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1 – Alchemy e-books

The text is plain, but an amazing array of illustrations on this unusual site more than compensate. Most works are in English, but six other languages are also represented. A huge site, from alchemy authority Adam McLean.

2 – American Indian tales – Coyote Stories/Poems

Native American stories from the American Indian Heritage Foundation, online in HTML.

3 – British Women Romantic Poets

Project E-text editions of poetry by British and Irish women written (not necessarily published) between 1789 and 1832, a period traditionally known in English literary history as the Romantic period. A digital initiative of the University of California, Davis, from the Shields Library. Available in HTML & SGML.

4 – Chemistry

This useful site from Alexander Ragoisha of Byelorussia offers free Full-Text Journals in Chemistry. Most are English language, with a section in Russian. Usually in HTML and/or PDF.

5 – Children’s/Young Adult Books

A variety of famous classic titles.

6 – Children’s Books Online: the Rosetta Project

Children’s illustrated literature. Hundreds of children’s books online. Because of the high picture content each page is presented as a separate image file (jpeg), or the whole book may be downloaded as a compressed (zip) file to read offline. In English, with some translated variously into Chinese, Farsi, Finnish, French, Dutch, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish, Maori, Polish, Romanian or Swedish.

7 – Comics

  • Free daily comic strips with back archives. Related goodies for sale. They have Ginger Meggs! Comics
  • Lots of e-freebies from DC.

8 – Computing

  • Free Computer and Scientific books online. Over 480 full-text computer & internet books (some titles offer excerpts only). The front webpage shows new or updated titles, while the rest may be accessed alphabetically or by searching the database. You may also buy a paperback edition. In HTML for online reading, access one chapter at a time.
  • Betabooks. Allows computing professionals to view partial and sometimes complete text versions of selected emerging technology titles online. Bet@Books viewing is free, & invites comments and feedback.
  • Free Windows Security e-books. Surprisingly, these individual chapters or entire books are dowloadable in .pdf format. You need to register to access them.
  • Realtime Publishers offer some valuable free Windows titles in Microsoft .lit or Adobe PDF formats. (“Real-time publishing” is the concept of posting a book as chapters/volumes are written, making up-to-the minute information available. You need to register to read the books – registered users will be notified via email when new chapters/volumes are added or existing content modified. Series include The Definitive Guides (for technical professionals), The Shortcut Guides (for the busy administrator and developer), and The Savvy Consumer Guides for consumers.

9 – Cooking

  • The USENET Cookbook. Main dishes, appetizers & snacks, bread/pasta, beverages, cookies or cakes, sauces, salads, soups, deserts, vegetable dishes etc. Vegetarian alternatives offered. Permission to copy without fee all or part of this material is granted provided that the copies are not made or distributed for direct commercial advantage. Copying is by permission of the USENET Community Trust or the original contributor. {Copyright (c) 1987 USENET Community Trust}.
  • e-Cookbooks.net. Some 18 free samples are available from this commercial site, as pdfs for Adobe Acrobat Reader.

10 – Current Affairs

From prolific writer Shmuel (Sam) Vaknin: lively, controversial musings on issues in economics, politics, the Balkans, international affairs, history, psychology and more. Download as MS Word, RTF (Rich Text Format) or PDF files.

11 – E-book publishing

This fledgling e-publisher/bookstore also offers some free inspirational/New Age titles, free covers for e-authors & a free e-book on drawing.

12 – Economics

The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) “groups 30 member countries sharing a commitment to democratic government and the market economy”, and does extensive economic and social research. You can get some summary information from OECD publications free here

13 – Electronics ee.com

A free technical library and professional community for electrical and electronics engineers. Contains over 5,600 documents in a variety of forms. Qualified contributions welcome. Resource areas include aerospace, analogue and digital design, biomedical technology, computer engineering, consumer electronics, digital signal processing, dsp, electric power, microprocessors, nanotechnology, magnetic & electro physics, jobs, meeting, business, research and development, semiconductors, telecommunication, vlsi.

