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Best free Digital Libraries - Australia                    


Adelaide University Electronic Texts Collection This growing collection of e-texts - currently more than 700 - includes classic works of Literature, Philosophy, Science, and Medicine. Their own web editions, in HTML. http://etext.library.adelaide.edu.au/


ANU E-Print Repository From the Australian National University in Canberra, ACT (Australian Capital Territory). Holding about 1,500 items at the beginning of 2004. Material from 1987 on is included. User registration (there is no charge) is required for some parts of the site.


Australian e-Humanities Gateway is an initiative of the Australian e-Humanities Network, a group funded by the Australian Research Council.The network includes representatives from the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the University of Sydney and the University of Newcastle. A portal for digital resources in humanities disciplines in Australia.


eprints unimelb The embryonic University of Melbourne eprint collection. The oldest item dates back to 1945. In order to access some areas of the archive, you'll need a user registration (no charge). http://eprints.unimelb.edu.au/


eprints @UQ The University of Queensland's digital repository. Covers material created since 1983, although most dates from 1998 on. Includes e-books, e-chapters, online journals, various articles, working papers, conference papers and proceedings, posters, miscellaneous research output, and pre-publication (draft) material. OAI-compliant, the repository includes research output of UQ academic staff and postgraduate students, both before and after peer-reviewed publication. Formats used are HTML, ASCII text, PDF & Postscript. http://eprint.uq.edu.au/


OZLIT Electronic Texts
Not a library as such, rather an Australian portal to an array of free e-book resources. Includes a limited number of Australian e-texts. Courtesy of the leading state portal VicNet.


Project Gutenberg of Australia produces books in electronic form and makes them freely available to the public in accordance with Australian copyright law. NB: Under Australian copyright law, literary, dramatic, & musical work published, performed, communicated, or recorded and offered for sale in an author's lifetime are protected for the life of the author plus fifty years from the end of the year of the author's death. After this time they enter into the public domain. Some e-books available here may still be under copyright in the United States (where local laws have several times extended copyright to levels not accepted within Australian jurisdiction). Such works are therefore not available from the US site of Project Gutenberg.


SETIS (The Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service at the University of Sydney Library) Regarded as the leading University digital collection in Australia. Plans are under way to further enlarge the size & scope of SETIS. Includes also the University of Sydney digital theses collection (currently over eighty theses available).

NB: While you may access many texts from the Web, a large number are commercially licensed and available only to users at the University of Sydney.


Best free Digital Libraries - World                     


***** Project Gutenberg Project Gutenberg is the original free digital library of books no longer in copyright. So you'll find a great many classic literary texts here. The full Gutenberg collection now exceeds 5,000 books. The whole collection represents a monumental effort in unpaid, unselfish, labour since 1971.

The Project Gutenberg philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search.
Their books are usually in plain text (ASCII) format. However to improve the online reading experience you can also use other reader software (check out our Software Page).


Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. You can search for and display texts from the collection & also search their content, & even create on-the-fly PDFs for offline reading or printing.


arXiv e-Prints Includes e-Print "preprints" in physics, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, and computer sciences. From Cornell University with assistance from the National Science Foundation (USA), the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (USA) and the University of Adelaide (Australia). Formats include PDF, PostScript, and DVI. http://www.arxiv.org/
NB: There are mirror sites in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, UK, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, & USA.


Athena Thousands of mainly French and Swiss-authored e-texts, across a broad range of especially Literature, Science & the Arts. In .html &. rtf versions. Also many links to famous works in German, Dutch & English too. Prepared or linked for the Web by the University of Geneva. Expand your mind & education here.


Bartleby.com The Encyclopedia of World History and The Harvard Classics are among many free texts offered at this award-winning site. Many classic reference works are available here. http://www.bartleby.com/index.html


Bibliomania Offers more than 2,000 free classic texts, plus research works. In HTML format, readable by your web browser.


Bibliotheca Augustana A Latin e-library. Includes Bibliothecae Latina, Graeca, Germanica, Anglica, Gallica, Italica, Hispanica, Polonica et Russica. "Collectio textuum electronicorum. AppleMac et Netscape his paginis optimum visum dant. Ave Gatem et Exploratorem! " (Optimised for Netscape).


Carnegie Mellon Open Learning Initiative

Using intelligent tutoring systems, virtual laboratories, simulations, and frequent opportunities for assessment and feedback, the Open Learning Initiative (OLI) builds courses that are intended to enact instruction - or, more precisely, to enact the kind of dynamic, flexible, and responsive instruction that fosters learning.



CELT (Corpus of Electronic Texts). Irish literary, historical & cultural texts, in Irish, Latin, Anglo-Norman French, and English. Presented in HTML, with a searchable online database. An initiative of University College, Cork, Republic of Ireland.



CogPrints Cognitive Sciences Eprint* Archive - Includes a wide variety of papers in psychology, neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, biology, medicine, anthropology and computer science. Material dates back as far as 1950, although most of it dates since 1990. Some areas of the archive require registration, to obtain a username and password. *Eprints here are defined as the digital texts of peer-reviewed research articles, before and after refereeing. Before refereeing and publication, the draft is called a "preprint." The refereed, published final draft is called a "postprint." Eprints may include both preprints and postprints, as well as any significant drafts in between, and any post publication updates. http://cogprints.soton.ac.uk/


Complete Works of William Shakespeare but minus his poetry at present. The plays can be read either as a continuous text or by individual scenes. For reading online, in HTML.


