- NOTE: These resources have been prioritized to make finding quality information easier.
- Google Books
Search the full text of scanned books and read selections or the full text of these digitized texts.
- Directory of Open Access Books
This site currently provides access to "854 Academic peer-reviewed books from 25 publishers." Some of the publications are as recent as 2011 (from OAPEN Foundation).
Bartleby.com publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, literature and nonfiction.
- HathiTrust Digital Library
Representing over 50 universities, the HathiTrust currently boasts more than 10.2 million volumes, equaling some 3.5 billion indexed pages.
- Internet Archive: Text Archive
This site is open to the community for the contribution of any type of text, many licensed using Creative Commons licenses.
- The Online Books Page
This extensive collection of English texts is browsable by author, title, or Library of Congress subject heading (from the University of Pennsylvania).
- Digital Book Index
"Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free."
Users can search by keyword, author/title, subject, etc. The subjects covered include African American history, business, cooking, world history, literature, political science, religion, and more. Kindle versions are available when listed.
- eBooks @ Adelaide
Access a collection of quality ebooks from the University of Adelaide. Books are searchable by author, title, subject, and keyword searching. Topics covered include literature, travel, philosophy, religion, science, history, and cooking. Some works are available as Kindle versions.
- Classic Reader
"Search our online library of thousands of free books by authors such as Dickens, Austen, Shakespeare and many others."
Titles are available for fiction, non-fiction, poetry, short stories, Shakespeare, drama, young readers, and classic works. Each of the titles available through this site no longer has copyright restrictions on its use.
- Project Gutenberg
Incredible collection of "light" literature (e.g. Alice in Wonderland), "heavy" literature (e.g. Red Badge of Courage), and reference works (e.g. Roget's Thesaurus). The collection includes over 12,000 texts.
- Universal Digital Library
Also known as the Million Book Project. Contains over 1 million books, in 12 languages and is browsable by subject; language and date of publication (from Carnegie Mellon University).
- World Digital Library
Provides access to "significant primary materials from countries and cultures around the world." It is browsable by time, topic, place, type and institution. Site includes a wealth of manuscripts, maps, rare books, films, sound recordings, as well as prints and photographs.