The British Columbia Digital
General Collections by Title
The focus of this set of links is on collections
of electronic texts (not individual titles) preserved through libraries,
archives, museums and corporate or private initiatives. Listings here are
therefore primarily for the written word as expressed in manuscripts, books and
periodicals, including newspapers. A few non-book digital library collections
are included. Readers wishing further leads to non-book digital content should
consult one of the directories or guides.
Unless indicated, access to these Web sites is free and open to the
general public. See also Digital Collections by
Subject, Directories, Guides, Portals and Search Engines to Digital Libraries and eBooks.
- Abacci Books. Based in Australia,
this site combines free downloads  Project
Gutenberg e-texts with Amazon.com book reviews. Links are provided to
Amazon.com titles by or about Project Gutenberg authors in case the user
wishes to purchase a commercial print version. There are also links to Wikipedia
entries for biographical information for some authors. An RSS
is available for monitoring updates to the site. Date created: 2002-01-01.
Date accessed: 2002-12-31. Date added: 2002-12-31. Date updated: 2004-04-21.
- Accessible Book Collection
(Fairfax, VA). This non-profit corporation provides " high interest/low reading level digital text to qualified persons with
Access to the collection is by an annual subscription fee.
A list of titles is available, along with a single demonstration title.
Date created: 2001-01-01. Date accessed: 2002-12-24. Date added: 2002-12-24.
- Alex Catalogue of
Electronic Texts (Eric Lease Morgan, Infomotions, Inc.).
Searchable/browsable collection of public domain American and British literary
and Western philosophy electronic texts. A text can be turned into different
e-book formats on the fly.
- The American
Colonist's Library: A Treasury of Primary Documents: Primary Source
Documents Pertaining to Early American History (Compiled by Rick Gardiner).
Large set of links in chronological order to electronic versions of works
considered influential in shaping the American worldview.
- ANU E Press. Canberra, Australia:
Australian National University. Various titles available for free viewing
online or as free Adobe Acrobat PDF or Palm handheld device e-book formats.
Date accessed: 2003-12-19. Date added: 2003-12-19.
- ATHENA (Compiled by
Pierre Perroud, Switzerland). Comprised of three main sections with links to
ATHENA-edited and linked electronic works in the fields of Literature, Science,
Arts. There is also a fourth section to Internet/Web tools, and special
sub-categories of French and Swiss works. ATHENA is both searchable and
- Babelot, the Kingdom of Online Texts. Rome,
Italy: Èulogos. A multilingual catalog (searchable by title or author) of online textual resources.
See also IntraText. Date added: 2002-01-02.
- Bartleby.com: Great Books
Online features public domain and licensed reference, novels, poetry and
(Bibliomania.com Ltd). Online literature, reference works and study resources
in English or English translation can be searched and read in HTML form. Works
can also be e-mailed.
Digital de Obras Raras e Especiais. São Paulo, Brazil: Universidade de São Paulo.
An extraordinary collection of digital
facsimile rare books on a wide range of topics dating back to the 1400s.
Many of these works pertain to early exploration of the Western Hemisphere
by European adventurers and scientists. Date accessed: 2004-03-06. Date
- Blackmask Online, a Provider
of Internet Literature. Texts can be read online in HTML or Adobe Acrobat
PDF or downloaded in a variety of formats (Microsoft Reader,
Adobe Acrobat PDF, Rocket
iSilo,  and Mobipocket).
Date added: 2002-08-18.
- Books Online. Toronto, ON: University of Toronto Libraries, Digital Collections. Summary: " Books Online are books that have been digitized, from the
University of Toronto Libraries. They are freely available online and
out-of-copyright. The collection currently contains 461 titles. The
full text of these books can be searched, and they are also listed in
our catalogue." Users are encouraged to submit titles for digitization. Titles must be held by the University of Toronto Libraries and published before 1920. Date accessed: 2004-12-21. Date added: 2004-12-21.
- BookShare.org. A " Benetech Initiative"
(formerly Arkenstone) project to use volunteers to digitize books, including
copyrighted ones, for use by those with visual impairments. Copyrighted digital books are available only to U.S. citizens or residents who
have a disability that affects reading. Date added: 2002-01-03.
