Free eBooks Collections and Resources
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There are lots of websites that offer you free, downloadable eBooks. These website usually offer you the ability to download the eBook in a format that is compatible with your eReader device or gives you the option to read the eBook through your computer's browser.
Free eBook Websites
Gizmo's Free Books Online
Bartleby: Great Books Online
American Verse Project
The Internet Sacred Texts Archive
The Merck Manuals
The Bookshelf at NCBI
Scribd (subscription $8.99 a month)
eBooks at Columbia
The Columbia College Chicago library offers you access to several different Academic eBook Collections. The eBooks found in these collections will be viewable in your computer browser, but not downloadable.
Columbia College Academic eBook Collections:
For the best viewing experience be sure that you:
- Download the latest Adobe Reader and Flash Player
- Download the Mac Browser Plug-in if you are using a Mac Computer
- We recommend that you use either Firefox or Chrome as your browser of choice
Our licensing agreements with the various vendors determine the number of simultaneous users that are allowed with each e-book. For example, our Safari Tech Book collection has a limit of 5 simultaneous database users. Most of our individual e-book titles have limits of either 1 or 3 simultaneous users. Printing restrictions also will vary from vendor to vendor and in some cases even from e-book to e-book depending on our licensing agreements. Most of the e-books will have a restriction on how many pages you can print or email. The page limit will most likely be posted on the screen.
Loading onto an eReader
Although you can't download the e-books that are available from Columbia, many of the eBooks offered on eBook Websites such as Project Gutenberg are downloadable. After you download an eBook to your computer, you can transfer the eBook to an eReader device such as a Kindle, Nook or Sony eReader.
In some cases, the eBook website may offer you different download format options, so be sure to download the eBook in a format that is supported by your eReader. (Note: The Kindle is an Amazon proprietary device does not support all eBook formats.)
Mac Reader Plug-in
If you are using a MAC computer you may need to install a PDF Browser Plug-in to use eBook viewers.