Digital Book Index

It provides links to more than 148,000 fulltext digital books from more than 180,000 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities and various private sites. More than 120,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free.



New The Digital Library of the Commons (DLC) An archive of international literature on "the commons" (i.e. that which is held in common or by a community).  Many useful features for both readers and contributing authors. A full-text Digital Library, a Working Paper Archive of author-submitted papers, and links to relevant references are included. Thanks to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the International Association for the Study of Common Property (IASCP) & the Indiana University Graduate School. As Adobe PDF files. http://dlc.dlib.indiana.edu/


New Digital Library for Earth System Education: DLESE Over 5,000 searchable educational resources. Items are also organized into themes or collections, broadly as environmental, geographical, geological, oceanographical and other physical sciences; space science and technology; policy and educational issues and the philosophy of science. Resources are not archived on site but in a variety of collaborating collections. Funded by the National Science Foundation (USA).


New Digital Library of Information Science and Technology: dLIST A repository of electronic resources in Library and Information Science (LIS) and Information Technology (IT). Contains published and unpublished papers, data sets instructional and help materials, pathfinder , reports & bibliographies. So far in English only. User registration required to access some areas. In HTML or PDF. http://dlist.sir.arizona.edu/


Elfwood Elfwood is a huge, non-profit home to amateur Fantasy/Sci-Fi literature and art, plus some How -To Guides. The site holds over twenty thousand works of art & literature by over fifteen hundred Science Fiction/Fantasy artists and writers.


The E Server Bit of a mind flip might be an exaggeration, but there is certainly nothing stodgy about this large & contemporary collection of online intellectual texts & resources. Based at the University of Washington. http://eserver.org/


Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature  Links site for literary texts in Western European languages other than English. Languages include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish & Swedish.


Electronic Texts On The Internet  A useful links page with over eighty entries


EuroDocs  Primary historical documents from Western Europe. Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations.


New Great Books Index   From Aeschylus to Virginia Woolf - links to online works, in English translation, by more than 130 classic authors. Please check for any copyright restrictions (which may in a few cases apply for other than reading online). A redoubtable effort from Ken Roberts of Ontario, Canada. http://books.mirror.org/gb.home.html


New Great Books and Classics Provides free HTML online versions of many famous authors from before 200 BC to the 20th Century. Linked with Amazon.com for commercial print offerings of the titles. http://www.grtbooks.com/


Internet Classics Archive More than 440 mainly Greco-Roman texts, with some Chinese and Persian. By 59 different authors. In English translation. For online reading, some downloads available.


Internet Public Library Over 20,000 free books available online. The Internet Public Library's Mission Statement says: " The Internet Public Library (IPL), is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information. The IPL Online Texts Collection contains over 20,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal Classification". For questions about the online texts collection, or how to search, please see their help page.


MIT OpenCourseWare The first stage of an ambitious & generous plan to make all Massachusetts Institute of Technology course materials available on the Internet, for free download. Materials for 500 courses have been accessible since the end of September 2003. Materials are in English, but a number are also available in Spanish & Portuguese. Presented in HTML. However courses may include Adobe Acrobat PDF files, Java Applets, Shockwave, Real Player, Java, and MATLAB files (software for all of these may be downloaded from the site's Technical Requirements page). This so far unique gift is made possible by MIT with support from the William and Flora Hewlett & Andrew W. Mellon Foundations. http://ocw.mit.edu/index.html 
Course list at



National Academy Press Read over 2,500 National Academy science, engineering, and health texts free online. You can also purchase print copies if you wish. These e-books represent the cream of U.S. research & policy opinion in these fields. Texts are presented in a fully-searchable "Open Book" format, which also allows for page browsing & internal links. Open Book" is HTML, & moreover the format is prepared so that you can send people an individual page reference as an URL. PDFs are also available. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences provides this site.


Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) Links to digital theses/dissertations available in Australia, Canada, many European nations, Hong Kong, Taiwan & the USA.http://www.theses.org//


Online Books Page This University of Pennsylvania site offers access to more than 16,000 books online. http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books


Online Medieval and Classical Library From The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle to Yvain, or The Knight With the Lion, & including such works as: The Lay of the Cid, The Song of Roland, the Nibelungenlied, Orlando Furioso, the High History of the Holy Graal, many Icelandic sagas, some Chaucer & much else besides. In HTML for reading online, or download in PKZIP v.2.04g compressed format. Thanks to Douglas B. Killings, Sun Systems & the University of California at Berkeley.


OpenCourseWares Consortuim 

It is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses. The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating abroad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance education and empower people worldwide through opencourseware.



Oxford Text Archive From Oxford University, this archive was founded in 1976. High-quality, well-documented electronic texts for research and teaching. More than 2,500 resources in over 25 different languages. A premium academic resource. Public domain texts are freely available from the on-line catalogue and may be downloaded in a number of different formats. Some texts require the user to obtain the written permission of the original depositor. http://ota.ahds.ac.uk/


Pennsylvania State University Electronic Classics Site: " The Labyrinth" PSU's e-books are presented as .pdf files (Adobe's Portable Document Format). Read them with the Adobe Acrobat Reader. Established in 1997, the site offers many classical works of literature in English, plus original works published by Penn. State Uni.


