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Open Access and More

For SHU librarians for now, a place to keep track of open access resources and other useful information

Open Access, Copyright & the Public Domain

Books and other works in the public domain may be freely accessed.  In the USA, this means works published prior to 1923.  Some books may be made open access under specified conditions, or thanks to the generosity of the authors and/or publishers. However, please note that we cannot offer access to any copyrighted books unless the publisher or copyright owner has so permitted. Please respect the rights of authors to sustain their livelihoods - you would not work for nothing, so the goldern rule applies here. (adapted from Free e-books)

Public Domain books

Other Free Books on the Web

Project Gutenberg. the first producer of free e-books. Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to readon your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device.

Google Books.  Allows users to search the full text of books that Google has scanned, converted to text using optical character recognition, and stored in its digital database.  Most books in the public domain are available full text; copyrighted books allow 'snippet views'.

Google books  Advanced Search Page.

National Academies Press.  Offers more than 4,000 titles in PDF format. All of these PDFs can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book.  There are also purchase options.

The Online Books Page 
This site from the University of Pennsylvania provides more than 14,000  books free in various formats. Most are older works, but you will find some classic  titles here.

Free E-books.   Links to many books in the public domain in Australia and New Zealand, and some where authors/publishers have allowed inclusion. 

Special Interest Books

Sacred Texts online  This site is a freely available archive of electronic texts about religion, mythology, legends and folklore, and occult and esoteric topics. Texts are presented in English translation and, where possible, in the original language. It includes the first extensive English translation of the Talmud to be posted on the Internet.

Turning the Pages:  a collection of beautifully illustrated classics from the British Library.  Requires a free download of Adobe Shockwave.