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Online books are available on many topics; these sites provide full-text versions of classics, textbooks, and other books online. You can download some books, read various books online, and buy some ebooks online.
  • DPLA: Digital Public Library of America; content from libraries, archives, and museums; funded by grants from a number of foundations and government agencies
  • Online Books: Online Books Page at Upenn; links to free online books; index to books, pointers to directories of books, special exhibits, support for the growth of online books; founded and edited by John Mark Ockerbloom, a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania; lists over 900,000 free books in December, 2010
  • Project Gutenberg: electronic texts; stated purpose is "to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search;" electronic texts of literature, science, classics, drama, and fiction; you can search for books by author or title words or advanced search; over 33,000 free ebooks at Project Gutenberg and 100,000 free ebooks through partners, affiliates, and resources; many classics--examples: Jules Verne, "20,000 Leagues (96 megameters) under the Sea," Thomas Paine, "Common Sense," James Joyce, "Ulysses;" formats include plain text, HTML, Kindle, and more
  • Bartleby: online literature, reference, and verse; full text online of classics like Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Oxford Shakespeare, Lives of the Saints, Bartlett's Quotations, T.S. Eliot, The Harvard Classics & Shelf of Fiction, and more; available for free reading online
  • Digital Book Index: an index of multiple online books collections; this site indexes other online book collections, major and (like Project Gutenberg) as well as smaller (like McMaster University in Canada); reference books, literature, history, social sciences, medicine and health, mathematics and science, philosophy and religion, law, the arts, childrens' ebooks, and more
  • Google Books: access to online books for free or purchase; allows you to search the text book books, find books that match your search, download free and public domain books or consider borrowing or buying the book; books come from a partner program in which publishers provide books for search, examination and sale or a library program in which book previews are available online
  • Wikibooks: open-content textbooks collection; collaboratively edited textbooks; examples: Programming in Ada, This Quantum World, New Zealand History, Formal Logic
  • Open Library: aspires to be a card catalog of all books ever published and links to some full-text books; a project to have a page on the Web for every book published; scanned versions of books or card catalog records; interface to the Ebook and Texts Archive of The Internet Archive providing free, downloadable fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books
  • WorldCat: find items in your local libraries; not all library systems provide their card catalogs through WorldCat, but many do, so if you are trying to find a copy of a physical book to borrow, this is a good site to check; WorldCat Genres provide collections of book titles in areas such as adventure, spy stories, legends, mystery, and science fiction; the Web site uses location recognition of your Internet connection to figure out your location so as to deliver a list of libraries nearby that have a book you want; you can check out libraries.org to find libraries worldwide that may not be in WorldCat
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