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16 Sources for Free, Public Domain Books

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Need some new reading material? Public domain books - books that are absolutely free to download and are no longer under copyright - are a great way to find fantastic books, from classics to romance to computer manuals. Here are 16 sources for free books in the public domain. 

1. Authorama

Authorama offers a wide variety of books from a great selection of authors, anyone from Hans Christian Anderson to Mary Shelley.

2. Librivox

Volunteers sign up to read chapters of public domain books, then those chapters are placed online for readers to download (for free!).

3. Google Books for the Sony Reader

From Google Books comes a nice selection of public domain ebooks available for the Sony Reader.

4. Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is one of the oldest sources for public domain books on the Web. Over 32,000 books available at the time of this writing, in many different formats (PC, Kindle, Sony reader, etc.).

5. Feedbooks

Feedbooks offers free public domain books, as well as original works from authors uploading their books to the site. If you've been itching to publish a book, Feedbooks is a good source.

6. Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is an amazing resource for public domain books, with sub-collections such as American Libraries, Children's Library, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library.

7. ManyBooks

ManyBooks offers more than 28,000 free public domain books for download. The site is organized so you can books as easily as possible: by Authors, by Titles, by Genres, by New Titles.

8. LoudLit

LoudLit partners up great literature found in the public domain with high quality audio recordings, both available for download.

9. Online Library of Liberty

The Online Library of Liberty offers readers "individual liberty, limited constitutional government, and the free market", all in the public domain and free for download.

10. Questia

Questia offers books, journal articles, magazines, and newspaper articles, all in the humanities and social sciences. Questia is especially useful for anyone needing scholarly resources, since all the materials are reviewed by collection librarians.

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