Perseus Project A great classical digital library site, with Greek & Latin texts, commentaries, an atlas, coin images, art, archaeology and more.http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/


Project Libellus The University of Washington, Seattle, provides this library of Latin texts, readable in your web browser. In HTML & TeX (a subset of ASCII). Thirteen classical Latin authors represented.http://www.hhhh.org/perseant/libellus


Project Madurai Tamil Digital Library under preparation by voluntary effort. So far 160 works in Tamil script are available, in TSCII (Tamil Script Code for Information Interchange) format. Old Tamil classic works predominate so far.


Project Runeberg Project Runeberg publishes free electronic editions of old Nordic literature on the Internet. Since 1992. More than 200 titles, mostly in Swedish.


Soil And Health Library Free public library offering books on holistic agriculture, holistic health, self-sufficient living, and personal development. http://www.soilandhealth.org/


Universal Library (under development) "The principal benefit of the Universal Library will be to supplement the formal education system by making knowledge available to anyone who can read and has access." A project of Carnegie Mellon University & the governments of China & India - much of the scanning will be done in the latter two countries. The million books project will have considerable content in many Indian and Chinese languages, as well as English. For more information about this far-reaching initiative see:


University of Virginia Electronic Text Center has more than 10,000 publicly accessible texts in thirteen languages (& over 164,000 publicly available images). These texts are available to web browsers, but in addition there are 2,000 + e-books available (in English) for MS Reader & Palm Reader.


Virtual Library "The Virtual Library is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the Web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert." Fourteen primary categories to check out, or use the search engine.


World eBook Library Opportunities to read or download thousands of HTML books online. Provides free, unlimited public access to a comprehensive collection of public domain texts & references, and links to thousand of on-line libraries around the world via the World Wide Web and/or Telnet. For a small annual fee, also offers access to 60,000 PDF e-books and e-documents, plus 7,000 mp3 audio books. From the World Electronic Text Library Foundation, based in Honolulu, Hawaii.



Other Free Australian Books                             


Australian Institute of Marine Science Reference library This collection may be read in either HTML and/or PDF.


Desert Wave Publishing Based in the Alice (Alice Springs, Northern Territory of Australia for our overseas readers). Provides a number of free PDF e-books in areas such as job search, training, online learning, how to e-publish yourself.


Free Books in English                                                    

Abacci Books This unusual site makes Project Gutenberg free e-book classics available for download together with reviews of those books from Amazon.com. Includes links to buy a hard copy if desired. Access books by author, title, category or most popular.


Abacci eBooks Over a thousand free e-books for the Pocket PC & the PC (LIT files formatted for Microsoft Reader). Includes Amazon.com reviews. A selection of both classic & lesser-known works, thanks to site owner Peter Shanks, who personally formatted many.


African Online Library on Law and Governance AfricanLawLib

African Online Library on Law and Governance is a public good from Africans for Africans, and is available free to worldwide users interested in African law and governance.



Alive & Free A page of links to some recent books from living authors available free on-line. Warning: many controversial authors & titles here.


Baen Free Library Commercial bookstore offers free e-books in HTML Ms Reader, Palm, Rocket & RTF formats. Registration requested.


Black Mask With a goodly range of free e-books, this site also endears by offering six e-book formats and a special Australian section.


Bookrags have 1,500 classic titles available, for Palm or other handheld devices.



Bartleby Great Books Online

The preeminent internet publisher of literature, reference & verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.



Ebooks4free Links to" free e-books and manuscripts, historical documents & literature, religion & magik, audio readings and much more.." Multilingual site - languages include English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Latin. The inner search engine actually translates into three languages: English Italian and (surprisingly!) Latin. In plain text, RTF, HTML, downloadable as.zip files, or as PDFs.



Elegant Solutions Software Company have a great free e- book site, with books downloadable to your PC: Motto:" Ebooks for people who think". Don't forget to check out Kate's page or the children's page there, for wonderful classic tales for young & old. http://esspc-ebooks.com/default.htm


FlipBooks Books prepared to be read in the FlipViewer (see Software Page). A highly visual format especially suitable for displaying albums of images etc.


Franklin Free Library Thousands of free titles in text and HTML file formats. Some titles are also available for purchase as Franklin Reader formatted e-books.


Free Online Books:

Listing more than 35,000 English works in various formats.



Literature @ SunSITE Collection of digital literary texts from famous, mostly U.S.authors. May be read online, printed, or downloaded for further study.


Litrix Reading Room Features works of literature in English, including classics, mystery, horror, sci-fi, westerns, Sherlock Holmes, Americana. In HTML. For reading online, or save each chapter to read offline in your web browser. Thanks to novelist Stan Jones of Anchorage, Alaska.


Lysator Free e-books Lysator is a lively academic computer society & major e-publishing stalwart located at Linköping University in Sweden. Here are a few miscellaneous e-texts they offer. http://www.lysator.liu.se/



 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 26,320 eBooks available here and they're all free!



Mary Jo's E-texts for the Palm Her selections include the Oz Books, a number of classics in literature, & various fan fiction. All files are zipped for easy downloading.


Memoware have lots of free documents in a multiplicity of categories and a variety of formats for Palms & other PDAs. Award-winning site.


MS (Microsoft) Reader (.lit) e- books: Over 1,500 available. You may search the listings by "author", "title" & "most popular" headings.


