This list of FREE literature has everything from Moby Dick to Little Red Riding Hood to open source physics textbooks, essential study guides and reference books for over 2000 classic writings.

100+ Websites to Read, Download & Share FREE Literature (Updated 2020)

100+ Websites to Read, Download & Share FREE Literature (Updated 2020)

Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~ Jim Rohn Click To Tweet

Well, we’ve already provided you with 40 places to get an education online for free, so we figured this list of free literature would be a great follow-up post. Something to stimulate those creative juices and nourish those imaginations even more! And, of course, there is nothing better for this than reading.

This post is sure to entice your inner bibliophile into hours, days and who knows, even years of delicious solitary adventure and exploration. Each title is a link to its respective site, and while some of them may be dated, remember that content is — and shall forever remain — king!

And yes, there are even more dead links as of this latest update, but this is the nature of the internet these days. Regardless, there remains enough content at the end of all these links for far more than one lifetime. This list has everything from Moby Dick to Little Red Riding Hood to open source physics textbooks, essential study guides and reference books for over 2000 classic writings. 

So get your sailor caps on and prepare to push off! And again, remember that everything on this list is FREE literature, so it might be a good idea to bookmark it for quick reference. Then, next time you’re about to click the ol’ ‘MANIFEST IT NOW (AND TAKE MY MONEY)’ button on Amazon, you can refer back here quickly to see if you may just be able to grab it for… you know the rest.

100+ Websites to Read, Download & Share FREE Literature

  1. Classic Bookshelf: One of the best places to get classic free literature, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
  2. The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
  3. Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.
  4. Page by Page Books: Find works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on and others on this interesting site.
  5. Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics. And they’re all free.
  6. Classic Reader: Here you can read everything from Shakespeare to young adult fiction. All good stuff.
  7. Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics, and is definitely one of the best sources out there for free literature.
  8. Planet eBook: If you can’t find what you were looking for at the above link, Planet eBook is another fantastic place for classic free literature, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
  9. The Spectator Project
  10. Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books. Free literature abounds!
  11. Online Library of Literature
  12. Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels are what made it famous.
  13. Fiction.usFiction.us has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
  14. Free Classic Literature: Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.

Textbooks

You don’t absolutely need to pay for your textbooks — save yourself a few hundred dollars by reviewing these sites.

  1. Textbook Revolution: Find biology, business, engineering, mathematics and world history textbooks here.
  2. Wikibooks: From cookbooks to computing, find instructional and educational materials here.
  3. KnowThis Free Online Textbooks
  4. Online Medical Textbooks: Find books about plastic surgery, anatomy and more here.
  5. Online Science and Math Textbooks: Access biochemistry, chemistry, aeronautics, medical manuals and other textbooks here.
  6. MIT Open Courseware Supplemental Resources: Find free videos, textbooks and more on the subjects of mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry and more.
  7. Flat World Knowledge: This innovative site opened a college textbooks platform January 2009.
  8. Free Business Textbooks: Find free books to go along with accounting, economics and other business classes.
  9. Light and Matter: Here you can access open source physics textbooks.
  10. eMedicine: This project from WebMD is continuously updated and has articles and references on surgery, pediatrics and more.

Math and Science

Turn to this list to find books about math, science, engineering and technology.

  1. FullBooks.com: This site has “thousands of full-text free books,” along with a large amount of scientific essays.
  2. Free online textbooks, lecture notes, tutorials and videos on mathematics
  3. Online Mathematics Texts: Here you can find online textbooks like Elementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables.
  4. Science and Engineering Books for free download: These books range in topics from nanotechnology to compressible flow.
  5. FreeScience.info: Find over 1800 math, engineering and science books here.
  6. Free Tech Books: Computer programmers and computer science enthusiasts can find helpful books here.

Children’s Books

Though dwindling in recent years, the 2 libraries of free children’s books still available below include a good number of illustrated books, chapter books and more.

  1. byGosh: Find free illustrated children’s books and stories here.
  2. Munseys
  3. International Children’s Digital Library: Find award-winning books and search by categories like age group, make believe books, true books or picture books.
  4. Lookybook

Philosophy and Religion

For books about philosophy and religion, check out these websites.

  1. Ideology.us: Here you’ll find works by Rene Descartes, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, David Hume and others.
  2. Free Books on Yoga, Religion and Philosophy: Recent uploads to this site include Practical Lessons in Yoga and Philosophy of Dreams.
  3. The Sociology of Religion: Read this book by Max Weber, here.
  4. Religion eBooks: Read books about the Old and New Testaments, other Christian books, and more.

