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General -- Non-English Language -- Specialty

There's a vast range of online literature beyond what we index individually on The Online Books Page. Below we list some of the major sources and indexes of free online texts, in all languages, both general and specialized.

General

These are large, general-purpose collections with substantial English-language listings. For archives that mainly carry other languages, see the non-English languages archive listings. We break these out into categories:

Large-scale repositories -- Significant indexes and search aids -- Significant smaller-scale archives

Large-scale repositories

These are big collections of texts, big enough to act as small library-like collections in their own right. The threshold for inclusion here may rise over time. Listed alphabetically.

Significant indexes and search aids

The sites below primarily provide search engines, indexes or useful link lists for finding online books.

Significant smaller-scale archives

Everything else we see worth listing that doesn't fit in more specialized categories.


Non-English Languages

Tyler Chambers's iLoveLanguages site has a comprehensive listing of various language and literature resources. The University of Virginia's Western European Literature listing also lists a number of major collections in languages other than English. For text and teaching materials in less common languages, see UCLA's Language Materials Project. See also these archives:

Specialty Archives

These are listed by category:
Academic Presses and Institutions -- Agriculture -- Architecture -- Art and Crafts -- Audio -- Blacks -- Books, Printing, and Publishing -- Children -- Computing -- Dissertations -- Drama -- Economics -- Folklore -- Historical -- Home Economics -- Literary -- Military -- Music and Dance -- New Original Works -- Philosophy -- Poetry -- Politics, Government, Law -- Portable Reader Editions -- Regional -- Religion -- Science, Technology, Social Science and Math -- Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror -- Serials -- Sports, Games and Recreation -- Textbooks and Instructional Materials -- Women

Academic Presses and Institutions

Some presses have put a substantial number of free online books on their site, and at least one academic institution now has a substantial number of books online by its scholars. They are listed below.

Agriculture

Architecture

Art and Crafts

Audio

Black Writers and Subjects

Books, Printing, and Publishing

Children's Literature

Computing

Dissertations and Theses

Drama

Economics

Folklore

Historical

This section includes general or wide-area historical archives and indexes. For sites that focus on a particular country, state, or region, see the regional section.

Home Economics

Literary

See also historical (for literature from a certain period), and new original works (for web-published literature) and poetry.

For literary criticism, the Internet Public Library's Online Literary Criticism Collection is a good starting point.

Military

Music and Dance

New Original Works

These archives have substantial collections of material that has been first published first on the Net, or that appeared on the Web shortly after their original publication. See also the Open Directory's Online Writing links, which include pointers to many such archives, large and small, of varying quality.

Philosophy

Poetry

Politics, Government, Law

Portable Reader Editions

Regional

Books concerning various regions can also be found in general resources in the historical section.

Religion

Science, Technology, Social Science, and Math

Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

Serials

The following are some major directories of open-access serials. See also our own serials listings.

Sport, Games, and Recreation

Textbooks and Instructional Materials

Women


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