Open Text Book Repository 

It is a registry of textbooks (and related materials) which are open that is free for anyone to use, reuse and redistribute. It is run by the Open Knowledge Foundation. The domain name was kindly donated to us by Steve Coast of Open Street Map.



Open Textbook Catalog

This catalog is a resource to help connect professors with some of the top open textbooks currently available. Since open textbooks are based online (print copies are optional), they can be difficult to locate or evaluate for quality. This catalog provides information to help make finding a free, open textbook less time consuming for instructors. Click here to download a PDF list of the titles in the catalog.



PalmPilot E-Text Ring 80+ sites featuring free or for-purchase texts formatted for Palm readers.


PDA Librarian Jill Thompson of Greencastle-Antrim High School in Pennsylvania's site. Jill offers small but carefully-chosen selections in the following categories: Outstanding Books for the College Bound; Best Novels Written in the English Language; Downloads Available by Author; Great Books For Teens; Political Documents. Also Educational Uses For PDAs, plus other helpful information.http://user.pa.net/~thompson/


Phoenix Library Based on the Rocket eBook, but now offering titles in several languages & a wide range of formats (Adobe, Microsoft, MobiPocket & Franklin in addition to the Rocket/ REB reader editions) http://www.phoenix-library.org/


Planet PDF Free eBooks area Recent asset for popular classic novels in the PDF format.


Qvadis Library offers nearly 6,000 e-text titles in 32 categories, all free. All formatted for Palm OS devices. http://www.qvadis.com/exlibris/ebooks.html#library


Scorpius Digital Publishing have many free e-books available at: http://scorpiusdigital.com/freebooks/index.html Only in Microsoft Reader however.


StoneGarden Net Publishing Free or inexpensive e-books in both fiction and nonfiction. In Microsoft Reader and Adobe PDF formats. Registration (free) with this site is required.


Tale Wins Marleen Roberts' site for authors & readers.


Textbook Revolution

It is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms. Our approach is to bring all of the free textbooks we can find together in one place, review them, and let the best rise to the top and find their way into the hands of students in classrooms around the world.



Web Books Publishing - eLibrary Links to free e-books. In twenty broad categories. We own three websites: web-books.com, bsonbooks.com and ubooks.pub. 



Free Books in Urdu


Full text Urdu Books

Iqbal Cyber Library



Free Audio books                                                        


Audiobooks for free
Many classics of literature available, in 25 categories (including Adventure, Crime Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Westerns, Thrillers, Martial Arts, Spy Stories, Historical & Humour). Also a few non-fiction items. All as mp3 files. However only files playing at 8 Kb/sec files are free. Requires registration, & the supply of some personal information.


World-Other Languages, Regional and National


NB: If characters in non-Roman fonts do not display, you will need to configure your browser to read them by setting the Font/Encoding Preferences.


African Digital Library
Addressing third world information imbalance by offering free access to anyone living in Africa, this netLibrary-supported initiative lives at:


New Free Apache e-books  You can read these online in English, Apache, or in parallel translation (for the latter two, download the Apache/Navajo font provided onsite). Some tales have intriguing titles, such as
Coyote Misses Real Rabbit, The Woman Who Had Horse Power and The Foolish People Acquire Coffee. http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/apache/


Free Arabic e-books
UAE Yearbook 2002 in Arabic, French & English. Also UAE: A New Perspective. Download each chapter separately, in PDF.

Mega-links site for Arab literature & culture.



New Free Belarusian e-books at the Belarusian e-Library. Offers Belarusian literature in Belarusian, plus some English, German & other translations.


New Free Brasilian e-books More than sixty free titles from 26 authors, including José de Alencar, Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis and Afonso Henrique da Lima Barreto. All public domain books or with author permission. Available as downloads for offline reading - formats include Word, PDF, RTF and some Palm PDB. http://vbookstore.uol.com.br/nacional

New Some free Brasilian Law e- books in Portuguese, plus the Constitution of Brasil in English. http://www.lifestylesbrazil.com/modules.php?op=



Free Chinese e-books Supplied by the New Threads Chinese Cultural Society, this electronic library is
claimed to be the most complete web archive available of Chinese classic texts.



Free Colombian e-books More than a dozen free Colombian e-books are available in Spanish
from this site. Historical & literary topics predominate. Formatted for the Adobe Reader.


Free Croatian e-books
New Classics of Croatian Literature. Major Croatian works up to the beginning of the 20th century,
variously as online text, RTF or PDF files.


Some free works by contemporary Croatian writers, to read online.


Free Esperanto e-books eLibrejo. Over 270 books (both original and translated) in Esperanto. For downloading in .pdf format. (Use the Adobe Reader software). Subjects include fiction, poetry, theatre, religion, classic & historic works, children's literature.


Free Farsi e-books Non-fiction online in HTML across a range of topics.


Free French e-books
Bibliothèque nationale de France (National Library of France). "Sur les 30 millions de pages du fonds numérisé des imprimés de la Bibliothèque nationale de France, dont un peu plus du tiers relève du XIXe siècle, Gallica permet dès à présent d'accéder à quelques 2500 ouvrages numérisés en mode image, complétés par UN extrait de la base " Frantext " du CNRS qui permet la consultation de plus de 250 volumes saisis en mode texte." http://gallica.bnf.fr/

Bibliothèque Universelle (ABU). L'accès libre au texte intégral d'oeuvres du domaine public francophone sur Internet depuis 1993.

