If you find these online books enjoyable and useful, we encourage you
to get involved. Here are a few ways you can do so.
- Suggest more online books for us to list. See
this page for information on how to do this.
- Put books online! It can be a great way to "get close" to
a favorite book, and your work, once done, can be read by millions.
- If you are an author, consider giving permission for your books to
go online. An online version of your book can reach readers worldwide,
and make your writing available to all long after print copies leave
bookstore shelves. (If your book is hard to find in stores, an online
version with ordering capabilities may even spur sales.
Here is a report from Baen Books showing sales increases after
some of their books went online for free.)
If you're interested in giving permission for free online editions,
either now or in the future, write to email@example.com.
Authors can donate their works to the public in a variety of ways,
ranging from putting the work into the
public domain to retaining copyright and donating a license.
The Creative Commons has a page on approaches
that one can use.
Many books have already been scanned in mass digitization projects,
so making your book readable online may be as simple as granting permission
to a suitable project. For instance, if you wrote any of the millions
of books with copies now
in Hathi Trust, you can simply
complete and send
agreement authorizing them to make your book readable online.
- Join others who care about free online books. Forums that
attract such folks include TeleRead and
Open Access News. I also discuss free online books from
time to time on by blog,
- Give feedback to the people who are putting books online.
Many of us do this as a labor of love, and we appreciate knowing when
our work has been useful, or if there are problems that need to be fixed.
- Support free speech, fair use, and the public domain. They're
all good for society, and they also
make it possible to put books online more easily. See
for more details about what you can do.
- Give material support to your favorite online book project.
The folks who put up books online for free often appreciate donations
of money, books, and equipment. Some of the groups soliciting support
The links above go to pages giving more information about how you can help
- Support your local library. Libraries are vital local resources
for literacy, learning, and community-building. (Many of them also provide
free access to Internet resources like this one.)
Libraries need volunteers, friends, and
advocates. Contact your local Friends of the Library group, if there is one,
to find out more.
(The Friends of Libraries USA site
also has some useful resources
for starting or running such a group.)
- Send books to needy libraries. Not everyone has
computer access, and print books are still needed in many areas
locally, and across the world, to help in education and literacy.
The American Library Association has a fact
sheet that can help you find organizations that help get books
into the hands of people who need them.
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