formats
including Boardmaker, PowerPoint, and PDF.
Community Audio: http://www.archive.org/details/opensource_audio
contributed to the Internet Archive under the Creative Commons License.
Samples include Watership Down, Treasure Island, 1984, and the Little
Princess – many are from LibriVox, but there are others.
Online Storytime: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/storytime/
& Nobel presents over 14 picture books read by authors and
celebrities presented as online streaming video. Books include such
works as The Very Hungry Caterpillar read by Eric Carle and Green Eggs
and Ham read by Rachel Ray.
Bookbuilder - Now in Spanish: http://bookbuilder.cast.org/
CAST's Bookbuilder, a free tool
for creating digital books that include UDL features, is now available
in Spanish. Just go to the Bookbuilder home page and choose the
language you want to work in English or Espaņol in the upper right
hand corner of the page.
Leonardo’s Notebook: http://www.bl.uk/collections/treasures/leonardo/leonardo_broadband.htm?middle
Great interactive application with audio instruction
that lets you explore one of the notebooks of Leonardo in the British
Bangladesh Textbooks: www.ebook.gov.bd/
sites hosts e-book version of textbooks of the primary (33) and
secondary levels (73). The books were created by the Access to
Information (A2I) Project of the PM's Office and the National
Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB). Textbooks will now be available
on its website (http:// www.ebook.gov.bd).
All including students, teachers, parents, guardians and researchers
can now enter the website and read the textbooks free of cost
collection of 6 familiar books meant for younger students available for
free. Excellent option is that you can personalize the books, meaning
you can input other names for the characters. Book is displayed in
Flash and there is an option to have the book read aloud with
Collection of eBook stories on a site developed provide a portal for
aspiring writers to get their work out to the public, get it read and
hopefully get some feedback. (TXT, EPUB, MOBI, FB2, PDB, PDF formats).
One Manga: http://www.onemanga.com/
Over a thousand different Manga to be read online.
Manga presented by volume and chapter to be read online
Anime Eden: http://www.anime-eden.com/manga/index.htm
Anime videos and mange series for online viewing.
Manga presented by chapter for online reading.
Ebook sharing club for Kindle and Nook ebooks. Lenders earn one credit for every five books they list for others to borrow and a credit for each book loaned.
Kindle ebook sharing club.
are some educational journal sites from publishers and
organizations provide free online content, including articles and
media about current events, some of which are generated by
Little Bird Tales: http://littlebirdtales.com/
online books can be made of student artwork or photos, write and then record audio.
is a suite of free online tools that allows students and teachers to
use primary source documents to complete meaningful and compelling
learning activities with digital movies, storyboards, rebus stories and
other online tools.
Myths and Legends from E2BN: http://myths.e2bn.org/
Site for students and teachers for stories and storytelling.
Comic Master: http://www.comicmaster.org.uk/
Allows users to create their own short graphic novels.
Read free books online: http://www.bookrix.com/
page turn versions of books written by non-professionals. There are
also a number of audiobooks available. Has a children's book section.
Kids Open Dictionary Builder: http://dictionary.k12opened.com/index.php
Dictionary tool that allows for building and then downloading to use with different ebook devices.
Books Should Be Free – Children’s Audio section: http://www.booksshouldbefree.com/genre/Children
Over 120 children’s audio books
The Color.com: http://www.thecolor.com/
Free online coloring book.
Free online coloring book
Online anthology for young authors and readers (under 16).
Absolutely Whootie: http://www.storiestogrowby.com/
Myths and fables from around the world, with adventures, animal tales - also has reader's theater scripts.
Kids Corner: http://www.wiredforbooks.org/kids.htm
Wired for books kids section with works by Beatrix Potter, extras
include audio versions of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Frog
Prince, A Christmas Carol, and Kipling’s Just So Stories.
MysteryNet’s Kids Mysteries: http://kids.mysterynet.com/
Quick online reads for kids to solve mysteries. Also the site has mysteries written by kids.
Designed for children (aged 2-12 years), site has read-aloud stories that kids can listen to and read along with.
