Maybe you’re an eBooks holdout, a late adopter, a disdainer of the book as a branded “device”? I get it. Is there anything more ridiculous than putting down a book because its batteries have run out? No amount of crowing about the supremacy of tech will make me love the smell and feel of paper less…
Within the charming heft of printed books reside their limitation. Traveling students, researchers, or avid readers must lug several pounds of bound paper along with them on long journeys, or to work sessions at the local coffee shop. An eReader or smartphone can hold an entire library—which one can expand ad infinitum, it seems, on the fly.
This feature—along with the ease of copying quotes and passages and sending them across platforms—eventually sold me on the eBook as a robust supplement to print. And if it sounds like I’m making a sales pitch, I am: for hundreds of free books, available to read on the device of your choosing. Entry-level Kindle, budget smartphone, or latest, fanciest iPad—most all will accommodate the range of formats available in our collection of 800 Free eBooks.
Can you freely download the latest New York Times bestsellers? Not here, and I’d hope—for the sake of those hard-working writers—that you’d pay to read new releases. Can you carry along with you on your next business trip or vacation the works of Aristotle and Freud, several novels by Jane Austen and Joseph Conrad, the masterworks of Hegel, Hume, and Kant, the complete Shakespeare, and Proust’s multi-volume À la recherche du temps perdu? Quite easily. Here’s a small sample of what’s on our list:
- Austen, Jane – Pride & Prejudice
- Carroll, Lewis – Through the Looking-Glass
- Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness
- Dostoevsky, Fyodor – Brothers Karamazov
- Eliot, George – Middlemarch
- Fitzgerald, F. Scott – Tales of the Jazz Age
- Freud, Sigmund – Dream Psychology: Psychoanalysis for Beginners
- Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina
- Whitman, Walt – Leaves of Grass
- Wollstonecraft, Mary – A Vindication of the Rights of Women
See the full list of 800 offerings here. They may lack the sensory pleasure of print, but the ability to carry an entire library of classic literature in your pocket has its advantages, to say the least. And if your travels include long drives, you’ll also want to check out our master list of Free Audio Books.
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will this work on a Nook HD? don’t see it listed as being an option.
Yes. Download the ePub version to your pc and transfer via USB.
there is an excellent curated collection of classics from The University of Adelaide in Australia.
They have most of the classic literature in the public domain. The best part is all the books are beautifully formatted for reading on devices, something that is not guaranteed on most other sources of e-books.
Thanks for sharing this useful information. I hope more such posts will come in thefuture.