Want to read a classic or two?
28 April 2020
Free classical literature in the public domain
Copyright usually expires 70 years after an author’s death and their works then enter the public domain. This means that websites are free to distribute and republish much of classical literature which can be read online or downloaded to your favourite device.
Here are some of the best sources:
Project Gutenberg provides over 66000 thousand texts downloadable in a variety of formats. Check out their top 100 for some inspiration on your next free read! Link to Project Gutenberg's top 100
A mixture of public domain books (often in original format) and other online books for loan. Link to immediately accessible books. Read online or download in epub or pdf format.
1000s of book for quick download in epub format Link to Feedbooks public domain books
Public domain audio books read by volunteers.
Over 6000 digitised original children’s books complete with original artwork and illustrations.
If you prefer to look at pictures instead then the British Library Flikr page has 1000s of beautiful illustrations from a variety of classic text including Fauna, Flora, Cats, Fashion, Book Covers and Children’s Book Illustrations.
Many public domain titles are also full accessible from Google Books Search
If you liked these, you might also like the following ARU Library subscriptions:
Original digitised books and first editions published from 1473-1914 including Early English Books Online (EEBO) and British Library’s 19th Century Collection
Biographies of over 60,000 people who helped shape Britain, including many of the authors of classic literature.
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