Dating public domain
Using what you find: Most of the works I found were public domain, but there are some links to titles on other sites (and those may be copyrighted).
Check the “About” page for any work you’re interested in.
The Online Books Page - A gigantic directory of e-books from all over the web.
Here’s a list of resources to help you find public domain books online.
There’s a list of available files on each book’s information page. You can also search in all books (full text search).
What’s there: A wide selection of classic fiction and nonfiction works, plus a large collection of poetry. provides the best works of fiction from a wide range of classic authors. However, Bartleby.com’s User Agreement (a browsewrap) warns you not to “modify, publish, transmit, participate in the transfer or sale of, reproduce, create new works from, distribute, perform, display, or in any way exploit” any of its content. So if you want to use any of the public domain works you find here, just use the original text.
What’s there: Looks like this site is no longer being updated, as it has the plays but not the poetry.
But still, if you’re looking for Shakespeare’s plays in HTML format, here they are.
Nothing beats holding an actual book in your hand, but sometimes it's nice to be able to download it and take it with you. That's why we've put together this list of 20 sources for e-books for your use.
And don’t forget to check out our new post where you can suggest the subjects of future toolboxes! Ask Sam.com/ebooks/ - A small selection of classic texts like Shakespeare, and assorted legal & governmental texts.
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Pocket - Over 40 classic books specifically for your Windows Mobile Device.