HEC E-Books Library
HEC National Digital Library (DL) is a programme to provide researchers within public and private universities in Pakistan and non-profit research and development organizations with access to international scholarly literature based on electronic (online) delivery, providing access to high quality, peer-reviewed journals, databases, articles and e-Books across a wide range of disciplines. DL has launched ebrary and McGraw Hill Collections to provide around 50,000 online books in addition to more than 23,000 journals that have been made available through the Digital Library Programme.The e-books support programme will allow researchers to access most of the important text and reference books electronically in a variety of subject areas.
Best Free Digital Libraries
Includes e-Print "preprints" in Physics, Mathematics, Nonlinear Sciences, and Computer sciences. From Cornell University with assistance from the National Science Foundation (USA), the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (USA) and the University of Adelaide (Australia).
Thousands of mainly French and Swiss-authored e-texts, across a broad range of especially Literature, Science & the Arts. In .html &. rtf versions. Also many links to famous works in German, Dutch & English too. Prepared or linked for the Web by the University of Geneva. Expand your mind & education here.
The Encyclopedia of World History and The Harvard Classics are among many free texts offered at this award-winning site. Many classic reference works are available here.
Irish literary, historical & cultural texts, in Irish, Latin, Anglo-Norman French, and English. Presented in HTML, with a searchable online database. An initiative of University College, Cork, Republic of Ireland.
*Eprints here are defined as the digital texts of peer-reviewed research articles, before and after refereeing. Before refereeing and publication, the draft is called a "preprint." The refereed, published final draft is called a "postprint." Eprints may include both preprints and postprints, as well as any significant drafts in between, and any post publication updates.
An archive of international literature on "the commons" (i.e. that which is held in common or by a community). Many useful features for both readers and contributing authors. A full-text Digital Library, a Working Paper Archive of author-submitted papers, and links to relevant references are included. Thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP) & the Indiana University Graduate School. As Adobe PDF files.
DLESE Over 5,000 searchable educational resources. Items are also organized into themes or collections, broadly as environmental, geographical, geological, oceanographical and other physical sciences; space science and technology; policy and educational issues and the philosophy of science. Resources are not archived on site but in a variety of collaborating collections. Funded by the National Science Foundation (USA).
A repository of electronic resources in Library and Information Science (LIS) and Information Technology (IT). Contains published and unpublished papers, data sets instructional and help materials, pathfinder , reports & bibliographies. So far in English only. User registration required to access some areas in HTML or PDF.
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.
A useful links page with over eighty entries.
Primary historical documents from Western Europe. Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations.
Provides free HTML online versions of many famous authors from before 200 BC to the 20th Century. Linked with Amazon.com for commercial print offerings of the titles.
More than 440 mainly Greco-Roman texts, with some Chinese and Persian. By 59 different authors. In English translation. For online reading, some downloads available.
Over 20,000 free books available online. The Internet Public Library's Mission Statement says: " The Internet Public Library (IPL), is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information. The IPL Online Texts Collection contains over 20,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal Classification". For questions about the online texts collection, or how to search, please see their help page.
The first stage of an ambitious & generous plan to make all Massachusetts Institute of Technology course materials available on the Internet, for free download. Materials for 500 courses have been accessible since the end of September 2003. Materials are in English, but a number are also available in Spanish & Portuguese. Presented in HTML. However courses may include Adobe Acrobat PDF files, Java Applets, Shockwave, Real Player, Java, and MATLAB files (software for all of these may be downloaded from the site's Technical Requirements page). This so far unique gift is made possible by MIT with support from the William and Flora Hewlett & Andrew W. Mellon Foundations.
Read over 2,500 National Academy science, engineering, and health texts free online. You can also purchase print copies if you wish. These e-books represent the cream of U.S. research & policy opinion in these fields. Texts are presented in a fully-searchable "Open Book" format, which also allows for page browsing & internal links. Open Book" is HTML, & moreover the format is prepared so that you can send people an individual page reference as an URL. PDFs are also available. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences provides this site.
Links to digital theses/dissertations available in Australia, Canada, many European nations, Hong Kong, Taiwan & the USA.
This University of Pennsylvania site offers access to more than 16,000 books online.
A great classical digital library site, with Greek & Latin texts, commentaries, an atlas, coin images, art, archaeology and more.
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.
Free public library offering books on holistic agriculture, holistic health, self-sufficient living, and personal development.
"The Virtual Library 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, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert…" Fourteen primary categories to check out, or use the search engine.