Story Book Online: http://www.storybookonline.net/
Online Network is a storytelling community for children. Site goal is
to create, develop, and disseminate original short stories for
children. Content is in written, audio, animated, and video
Story Book Castle: http://www.storybookcastle.com/
online stories from Aesop’s Fables and Fairy Tales, the site also have
a few stories with pictures and multiple stories can be translated into
Kindle Books offers 1000s of Free Classic E-books (below) in
Kindle-compatible MOBI and PRC formats. Picture books version does have
the actual pictures (unlike the kindle store).
The Free Online Library: http://www.thefreelibrary.com/
Free Library has free, full-text versions of classic literary works
from hundreds of celebrated authors, whose biographies, images, and
famous quotations can also be found on the site. Read online.
Online tool to create and read stories with online text and images.
Little Bird Tales: http://www.littlebirdtales.com/
Online tool to write, draw, and narrate stories. Existing stories can be read online (FLASH).
Lokata Legends: http://www.aktalakota.org/index.cfm?cat=54&artid=136
to 17 Native American/First Nations legends, or folk tales if you
prefer. You won't see these anywhere else online. From the Acta Lakota
Museum at St. Joseph's Indian School in Chamberlain, South Dakota.
Bembo’s Zoo: http://www.bemboszoo.com/
Animated site to children their ABCs
Children’s story site to watch and read along to stories.
Collection of reader’s theater scripts from PBS Kids
Cyberdchase: http://pbskids.org/cyberchase/web_adventures.html Roy, Tale of a Singing Zebra: http://www.roythezebra.com/
Animated webisodes to read.
part online guided reading story, comes with literacy worksheets and
discussion sheets. Use in the classroom on your interactive whiteboard
Literature for Children: http://palmm.fcla.edu/juv/index.shtml
A collection of over 1600 children's
literature titles from the US and UK presented by the State
University Libraries of Florida.
Write It is a site for downloading books written primarily for use in
e-reader devices such as the Amazon Kindle. Formats for books include
TXT, EPUB, MOBI, FB@, PDB, and PDF.
BigUniverse (K-8): http://www.biguniverse.com
site has curriculum and tools for learning, assessment, reading and
writing development, using a vast library of online books. The
site has a three-pronged approach: reading, creating and sharing online
children's booksGoogle eBookstore: http://books.google.com/ebooks
Google eBooks, formerly called Google
Editions, has hundreds of thusands of poular titles for sale and
millions of books for free.
U.S. Foreign Service Language Courses: http://fsi-language-courses.org/Content.phpBarnes & Noble.com http://www.barnesandnoble.com/u/Free-eBooks/379001668
Student texts in PDF format, and audio in MP3 format for over 30 l
has more than a 100 titles available, and you don’t need a Nook electronic eBook reader to access. PDF and EPUB
47 categories of books in HTML, PDF, Mobipocket, and ePub formats.
Amazon.com Free Book Collections: http://www.amazon.com/b/ref=amb_link_193569822_4?ie=UTF8&node=2245146011&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=right-1&pf_rd_r=0N9WDBTPSMDSZAQ3E5NB&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1259181822&pf_rd_i=1286228011
Free classics, out of copyright, pre-1923, and limited-time promotional books in Kindle format.
Free Books Spot: http://www.freebookspot.in/
Free newspaper apps for the iPad:
PBS Kids mobile apps: http://pbskids.org/mobile/apps.html
Variety of interactive ebooks for the iPad, iPhone ,and iPod Touch.
Textbooks for Free: http://www.techbooksforfree.com/science.shtml
Text books site related to technology
NCERT Textbooks: http://www.ncert.nic.in/textbooks/testing/Index.htm
for India look in the English teaching section for all grade levels for some good books (PDF format)
Text (html & txt) and audio (.mp3) versions of books for download
or reading online. (usually from audio Gutenberg.org or Librivox.org)
Free public domain audio books in a variety of formats (MP3, iPod, iTunes). (usually from audio Gutenberg.org or Librivox.org)
Hundreds of books available in the ebook open web standard format – epub.
Open Book Project: http://openbookproject.net/
Students and teachers will find quality, free textbooks and materials here.
Students can download free textbooks, from economics to biology to study abroad here.
