Free Electronic Books
American Memory: The 19th Century in Print. About 1,500 books published in the U.S. from 1850-1880, primarily in education, psychology, American history, sociology, religion, and science and technology. Also included are volumes of American poetry.
Bartleby.com's Great Books Online
--- Includes the 70-volume Harvard Classics, King James Bible, and many
Bibliomania --- More than 2000 classic texts, reference books, author biographies, study guides, etc.
Hathi Trust Digital Library --- A repository for archiving and shring of digitized collections, which can range from nineteenth-century periodicals to historical bicycling to war to hard to find government documents and congressional materials.
Humanities Text Initiative ---- From the University of Michigan. Includes: American Verse Project, Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse, and Modern English Works (public domain) and much more.
Hypertexts: "We DO
American Studies" --- Hosted by the American Studies Group at
University of Virginia. Provides full text access to a variety of literary
and scholarly hypertexts.
IPL Books Online --- Internet Public Library links to more than 20,000 free texts.
Internet Archive -- The Internet Archive is building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. It includes moving images, live music archives, audio and text.
National Academies Press --- 3,000 books online for free. Primarily science and political science titles.
New York Public Library's Best of the Web: Online Literary Texts
OAIster--- Project of the University of Michigan to provide access to publicly available digital library resources provided by the research library community.
Online Books Page --- University of Pennsylvania provides links to more than 20,000 titles available through Project Gutenberg, Bibliomania, UVA Electronic Text Center, etc.
Project Gutenberg --- More than 10,000 texts available, generally published before 1923, no longer in copyright.
University of Virginia Library Electronic Text Center --- Contains more than 70,000 texts, about 10,000 of them are free; access to others requires membership.
World Digital Library --- Developed by the U.S. Library of Congress; UNESCO; contributions by partner institutions in many countries; financial support of a number of companies and private foundations.
Wright American Fiction
Collection --- About 2,880 volumes of American adult fiction
published between 1851 and 1875.