Online Books

Adelaide University Electronic Texts Collection
This growing collection of e-texts - currently more than 1500 - includes classic works of Literature, Philosophy, Science, and Medicine.

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
A collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy

arXiv e-Prints
Includes e-Print "preprints" in Physics, Mathematics, Nonlinear Sciences, and Computer sciences, quantitative biology and statistics.

Thousands of mainly French and Swiss-authored e-texts, across a broad range of especially Literature, Science & the Arts. 

Australian e-Humanities Gateway
A portal for digital resources in humanities disciplines in Australia.

Australian Institute of Marine Science Reference library
This collection may be read in either HTML and/or PDF.

Baen Free Library
Commercial bookstore offers free e-books in HTML Ms Reader, Palm, Rocket & RTF formats. Registration requested.

The Encyclopedia of World History and The Harvard Classics are among many free texts offered at this award-winning site. 

Bibliomania Offers more than 2,000 free classic texts, plus research works. In HTML format, readable by your web browser.

Bibliotheca Augustana
Includes Bibliothecae Latina, Graeca, Germanica, Anglica, Gallica, Italica, Hispanica, Polonica et Russica. "Collectio textuum electronicorum.

Black Mask
With a goodly range of free e-books, this site also endears by offering six e-book formats and a special Australian section.

1,500 classic titles available, for Palm or other handheld devices.

CELT (Corpus of Electronic Texts)
Irish literary, historical & cultural texts, in Irish, Latin, Anglo-Norman French, and English. Presented in HTML, with a searchable online database.

Cognitive Sciences Eprint* Archive - papers in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, biology, medicine, anthropology and computer science. Some areas of the archive require registration.

Curtin University of Technology
The Institutional Repository of CUT provides access to research produced by its staff and students. Around 260 items were available as at May 2005 covering material from 1980 onwards.

Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE)
Over 13,000 searchable educational resources organized into themes or collections, broadly on physical sciences, technology, policy and educational issues.

Digital Library of Information Science and Technology (dLIST)
A repository of e-resources in Library and Information Science (LIS) and Information Technology (IT). It contains published and unpublished papers, data sets, reports & bibliographies.

Dr Jack Cross's Electronic Archive
A collection of Dr Jack Cross's writings, plus major historical works. It includes many of the seminal historical source documents of the modern Western world, including key works by Homer, Dante, Milton, Goethe, Darwin and many more.

Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature
Links site for literary texts in Western European languages other than English. Languages include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish & Swedish.

Electronic Texts On The Internet
A useful links page with over eighty entries.

Elfwood is a huge, non-profit home to amateur Fantasy/Sci-Fi literature and art, plus some How -To Guides. The site holds over twenty thousand works of art & literature by over fifteen hundred Science Fiction/Fantasy artists and writers.

Emerald's eBook Series (on trial)
KLISC members will be able to enjoy free access to Emerald's eBook Series Business Management and Economics and Social Sciences Collection's, until Sunday the 31st of October.  

ePrints Queensland University of Technology
An institutional archive of research papers produced at Queensland University of Technology by QUT staff and postgraduate students. Items now deposited span from 1984 to date, and this fast-growing new collection already offers no less than 967 of them (in May 2005).

eprints University of Melbourne
The embryonic University of Melbourne eprint collection. The oldest item dates back to 1945. In order to access some areas of the archive, you'll need a user registration (no charge).

Primary historical documents from Western Europe. Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations.

Free Online Novels and Cyberbooks
Nearly fifty new novels ranging over many genres, including SF/Fantasy, mystery, romance, humour and lots more. A gift from new authors seeking your attention. Either as HTML or as downloadable files.

Great Books Index
More than 440 mainly Greco-Roman texts, with some Chinese and Persian in English translations by 59 different authors. For online reading, some downloads are available.

Internet Public Library
Over 20,000 free books available online.

Literature @ SunSITE
Collection of digital literary texts from famous, mostly U.S. authors. May be read online, printed, or downloaded for further study.

Litrix Reading Room
Features works of literature in English, including classics, mystery, horror, sci-fi, westerns, Sherlock Holmes, Americana. For reading online, or save each chapter to read offline in your web browser.

Lysator Free e-books
Lysator is a lively academic computer society & major e-publishing stalwart located at Linköping University in Sweden. They also offer few miscellaneous e-texts.

Free PDA e-books. Many thousands of public domain e-books from Project Gutenberg and elsewhere. They're available here either to read online in plain text or formatted to download for the Adobe Reader, Palm eReader, Palm Doc, iSilo, Rocketbook and other r-reader softwares.

Memoware has lots of free documents in a multiplicity of categories and a variety of formats for Palms & other PDAs. Award-winning site.

MIT OpenCourseWare
This free downloadable material for 500 courses has been accessible since the end of September 2003. Presented in HTML, however courses may include other readers. (software for all of these may be downloaded from the site's Technical Requirements page).

MS (Microsoft) Reader (.lit) e- books
Over 60,000 available. You may search the listings by "author", "title" & "most popular" headings.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD)
Links to digital theses/dissertations available in Australia, Canada, many European nations, Hong Kong, Taiwan & the USA.

Online Books Page
This University of Pennsylvania site offers access to more than 35,000 books online.

Pennsylvania State University Electronic Classics Site
"The Labyrinth" PSU's e-books are presented as pdf files. Established in 1997, the site offers many classical works of literature in English, plus original works published by Penn. State Uni.

Perseus Project
A great classical digital library site, with Greek & Latin texts, commentaries, an atlas, coin images, art, archaeology and more.

Planet PDF Free eBooks area
Recent asset for popular classic novels in the PDF format.

Project Gutenberg
It is the original free digital library of books no longer in copyright. The full Gutenberg collection now exceeds 5,000 books. The whole collection represents a monumental effort in unpaid, unselfish, labour since 1971.

Project Libellus
The University of Washington, Seattle, provides this library of Latin texts, readable in your web browser. In HTML & TeX (a subset of ASCII). Thirteen classical Latin authors represented.

Project Runeberg
Project Runeberg publishes free electronic editions of old Nordic literature on the Internet. Since 1992. More than 900 titles, mostly in Swedish.

Qvadis Library
Qvadis Library offers nearly 6,000 e-text titles in 32 categories, all free. All formatted for Palm OS devices.

Read Print
A great selection of free classic novels, stories, plays and non-fiction available online from over 200 authors. Browse the author list for your favourites.

The Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service at the University of Sydney Library. Currently around two hundred theses are available. NB: While you may access many texts from the Web, a large number are commercially licensed and available only to users at the University

Soil And Health Library
Free public library offering books on holistic agriculture, holistic health, self-sufficient living, and personal development.

Tale Wins
Tale Wins Marleen Roberts' site for authors & readers.

The Digital Library of the Commons (DLC)
An archive of international literature on "the commons". A full-text Digital Library, a Working Paper Archive of author-submitted papers, and links to relevant references are included and can be access via PDF.

The E Server
Bit of a mind flip might be an exaggeration, but there is certainly nothing stodgy about this large & contemporary collection of online intellectual texts & resources. Based at the University of Washington.

Virtual Library
It is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the Web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers.

William Shakespeare
Complete Works of William Shakespeare but minus his poetry at present. The plays can be read either as a continuous text or by individual scenes. For reading online, in HTML.

IQ Over ten thousand online e-books, in plain text. Available in order of popularity or search for title.

World eBook Library ​
It provides free, unlimited public access to a comprehensive collection of public domain texts & references, and links to thousand of on-line libraries around the world. For a small annual fee, also offers access to over than 500,000+ PDF e-books and e-documents, plus 23,000 mp3 audio books.​