Opportunities to read or download thousands of HTML books online. 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 via the World Wide Web and/or Telnet. For a small annual fee, also offers access to over 60,000 PDF e-books and e-documents, plus 7,000 mp3 audio books. From the World Electronic Text Library Foundation, based in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Free Medical Books
The unrestricted access to scientific knowledge will have a major impact on medical practice. FreeBooks4Doctors! is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical books over the Internet.
Native American stories from the American Indian Heritage Foundation, online in HTML.
Project E-text editions of poetry by British and Irish women written (not necessarily published) between 1789 and 1832, a period traditionally known in English literary history as the Romantic period. A digital initiative of the University of California, Davis, from the Shields Library. Available in HTML & SGML.
A variety of famous classic titles.
Children's illustrated literature. Hundreds of children's books online. Because of the high picture content each page is presented as a separate image file (jpeg), or the whole book may be downloaded as a compressed (zip) file to read offline. In English, with some translated variously into Chinese, Farsi, Finnish, French, Dutch, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Maori, Polish, Romanian or Swedish.
From prolific writer Shmuel (Sam) Vaknin: lively, controversial musings on issues in economics, politics, the Balkans, international affairs, history, psychology and more. Download as MS Word, RTF (Rich Text Format) or PDF files.
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) "groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy", and does extensive economic and social research. You can get some summary information from OECD publications free here
7 - English language reference
Over 320,000 references & still growing, with both US and British spellings. On this minimalist (no frills) website you can look up words alphabetically or by search.
The Online Etymology Dictionary. In HTML. This valuable, attractively presented resource is from historian and author Douglas Harper.
8 - English literature and Classics
Over one thousand titles online in plain text, also versions for PC/Mac or for Palm, Visor & PocketPC.
A select catalogue of free original and classic fiction. Available for download in MS Reader, Adobe Reader ( PDF), or to read online in your Web browser (in their Virtual Imprint WebBook format - a simple but bookmarkable double page layout. IE 5+ recommended). Their home page also offers an array of purchasable services for bibliophiles.
A number of famous Irish literary works available free to download as text or RTF files, also some HTML short stories to read online. Yes, all of the following famous "English" authors were actually Irish - George Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker (author of Dracula), Jonathan Swift, J.M.Synge, Oscar Wilde.
More than a thousand scholars have contributed to this huge Web reference work, focused on literature in English. With nearly three thousand entries, and well over 5million words, there's any amount to learn here about writers, literary works and literary topics, and numerous links to more. And they throw in a bit of a Books-in-print too!
9 - General Reference
Provides a free encyclopedia (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, from the Columbia University Press) & gazetteer, medical encyclopedia & other valuable reference resources. Thousands of articles available here in HTML, with useful links to related topics.
English, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew,Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish &Vietnamese. Also specialised dictionaries including Computers, Law, Science.
10 - History
How have the states of Europe changed from century to century in the last two millenniums? Check it out in the 21 maps of this atlas. Some interesting Roman features too.
11 - Mathematics
A comprehensive and interactive mathematics encyclopedia intended for students, educators, maths enthusiasts and researchers. Claimed to be the Web's most complete maths resource.
12 - Medicine
"A free online medical dictionary search engine for definitions of medical terminology, pharmaceutical drugs, healthcare equipment, health conditions, medical devices, specialty terms and medical abbreviations." Note that definitions are brief, and should only be considered as a launching pad for further research. A handy resource, but self-diagnosers should note the disclaimer.
A collection of searchable biomedical books for the Web. Illustrated, in HTML. Medical issues covered include asthma, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, & retroviruses. There are also more general works on topics including the Cell, Developmental Biology, Glycobiology, Genes and Disease, Immunobiology and Neurochemistry.
The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Alphabetical and searchable. A voluntary academic effort.
23 - Research
The Public Library of Science is provided by "a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource". PLoS will publish its own journals.
E-books plus a few philosophy, physics and other titles. In pdf format (use the Adobe Reader).
15 - Science Fiction/Fantasy, & Horror
Online since August 1997, UK-based Infinity Plus publishes some original fiction, but mostly republishes those short stories & other shorter works you're always trying to find again. With extra input from many writers that you may not see anywhere else. As such, this wonderful archive is a boon to devotees. Online in HTML, or you can save them ('Save as...') to read off-line. However please remember they remain copyright for all purposes other than simple reading.
SF/Fantasy e-books & assistance for the physically impaired. ReadAssist is an organization of Science Fiction and Fantasy fans with an easy-to-use site streamlined to assist those with physical disabilities. They provide links to sources of both free and purchasable written and audio e-books, in those genres. Further links are to software & hardware of use to those with impaired mobility or vision.
16 - Technical Reports Online
Links to technical reports, preprints, reprints, dissertations, theses, and research reports of all kinds, as either full-text reports or searchable extended abstracts.