Bibliopolis. La bibliothèque des lettres : plus de 2000 ouvres (sciences humaines et littérature) en texte intégral sont consultables. Grâce au logiciel Trevi, vous pourrez effectuer toutes les recherches possibles sur les auteurs, les ,,,

Le Château. Offers more than 100 electronic texts of classical French literature. Offrant aussi Le Salon, rassemblant Des sites traitants de textes et auteurs présents dans le Château.


Social sciences: many classic and contemporary Francophone social sciences books. In Word, PDF and RTF formats. As of July 2004 the collection offers 954 original works from 361 different authors . Thanks to sociology professor Jean-Marie Tremblay, the University of Québec at Chicoutimi, & the Toulouse Academy of France.

Social sciences: many classic and contemporary Francophone social sciences books. In Word, PDF and RTF formats. As of July 2004 the collection offers 954 original works from 361 different authors . Thanks to sociology professor Jean-Marie Tremblay, the University of Québec at Chicoutimi, & the Toulouse Academy of France.



Free German e-books
This free page of a German e-book store offers a few titles, mostly as PDF files.

Ten free German titles


Free Hebrew e-books  Project Ben-Yehuda aims to make the public domain classics of Hebrew literature freely accessible to Hebrew readers, as searchable HTML works. Note the browser requirements indicated in
the FAQ.


Free Hungarian e-books Large list of free Magyar elektronikus könyvtárak (Hungarian e-libraries) available at http://www.mek.iif.hu/porta/virtual/magyar/ekonyvt


Free Italian e-books
Antologia della Letteratura Italiana. Novels, poetry, plays & other texts, both classic & contemporary. In HTML, for reading online. Includes some Dante, Boccaccio, St Francis of Assisi, Alessandro Manzoni and Enrico Maria Ferrari. An initiative of Riccardo Scateni.

Free e-books in Italian. Yes, cost is null, zero, niente. Genres include novels, poetry, classics, plays, biographies, horror & fantasy, &New Economy. In MS Reader format only.

The Manuzio Project, a free Italian online book site.


Ozoz.  Classic texts in Italian, English and Latin. Available as HTML (versione ipertestuale); RTF (ideale
per la stampa dei libri); TXT (puro testo): & for download zipped.


Free Japanese e-books

Aozora Bunko. More than 2000 works of copyright-free Japanese literature. Various formats available, incl. HTML, download zips and Japanese e-book format.


Free Korean e-books
Digital Han'gukhak. From the Academy of Korean Studies.

Kim Mun-gi's Classical Korean literature site.

Korean Poetry online


Free multilingual Literary e-books " E-books of criticism, essays, poetry, dramas, translations in many languages which can be downloaded, printed, read for free." In English, French, Portuguese, Romanian, Serbo-Croatian & Spanish. Italian, Esperanto & Arabic also feature. http://www.gallup.unm.edu/~smarandache/



Free Polish e-books
Polish literature online, thanks to the University of Gdansk.

Polska Biblioteka Internetowa. Includes classic Polish literature among its collections, and Polish translations of famous works from other nations. In HTML.


Free Portuguese e-books
Virtual Books. PDF downloads of titles from a goodly range of authors. http://virtualbooks.terra.com.br/freebook/


Projecto Vercial has a few free books, for downloading as PDFs.


Free Russian e-books
Biblioteka Agava, more online goodies.

Electronic Publications Library. Works from Chekov, Gogol, Pushkin, Tolstoy and other famous
Russian authors. For Reading online in HTML. All in Russian.

Moshkov's Library. Hundreds of free e-books.

Books in Russian formatted for Palm OS devices in .prc format.

Russian electronic environmental library.

Russian SciFi & Fantasy books available online here, in both Russian & English. Pioneering site, since 1996. http://www.rusf.ru/


Free Sanskrit e-books The Puranas (64), and Sanskrit Proverbs, are available as downloadable
MS Word documents from this site. The Purana file is zipped.


Free Serbian e-books Projekat Rastko. Biblioteka srpske kulture. The most popular e-library in Serbia and Montenegro. In addition, some Serbian literature is offered in other languages including English, German, French, Spanish, Romanian, Slovenian, Russian, & Ukrainian.


Free Slovenian e-books Slovenian texts - copyright-free classic Slovenian literature, with a few
authorised modern items. Available to read online.


Free Spanish e-books
Free literary unpublished texts, especially in Spanish and Catalan.

e-autores. Includes Latin American national sites. Audio books also available.

A small but careful selection of literature and useful non-fiction in Spanish, for the PocketPC device, Smartphone or Windows PC (Microsoft Reader format).


Free Swedish e-books
eBoklagret Omnibus. More than 230 works from 41 Swedish authors, as PDF downloads. http://www.omnibus.se/eBoklagret


Free Turkish e-books
Türk Öyküleri Sandigi. From Texas Tech University, popular Turkish tales and other literature,
in both Turkish and English versions. Download as PDFs for the Adobe Reader 5.0 or above.
NB: for reading, study, or citation only.

Sufism & Science. MS Reader format.
(English versions also available at http://www.ahmedbaki.com/english/ebooks/, with German to come).


Free Ukrainian e-books  The Electronic Library of Ukrainian Literature. Classic texts of Ukrainian prose. Available in both HTML and PDF formats.Thanks to Prof. Maxim Tarnawsky at the University of Toronto, Canada, various Ukrainian publishers and other supporters.


