The Great 'Free Online Books' Hunt.

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  • meheraltaf
    meheraltaf Posts: 1,789 Forumite
    cheers, also one which I have put on a different thread

    For doctors
    http://www.freebooks4doctors.com/

    And for Family Reference a Merck Manual
    http://www.merck.com/mmhe/index.html
    meher
  • klondyke
    klondyke Posts: 463 Forumite
    Just to reiterate

    http://www.gutenberg.org/

    Project Gutenberg is a volunteer site with thousands of volunteers (including me) proof reading scanned copies of books already in the public domain (ie out of copyright), so you won't find your very modern books here. But for classics and other older books it's a fantastic source of free downloads.

    Go help them proofread some more! (It isn't like correcting grammar/spelling etc, but checking whether OCR has created oddities in spacing and footnotes or misinterpreted smudges on scanned copy)
  • crana999
    crana999 Posts: 573 Forumite
    It's slightly different, but you can listen to book adaptations/books read aloud for free with online radio. Try BBC 7 and Radio 4 on the BBC website.
  • idiaz
    idiaz Posts: 9 Forumite
    One of the best sites I've come across is the Internet Archive Project at http://www.archive.org/details/opensource. Its a collection of not only Open source books (Million Book Project) but numerous media types including audio, video and software resources. Besides it provides a searchable index to most of the other major Open source digital collections including Project Gutenberg.
    Most of the collections are available as DjVu documents which makes downloading and viewing much easier. I came across it while searching for old books/manuscripts not available any more and it has proved a treasure trove till now!

    Another fantastic site is the University of Pennsylvania Online books page at http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/ Their collection of 'Banned Books' (Books prohibited at times by governments worldwide) is excellent.

    Enjoy!
  • volare
    volare Posts: 8 Forumite
    For the Sci Fi lovers, publisher Baen has a selection of its books for free, several formats like MS Reader as well as read online.

    http://www.baen.com/library/
  • al.green_2
    al.green_2 Posts: 12 Forumite
    Hello! First post!
    Can't believe no one's yet mentioned the Google Print Search. This offers thousands of books in a scanned-in format, you can read page by page (including illustrations). Very
    useful.

    http://print.google.com/

    Note, google print is a searchable index of books, not a way of reading them in their entirity. As such, for copyrighted books, a number of pages will definitly be unavailable. These books are provided to google by publishers in an attempt to entice people to buy the full book.
    That said, you should be able to read out of copyright books.

    Personally, my favourite is Project Gutenberg.
  • pin
    pin Posts: 4,265 Forumite
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    al.green wrote:
    Note, google print is a searchable index of books, not a way of reading them in their entirity. As such, for copyrighted books, a number of pages will definitly be unavailable. These books are provided to google by publishers in an attempt to entice people to buy the full book.
    That said, you should be able to read out of copyright books.

    Personally, my favourite is Project Gutenberg.

    Don't Amazon offer a similar service as well?
    "An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind" - Mahatma Gandhi
  • bookrags is a very good site i,ve used for ages you have to register though.
  • Stumpy
    Stumpy Posts: 1,109 Forumite
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    If you like Dr Who, the BBC have some free books here.
  • Hi

    You can read books on your mobile phone if you put this address in your phone: http://hup2.com/books

    There are not many books there at the moment as I have just finished the site but if you would like any added, just suggest them to me in the contacts page of the site.

    Chris
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