Trail Blazing from the Royal Society: http://trailblazing.royalsociety.org/
60 articles chosen the Royal Society's journals (html, PDF)
Panjab Digital Library: http://www.panjabdigilib.org/webuser/searches/mainpage.jsp
Digital Library represents an effort to preserve and make accessible
the rich heritage of Panjab through digitization. Books magazines,
newspapers, and photos related to the Sikhs and the Indian region o
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (http://www.nzetc.org/)
Free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials. (HTML, XML, ePub)
Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the
cost of textbook materials for the K-12. Using an open-content,
web-based collaborative model termed the "FlexBook," CK-12 intends to
pioneer the generation and distribution of high quality educational
content that will serve both as core text as well as provide an
adaptive environment for learning.
iPhone Lite reader and additional books are free. $0.99 for full version of reader with 47 books.
eBook Search Queen: http://www.ebook-search-queen.com/
search engine for ebooks and documents in pdf, doc, ppt, txt and rtf formats
WOWIO Mobile: http://wowio.com/mobile
iPhone, iPod Touch, a recent BlackBerry, or a Google Android-based phone,* you can now have the entire WOWIO library in your pocket.
Access thousands of e-books free of charge. PDF and Mobi (.PRC) format. Registration required (free).
Truly Free.org: http://www.truly-free.org/
collection of books in .doc format
Online Novels, http://online-novels.blogspot.com/,
Names, descriptions and web addresses of more than 700 novels available on the internet.
Over 500 free audio and video titles. This directory features free audio books, lectures, speeches, sermons, interviews, and many other Browse over 15,000 educational audio books, MP3 downloads, podcasts, and videos. Most audio titles can be downloaded in digital formats such as MP3 and most video titles are available to stream online.
Read Print http://www.readprint.com/
A free online library that offers thousands of free books for students, teachers, and the classic enthusiast.
Newbery Honor Books and Medal Winners: http://digital.library.upenn.edu/women/_collections/newbery/newbery.html
Nine award winning books by women authors from the 20's though the 60's.
Inkless Tales: http://www.inklesstales.com/stories/
Variety of early reader/emeregent and dolch stories.
Light Up Your Brain: http://lightupyourbrain.com/
18 Children's stories read aloud.
World Digital Library: http://www.wdl.org/en/
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
Harlequin Free Romance: http://www.harlequincelebrates.com/
As part of Harlequin’s 60th anniversary you can get 16 free romance novels from eHarlequin online.
Infinity Studio Flip Books: http://www.infinitystudios.com/read.php
18 different manga series available as online flip books.
Kindle Store: http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1238005750/ref=sr_pg_1?ie=UTF8&rs=154606011&sort=price&bbn=154606011&rh=n%3A133140011%2Cn%3A!133141011%2Cn%3A154606011&page=1
Amazon does have free books for the Kindle reading device.
Google Books: http://books.google.com
has lots of public domain books in PDF and txt formats.
Google Books Mobile: http://books.google.com/m
Google’s version of books for the web enabled cell phone.
Wattpad Mobile: http://m.wattpad.com/
ebooks are uploaded by community members and include: stories, essays,
jokes, etc. Can be read on a computer or mobile phone. Ebooks are in a
plain text or html format.
16 free epub children's picture books
Sony Classic Books from Google: http://ebookstore.sony.com/google-ebooks/?in_merch=Homepage_Google_ePub_Rt_1
500,000 public domain books for the Sony Reader
Tar Heel Reader: http://tarheelreader.org/
Easy to read and accessible books for beginning teenaged readers.
GenieBooks in PowerPoint: http://www.auburn.edu/%7Emurrag1/bookindex.html
Decodable books for beginning readers in HTML or PPT, with books identified by phonic
Nintendo DS 100 Classic Book Collection: http://www.nintendo.co.uk/NOE/en_GB/games/nds/100_classic_book_collection_10234.html
It was the best of times, it was the worst
of times - the iconic opening line from "A Tale of Two Cities" by
Charles Dickens. Well, now you can definitely enjoy the best of times
with Mr Dickens and scores of his fellow writers with the 100 Classic
Book Collection on Nintendo DS!
British Library Online Gallery: http://www.bl.uk/onlinegallery/ttp/ttpbooks.html
Digitized original classics. An audio feature allows
a visitor to have the book read aloud (original version of Lewis
Carroll's Alice's Adventures Under Ground, Mozart's Musical Diary
includes 75 audio excerpts).