Free USA e-books. USA Today's Open Book program. Presented as a separate section on the newspaper's website, Open Book runs original stories from well-known novelists and offers them free to all visitors. http://www.openbook.usatoday.com/


Free Vietnamese e-books Vietnamese Literature Electronic Library.


Free Welsh e-books Llyfrgell Owen - a Library of Welsh Language Texts. Works are presented In plain
text format. This fledging site lacks funding and welcomes volunteers to enlarge it. Apêl yw hon felly am gydweithwyr, cyfranogwyr a chyfranwyr.


Individual Topics/Miscellaneous                             


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.


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.


Children's/Young Adult Books
A variety of famous classic titles.


Free daily comic strips with back archives. Related goodies for sale. They have Ginger Meggs!

Lots of e-freebies from DC.


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.

Dan Preston's Infoheaven site offers his e-book "How To Buy The Perfect Computer" free. For those who join his mailing list or purchase books, other free items are available. http://infoheaven.bravepages.com/DansEBOOK/PerfCPUindex.htm


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.


CiteSeer is a scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science. CiteSeer aims to improve the dissemination and feedback of the scientific literature and to provide improvements in functionality, usability, availability, cost, comprehensiveness, efficiency, and timeliness in the access of scientific and scholarly knowledge. CiteSeer was developed in 1997 at the NEC Research Institute, Princeton, New Jersey, by Steve Lawrence, Lee Giles and Kurt Bollacker. It is now hosted at the Pennsylvania State University's College of Information Sciences and Technology under the direction of Professor Lee Giles.




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.


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 or PDF files.


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. In PDF at: http://www.ebookpublishing.us/ebookcategories/free.htm


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. In PDF & PostScript. Members need to register, but visitors are also welcomed.


English literature and Classics

Elibron.Over two hundred titles, in PDF format, also versions for PC/Mac or for Palm, Visor & PocketPC. Free, with paperback versions also available for purchase.

Literature Post. A collection of classic books, plays, stories and poems for online reading. Nearly seventy
authors are represented. In plain text.


Virtual Imprint. 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.


Brennan Emerson's works. 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.


General Reference

AllRefer.com 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.


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.

Collection of more than thirty e-books. Mostly in English, with some in French, Romanian, Russian. As .pdfs for Adobe Acrobat Reader.


Site dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical books over the Internet. 550+ books to read online in English, French, German & Spanish, plus a few titles in Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Norwegian, Romanian, Russian & Turkish. http://freebooks4doctors.com

Handhelds for Doctors. Read the text free. A paperback version is also available for purchase.

National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Bookshelf.  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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=Books


Medical Dictionary Online "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.


Hermilitary.com offer a selection of historical, military & literary titles as .pdf downloads to read offline. These range from Sun Tzu's "The Art of War" to Tolstoy's "War & Peace", & Stephen Crane's "The Red Badge of Courage". Also offer the famous" CIA World Factbook", adult classic fiction & classic children's books too. The site also supplies Flipbrowser as a download, so you can view their featured books online in an enhanced format.


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



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


Science 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. So far there is PLoS Biology (a monthly, launched October 2003, both online and in print). PLoS Medicine is to follow during 2004. Formats used are HTML & PDF.


Science Fiction/Fantasy & Horror
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.


Technical Reports Online
"The Virtual Technical Reports Center". Links to technical reports, preprints, reprints, dissertations, theses, and research reports of all kinds, as either full-text reports or searchable extended abstracts



Travel Universal Currency Converter, in free e-book format. With useful travel/tourist info. about Australia/Victoria/Melbourne.

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.


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), from R.E. Harvey, at:



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.


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. Also some useful software for webmasters.


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. http://www.blakearchive.org.uk/main.html


Best Free Digital Libraries Comparative Religions (Islam Also)                               



The Koran (Qur'an)


The Qur'an, in four side-by-side English translations. Available by chapters for online reading. http://www.quran.org/quran/quranframe.htm


The Koran An electronically scanned version of M. H. Shakir's English translation of the Holy Qur'an, as published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Inc., in searchable SGML form.


The Koran in the original Arabic, downloadable as a full e-reader software program with support for various fonts and font sizes, 2D animations, MP3 audio sounds, search engine, text color, underline color, tags etc, as prepared by Samir Alicehajic of Zagreb, Croatia. English and German translations are included in the "Koran 6.51" version software. Bosnian, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese & Turkish translations which may be imported into the above software are also available. An online HTML English Koran translation, plus Hadith (sayings of the Prophet) also feature on this site.


Hadith (Sayings and Traditions) A variety of texts online in HTML, some audio also.


International Islamic Digital Library "An ambitious project to create a centralized repository of knowledge on Islam and the Muslim communities which is authoritative, comprehensible & reliable". This Malaysian initiative includes books, manuscripts, multimedia, theses, articles & conference papers Users need to register. http://www.iidl.net/


NZ Muslim Net Many Muslim e-books in English. Variously as Adobe PDF, Flash, MP3 Audio, HTML & self-contained software programs.



Shi'ite Encyclopedia (Revised 2001 edition). View online in HTML. Or download chapter by chapter in Text or MS Word, or the entire encyclopedia as a zipped file.


Sufism, the Way of the Heart
"The Ways to God are as numerous as the breaths of humankind." -Sufi Tradition.

Sufiportal. Sufi e-books in German and English.