Plays

From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to more contemporary playwrights, visit these sites.

  1. ReadBookOnline.net
  2. Plays: Read PygmalionUncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.
  3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories. One of best places to get all the free literature you can from The Bard.
  4. Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”
  5. ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.

Modern Fiction, Fantasy and Romance

These websites boast collections of graphic novels, romance novels, fantasy books and more. This section alone yeilds more free literature than you could probably read in a lifetime.

  1. Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.
  2. The Internet Book Database of Fiction: This forum features fantasy and graphic novels, anime, J.K. Rowling and more.
  3. Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror stories and more.
  4. Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.
  5. Baen Free Library: Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.
  6. The Road to Romance
  7. Get Free Ebooks: Though not solely fiction, that’s the majority of what you’ll find here. You can also submit eBooks and guest write for the site.
  8. John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.
  9. SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here include Arabian NightsAesop’s Fables and more.
  10. Starry (Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books)

Foreign Language

For books in a foreign language like French, Spanish and even Romanian, look here.

  1. Project Laurens Jz Coster: Find Dutch literature here.
  2. ATHENA Textes Francais: Search by author’s name, French books, or books written by other authors but translated into French.
  3. Liber Liber
  4. Biblioteca romaneasca: Find Romanian books on this site.
  5. Bibliolteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes: Look up authors to find a catalog of their available works on this Spanish site.
  6. KEIMENA: This page is entirely in Greek, but if you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place to access books online.
  7. Proyecto Cervantes: Texas A&M’s Proyecto Cervantes has cataloged Cervantes’ work online.
  8. Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum: Access many Latin texts here.
  9. Project Runeberg: Find Scandinavian literature online here.
  10. Italian Women Writers: This site provides information about Italian women authors and features full-text titles too.
  11. Biblioteca Valenciana: Register to use this database of Catalan and Valencian books.
  12. Ketab Farsi: Access literature and publications in Farsi from this site.
  13. Afghanistan Digital Library: Powered by NYU, the Afghanistan Digital Library has works published between 1870 and 1930.
  14. CELT: stands for “the Corpus of Electronic Texts” and features important historical literature and documents.
  15. Projekt Gutenberg-DE: This easy-to-use database of German language texts lets you search by genres and author.

History and Culture

Refresh your memory of world history, the classics and U.S. history here.

  1. LibriVox: LibriVox has a good selection of historical fiction.
  2. The Perseus Project: Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages. A Library of invaluable free literature here.
  3. Access Genealogy
  4. Free History Books: This collection features U.S. history books, including works by Paul Jennings, Sarah Morgan Dawson, Josiah Quincy and others.
  5. Most Popular History Books

Rare Books

Look for rare books online here.

  1. Questia: Questia has over 5,000 works of free literature available, including rare titles and classics.

Arts and Entertainment

This list features books about celebrities, movies, fashion and more.

  1. Books-On-Line: This large collection includes movie scripts, newer works, cookbooks and more.
  2. Chest of Books: This site has a wide range of free books, including gardening and cook books, home improvement books, craft and hobby books, art books and more.
  3. Free e-Books: Find titles related to beauty and fashion, games, health, drama and more.
  4. 2020ok: Categories here include art, graphic design, performing arts, ethnic and national, careers, business and a lot more.
  5. Free Art Books
  6. Free Web design books
  7. Free Music Books: Find sheet music, lyrics and books about music here.
  8. Free Fashion Books

Mystery

Here you can find mystery books from Sherlock Holmes to more contemporary authors.

  1. MysteryNet
  2. TopMystery.com: Read books by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton and other mystery writers here.
  3. Mystery Books: Read books by Sue Grafton and others.

Poetry

These poetry sites have works by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and others.

  1. The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
  2. Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”
  3. Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.
  4. Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.
  5. Google Poetry: While not really a ‘thing’ anymore, what was once Google Books will still direct you to page after page of relevant poetry results, from The Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Leaves of Grass.
  6. QuotesandPoem.com
  7. CompleteClassics.com
  8. PinkPoem.com: So, uh, yeah, while you used to be able to download free poetry ebooks here, it is now a women’s clothing site for what has become the brand name ‘Pink Poem’. Check it out if you want.

Miscellaneous

For even more free book sites, check out this list.