A picture book collection that uses a flash display to show the entire
book, but has no option for zooming or enlarging. Users are able to
create their own bookshelves from the extensive collection (over 300
Connexions – Open Source Textbooks: http://cnx.org/
a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge
chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports,
etc. Anyone may view or contribute:
Book Gold Mine: http://www.bookgoldmine.com/
Links to texts in the categories of Biology, Business, Computer Science, Math and Physics.
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)
pdf Search Engine: www.pdf-search-engine.com
Search for books in PDF format.
Kids' Corner from Wired for Books: http://wiredforbooks.org/kids.htm
Audio stories from Beatrix Potter (English, French, German, and
Japanese) and Alice Adventures in Wonderland, Frog Prince, Christmas
"Carol, Grimm's Fairy Tales, and more (Real media)
Kennedy Center's Storytime Online: http://www.kennedy-center.org/multimedia/storytimeonline/
Four video story books (Real)
Penguin Books - We Tell Stories: http://wetellstories.co.uk/
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.
Children's Literature From the Rare Book Room of the Library of Congress: http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/digitalcoll/digitalcoll-children.html
Large number of children's books in PDF and online page flip formats.
Read At Work: http://www.readatwork.com/
A very fun ebook site that delivers books (poetry, short stories, and
classics) in what looks like PowerPoint presentations. The site from
the New Zealand Book Council delivers the texts using Flash that looks
like PowerPoint. Very fun as the Flash application that runs in
fullscreen and looks exactly like a Windows XP desktop with book
categories to choose from. 20+ texts in FLASH.
BooksInMyPhone: http://www.booksinmyphone.com/ (by phone: http://mobile.booksinmyphone.com)
Hundreds of titles, search by title or author, or browse by topic. Download java files.
Over 30,000 books and novels viewable on the iPhone and iPod.
Digitized Materials from the Rare Book & Special Collections Division: http://www.loc.gov/rr/rarebook/digitalcoll.html
Over five special collections from the Library of Congress, scanned books in two image sizes.
Chronicling America: http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/index.html
Historic American Newspapers: view newspaper pages from 1897-1910. Scanned images, text, pdf (searchable)
Planet eBook: http://www.planetebook.com/
A collection of over forty leading classic novels (PDF) - one and two page layout versions.
PDF Books: http://www.pdfbooks.co.za/
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
Index site with links to" free e-books and more. In plain text, RTF, HTML, downloadable as.zip files, or as PDFs.
Diesel eBooks Free Collection: http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/cgi-bin/category/free_download
Over 750 free e-books representing more than 400 authors,
formatted for both Microsoft Reader (.txt files) and Mobipocket.
Includes classic American and British fiction, U.S. history, children's
literature, Shakespeare, African-American documents and more.
Moon Books Project: http://moonbooks.net/moonbooks/news.php
eBooks for Nintendo DS device. Over 80 downloadable files, some with multiple books, mostly classics.
Bound by Law: Tales from the Public Domain: http://www.law.duke.edu/cspd/comics/
The graphic novel "Bound by Law translates [copyright] law into plain
English and abstract ideas into 'visual metaphors.' So the comic's
heroine, Akiko, brandishes a laser gun as she fends off a cyclopean
'Rights Monster' - all the while learning copyright law basics,
including the line between fair use and copyright infringement."
HarperCollins Browse Inside: http://www.harpercollins.com/book/browseinsidemain.aspx?HCHP=Tile_R_BIFullAccess_021108
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: http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/HarperChildrens/Kids/BookFinder/
Delivers public domain literature with high quality audio. Read and listen via web browser or download mp3.
Tor publishing, which offers a wide range of science fiction, is offering free weekly books if you sign up
Burst, Steven: http://dreamcafe.com/firefly.html
Noted science fiction author Steven Burst has released a Firefly novel under the Creative Commons license (PDF & Word).
Tampa Reads: http://www.tampareads.com/books-ol/index-ol.htm
Three books (HTML) for 1st Grade readers.
Collins Compendium of Free Online Comic Books: http://www.lorencollins.net/freecomic/
A wide variety of comics and graphic novels.
9/11 Report: http://www.slate.com/features/911report/001.html
Graphic novel version of the report from Slate Magazine.
