Digital Text Resources for Students

Digital books, newspapers, audiobooks, and study guides on the web

For Purchase

Electronic Textbooks for Purchase and/or Rent

All other Electronic Book Topics to Purchase



All Topics

Audiobooks to Download





Science Fiction/Fantasy

Study Guides

World Language Books

For Purchase

 Electronic Textbooks for Purchase and/or Rent

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  • eTextbooks: Read digital textbooks anywhere on your tablet or laptop with our free Kindle reading apps
  • (For the SP14 semester, 32% of Landmark College’s required course texts were available in the Kindle format.)




  • Many textbook publishers
  • Save up to 60% with eTextbooks.  CourseSmart is the world's largest provider of digital course materials. Our catalog includes over 90% of the core textbooks in use today in North American Higher Education.  The books are rented by the semester, are available in accessible text (can be read by a text reader like Kurzweil 3000), and can be printed.  They have free apps for mobile devices.
  • (For the SP14 semester, 28% of Landmark College’s required course texts were available through CourseSmart: all are accessible for a text reader.)

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  • Only books published by Cengage

Google Play 



  • Play store now features digital textbooks from well-known publishers like Pearson, Wiley, Macmillian Higher Education, Random House, McGraw-Hill and Cengage Learning. Just like with any other book you buy on Google Play, your purchase will be stored in the cloud and you can read your books on an Android tablet, phone, iOS device and on the web. Google says its textbooks will rent for six months for about 80 percent off the regular purchase price. While many books on the platform are also available for purchase, quite a few are only available for rent. Checkout, of course, is handled by Google Wallet.
  • (For the SP14 semester, 44% of Landmark College’s required course texts were available through Google Play.)


Other Electronic Book Topics to Purchase



  • User pays for each copy of a book that is downloaded.  Includes thousands of fiction and non-fiction




  • Get an audiobook of your choice, free, with a 30-day trial. After the trial, your paid membership will begin at $14.95 per month. With your membership, you will receive one credit every month, good for any audiobook on Audible.


All Topics

The Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts



  • A collection of about 14,000 “classic” public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.



  • Thousands of ebooks, poems, articles, short stories and plays all of which are absolutely free.

Digital Book Index  

  • Welcome! Over the last decade, a quiet revolution has been going on in the development of a large library of "digital" or "electronic" books. While there are still large gaps, a very substantial body of "Western" thought is available in the form of downloadable or on-line books. Most major writers, from Plato to Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Proust, or John Le Carre, are accessible on the Internet. Subjects range from the highly scholarly to the contemporary and popular -- especially as more commercial publishers discover the virtues of "on-line" distribution. This index is intended as a "Meta-index" for most major eBook sites, along with thousands of smaller specialized sites. In some subject categories, the resources you find here are more comprehensive than those of all but the largest of research libraries, due to the budget & space constraints of smaller institutions.
  • Digital Book Index provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free.
  • New: We now provide support for: iPad, Kindle, & Nook
  • New: We have added the entire online catalog of Wiley Interscience

Digital Public Library

  • The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used, through its three main elements:
  • 1. A portal that delivers students, teachers, scholars, and the public to incredible resources, wherever they may be in America.
    • Far more than a search engine, the portal provides innovative ways to search and scan through the united collection of millions of items, including by timeline, map, virtual bookshelf, format, subject, and partner.
  • 2. A platform that enables new and transformative uses of our digitized cultural heritage.
    • With an application programming interface (API) and maximally open data, DPLA can be used by software developers, researchers, and others to create novel environments for learning, tools for discovery, and engaging apps.
  • 3. An advocate for a strong public option in the twenty-first century.

DMOZ - the Open Directory Project 

  • The Open Directory Project (ODP) is the most comprehensive human edited directory of the Web, compiled by a vast global community of volunteer editors.
  • The ODP powers core directory services for some the most popular portals and search engines on the Web, including AOL Search, Netscape Search, Google, Lycos, and HotBot, and hundreds of others.
  • The ODP is 100% free. There is no cost to submit a site or to use our data. Anyone can download and use ODP data at no cost provided they comply with the ODP's free license agreement and attribution. Also, there is no cost associated with listing and submitting sites.


  • Landmark College has an academic subscription with ebrary for digital access to nearly 114,000 books available for all Landmark College community members

googlebooks imageGoogle Books

  • Page images of 2,000,000+ fully readable public domain books, plus many more copyrighted books available via excerpts and snippets
  • Advanced Book Search May be easier to find specific free titles via this page

Hathi Trust Digital Library

  • HathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. 


Internet Achive eBooks and Texts


  • 2,000,000+ items, page images and some transcriptions

Internet Public Library

Internet Public Library is a public service organization and a learning/teaching environment. Search for eBooks by subject, content type, or by age.


ManyBooks provides many free eBooks available in many languages, and in many file formats including PDF, EPUB, and Plain Text-a total of 19 file formats in all.

Browse through the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews from our visitors. Perhaps you'll find something interesting in the special collections. There are more than 29,000 eBooks available for Kindle, Nook, iPad and most other eReaders, and they're all free! If you still can't decide what to read you might want to browse through some covers to see what strikes your fancy. Or try the Recent Additions to the library, with genre filter.




Open Library


  • Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.  At its heart, Open Library is a catalog. We have well over 20 million edition records online, provide access to 1.7 million scanned versions of books, and link to external sources like WorldCat and Amazon when we can.



Project Gutenberg


  • Over 20,000 free ebooks online.  Includes audio books as well.



Audiobooks Free


  • The goal of LibriVox is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.

Audio Books for Free

  • Free registration


  Bartleby’s Fiction
(also see Books to Purchase)



  • Thousands of world newspapers at your fingertips


Bartleby's Nonfiction


Gutenberg's Reference Shelf

  • The Reference bookshelf contains selected subject specific atlases, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals, guides, and thesauri.

Bartleby's References

Science Fiction/Fantasy

Baen Free Library

  • Has about 100 free current science fiction and/or fantasy books.


Study Guides


  • Welcome to Bibliomania's Study Section. It is designed to be of particular interest to school and university students and their teachers and tutors. However, it has plenty to offer the general Bibliophile. The study guides, in particular, are a great way to get into a book or play, whether for a book club, theatre visit, or dinner party. You will need to register to access them but it is quick, painless and FREE!
  • Our study guides to famous writing from around the world have been written by Oxford and Cambridge University graduates, and offer in-depth summaries, discussions and commentaries on the texts. If you have an exam coming up, a tricky essay or just a passion for literature, read our guides! They cover a huge range from English and American Literature to Psychology and Religion.


World Language Books


Classical Chinese Literature



University of Pennsylvania’s Foreign Language Online Books