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We're working on new ways to deliver the timeless value of classic books. Meanwhile, here are some links to current resources. (Feedback welcome; my email address is at the bottom of the page.)


Free! In general, books published in the US prior to 1923 are now in the public domain, free for anyone in the US to copy, distribute, translate, reformat and more. (Copyright laws vary by country so I'm restricting my comments to the US.) With thousands of books available, there should be something for almost everyone -- whether to inform, amuse or inspire.


  • Project Gutenberg - over 13,000 eTexts and growing! Includes classic books, audio files, sheet music and more. Founded in 1971 (!) by Michael Hart.

  • The Online Books Page - an enhanced index into the Project Gutenberg collection and beyond, with over 20,000 books in total. Created and maintained by John Mark Ockerbloom since 1993.

  • The Million Books Project, sponsored in the US by the Universal Library at Carnegie Mellon Univ., with an index of books hosted at The Internet Archive. One caveat: the books will be provided as images of each page not as text.

  • The International Children's Digital Library has colorful scans of books from around the world, for ages 3-13.

  • The Christian Classics Ethereal Library aims to serve a variety of viewpoints and traditions. It was founded by Harry Plantinga in 1993.

  • For much broader coverage, see the Internet Sacred Texts Archive, founded by John B. Hare in 1999.

  • ... See related text archive links on Google's Web Directory (DMOZ).


Updated Oct. 28, 2004

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