14 – English language reference

Over 320,000 references & still growing, with both US and British spellings. On this minimalist (no frills) website you can look up words alphabetically or by search.

Prepared by a Scot who has spent some time in the USA, this fine work helps puzzled English speaking people understand American expressions better .

The Online Etymology Dictionary. In HTML. This valuable, attractively presented resource is from historian and author Douglas Harper.

15 – English literature and Classics

Over one thousand titles online in plain text, also versions for PC/Mac or for Palm, Visor & PocketPC.

A collection of classic books, plays, stories and poems for online reading. Nearly seventy
authors are represented.

A select catalogue of free original and classic fiction. Available for download in MS Reader, Adobe Reader ( PDF), or to read online in your Web browser (in their Virtual Imprint WebBook format – a simple but bookmarkable double page layout. IE 5+ recommended). Their home page also offers an array of purchasable services for bibliophiles.

A number of famous Irish literary works available free to download as text or RTF files, also some HTML short stories to read online. Yes, all of the following famous “English” authors were actually Irish – George Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker (author of Dracula), Jonathan Swift, J.M.Synge, Oscar Wilde.

Fiction and philosophy as novel, short story or poetry, plus the author’s autobiography. Three books available for online reading; downloads are as zipped plain text files.

More than a thousand scholars have contributed to this huge Web reference work, focused on literature in English. With nearly three thousand entries, and well over 5million words, there’s any amount to learn here about writers, literary works and literary topics, and numerous links to more. And they throw in a bit of a Books-in-print too!

16 – General Reference

Provides a free encyclopedia (Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, from the Columbia University Press) & gazetteer, medical encyclopedia & other valuable reference resources. Thousands of articles available here in HTML, with useful links to related topics.

English, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew,Italian, Japanese, Latin, Polish, Russian, Spanish, Turkish &Vietnamese. Also specialised dictionaries including Computers, Law, Science.

17 – History

How have the states of Europe changed from century to century in the last two millenniums? Check it out in the 21 maps of this atlas. Some interesting Roman features too.

18 – Mathematics

The Electronic Library of Mathematics contains free online journals, article collections, and monographs in the field of mathematics. View on-line or download as .pdfs for offline use.

A comprehensive and interactive mathematics encyclopedia intended for students, educators, maths enthusiasts and researchers. Claimed to be the Web’s most complete maths resource.

19 – Medicine

“A free online medical dictionary search engine for definitions of medical terminology, pharmaceutical drugs, healthcare equipment, health conditions, medical devices, specialty terms and medical abbreviations.” Note that definitions are brief, and should only be considered as a launching pad for further research. A handy resource, but self-diagnosers should note the disclaimer.

An online medical and health encyclopedia containing information on over 1,500 topics, including conditions, diseases, injuries, nutrition, surgeries, symptoms, tests and special topics. Use alphabetically or through the search function. The site also features significant current news stories and a variety of other resources.

A collection of searchable biomedical books for the Web. Illustrated, in HTML. Medical issues covered include asthma, cancer, high blood pressure, obesity, & retroviruses. There are also more general works on topics including the Cell, Developmental Biology, Glycobiology, Genes and Disease, Immunobiology and Neurochemistry.

20 – Military History

Richard Jensen offers a large page oflinks to a wide variety of resources in this subject area, from ancient times to present day. Jensen is an American scholar (retired Professor of History)

21 – Philosophy

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Alphabetical and searchable. A voluntary academic effort.

22 – Poetry

Many traditional poems, plus lyrics of traditional songs. To read online, or download as zipped files to your PC.

23 – Research

Provides direct links to over 7000 scholarly periodicals which allow some or all of their online content to be viewed by anyone for free (though some may require free registration).

