Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Thursday Thirteen 88: Free Online Reads

In these tough economic times, many people are cutting back on the extras, including book purchases. Tightning the purse strings doesn't mean giving up on reading altogether. Many classics -- poetry and literature, both old and new -- can be found free online. Whether you're looking to reread a favorite or catch up on books you missed, here are thirteen sites for your reading enjoyment.

(Note: I am not home at time this is posted. I may not be around much Thursday, either. However, I didn't want to disappoint people two weeks in a row, and will try to visit everyone else's through the weekend.)

* Page by Page Books
Hundreds of classic books you can read right now, online for free, all in convenient Page By Page format. From Aesop to HG Wells and everything in between.

* Online Literature Library
Full and unabridged texts of classic works.

* Internet Classics Archive
Mainly Greco-Roman works (some Chinese and Persian), all in English translation.

* Classic Reader
Choose from thousands of free reads in Fiction, Non-fiction, Shakespeare, Young Readers, Poetry, Short Stories, Drama or Classical.

* Bibliomania
Free Online Literature with more than 2000 Classic Texts; Literature Book Notes, Author Biographies, Book Summaries and Reference Books

At Great Literature On-line, we are dedicated to adding free, HTML formatted e-text for your reading enjoyment.

* Classic Bookshelf
Find readable electronic books in the Classic Bookshelf Electronic Library.

* publishes thousands of free online classics of reference, ... Classics Lectures, Lit./Phil. Essays, Prefaces & Prologues, Scientific Papers, Famous quotations and more.

* Children's Classics
Illustrated classics for children.

* Academy of American Poets
Thousands of poems, essays, biographies, weekly features, and poems for love and every occasion.

* Classical Poetry Archives
Thousands of classical poems to help you recall fond memories or to help create new ones.

* Stories and Narrative Essays

* Classic Short Stories
Dedicated to the short story and to those interested in reading light prose.


Nina Grey * Alice Audrey * TheBumbles * Bethany
Marcia * Jayedee * Tink

(leave your name & link in comments, I’ll add you here!)

The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!


Nina said...

Yay! Free books!! Guess who's gonna bookmark all those links...


Alice Audrey said...

Oooo nice list. Definitely something worth exploring.

I did a TT too.

Heather said...

Nina and Alice - Have fun exploring and reading! ;)

Paige Tyler said...

Great TT!

Happy New Year!


I've got a New Year Hunk on my blog at

The Bumbles said...

Thanks for visiting - stop by whenever you can - the more the merrier. I just can't wrap my head around literature online - I need the actual book in my hand. I get my free books at the library - but online is a great resource for those not having a library close by.

Heather said...

Paige - Thank you! And of course I'll be checking out your hunk. ;)

Bumbles - I much prefer a printed book in my hands as well, but have found online resources a great time-filler when I forget a book at home and work is slow, or if I cannot find an older title in book format. Thanks for visiting!

Bethany Hamilton said...

Hey, I had no idea there were so many resources with free books! Awesome :) I'll definitely be saving these links.

Heather said...

Bethany - Amazing what you can find online these days, isn't it? Thanks for visiting!

Tink said...

Yay, great list! I didn't know all of them yet. Thanks!
My new TT is up too: 13 online pet peeves! Keep on TT-ing. :)

marcia@joyismygoal said...

please add me

jayedee said...

yay! what a great list for home schoolers like me! woo hoo!
glad to see you continuing the tt tradition! mine's up over at the lost world!

Heather said...

Tink - Yes, it's amazing the online resources one can find, isn't it? Loved your TT this week!

Marcia - Hello, thanks for visiting!

Jayedee - Glad to provide a useful resource!

Heather said...

If you have followed Alice's link to this post from last week, I thank you for visiting and invite you to click on my blog header to see this week's list. Happy TT!