Thursday, January 16, 2014

Thursday Thirteen

Here are thirteen websites that offer free reading. I have checked all of these out this morning and listed only those that you can dive right into without signing up for something. I suppose if you have a browser on your e-reader you can access all of these in some fashion, as most can be read in the browser. Some might be difficult on small screens, though.

1. Project Gutenberg - Among the first and probably the best well-known sites for free books. It has download formats for most of the popular e-readers.

2. Page By Page - Books and other resources available for reading at your computer.

3. Classic Reader - this has a place for a member sign-up but I am not sure why. These books are available for reading at your computer.

4. Bibliomania - This site also has free study guides for some classics

5. The Online Literature Library - More classics online.

6. Fiction.US - More classics online.

7. By Gosh - This site titles itself as being for children and offering children's literature, but Heart of Darkness and The Art of War do not seem like kid's lit to me. Anyway, you can find lots of poetry and other things here, too.

8. International Children's Digital Library - This site is worth visiting just to look at the pictures in some of the books. The book pages appear to have been scanned or photographed in some, if not all, instances.

9. The Complete Works of Shakespeare - If you feel a little lost or haven't read much Shakespeare, here's the space for you.

10. Plays Online - Bills itself as for play readers and writers.

11. Public Bookshelf - This site says it is for romance readers.

12. Bored - this site has literature, cookbooks, music and game books, etc.

13. Just English - A link that lists all of these sites and many others.

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here. I've been playing for a while and this is my 328th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. What a fabulous list. I'll have to save this or repost on my blog (giving you credit). I just hate to got through the sign in/sign up, donate your first born procedures. My TT is up--tips for your brain.

  2. Thanks! I already knew about half of these, but the others are a nice surprise. I might be reposting some of these on my blog in the future.

  3. That's an awesome list! I'll definitely have to check some of these out. Free books? How could I resist? ;)

    My TT is up too, all about my top 13 favorite TV shows!

  4. I only got a cell phone (Iphone!) last year so I think E readers will be a long time coming for me.

  5. wow, I didn't know there were so many. thanks.

    Gutenberg is a treasure. free books from Amazon from kindle is there too but I think those can be sucked back off your machine by Amazon.

  6. Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing. I haven't heard of any of these so what a treat. :) Happy Thursday!

  7. Ooooo, thank you. I will take advantage. As to kid's lit, maybe they include High School age kids? Mine had Heart of Darkness on a potential reading list for her drama class.

  8. Great list, Anita. I've visited some of these sites before, but others were new to me. My T13

  9. Test - I did comment but it has disappeared...

    1. Okay - what I said was that this was an impressive list. There is so much cool stuff available on the net these days.


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