Here is a quick tidbit for the reader who doesn't like buying books sight unseen. Each week, The New York Times posts on its web site the full text of the first chapter of books reviewed in The New York Times Book Review, or which otherwise appear on the NYT bestseller lists. You can find some of the recently highlighted texts on The Times' First Chapters page. Or for a complete list, you can turn to this less designed page and work through a list of books arranged in clear, alphabetical order.
More Free Texts: Within our Educational Web Resources compilation, we have included many other sites that provide access to free online texts. Simply look under the first section called "Online Texts & Text Search," and you will be on your way.