Digital Books on the Web
The following are resources for finding digital books, newspapers, audiobooks, and study guides on the web.
Amazon Kindle eTextbooks: Read digital textbooks anywhere on your tablet or laptop with our free Kindle reading apps.
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.
Cengage Brain 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.
User pays for each copy of a book that is downloaded. Includes thousands of fiction and non-fiction titles.
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.
Over 20,000 free ebooks online. Includes audio books as well.
The goal of LibriVox is to make all public domain books available as free audio books.
(also see Books to Purchase)
Baen Free Library
Has about 100 free current science fiction and/or fantasy books.
Rare and acclaimed "Doctor Who novels available to read for free! All feature brand new artwork and extensive notes by the original authors."
"A huge non-profit home to amateur Fantasy/Sci-Fi literature and art, plus some how-to guides."
Classical Chinese Literature
University of Pennsylvania’s Foreign Language Online Books
University of Virginia eText Foreign Language Center
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Other hours by appointment.
To Make an Appointment
Library, Room 107