Large Collections of Electronic Books

  • Hathi Trust - Bibliographic information about over 10,000,000 volumes; full text readable online for nearly 1,000,000 ebooks from research library collections.
  • - The Text category searches ebooks from Project Gutenberg, the Biodiversity Heritage Library, The Universal Library, and many others. Over 3.5 Million downloadable and printable ebooks.
  • Digital Public Library of America The DPLA offers a single point of access to millions of items—photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more—from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. Users can browse and search the DPLA’s collections by timeline, map, format, and topic; save items to customized lists; and share their lists with others. Users can also explore digital exhibitions curated by the DPLA’s content partners and staff.
  • Google Books Advanced Search - Choose Full View Only  to limit search to available ebooks
  • Michigan General Digital Collections - About 30,000 titles, searchable, browsable and ddivided by subject areas
  • Directory of Open Access Books - 1207 Academic peer-reviewed books. Unlike the other book resource for the most part, these are recent titles, some being from the current year. The primary aim of DOAB is to increase discoverability of Open Access books. Academic publishers are invited to provide metadata of their Open Access books to DOAB. Metadata will be harvestable in order to maximize dissemination, visibility and impact.
  • Digital Book Index 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. 
  • National Academies Press Publishes the reports issued by the United States National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council. Books available for download as pdfs.
*The Online Books Page at Penn maintains a large index of free online books plus a comprehensive overview of directories and archives of online books, including a list of  

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