British Library to Offer 65,000 Free eBooks


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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  • 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.

  • Mike says:

    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:

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    i need free books from british library to enhance my knowledge ,specialy for the sake of exam.

  • liliana says:

    I hope to improve my english

  • mohammed abdul sayeed says:

    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.

    but finally the the idea cliked yesterday to me to look for british library on line so I am trying to look for free ebooks which can help me improve the knowledge of my children who are studying accounts,economics & politics history, & I ound every thing here except accounts & audit

  • Victory says:

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  • Dear OPen Culture, I have heard that British Library offererd many free ebooks.
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    thank you

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  • Pouya Pourakbarian says:

    I am in great and urgent need of a lot of science-fiction stories, but they are so original and somewhat old that I cannot find them at local bookshops, and buying all of them will cost me a fortune. How can I get what I need as fast as possible? I am particularly looking for stories by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark, Ray Bradbury, even some stories by Jules Verne.

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  • Melvin Anthony says:

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  • Andrews says:

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  • Kapil Sharma says:

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  • Chuni lal agnani says:

    Dear sir.hi.
    My name is chuni lal from pakistan..i open small libarary in my home city Radhan.if u kindly send me some books i thankful to u very much..
    Chuni lal libarary
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  • hudhud says:

    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

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  • Parvaiz Ahmad says:

    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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  • Bibhuti Chatterjee says:

    Dear sir,
    Greetings. I am looking forward to study English literature in MA ,in English . I am an ex-Army serviceman , need ur help time & again in English poetry , prose, drama and aspects of language .
    Thanking g you sir.
    Bibhuti Chatterjee.

  • folk talk to children says:

    iam alemayehu from Ethiopia , I am looking british folk talk for may children . i am glad if you send folk tolk
    tank you for your help

  • Bibhuti Chatterjee says:
  • Feleke Meried says:

    I love to read books written by British authors on my mobile.Could you please send me info on how I would be able to download,if there is a link or website,I appreciate much.

  • Matthew faerber says:

    How can i get a download of the books of Harold bloom or Daniel j Boorstein. I do have PDF files

  • BIR SARU says:

    I am interested to improve my english language

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