Selected stories from their site are available free as PDF single sheets and as MP3 files.
The Graphic Novel version of the NBC television show Heroes.
Links to seventeen * online/downloadable graphic novels.
Full Story's Graphic Novel Archive: http://www.twentysevenletters.com/fullstory/?cat=19
Links to a number of online graphic novels including Darkhorse's version of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds.
NYC 2123: http://nyc2123.com/
Graphic novels for the web and PSP.
Dragonbytes.com Library: http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/
Seven authors of famous classic horror including Poe and Lovecraft (HTML).
Literature Network: http://www.online-literature.com/
Over 1900 full books and over 3000 short stories and poems by over 250 authors (HTML).
free audiobooks from the public domain in mp3 or ogg formats
Book Glutton: http://www.bookglutton.com
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.
Motion Mountain Physics: http://www.motionmountain.net/
Free downloadable physics text book.
Hour of the Wolf Science Fiction Collection: http://www.hourwolf.com/sfbooks/index.htm
Links to science fiction and fantasy books online.
Provides direct links to over 7000 scholarly periodicals which allow
some or all of their online content to be viewed by anyone for free
(though some may require free registration).
Free USA e-books: http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/openbooks/index.htm?loc=interstitialskip
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.http://www.openbook.usatoday.com
"WAP-enabled" mnybks.net (http://mnybks.net/) for free e-books for your mobile phone (cellphone).
PSP (PlayStation Portable)-friendly e-books, visit :http://psp.manybooks.net/
Ask Sam ebooks: http://www.asksam.com/ebooks/
Free searchable e-books. Some classic literature, US Govt
reports, legislative, legal, judicial & political documents.
Requires registration & downloading the free askSam viewer software
- Free short story podcasts (like audiobooks, but shorter)
Over 1500 texts in a variety of genres (PDF, Sony, iLiad)
Southwestern Classics On-line: http://www.oldcardboard.com/lsj/olbooks/olb_home.htm
Five classic books about Texas and the Southwest (HTM)
Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/baldwin/baldwin.html
Digitized versions of children's books published in Great Britain and
the United States from the early 1700s through the current year
Freeload Press: http://www.freeloadpress.com/
Textbooks on accounting, economics, education, math, study, and productivity tools
Rare Book Room: http://www.rarebookroom.org/
A large number of rare books, available as high resolution photographs or PDF
Flashback Universe: http://www.flashbackuniverse.com/
Over 7 high quality image comics.
Creative Commons Books: http://wiki.creativecommons.org/Books
Over 50 works that are or have been commercially available in hardcopy and have an ISBN
22 free audiobooks with registration
Center for Educational Technology and Learning (CETL): http://cetl.edtech.csulb.edu/tgg/
Great excerpt from Tom Brokaw's The Greatest Generation in Flash and audio (MP3).
Cell Phone Books - information, creation tools, and library links
Lovecraft Country: Return to Arkham: http://www.lovecraftcountry.com/comic/return/index.php
Comic book set in H.P. Lovecraft's Arkham in 1933. Seth Fletcher has
just journeyed to Arkham, seeking his brother lost years before, but as
he will soon discover, all is not as it seems.
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.
Munseys : Formerly Blackmask: http://www.munseys.com/
over 20,000 texts in a variety of formats: .lit, .html, .pds, etc.
the Kurt Vonnegut Library: http://vonnegut.cultish.org/
15 books from the author in PDF, Word, txt, and MP3
Open Library: http://www.openlibrary.org/
A great demonstration of a selected number of books from the Internet
Archive, displaying how books can be shared on the internet.
Book search tool that searches the catalogs of libraries near you to find the books that you want to check out and read.
Provides literature study guides, chapter summaries and analysis,
topics for discussion, quotes, style, themes and character analysis
Diesel eBooks: http://www.diesel-ebooks.com/cgi-bin/category.cgi?category=free_download
Over 700 free ebooks formatted for Microsoft Reader (LIT)
Also a great tool for anyone with their own home library: LibraryThing.
This is an online tool for cataloging your books. Site does have a free
membership a personal library of up to 200 books, annual
memberships and lifetime membership for $25 . As a paying member
you can have an unlimited number of books in their library and full
functionality of the site.