What if Amazon Were Free?

Online Books has links to more than 18,000 English works in various formats that are all free for personal, noncommercial use.

The Online Books Page (OBP) is updated with new material several times a week. A visit to "New Listings" page will show the variety of content you'll find throughout the collection. It also illustrates the dedication and hard work of the OBP's founder and editor John Mark Ockerbloom who began the project as a student at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ockerbloom is now employed at the University of Pennsylvania (they also host the site) as a Digital Library Planner.

The OBP is searchable by author and title. You can also browse the collection by author, title, or subject.

The site also has other additional information for fans of online books. Major parts of the site include pointers to significant directories and archives of online texts, special exhibits of particularly interesting online books, and information on how readers can help support the growth of online books

For non-English readers, the site provides a good directory of online book sites with non-English language material.

2003 is the tenth anniversary of the Online Books Page. Congratulations John on a job well done, and keep up the great work.

The Online Books Page
A searchable and browseable collection of over 18,000 English works in various formats that are all free for personal, noncommercial use.

"New Listings" Included in the OBP Collection
Content is added several times a week. Those of you who are building your own collections will find this page indispensable.

Specialty Archives and Other Online Book Collections
Links to archives focusing on content from arts and crafts to women.

Curling Up with a Good Book Search Engine
SearchDay, Apr. 10, 2002
Looking for an interesting read? These book search engines can help you find new titles and authors based on your personal tastes and preferences.

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