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Freely Available eBooks

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100 Extensive University Libraries from Around the World that Anyone Can Access
From CollegeDegree.com, a list of resources from university libraries worldwide.

Digital Book Index
This index is intended as a "Meta-index" for most major eBook sites, along with thousands of smaller specialized sites. Most of these books, texts, and documents are available free.

Early New Zealand books
From Special Collections in the University of Auckland Library, nineteenth century works published about New Zealand.

Each web book is self contained; most web books may be downloaded for off-line reading. See the end of the web book's title page for the download link.

Books in French

Internet Archive
The goal of the Million Book Project is to "create a free-to-read, searchable digital library the approximate size of the combined libraries at Carnegie Mellon University, and one much bigger than the holdings of any high school library."

Internet Public Library Online Texts
A wide variety of free, full-text sources for literature on the web.

The National Academies Press
Many of these science, engineering and medicine books are freely available online. Free PDF books will have a "sign in" link in the "purchase options" box.

NCBI Bookshelf
A collection of biomedical books from PubMed.

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
"...significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials."

Online Books Page
The Online Books Page was founded, and is edited, by John Ockerbloom, a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. The site "facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet".

Open Library
The OpenLibrary project is an opensource project of the Internet Archive.

Perseus Digital Library
covers the history, literature and culture of the Greco-Roman world.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the Internet's oldest producer of free electronic books; includes Gutenberg music - digitized public domain sheet music.

"The world's largest online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and newspaper articles." A personal subscription is required (not available for libraries) but Questia also contains more than 5,000 freely available titles.

St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture
A unique series of midigraphs entitled "St Andrews Studies in French History and Culture", made available by the Centre for French History and Culture at the University of St Andrews.

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