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This guide provides lists of websites to access, download, and purchase e-books. Many sites offer free e-books.
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E-Books Delivered via Your Library

  • Axis 360
    Backed by Baker & Taylor, it provides ebooks to libraries via the Blio ereader app.
  • eBook Collection  
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    eBooks Collection on EBSCOhost is available for free to students and faculty through a subscription provided by the Camden-Carroll Library. They appear in the Library's online catalog.
  • ebrary
    Ebrary ebooks are available to students and faculty at MSU. Ebrary books are also available by searching the Library's online catalog.
  • Freading
    Libraries pay for only what is used.
  • Hoopla
    Selected popular e-books, audiobooks, films, and TV shows.
  • OverDrive
    Provides access to popular and academic books and e-audiobooks. Available to many public library card holders in Kentucky.
  • My iLibrary
    Over 250,000 titles available to public and academic libraries. Not available at CCL.
  • 3M Cloud Library
    Discover and download popular titles. More than 40 publishers have signed with the 3M Cloud Library offering more than 100,000 titles. Not available at CCL.

University Press E-Books

  • Books at JSTOR
    Service will begin June 2012. Will contain e-books from Harvard, Yale, Princeton University Presses and more (United Nations & The Brookings Institution).
  • Project MUSE E-Book Collection
    This collection contains books from the University Press Content Consortium. It contains more than 14,000 titles.
  • University Press Scholarship Online
    Consortia of university presses led by Oxford University Press. Contains University of Kentucky titles.
  • University Publishing Online
    Contains Cambridge University's titles, those from the Mathematical Association of America, and several other university presses.

Free E-Book Sites

  • Project Gutenberg
    First producer of free e-books, has over 38,000 downloadable e-texts in its collection.
  • Internet Archive
    Includes ebooks, audio, and moving images as well as archived web pages, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities. Home of the Open Library.
  • Hathi Trust
    Major academic library collections of digitized volumes. "Full view" items are available in full-text.
  • Google Books
    Millions of digitized books to preview and/or read.

More Free Sites


E-Book Search Engine


Free & Open Access Electronic Textbook Initiatives - contains free textbooks, mainly business topics.

Boundless - textbooks based on free web content.  Pay $19.99 to get flash cards, quizzes, and teach aids.

California Learning Resource Network - use the Electronic Learning Resources and do an advanced search for textbooks.

College Open Textbooks provides training for instructors adopting open resources, peer reviews of open textbooks, and mentoring online professional networks that provide support to authors who open their resources.

Connexions - Materials are easily downloadable to almost any mobile device for use anywhere, anytime. Schools can also order low cost hard copy sets of the materials (textbooks).

Flat World Knowledge - the world's largest publisher of free and open college textbooks.

OpenStax College - provides free college textbooks.  Hosted by Rice University. - provides free textbooks along with free courses.

University of Minnesota Open Academics - contains post-secondary textbooks.

WikiBooks - the open-content textbooks collection that anyone can edit.


Major Commercial Sites

Specialized Sites

  • Directory of Open Access Books
    Scholarly books with open, Creative Commons licenses. Contains English and other language titles.
  • Free Tech Books
    Free online computer science, engineering and programming books, textbooks and lecture notes
  • Perseus Project
    An evolving digital library of resources for the study of the humanities.
  • Scribd
    Pronounced “skribbed,” this is a large social reading/book club. Wide variety of subjects covered -- from fun to technical.
  • Smashwords
    Indie author site with only some books which are free.

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