Free eBooks on the Web

In addition to the electronic book collections that are available for the use of current ORU students, faculty, and staff only, thousands of eBooks are open access, which means that they are available free of charge at various Internet locations. The following are links to some major Web sites that provide free eBooks:

  • Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts: American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
  • American Verse Project: An electronic archive of volumes of American poetry made up of mostly 19th century poetry.

  • The ARTFL Project: The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language.

  • The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Documents in law, history and diplomacy.

  • Bartleby: Great books online: fiction, nonfiction, verse, and reference.

  • Bible Gateway: The Bible in various versions and languages.

  • Bible Hub:Online study suite of topical, Greek and Hebrew study tools, plus concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, sermons and devotionals.
  • Bible Study Tools: Multiple versions of the Bible, an interlinear Bible, a parallel Bible, and other Bible study helps provided by Crosswalk.com.

  • Bibliomania: Includes more than 2000 free texts, study guides and reference resources.

  • Biblos.com: Originally created in 2004 as the Online Parallel Bible with many versions of the Bible in English as well as in multiple other languages, this site was developed to integrate the parallel Bible with various Bible study tools.

  • Biodiversity Heritage Library: "A consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global 'biodiversity commons.'"

  • Bitpipe.com: "The enterprise IT professional's guide to information technology resources. Browse this free online library for the latest technical white papers, webcasts and product information to help you make intelligent IT product purchasing decisions." Requires registration.

  • A Celebration of Women Writers: A collection of works by women writers gathered from over the centuries and from many countries.

  • Christian Classics Ethereal Library: Works from various Christian traditions.

  • Complete Works of Shakespeare: Drama and poetry.

  • Core Documents of U.S. Democracy: Documents which contain "information which is vital to the democratic process and critical to an informed electorate."

  • Digital Book Index: "Provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1,800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free."

  • Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB): A collection of academic, peer-reviewed books from various publishers."

  • Documenta Catholica Omnia: A massive database of historical church documents including Migne's Patrologia Latina & Patrologiae Graecae. The majority of the items are in Latin, many are in Greek, some are in English and Italian, and a few are in French.

  • Documenting the American South: A collection of sources on Southern history, literature and culture from the colonial period through the early 20th century.

  • Duke Papyrus Archive: "The Duke Papyrus Archive provides electronic access to texts about and images of nearly 1400 papyri from ancient Egypt."

  • Early Canadiana Online: "These collections contain over 80,000 rare books, magazines and government publications from the 1600s to the 1940s."

  • Early Church Fathers - Additional Texts: Edited by Roger Pearse, "these English translations are all out of copyright, but were not included in the 38-volume collection of Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.... The texts are listed in chronological order."

  • Early Modern Philosophy: English versions of key texts by such early modern philosophers as Bacon, Berkeley, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Leibniz, Locke, Malebranche, Mill, Reid, and Spinoza, "prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought." Created by Jonathan Bennett.

  • ebrary: Free "Open Access" Collections: A small set of free eBook collections provided via ebrary.
  • The EServer: Also known as the English Server. "A growing online community where hundreds of writers, artists, editors and scholars gather to publish and discuss their works."

  • ETANA: Electronic Tools and Ancient Near East Archives: "A multi-institutional collaborative project initiated in August 2000, as an electronic publishing project designed to enhance the study of the history and culture of the ancient Near East."
  • The Online Medieval and Classical Library (OMACL): "A collection of some of the most important literary works of Classical and Medieval civilization."
  • Online Literature Library: Classics.

  • Open Library: Over 1 million free ebooks available.
  • The Orange Grove: Florida's Digital Repository: "Florida's digital repository for instructional resources. The repository provides an environment for educators to search for, use, remix, share, and contribute educational resources."

  • The Oxford Text Archives: Distributes more than 2,500 resources in over 25 different languages.

  • Perseus Digital Library: Sources for the study of the humanities.

  • Project Gutenberg: Public domain e-texts.

  • Project Wittenberg: A collection of e-texts by Luther and other Lutherans.

  • Religion-online.org: Over 200 electronic books by recognized religious scholars.

  • Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text & Image: "SCETI, a fully integrated digital library, was created in 1996 to publish virtual facsimiles of rare books and manuscripts in the Penn Library's collections."

  • Shakespeare in Quarto: View and compare the British Library's ninety-three copies of the twenty-one Shakespeare plays.

  • Theological Commons: "A digital library of 80,000+ books and periodicals on theology and religion."
  • Thomas A. Edison Papers: "Over five million pages of documents . . . chronicle one of the most creative technical innovators in the history of the world—Thomas Alva Edison."

  • Thomas Aquinas' Works in English: Read English translations of many, if not most, of St. Thomas's theological and philosophical works including both of his Summas and his commentary on Lombard's Sentences as well as his Quaestiones Disputatae, his Opuscula, and his commentaries on Aristotle and on the Bible. Available from Joseph Kenny, O.P., of the Dominican Institute associated with the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

  • Tyndale Seminary's Virtual Reading Rooms: Organized links to texts related to biblical studies, missional church, spiritual formation, theology, Christian ethics, and history of Christianity. See, e.g., the Karl Barth Reading Room.

  • The Unbound Bible: A collection of downloadable Bibles.

  • Universal Digital Library: "A free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, available to everyone over the Internet."

  • University of California Press: "The eScholarship Editions collection includes almost 2000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. Access to the electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while select books are available to the public. Print versions of many of the electronic books can be purchased directly from the publishers."

  • University of Michigan Digital Library Texts: Contains 101 collections with 186,770 texts, some of which are restricted to use by authorized users only, i.e. University of Michigan faculty, staff, and students.

  • University of Pittsburgh Press Digital Editions: "Pitt Press has selected 762 monographs for open access.... The majority of these titles are out-of-print, but are now available online."

Updated June 3, 2015.