  1. Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
  2. World eBook Library
  3. DailyLit: DailyLit has a ton of free literature — everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.
  4. A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.
  5. Free Online Novels
  6. ManyBooks.net: Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
  7. Authorama: Books here were pulled from Google Books and other sites. You’ll find history books, novels and more.
  8. Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.
Source Notes / Commentary

Sources: justenglish.me, bachelorsdegreeonline.com 

Last Updated: Feb 2020

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Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune. ~ Jim Rohn Click To Tweet

Well, we’ve already provided you with 40 places to get an education online for free, so we figured this list of free literature would be a great follow-up post. Something to stimulate those creative juices and nourish those imaginations even more! And, of course, there is nothing better for this than reading.

This post is sure to entice your inner bibliophile into hours, days and who knows, even years of delicious solitary adventure and exploration. Each title is a link to its respective site, and while some of them may be dated, remember that content is — and shall forever remain — king!

And yes, there are even more dead links as of this latest update, but this is the nature of the internet these days. Regardless, there remains enough content at the end of all these links for far more than one lifetime. This list has everything from Moby Dick to Little Red Riding Hood to open source physics textbooks, essential study guides and reference books for over 2000 classic writings. 

So get your sailor caps on and prepare to push off! And again, remember that everything on this list is FREE literature, so it might be a good idea to bookmark it for quick reference. Then, next time you’re about to click the ol’ ‘MANIFEST IT NOW (AND TAKE MY MONEY)’ button on Amazon, you can refer back here quickly to see if you may just be able to grab it for… you know the rest.

100+ Websites to Read, Download & Share FREE Literature

  1. Classic Bookshelf: One of the best places to get classic free literature, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
  2. The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
  3. Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.
  4. Page by Page Books: Find works by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on and others on this interesting site.
  5. Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics. And they’re all free.
  6. Classic Reader: Here you can read everything from Shakespeare to young adult fiction. All good stuff.
  7. Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics, and is definitely one of the best sources out there for free literature.
  8. Planet eBook: If you can’t find what you were looking for at the above link, Planet eBook is another fantastic place for classic free literature, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
  9. The Spectator Project
  10. Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books. Free literature abounds!
  11. Online Library of Literature
  12. Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels are what made it famous.
  13. Fiction.usFiction.us has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
  14. Free Classic Literature: Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.

Textbooks

You don’t absolutely need to pay for your textbooks — save yourself a few hundred dollars by reviewing these sites.

  1. Textbook Revolution: Find biology, business, engineering, mathematics and world history textbooks here.
  2. Wikibooks: From cookbooks to computing, find instructional and educational materials here.
  3. KnowThis Free Online Textbooks
  4. Online Medical Textbooks: Find books about plastic surgery, anatomy and more here.
  5. Online Science and Math Textbooks: Access biochemistry, chemistry, aeronautics, medical manuals and other textbooks here.
  6. MIT Open Courseware Supplemental Resources: Find free videos, textbooks and more on the subjects of mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry and more.
  7. Flat World Knowledge: This innovative site opened a college textbooks platform January 2009.
  8. Free Business Textbooks: Find free books to go along with accounting, economics and other business classes.
  9. Light and Matter: Here you can access open source physics textbooks.
  10. eMedicine: This project from WebMD is continuously updated and has articles and references on surgery, pediatrics and more.

Math and Science

Turn to this list to find books about math, science, engineering and technology.

  1. FullBooks.com: This site has “thousands of full-text free books,” along with a large amount of scientific essays.
  2. Free online textbooks, lecture notes, tutorials and videos on mathematics
  3. Online Mathematics Texts: Here you can find online textbooks like Elementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables.
  4. Science and Engineering Books for free download: These books range in topics from nanotechnology to compressible flow.
  5. FreeScience.info: Find over 1800 math, engineering and science books here.
  6. Free Tech Books: Computer programmers and computer science enthusiasts can find helpful books here.

Children’s Books

Though dwindling in recent years, the 2 libraries of free children’s books still available below include a good number of illustrated books, chapter books and more.

  1. byGosh: Find free illustrated children’s books and stories here.
  2. Munseys
  3. International Children’s Digital Library: Find award-winning books and search by categories like age group, make believe books, true books or picture books.
  4. Lookybook

Philosophy and Religion

For books about philosophy and religion, check out these websites.

  1. Ideology.us: Here you’ll find works by Rene Descartes, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, David Hume and others.
  2. Free Books on Yoga, Religion and Philosophy: Recent uploads to this site include Practical Lessons in Yoga and Philosophy of Dreams.
  3. The Sociology of Religion: Read this book by Max Weber, here.
  4. Religion eBooks: Read books about the Old and New Testaments, other Christian books, and more.

Plays

From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to more contemporary playwrights, visit these sites.

