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With torrents of copyrighted material in violation of the law, and the prices of textbooks still prohibitively expensive in many cases, it’s important to create, enhance, and share products and services that innovatively and legally distribute learning materials. Here are some of our favorite sites where innovative ideas have been implemented to share free legal books.

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Textbook Revolution

Textbook Revolution is a student-run volunteer-operated website where the mission is to drive the adoption and circulation of free textbooks. At Textbook Revolution, you’ll find links to textbooks and educational resources of all kinds. Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable only online as eBooks. All of the books are offered for free by their respective copyright holders for online viewing.


Feedbooks is a universal reading platform compatible with mobile devices. Here you can download free eBooks, publish and share content, and create customized newspapers from RSS feeds and widgets.


23,000+ eBooks available and they’re all free and ready for your PDA, iPhone, or eBook reader. Browse the most popular titles, recommendations, or recent reviews. Don’t miss the special collections.

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is the first and largest single collection of free eBooks.

Book-Bot is a site with a built-in reader. From Aristotle to Zola, there’s surely something for you.


LibriVox records books in the public domain and then releases the audio files on the Web for free.


Free cultural and educational media on the Web. Audio and so much more!


Google Books & Research Tips

Need sources for your paper at 3:00 am? Can’t remember where you found a quote? Google Book Search can help! If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given Google permission, you can preview the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it’s in the public domain, you can download a PDF copy.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to search for scholarly works. You can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts, and articles from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations.


Wikibooks is a Wikimedia project for collaboratively writing educational content on various subjects. All Wikibooks content is released under the GNU Free Documentation License that ensures that books will remain freely distributable forever.


Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, projects, and research.


Textbook Media

Textbook Media allows users select the price and the format of their textbooks. TM has teamed with participating publishers to place advertising inside textbooks in order to offset the cost. These sponsored books have lowered the cost so much that some titles are even free. Ad-free electronic and paperback versions are also available at a low price.

Flat World Knowledge

Flat World describes itself by saying “We preserve the best of the old — books by leading experts that are rigorously reviewed and developed to the highest standards. Then we flip it all on its head. Our books are free online. We offer convenient, low-cost choices for students -– print, audio, by the chapter, and more. Our books are open for instructors to mix, mash, and make their own. Our books are the hub of a social learning network where students learn from the book and each other.”



Scribd is a community where users publish, discover, and discuss original writings and documents. More than 50 million people each month are finding or sharing writings and documents on and tens of thousands of other websites that have embedded Scribd’s document reader.


Connexions is a hub for shared educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute: authors create and collaborate, instructors build and share custom collections, learners find and explore content.

Apple iTunes U

Explore 75,000+ educational audio and video files from top universities, museums, PBS stations, and other cultural institutions around the world. Check out the top downloads, browse by category, or visit an individual university like Stanford or MIT. Or branch out and try Beyond Campus to access a wealth of content from distinguished entities like the Smithsonian, MoMA, and The New York Public Library.