Digital and Ebook Collections

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Alexa Internet

Provides catalogs of public domain web sites.


This site publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge. Its collection of reference books including the American Heritage Dictionary, Roget's Thesaurus, the Columbia Encyclopedia, and the Encyclopedia of American History as well as the King James Bible, books on English language usage, books of quotations, and histories of English and American literature, including The Harvard Classics the Shelf of Fiction, are linked to the actual texts. All of the texts may be searched by keyword from the front page.

Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE

The Berkeley Digital Library SunSITE builds digital collections and services and provides information and support to digital library developers worldwide. Its wide array of collections includes incunabula at the Bancroft Library.

Primarily links to titles at other sites, but does carry more than 49,000 mostly-free books online.


Bookstacks is a small volunteer effort, providing quality, hand-coded ebooks for free. There are 86 books to choose from right now, from 29 different authors. The latest addition is the PDF version of a Leo Tolstoy work (in Russian).

This free, online, illustrated collection of children's stories includes novels, nonfiction, stories, poems, and kid's classics, all--as far as the site knows--out of copyright in the U.S.

Classic Book Library

A collection of online ebooks featuring mystery, science fiction, children's books and romance.

Classical Authors Directory

Portraits, biographies, and pictures of 460 classic authors, as well as 1,258 online books of classical literature enhanced with annotations from the Encyclopedia of the Self.

Includes archives of now public domain works by various well-known American and British authors.

The Classics in ASCII

Public domain fiction and nonfiction etexts at

Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse


An extensive archive of Middle-English electronic texts (none of which are translated into modern English, however), including works by Chaucer and the ubiquitous Anonymous.

The Digital Book Index

A database of more than 90,000 fiction and nonfiction ebooks from more than 1,800 publishers. Many categories of books are listed, including reference, history, children's, and African American studies. Titles are from commercial and noncommercial publishers and vendors and may be free or available by subscription or purchase. The site also links to ebook reader software. Registration required.

Duke Papyrus Archive

Features online access to more than 1,375 ancient Egyptian papyri.

Electronic Books

Created by Karen Ramos, a librarian at the Stockton-San Joaquin County (Calif.) Public Library, this directory offers annotated links for electronic book information in the categories Free E-book Sites, Free Personal Digital Assistant [PDA] Sites, Commercial Sites, Ebook Reader Software, and Dedicated E-book Readers. There are also tips for reading ebooks online, searching for text in e-books, and saving ebooks.

The English Server (EServer)

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