Today I practically stumbled upon something so massive it’s amazing I didn’t bump into it earlier. The Digital Book Index is a meta-indexing project that provides links to over 165,000 full-text digital books, the vast majority of them free, though some come with a fee.
Some of their key topics are:
Arts: Art & graphic arts, architecture, dance, decorative arts, costume, theatre & drama, music, photography, film & video
Children’s Books: Contemporary & classic children’s books and stories
History: American, English, Irish, European, Asian, African, local and regional histories
Law: US Constitutional history, state constitutions, treaties, state statues & laws, legal ethics rules, copyright, and consumer information.
Literature: Ranging from Chaucer & other medieval texts to modern, contemporary fiction
Math & Sciences: Mathematics, astronomy, biology, botany & zoology, genetics, chemistry, physics, engineering, electronics, & computer science
Medicine & Health: For professionals and patients including anatomy, radiology, infectious diseases, surgery, oncology, dentistry, and more
Philosophy and Religion: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, etc.
Reference: Dictionaries, encyclopedias, thesauri, style guides, etc.
Social Sciences: Anthropology, sociology, Psychology, Folklore, Mythology, Economics, Politics
It searches more than 1800 publishers, universities, and private sites including:
- Boston Public Library
- Chicago Historical Society
- Cornell University
- Duke University Library
- Gutenberg Project
- Harvard University Library
- Internet Archive
- Library of Congress
- National Library of Canada
- NetLibrary (OCLC)
- New York Public Library
- U.S. National Park Service
- University of Utah
- Wiley Interscience
- Yale University
- Approximately 200 University Presses
- Several hundred commercial publishers including Bantam Books, MacMillan, Random House, and Simon & Schuster
Yea, this is digital reading at its finest hour. Pick up your Nook, your Kindle, your iPad, or all three, and enjoy.