The Public Library of Science is provided by “a non-profit organization of scientists and physicians committed to making the world’s scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource”. PLoS will publish its own journals.

24 – E-Library of Science Mathematics

E-books plus a few philosophy, physics and other titles. In pdf format (use the Adobe Reader).

25 – Science Fiction/Fantasy, & Horror

Never screened, these Seventh Doctor stories from 1992-1997 are a rare treasure from the friendly folk at the BBC. Online, by page in SHTML, or in plain text chapters if you wish to print them out.

Online since August 1997, UK-based Infinity Plus publishes some original fiction, but mostly republishes those short stories & other shorter works you’re always trying to find again. With extra input from many writers that you may not see anywhere else. As such, this wonderful archive is a boon to devotees. Online in HTML, or you can save them (‘Save as…’) to read off-line. However please remember they remain copyright for all purposes other than simple reading.

SF/Fantasy e-books & assistance for the physically impaired. ReadAssist is an organization of Science Fiction and Fantasy fans with an easy-to-use site streamlined to assist those with physical disabilities. They provide links to sources of both free and purchasable written and audio e-books, in those genres. Further links are to software & hardware of use to those with impaired mobility or vision.

Gormglaith, by Heidi Wyss. 76,000 words of radical feminist separatist literature set in what is claimed to be a scientifically plausible future. Aesthetically presented for online reading.

Godspawn, by A. Zoic. A prophetic title with a human clone hero. Written at sunny Balmoral Beach in Sydney, & available in no less than 11 formats. Worth visiting the site for the impressive audio-visual opening alone (Active X controls must be enabled -if you get a blank site, check your browser settings).

Grotesque, A Gothic Epic, by Graven. An intense, illustrated Gothic novel about religion and the Black Death. With animated sound effects, online in HTML plus. Excellently presented, but with its gruesome theme not for the faint-hearted.

26 – Technical Reports Online

Links to technical reports, preprints, reprints, dissertations, theses, and research reports of all kinds, as either full-text reports or searchable extended abstracts.

27 – Television

Includes more than 1,000 essays examining programmes, people, historic moments and trends, disputes, scandals and much else in the saga of the small screen. Also contains histories of major TV networks and broadcasting systems around the world, plus resource materials, photos and bibliographical information.

28 – Travel

Universal Currency Converter.

29 – IIT – Information Interactive Technology

This Netherlands-based site offers some classic e -books include Wodehouse humour, Sherlock Holmes and a serious essay About Violence and Democracy. There are also mini travel guides for all European countries. In PDF, use the Adobe Reader. Patience may be required; this site is slow to download for modem users.

30 – U.S. Declaration of Independence, U.S. Constitution, all Amendments, the Monroe Doctrine, the Emancipation Proclamation & the Gettysburg Address

Fully indexed. Available free as a downloadable zip file (requires a zip utility to decompress). Download the freedom.zip (40kb) under the sub-heading Freedom documents, from R.E. Harvey.

31 – U.S. Rightwing Christian Fundamentalism

The Institute for Christian Economics is a Texas-based, U.S. Christian fundamentalist site. Many “bible-based” religious & social titles are offered, plus a substantial foray into conservative and pro-free market economics & politics. Books are available in HTML or the DjVu compressed file format. The site authors recommend the latter, which they claim is superior to & less memory-hungry than PDF for representing original works. A free DjVu reader may be downloaded from the site.

32 – Website Development

Rick Rouse provides several free e-books, downloadable as zip files, for webmasters. They include How To Get Thousands Of Links To Your Website and How To Triple Your Website Traffic Every 90 Days under the heading Webmaster Freebies. Also some useful software for webmasters.

33 – William Blake Archive

Literary and visual works by William Blake and his circle. Includes fully searchable and scalable electronic editions of all of Blake’s 19 illuminated works. In HTML & SGML. With Biography, Glossary, and Chronology. Sponsored by the U.S. Library of Congress, with some high-powered support.