As you may have gathered by now, I am a bit of a bibliophile. If, like me, you enjoy reading the classics (Shakespeare, Dickens, Austen etc.) and other slightly older works, there is no need to pay for the books if you have an e-reader. The rules for when a work falls into the public domain (i.e. for when the intellectual property rights to the work expire) vary from country to country, but most books become public domain 50-70 years after they were first published.
My favourite resources are probably Project Gutenberg and eBooks@Adelaide. And please don’t be fooled by the title of HolyBooks.com – this site covers everything from alchemy to Zoroastrianism, and if you click on the ‘literature’ category you will also find works by Hamsun, Kafka, Gibran and Shakespeare. It is a little difficult to navigate, but definitely worth a look.
I’ve only recently discovered that you can also download books for free from Goodreads, so I will definitely need to explore that option further when I find the time.
Many (if not all) of the websites listed below also allow you to download the books in PDF format, so if you don’t have an e-reader you can also enjoy reading the books on your computer.
But that is enough ado for now – here are the links (listed in the order of discovery):
I hope you find the links interesting – and if you know of a website that you think ought to be on the list, please let me know.
Now brew yourself a cuppa, put your feet up and allow yourself to get lot in the book of your choice.
Love, Neens xx