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Free Online Books (Public Domain)
"This is a collection of public domain and open access documents with a focus on American and English literature as well as Western philosophy."
"Publishes the classics of literature, nonfiction, and reference free of charge."
"Its purpose has always been to provide quality public domain literature, with as little hassle as possible."
"Free, Online - The Best Classic Books and Stories" includes children's literature and poetry.
"We are dedicated to adding free, HTML formatted e-text for your reading enjoyment." Extensive list of 'classics' conveniently divided into chapters.
Online Books Page
University of Pennsylvania
"Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free electronic books, or eBooks." Highly recommended by UMA librarians!
Public Domain: A short explanation
A public domain work is a creative work that is not protected by copyright and
which may be freely used by everyone. The reasons that the work is not protected include:
- the term of copyright for the work has expired
- the author failed to satisfy statutory formalities to perfect the copyright
- the work is a work of the U.S. Government