  1. ReadBookOnline.net
  2. Plays: Read PygmalionUncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.
  3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories. One of best places to get all the free literature you can from The Bard.
  4. Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”
  5. ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.

Modern Fiction, Fantasy and Romance

These websites boast collections of graphic novels, romance novels, fantasy books and more. This section alone yeilds more free literature than you could probably read in a lifetime.

  1. Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.
  2. The Internet Book Database of Fiction: This forum features fantasy and graphic novels, anime, J.K. Rowling and more.
  3. Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror stories and more.
  4. Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.
  5. Baen Free Library: Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.
  6. The Road to Romance
  7. Get Free Ebooks: Though not solely fiction, that’s the majority of what you’ll find here. You can also submit eBooks and guest write for the site.
  8. John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.
  9. SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here include Arabian NightsAesop’s Fables and more.
  10. Starry (Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books)

Foreign Language

For books in a foreign language like French, Spanish and even Romanian, look here.

  1. Project Laurens Jz Coster: Find Dutch literature here.
  2. ATHENA Textes Francais: Search by author’s name, French books, or books written by other authors but translated into French.
  3. Liber Liber
  4. Biblioteca romaneasca: Find Romanian books on this site.
  5. Bibliolteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes: Look up authors to find a catalog of their available works on this Spanish site.
  6. KEIMENA: This page is entirely in Greek, but if you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place to access books online.
  7. Proyecto Cervantes: Texas A&M’s Proyecto Cervantes has cataloged Cervantes’ work online.
  8. Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum: Access many Latin texts here.
  9. Project Runeberg: Find Scandinavian literature online here.
  10. Italian Women Writers: This site provides information about Italian women authors and features full-text titles too.
  11. Biblioteca Valenciana: Register to use this database of Catalan and Valencian books.
  12. Ketab Farsi: Access literature and publications in Farsi from this site.
  13. Afghanistan Digital Library: Powered by NYU, the Afghanistan Digital Library has works published between 1870 and 1930.
  14. CELT: stands for “the Corpus of Electronic Texts” and features important historical literature and documents.
  15. Projekt Gutenberg-DE: This easy-to-use database of German language texts lets you search by genres and author.

History and Culture

Refresh your memory of world history, the classics and U.S. history here.

  1. LibriVox: LibriVox has a good selection of historical fiction.
  2. The Perseus Project: Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages. A Library of invaluable free literature here.
  3. Access Genealogy
  4. Free History Books: This collection features U.S. history books, including works by Paul Jennings, Sarah Morgan Dawson, Josiah Quincy and others.
  5. Most Popular History Books

Rare Books

Look for rare books online here.

  1. Questia: Questia has over 5,000 works of free literature available, including rare titles and classics.

Arts and Entertainment

This list features books about celebrities, movies, fashion and more.

  1. Books-On-Line: This large collection includes movie scripts, newer works, cookbooks and more.
  2. Chest of Books: This site has a wide range of free books, including gardening and cook books, home improvement books, craft and hobby books, art books and more.
  3. Free e-Books: Find titles related to beauty and fashion, games, health, drama and more.
  4. 2020ok: Categories here include art, graphic design, performing arts, ethnic and national, careers, business and a lot more.
  5. Free Art Books
  6. Free Web design books
  7. Free Music Books: Find sheet music, lyrics and books about music here.
  8. Free Fashion Books

Mystery

Here you can find mystery books from Sherlock Holmes to more contemporary authors.

  1. MysteryNet
  2. TopMystery.com: Read books by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton and other mystery writers here.
  3. Mystery Books: Read books by Sue Grafton and others.

Poetry

These poetry sites have works by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and others.

  1. The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
  2. Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”
  3. Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.
  4. Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.
  5. Google Poetry: While not really a ‘thing’ anymore, what was once Google Books will still direct you to page after page of relevant poetry results, from The Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Leaves of Grass.
  6. QuotesandPoem.com
  7. CompleteClassics.com
  8. PinkPoem.com: So, uh, yeah, while you used to be able to download free poetry ebooks here, it is now a women’s clothing site for what has become the brand name ‘Pink Poem’. Check it out if you want.

Miscellaneous

For even more free book sites, check out this list.

  1. Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
  2. World eBook Library
  3. DailyLit: DailyLit has a ton of free literature — everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.
  4. A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.
  5. Free Online Novels
  6. ManyBooks.net: Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
  7. Authorama: Books here were pulled from Google Books and other sites. You’ll find history books, novels and more.
  8. Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.
Source Notes / Commentary

Sources: justenglish.me, bachelorsdegreeonline.com 

Last Updated: Feb 2020

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