Universal Currency Converter.
The Institute for Christian Economics is a Texas-based, U.S. Christian fundamentalist site. Many "bible-based" religious & social titles are offered, plus a substantial foray into conservative and pro-free market economics & politics. Books are available in HTML or the DjVu compressed file format. The site authors recommend the latter, which they claim is superior to & less memory-hungry than PDF for representing original works. A free DjVu reader may be downloaded from the site.
Rick Rouse provides several free e-books, downloadable as zip files, for webmasters. They include How To Get Thousands Of Links To Your Website and How To Triple Your Website Traffic Every 90 Days under the heading Webmaster Freebies. Also some useful software for webmasters.
- 5,000 Chapters derived from 170+ outstanding McGraw-Hill titles
- Structured around 12 major areas of engineering disciplines
- 500 Major topics ranging from Aerospace Engineering to Mechanical Engineering
- A powerful online repository of engineering content from the field's premier publisher
- Easy and effective search or topical browse
- Winner of the GoldMaster Award in the Curriculum-Related Category.
- Highly recommended for all science users from high school through college, as well as users in large libraries.
- Contains full text and illustrations of McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology.
- 8,500 Encyclopedia and Research Update articles by leading researchers, including Nobel Prize winners.
- 100,000+ terms from Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms.
- 14,000 illustrations plus animations and image galleries.
- 65,000+ hyperlinked cross-references.
The University of Queensland's Digital Repository. Covers material created since 1983, although most dates from 1998 on. Includes e-books, e-chapters, online journals, various articles, working papers, conference papers and proceedings, posters, miscellaneous research output, and pre-publication (draft) material. OAI-compliant, the repository includes research output of UQ academic staff and postgraduate students, both before and after peer-reviewed publication. Formats used are HTML, ASCII text, PDF & Postscript.
Project Gutenberg of Australia produces books in electronic form and makes them freely available to the public in accordance with Australian copyright law. NB: Under Australian copyright law, literary, dramatic, & musical work published, performed, communicated, or recorded and offered for sale in an author's lifetime are protected for the life of the author plus fifty years from the end of the year of the author's death. After this time they enter into the public domain. Some e-books available here may still be under copyright in the United States (where local laws have several times extended copyright to levels not accepted within Australian jurisdiction). Such works are therefore not available from the US site of Project Gutenberg.
Project Gutenberg is the original free digital library of books no longer in copyright. So you'll find a great many classic literary texts here. The full Gutenberg collection now exceeds 5,000 books. The whole collection represents a monumental effort in unpaid, unselfish, labour since 1971.
The Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service at the University of Sydney Library. Regarded as the leading University digital collection in Australia. Includes also the University of Sydney digital theses collection (currently around two hundred theses 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 of Sydney.
E-books are important part of a library these days and are in great demand. Following link will take you to the see of open access e-books or you can go through the details provided below at this page.
Other Free Australian Books
Desert Wave Publishing Based in the Alice (Alice Springs, Northern Territory of Australia for our overseas readers). Provides a number of free PDF e-books in areas such as job search, training, online learning, how to e-publish yourself.
Other Free Books
Commercial bookstore offers free e-books in HTML Ms Reader, Palm, Rocket & RTF formats. Registration requested.
1,500 classic titles available, for Palm or other handheld devices.
A collection of Dr Jack Cross's writings, plus major historical works deposited with the Bodleian Library. Many are PDFs. Under "Fragments of our Lives: Primary Sources" includes many of the seminal historical source documents of the modern Western world, from Homer's The Odyssey and The Iliad, & The History of Herodotus toThe Anglo Saxon Chronicle and key works by Dante, Milton, Goethe, Darwin and many more.
Elegant Solutions Software & Publishing Company have a great free e- book site, with books downloadable to your PC: Motto:" Ebooks for people who think". Don't forget to check out Kate's page or the children's page there, for wonderful classic tales for young & old. Titles
(Download Microsoft Reader from "Useful Links" to read books from this site)
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.
Features works of literature in English, including classics, mystery, horror, sci-fi, westerns, Sherlock Holmes, Americana. In HTML. For reading online, or save each chapter to read offline in your web browser. Thanks to novelist Stan Jones of Anchorage, Alaska.
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.
80+ sites featuring free or for-purchase texts formatted for Palm readers.
A great selection of free classic novels, stories, plays and non-fiction available online from over ninety authors. Browse the author list for your favourites.
The World Bank e-Library is an electronic portal to the World Bank's full-text collection of books, reports/working papers, journals and other documents on social and economic development. E-Library is fully searchable by subject, region, keyword, title, author, abstract, or year of publication.