Arts Literature Electronic Text Archives
This Open Directory Project category is for printed literary texts available on the Internet--links to Internet literature archive projects such as Project Gutenberg, for example, can be found here. If you are looking for--or wish to submit a site with or related to--literature originally published to the Internet, you may wish to browse the Arts: Online Writing category.

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Adobe Sample eBook Library
Features free sample eBooks including entire books and preview chapters from leading publishers. Adobe Digital Editions software is needed.
Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts
Collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.
A private nonprofit project to convert into electronic format and publish the Armenian literary heritage. Also provides information on Armenian culture, history, religion.
Etexts, focusing on classics and general reference works.
Houses an extensive online collection of texts ranging from fiction and poetry to general non-fiction and reference works.
Free online texts in several languages.
Free, online illustrated children's stories, 20 best out-of-copyright novels of the 20th century, out-of-copyright nonfiction of the 20th century. Also children's stories.
Classic Bookshelf
Free electronic books to read online.
Classic Reader
A collection of classic fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and children's stories.
Classics at the Online Literature Library
Archived electronic texts indexed by author.
The Classics in ASCII
Public domain fiction and non-fiction etexts at
HTML collection of online classic e-books.
E-texts and Women's History
From, listing of electronic versions of books, poetry, speeches, and other writings that illuminate women's history.
The EServer
Includes a variety of literature-related materials, including etext archives of prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction; links.
Public domain novels, short stories and plays in HTML format.
Free classic e-books
A site with 1000s of free e-books (in pdf format) of the classics and other out of copyright books
Full Text Archive
Large free and searchable collection of classic books, novels and poems.
A free online collection with thousands of books.
Collection of free downloadable ebooks in a variety of popular formats and categories.
Features selected electronic texts, including Doyle, Dumas, and Dana.
Hypertexts in American Studies
American literature including works by Poe, Jefferson, Madison, and Twain. Online Texts
Selected online texts on a variety of topics.
The International Children's Digital Library (ICDL)
Provides free access to children's books from around the world. Some books are public domain, others are used by author's permission.
The Internet Archive: Million Book Project
Carnegie Mellon University project to compile digitized texts into a free, searchable digital library.
Learn Library
Offers books, poems, speeches, plays and essays; includes reader discussion forums.
Library of Southern Literature
There is a collection of approximately 100 texts in HTML and XML. Documents the riches and diversity of Southern experience as presented in its most important literary works.
Literature Collection
Contains a searchable collection of timeless literature classics.
Literature of the Fantastic
A fair-sized collection of classic works of fantasy/sf, along with fantasy/sf-related websites.
Literature Online
Links to third party sites, plus literary and reference databases including English and American poetry, drama, and prose, and The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature. Requires paid subscription.
Literature Project
A collection of classic books, poems, speeches, and plays. Site offers online chapter-indexed hypertext that can be easily read and searched and each piece includes downloadable e-text of the work.
Making of America
A digital library of primary sources in 19th-century American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.
Medieval and Classical Library
Collection of literary works of classical and medieval civilization.
The Online Literature Library
A small, but easily-navigated selection of online etexts from English literature.
Page by Page Books
Hundreds of books in the public domain, divided into HTML pages.
PDFreeBooks Library
A small collection of free public domain and copyleft books. Read online on iPaper or download free full text versions as PDF.
Perseus Project
Includes texts from the classical and Renaissance world.
Project Runeberg
Archive of free ebooks of classic Nordic (Scandinavian) literature.
Public Bookshelf
A collection of books in the public domain which can be downloaded.
The Society for the Appreciation of the Post-Dialogic Novel
For theories on the status of the contemporary novel, reviewing texts in print form, with an eye toward the form's evolution via hypertexts and immersive environments.
World eBook Library
Public domain books in HTML, usually one file per chapter. Offers PDF books to members only.

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