British Library to Offer 65,000 Free eBooks

in Amazon Kindle, Books, e-books | February 7th, 2010


More than 65,000 19th-century works of fiction from the British Library’s collection are to be made available for free downloads by the public from this spring.

Owners of the Amazon Kindle, an ebook reader device, will be able to view well known works by writers such as Charles Dickens, Jane Austen and Thomas Hardy, as well as works by thousands of less famous authors.

You can read the rest about this Microsoft funded initiative here. In the meantime, we’ve made it relatively easy to download major classics to your Kindle, iPhone, smartphone or computer. See our collection of Free eBooks (and Audio Books).

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  1. Brent P. Newhall says . . .
    February 8, 2010 / 7:59 am

    Odd. “Bleak House” and “Pride and Prejudice” — two books cited in the article — are in the public domain (as are all the works of Dickens, Austen, and Hardy), and thanks to the tireless efforts of Project Guteneberg, have been available on the Kindle for years.

  2. Mike says . . .
    February 8, 2010 / 9:41 am

    Sure, Brent, but it’s significant that one of the world’s great libraries is digitizing its own out-of-copyright holdings and making them readily available to remote readers. In the past, scholars have had to travel to places like the British Library to do research.

    Those who do not yet read on a digital device can still benefit greatly from this sort of thing. My neighborhood bookstore has an Espresso Book Machine, which produces nice quality paperbacks in minutes while you watch. You can get long-out-of print books for a very reasonable price ($8 for any Google book or similar digital file from the public domain). It was featured on Open Culture earlier:

    A list of book machine locations is here:

  3. Andras Molnar says . . .
    February 26, 2010 / 7:10 am

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    May 4, 2010 / 8:00 am

    I need free books for my students association library.

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    November 3, 2011 / 12:14 am

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  6. liliana says . . .
    January 8, 2012 / 7:33 am

    I hope to improve my english

  7. mohammed abdul sayeed says . . .
    June 21, 2012 / 12:22 am

    I have been a fan of the british library every since my child hood I wanted to take my children to the britich library in india to show them the treasure of knowledge preserved on each & every topic by the british libarary.

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    June 27, 2012 / 5:44 am

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    July 14, 2012 / 3:13 am

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  10. September 10, 2012 / 12:07 pm

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  11. October 5, 2012 / 10:53 pm

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    November 19, 2012 / 7:35 am

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    November 23, 2012 / 7:27 pm

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  14. Steve says . . .
    December 6, 2012 / 11:03 pm


  15. rekha says . . .
    January 12, 2013 / 3:39 am

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  16. omer iqbal says . . .
    January 14, 2013 / 6:40 am

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  17. Pouya Pourakbarian says . . .
    January 14, 2013 / 11:50 am

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  18. Onimisi says . . .
    May 17, 2013 / 1:22 am

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    October 7, 2013 / 12:35 am

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  20. em moradpour says . . .
    January 24, 2014 / 9:19 pm


  21. Melvin Anthony says . . .
    March 11, 2014 / 7:56 am

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    May 24, 2014 / 4:35 pm

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    May 24, 2014 / 4:36 pm

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    September 27, 2015 / 5:01 am

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  27. Chuni lal agnani says . . .
    October 29, 2015 / 9:26 am

    Dear sir.hi.
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  28. hudhud says . . .
    December 31, 2015 / 6:30 am

    can you pleasesend me a free copy of this book
    A Critical Introduction to Twentieth-Century American Drama

    Volume 2. Williams, Miller, Albee

    i need the book so much

  29. hudhud says . . .
    December 31, 2015 / 6:39 am

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  30. Parvaiz Ahmad says . . .
    January 4, 2016 / 9:36 am

    Respected sir,
    I need secondary source on Meira chand’s novels and her novel The Bonsai tree in primary source as well.
    Thanks in advance

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    April 1, 2016 / 7:21 am

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  32. niyas says . . .
    April 19, 2016 / 1:25 am

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