Selections from the Diwan of Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/


The Hikam of Ibn 'Ata'llah



Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Pantheon Names
Descriptions & other information on the gods of old Egypt.

Egyptian Book of the Dead - The Papyrus of Ani; Egyptian Book of the Dead.




Ra and the Serpent  Egyptian myth of creation http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/~humm/Resources/


Asian Classic Texts
The Asian Classics Input Project works to preserve disappearing books containing the great ideas of the Eastern half of humanity, and to make these books and ideas accessible to the world at large. Downloadable mainly as zipped text & rtf files. Includes ACIP Release V: World.Wide.Wisdom. Over 200 previously unreleased titles from the classics of traditional Asian philosophy in the Tibetan language.




Bahá'í Sacred Writings and other books, articles etc. To read online, or downloadable as text, rtf or Word documents.


Baha'i Library Online (in English, French & Spanish)


The Kitáb-i-Aqdas
Below, a downloadable (.ZIP) HTML version of this "Most Holy Book" of the Bahá'í Faith.




The Kitáb-i-Iqán


the Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah in HTML, with a FLASH version also. Both at:





BuddhaNet These Buddhist texts may be read online with the Adobe Reader or variants thereof. Texts are presently available in English (UK & US variants), French, German, Spanish & Japanese. The texts may also be downloaded as zipped .pdf files to read offline.

Buddhist Reading Room Sutras & other content for online reading. In American English. Some texts also available for download as ZIP format archives (IBM / Windows users) or StuffIt format (Macintosh users).


Online Dharma Libraries
"Authors and/or publishers of the works have granted us permission to make these electronic editions freely available to the public. In the Buddhist tradition, this is the practice of dana, or "freely-offered generosity.".Extensive collection of Buddhist texts for downloading.


Sacred Texts: Buddhism
In English, for reading online.Includes modern (early 20th century) compilations of the Buddhist Canon, plus texts of Northern & Southern Buddhist schools,Tibetian Buddhism and much else.

More HTML Buddhist e-books for online reading.


Cao Dai
Centre for Studies in Caodaism (Sydney
Online full text Cao Dai scriptures & books, articles, images,& audio-visuals, in Vietnamese, French & English. Includes information on the history, organization, philosophy and practice of Caodaism. An Australian archive in HTML, thanks to Cong-Tam Dao of the University of Sydney.



The Holy Bible (King James version) in HTML


The NET Bible (New English Translation) a completely new translation of the Bible. Includes many thousands of hyperlinked (clickable) translator's notes (which may include theological opinion). Online in HTML. Courtesy of the Biblical Studies Press.


The Bible, New International Version Online, in individual chapters.



The Holy Bible, Douay-Rheims Version, in HTML

New American Bible, from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in HTML


Old & New Testaments of the Bible formatted for Palm Reader. (New Testament as one download. Old Testament is in four parts). King James version.


Latin Vulgate Bible, for Palm

Individual or collected books from the King James Bible, in AportisDoc (DOC) format.


Old and New Testament books in groups, in PilotDoc format, zipped. http://www.antioch.com.sg/edgar/bibledoc.html

New Testament TNIV version, as PDF for Adobe Reader


The Bible, text search of New International Version, in 19 languages.


The Bible, text search of Revised Standard Version


The Bible, text search of New American Standard Version


Christian Classics Electronic Library for the Palm Pilot


Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Huge collection of significant Christian works. Especially in English, but with some Russian & Chinese e-texts, plus a few in Latin, Greek, French, German, Czech, Italian & Spanish. Many In ThML (Theological Markup Language, an XML variant), or in HTML. Also as online facsimile, plain text, Open eBook, Palm DocBook, or Microsoft Reader formats. Some MP3 audio files also. From Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Missouri.


Christian Latin - Online versions of Christian Latin texts from Abelard to Thomas à Kempis.



The Catholic Encyclopedia (1914 edition), for online reading or consultation. Hyperlinked.


Project Wittenberg Works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans. http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/



Project Wittenberg's Lutheran Electronic Archive: gives priority to documents written by Luther or about Luther. Documents by other Lutherans and Lutheran churches or organizations are produced to a lesser extent. The majority of the works are in HTML or text format.

The Walther Library also provides links to a broader range of Protestant and Lutheran works at:



Coptic Texts The St. Pachomius Library. In HTML. http://www.ocf.org/OrthodoxPage/reading/

Note: For an explanation of the current relationships among the Coptic, Eastern Orthodox and Ethiopian churches see:



Early Christian Writings: New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, Church Fathers. In HTML.



The Ecole Initiative - a "Hypertext Encyclopedia of Early Church History," up to the Reformation.



Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) The Book of Mormon,
online by chapters in HTML. Downloadable version (.pdb file) for Palm & Windows CE devices also available. Other Mormon e-texts here too.


The Gospel of Thomas
The "Scholars' Translation" of the Gospel of Thomas, by Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer.

Gospel of Thomas commentary


The Gnostic Society Library  A comprehensive collection of Gnostic texts online.


Ecclesiastical calendar conversion. Warning - this gets complicated. http://palimpsest.stanford.edu/byauth/woolley/



Desiderata - Meaning, that which is to be desired. Much concentrated & timeless wisdom here.



Epic of Gilgamesh Summary of the ancient text, this version written by the oldest-known named human author. Written c. 2000 B.C.



The Vedas - claimed to be mankind's oldest scriptures, and considered by Hindus to be a direct revelation of God. Read online in HTML. In 7 parts and 21 chapters. English translation by Professor Raimon Panikkar.




