College students, especially those studying literature always find the need to look for good literature resources. This is also true for those taking research-intense courses. While you find most books you need in the library, there's no doubt that you use the internet to find resources for class discussion or papers.
Here are 9 sites where you can get good resources for free for your English and Literature classes.
eBook Café has classic literature ebooks available for download and online viewing. It mainly contains classic literature with a list of authors on the right side. The selection is thin and doesn't have a search feature to the site, but it should be good for those who would like to read classics in between serious non-fictions like Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer and Deterring Democracy by Noam Chomsky, which you read for a paper.
Project Gutenberg has gotten really big since its inception in 1971 by founder Michael Hart. With 27 thousand pieces of literature, it is now the leading resource of downloadable ebooks, for your subjects and personal joy. In fact, many other literature sites you find online link back to Project Gutenberg for 'more' resources.
Fiction eBooks has a selection of literature, mostly classics from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and Dostoyevsky's The Brothers Karamazov. Ebooks on this site, however, are only viewable online.
The site has lists of literature according to recipients of literary awards like Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Award. However, because the collection is thin, it does not have all books listed in these categories, hence the lack of links to the books.
Online Books Page
Online Books Page is another comprehensive source of literature online by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. It claims to have a million books, but many are other forms of literature such as short stories, essays, and studies. Many of these resources were imported from other sites, namely Project Gutenberg and Hathi Trust Digital Library among others. These are the ones in their 'extended shelves.' The rest are curated by team members.
Planet eBook is another site where to get free classic literature for those taking Literature 101, but has no intention of continuing to higher or advanced literature subjects. It has more than 80 ebooks available for download and online reading.
If you read on a mobile device like iPad, Tuebl is one of the resources you must have. It has a wide selection of ebooks, classic, modern, and those written by unpublished or independently-published writers.
On the homepage, you will find lists such as 'Popular Authors,' 'Trending,' and 'Newest Additions.' You can also search via the search box. Here's a tip for you. If you're a bookworm so much that you'd read anything, scan their 'Most Downloaded' list and spend a day or two downloading all interesting books you see. For example, I am already at page 150 and so far, I've downloaded Dickens and Hemingway classics, Vonnegut and Kerouac modern classics, and an assortment of books by writers unknown to me among others.
The Literature Network
Most of the collection includes the usual classics like Moby Dick to some of Paolo Coelho’s books. They also have other types of literature aside from novels such as short stories, poems, and plays. The Literature Network does not only offer free ebooks from the site, it also has a comprehensive list of other sites where to get them. Other interesting features in the site are quotations by authors and quizzes about the books they have if you want to test your knowledge on them.
Get Free eBooks
Tagged as 'all the books you need,' Get Free eBooks is a comprehensive resource with 100 ebook categories. This includes topics like photography, finance, and crafts among others aside from the usual fiction, classic, writing, and young adult.
When you click a title, you will be directed to another site where you can download it in the format you like for free. The usual formats you will find are mobi for Kindle, epub, html, and pdf.
Hathi Trust Digital Library
Like The Project Gutenberg, Hathi Trust was collaborated with the noble purpose of providing and preserving digital literature for users, mainly the academic community.
Its digitized literature are mostly available for online reading, but some may be viewed through their mobile website. If you're a member of its 80+ partner institutions like Harvard University Library and New York Public Library, you can download ebooks as pdf.
There are many more sites, but based on experience, these 9 sites are the best. Tell us where you get free ebooks!
(*) Mishca Hayes has a degree in literature and writes full-time at best essays uk. She starts her day with coffee and a good book. Whenever she gets time off, she travels and practices photography.
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