Free E-books & E-texts

The "Window of Shanghai" eBooks
The "Window of Shanghai" is a cultural exchange project based on book donations to overseas readers. Initiated in 2002 by the Shanghai Library, the "Window of Shanghai", as an integral part of the "China Book International" (CBI), aims to introduce the Chinese culture and to promote the Chinese civilization and the charms of Shanghai by providing the overseas readers with more latest Chinese publications.

Cornell University Library Windows on the Past
This is a collection of selected historical materials which have been digitized and made freely available for online searching and browsing. The collection includes the following sub-collections: historic monographs, historic math books, New York State Historical Literature, International Women's Periodicals, Ezra Cornell Papers, Witchcraft Collection, and the KMODDL e-book Collection. The collections are open to the general public, in accordance with the terms set in the Guidelines for Using Text and Images from Cornell Digital Library Collections.

This website is developed to promote free access to medical books to enhance the medical practice. It offers many important medical textbooks free and in full-text. The site contains about 650 books, browsable by title, specialty or date added to the collection. Most of the books are in English, but there are also books in French, German, Spanish and many other languages. Users can be informed about new free books, by subscribing to Book Alert.

Library of Economics and Liberty: Books and Essays Online
This collection of online books and essays is provided by the Liberty Fund, Inc. an American private, educational foundation established to "encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals." The books and essays on this website represent classics of economic thought, both historical and modern. The e-book site offers a variety of tools including a calculator, a notepad, and reference links to online dictionaries easily accessible from each book's table of contents. The user should be aware that while many important, even seminal, works in economics and markets are available from this site, the overall theme of the collection supports the political and social objectives of the Liberty Fund and does not represent the views or objectives of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the oldest producer of free e-books and e-texts on the Internet. It includes more than 15,000 e-books most of which are older literary works within the public domain. All e-books may be downloaded, read, and redistributed for non-commercial use.

The National Academies Press
The National Academies Press offers more than 3,000 books for online reading. Many titles are in PDF format. Hundreds of these books can be downloaded for free in their entirety or by the chapter, while others are available for purchase. Subject coverage includes almost every discipline in hard, general and applied science.

The Online Books Page
The Online Books Page was founded, and is edited, by John Mark Ockerbloom, a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. The website provides access to thousands of freely available e-books on the Internet mainly in social sciences and humanities. The major parts of the site include an index of thousands of free online books readable on the Internet, and links to significant directories and archives of online texts. The books are searchable and browsable by subject, author or title. The site also links to free accessible archives for serials.