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E-books: Free e-books

A guide to finding and using e-books

Many e-books have been made freely available on the internet. Some are out of copyright and therefore in the public domain. Others have been made available through Open Access initiatives. 

Although some of these free e-books may appear in Summon, you won't find them on the Library catalogue Enterprise. 

The Directory of Open Access Books

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The Directory of Open Access Books provides access to more than 3,000 academic e-books across subject areas.

The Internet Archive

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The Internet Archive contains more than 8,000,000 e-books which are in the public domain. 

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg contains over 50,000 copyright-free e-books.

HathiTrust

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HathiTrust, a digital preservation repository, provides access to thousands of digitized books. 

Open Access Publishing in European Networks

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The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.