An annotated guide to useful FREE websites, where a simple Google search might not be enough.
Last Updated: May 5, 2014
Put the name of one of your favorite authors into the Map of Literature and see a mind map of authors similar to yours - as determined by this online community. Or put in three of your favorite authors and let Gnod suggest others you might like. There is also a place to discuss your favorite books and authors.
- Reader's Advice
Based on librarian contributions, this site contains references and see also recommendations to works of fiction of all types. Indexes include authors, big names, genres, and series.
Great Books Online -- Quotes, poems, novels, reference materials.
- Complete Works of William Shakespeare
...the Web's first edition of the Complete Works of William Shakespeare." Based on the Complete Moby (tm) Shakespeare. Complete works can be searched.
- Google Books
Provides full-text access to thousands of books and partial access to some. If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has granted permission, you can see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If the book is in the public domain, you are free to download a PDF copy. In some cases Google Books may link you to a local library where you can borrow the book, or to a retailer where you can buy it.
A collaboration between Columbia University Press and the American Historical Association that promotes electronic publication of prize-winning scholarly books. Besides the text of the books extra features include hyperlinks to supplementary literature, images, music, video, and related Web sites.
- Internet Archive: Text Archive
Download free books and texts. The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books.
- ipl2: Arts and Humanities - Literature - Online Texts
ipl2 is a combination of Internet Public Library (IPL) and the Librarians' Internet Index (LII) websites. Lists links to major online text websites.
- National Academies Press
Provies free online access to 4,000 of their books in a wide variety of subject areas from the sciences to public policy.
- Online Books Page
Listing over 1 million free books on the Web
- Project Gutenberg
Offers over 40,000 free e-books to download to a PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device.