Bhagavad-Gita. In audio versions in16 languages, or as HTML in English only.


Dharmic Scriptures. This page at present contains the four Vedas as a zipped Word file for downloading, plus Vedas Exerpts, Vedic Samhitas & Brahmanas Introduction, and the Upanishads, as Word files. Expansion into other formats is planned.


Upanishads - The Texts Available individually online, or downloadable gathered as one PDF file. http://sanatan.intnet.mu/upanishads/upanishads.htm


Upanishads - Transliteration Key


Dvaita Text Resources  Some classic Hindu texts as PDF files in Sanskrit, some with Roman script versions.


Hindu Insights  Many mini-texts on Hinduism for reading on this award-winning site.


Ars Floreat
A number of spiritual and sacred texts, including the Bible, the Koran, Plato and some Hindu scriptures, presented in Dutch, from an overall philosophical basis of the Advaita Vedanta tradition of India. In PDF.


The Jaina Sutras - Akaranga Sutra and Kalpa Sutra, plus a variety of other Jain texts.
Online in plain text and HTML.



The modern English translation of the Torah that you will find online here was published by the Jewish Publication Society in 1985. There are also versions of the Nevi'im & Ketuvim, & links to Readings.

Note: The Hebrew Bible or Tanakh is roughly equivalent to the Christian Old Testament, and has three parts, Torah, Nevi'im & Ketuvim. The Torah, in the narrow sense (the Written Torah) is the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. The Nevi'im are the Prophets - Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the Twelve Minor Prophets. The Ketuvim is the Writings, including Psalms and Proverbs, Esther and Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Chronicles, Ruth, and the love poetry of Song of Songs. If you take the T (from Torah), the N (from Nevi'im) and the K (from Ketuvim), and put them together in one word, you have TNK. Add some vowels and it becomes the Tanakh.Text versions of the Torah, Nevi'im & Ketuvim are available at:

The Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) in four HTML language editions - Hebrew, Aramaic, English and parallel Hebrew and English. Zipped version available for download. Book-by-book printer-friendly version and MP3 recordings of the books of the Hebrew Bible also provided, plus The JPS Bible for the Palm Pilot. A Torah encyclopedia as well, in a single ZIP in English, and other Torah resources, all from:


Jewish Torah Audio. Hundreds of hours of commentary, stories, poetry etc, all in RealAudio or downloadable audio format. Describes itself as "The first world-wide Jewish audio since Mount Sinai".


Divrei Torah -- Commentaries. Many sources online.


Seforim e-books
Hundreds of seforim (Hebrew books by rabbis) as Adobe .pdfs.

SeforimOnline.org also distribute old and out of print Hebrew books in PDf for free.


Myths & Legends

Encyclopedia Mythica



One Proverb
A collection of proverbs and sayings from around the world available two ways. Firstly as free e-books for PalmReader, MobiPocket and iSilo readers (cannot be read in your Web browser). Also provides random proverbs and sayings online in HTML - click till relevance reaches out to you.
http://oneproverb.net/opPDAbook.HTML (text only version)


Sprituality (various)

Science and Health with the Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, to read online in HTML


Theosophical texts online
A large collection in plain text, including books by Blavatsky, Judge, Tingley, Purucker, and others; introductory manuals on theosophy and material on the world's sacred traditions.


Pantheism The religion of nature. Basic beliefs and Belief statement.


The Kojiki (excerpts). the Nihongi (excerpts), the Yengishiki (Shinto Rituals). PlusThe Book of Tea & other texts.


Shri Guru Granth Sahib in text form, the thirty one ragas.

Select writings - IN HTML, English with Sanskrit.



The Tao Te Ching online, in English, Chinese & German translations.

The I Ching in English & Chinese, HTML.

Taoism Information Page. Many more Taoist texts online.


Zen/Western Zen

Zen Buddhism A treasury of Zen texts.


Zen Fun


The Tao Of Programming & much else
Modern internationalism -from Russia with love, in English, some classic & Modern Zen texts.


Zen Guide Koans, stories & collected words online. Pithy and provocative.


Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance Read this classic online in HTML, or download as a PDF.



Zoroastrian Archives. Provide the complete text of the Avesta, the most ancient scriptures of Zoroastrianism, as well as many Pahlavi scriptures. It also includes information about the Avestan language, and other useful information for students of Zoroastrian religion.


Format notes:                                                        

*HTML versions of books can be read on your personal computer or laptop using any web browser, or various other software if you prefer. They may also be downloaded to many handheld devices, e.g. various Palm OS devices, the Rocket eBook, the Franklin eBookman and others. You should follow the directions that came with
your device.

*Books formatted in PDF may be read with the Adobe Reader (or older versions such as the Adobe Acrobat Reader & the Adobe Acrobat eBook Reader). There are also Adobe Reader versions available for mobile devices - different versions for Palm OS & Windows CE devices. Other softwares also exist for PDF files.

*For titles presented in the Microsoft Reader format use the Microsoft Reader software.

*For Palm & Palm Doc format e-books you can use the Palm Reader (formerly Peanut Reader).

*Downloads that are zipped generally require use of one of a variety of unzipping softwares before reading.

All of this software and more is available free (in at least basic versions) from download links on our Software page, where you will also find further format information. Some deluxe reader software versions, and other varieties of software, may require purchase.





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