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Literature - Electronic texts

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Electronic Texts and Audiobooks- Literature 


18 Great Short Stories You Can Read Free Online


Superb contemporary literature by authors like Jorge Luis Borges, Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, Celeste Ng, Zadie Smith, and Kai Ashante Wilson.


12 Places To Find Free E-Books


This site shows where you can download free e-books in your Kindle and other e-readers.


Bartleby.com - Great Books Online


Locate free poetry, reference books, and fiction and nonfiction books.




"Hundreds of searchable full text works of classic fiction, popular fiction, short stories, drama, poetry, dictionaries, research and religious texts...." Also includes nonfiction. The Bible, Shakespeare, and other classics of English and American literature await readers. 




Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.


Books Should Be Free


"Thousands of public domain e-books and audiobooks and lets you download them for free. You'll find several formats such as MP3s, iTunes Podcasts, ePUB and Kindle."


Classic Shorts


"This website is dedicated to the short story and to those interested in reading this delightful art form." Read classic short stories by notable authors such as Roald Dahl, H. G. Wells, Virginia Woolf, and more. 


Digital Book Index


Links to over 165,000 digital books with over 140,000 of them available for free.


E-book Directory


"E-Books Directory is a daily growing list of freely downloadable ebooks, documents and lecture notes found all over the internet."


Free Books


A collection of literature, textbooks, children's literature, and more--all legal to download. 


Free E-Books.net


Fiction and non-fiction titles from independent writers. Free registration required to use the site. 


Google Books


Resource for millions of books, magazines, and journal articles that you can preview or read for free. 


Heath Anthology of Online American Literature Resources


Online texts from colonial through modern times, with attention to multiculturalism. 


Hathi Trust Digital Library


Free from copyright 1923 copyright or lesser years.


Internet Archive


More than 6,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks.

"Signing up for an Internet Archive account is free and open to the world.  Please visit https://archive.org/account/signup  If you have any problems, please write to info@archive.org."




Free public domain audiobooks.




More than 33,000 free eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders


Nothing in the Rulebook


A list of 45 sites, some of which duplicate those above, some of which focus on types of literature (such as romance) or on authors. 


Online Books Page


Locate over two million free online books.


Open Culture


Free "cultural and educational" media includes ebooks, audiobooks, textbooks, online courses, and movies.


Open E-Books


An app with access to award winning books for free.


Open Library


Scanned editions of books contributed by Internet Archive users.  Contained are many kinds of books (classics, fantasy, and more--including books for people with print disabilities). 


Planet eBook


Download over 80 classic titles (The Great Gatsby, 1984, Moby Dick, The Iliad,etc.) for free.


Project Gutenberg


Over 60,000 free eBooks with a focus on older works—find the great works of literature to download or read online here.




Online texts, author webcasts, suggested reading lists, and more. From the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.



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