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I have noticed that our students, especially in the first classes, find it difficult to find books to read. This post is meant to guide them through the many online sites.

Is simply and incredible non-profit digital library where you can find videos, texts, and audio. What can be particularly captivating on this site are the original scanned texts, see the section for Children’s books, for example. You will have to be patient to understand how to navigate through the many links and pages, definitely worth the time:

Children’s Library:


Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg offers over 46,000 free ebooks in different formats. The featured ebooks were “previously published by bona fide publishers” and were digitized and diligently proofread thanks to thousands of volunteers. They ask for a contribution if the reader wishes to donate, I think that the work accomplished is definitely worth any donation people can give.

You should start browsing around the

Special areas

Audio Books, both human-read and computer-generated.

Bookshelves: Groupings of related books.

CD and DVD Project. Download entire CDs or DVDs, or have a free disc sent to you.

Digitized Sheet Music (dormant).

Free Kindle Books: about free kindle books at Project Gutenberg.

Mobile Reader Devices How-To: about kindle, nook, cell phone, and other mobile devices

New Books Feeds: ways to keep you updated on new publications.

Offline Catalogs: handy ebook Listings to consult offline.

Old Online Catalog: more ways to browse the book catalog.

Report errors, bugs, typos (or, see detailed information about errata reporting)

Top 100 Books and Authors: the most downloaded books and authors.

Authors our students need to read might be the following:

Mark Twain, Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Francis Scott, Fitzgerald, Charles, Dickens, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Oscar Wilde, Edgar Allan Poe, Robert Louis Stevenson, Shelley Mary Wollstonecraft, Joseph Conrad, H. G. Wells, Jonathan Swift, Jack London, Bernard Shaw, Bram Stoker, Daniel Defoe, Charlotte Bronte, Edith Wharton, Louisa May Alcott, Thomas Hardy, Agatha Christie, Emily Bronte, Virginia Woolf, …

But I left out many more.


University of Adelaide

offers a vast series of books as well. You can browse by Author:


by Title:

or by Subject:



 © Anny Ballardini





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