- Brookings Institution
Press: Books Online. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press. Searchable/browsable
full-text collection of books published by this organization. Topics include
politics and government, economics, education, urban and international affairs,
and U.S. defense policy. Date accessed: 2002-02-09. Date added: 2002-02-09.
Bookshelf. Ivybridge, Devon, UK: Classic Bookshelf Ltd., 2000-. Free
HTML transcriptions of classic English language and translated literary
works presented in HTML or in a Java-based interface that allows you to
select various layout and display options. Date accessed: 2004-03-06. Date
- Concordances of Great Books see Great Books: Texts and Fully Searchable
(Digitised European Periodicals). Central registry and database to
digitized European periodicals available on multiple Web sites.
- Digital General Collection. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Library. Part of: UMDL Texts (University of Michigan Digital Library Text Collections). Search or browse over 25,000 texts produced by the library's Digital Library Production Service. Date accessed: 2004-12-22. Date added: 2004-12-22.
Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture. Madison, WI: University
of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries. Searchable/browsable collection of digital
facsimiles of various arts and crafts works, chiefly from the 19th century.
Date added: 2001-12-21.
- Digital Library of the Commons.
Workshop in Political Theory and
Policy Analysis and Digital Library Program, Indiana University. A gateway to international literature on common pool resources
(CPRs), site uses the eprints open source software to manage author-submitted
papers. Date accessed: 2002-02-02. Date added: 2002-02-02.
- Early English Books Online
(ProQuest Information and Learning Company). Browse through 200 electronic
versions of the more than 125,000 titles listed in Pollard and Redgrave's A
Short-Title Catalogue ... 1475-1640, Wing's Short-Title Catalogue ...
1641-1700, and the Thomason Tracts, 1640-1661. Works can be viewed
and navigated as digital facsimiles each facsimile page can also be viewed as
an Adobe PDF page. Illustrations can also be viewed independently of the work.
A handful of works are also available as downloadable Adobe PDF files.
Manuscripts at Oxford University. Digital facsimiles of complete
manuscripts, including papyri, Celtic texts, and medieval manuscripts from six
libraries within the university. Some of the other libraries, such as the
Bodleian Library, also maintain separate Web sites
with digital texts.
- eBook Mall. Adobe Systems Incorporated. This eBookstore contains full-text
free eBooks in the proprietary Adobe Acrobat eBook format and is only accessible
from within the Acrobat eBook Reader. Note: eBook Reader, while based on
the Adobe Portable Document Format,  is independent of the Adobe Acrobat
Reader. Download the
Adobe eBook Reader. Date added: 2002-01-11.
Adelaide, Australia: University of Adelaide Library. " The collection includes more than 500 classic works of Literature, Philosophy,
Science, and History. Each work has been carefully formatted [in HTML] for maximum
readability either on screen or when printed. Works can be read online, or
downloaded for offline reading." Date accessed: 2003-07-07. Date added:
- ebrary. Mountain View, CA: ebrary, Inc. ebrary
offers a library-oriented service and a consumer service. Install the free
ebrary Reader via the ebrary Consumer Site
to view free digital facsimiles of a wide variety of modern and historic
texts which can be searched a number of ways. Date accessed: 2002-02-03.
Date added: 2002-02-03.
- Electronic Classics
Series (Created and maintained by Jim Manis, Pennsylvania State
University). Established in August 1997, all titles, arranged by author, are
viewable/downloadable as Adobe PDF files.
- The English
Server (Eserver.org hosted by University of Washington). Over 30,000
publicly accessible digital texts pertaining to the humanities in a variety of
file and display formats can be searched or browsed by category. Among the
literary time periods and genres represented by electronic texts are the
Eighteenth Century Drama Fiction Philosophy Poetry Rhetoric and the
Thoreau Reader [19th century]. See also Digital
Collections by Subject.
- The Etext Archives.
Established in 1992 by Paul Southworth, most of the digital collections are in
ASCII plain text or HTML formats.
- Ethics Updates. Edited
by Lawrence M. Hinman. Hosted by the University of San Diego (California).
Searchable/browsable collection of Web resources on ethics, both current
and historic full-text works. Date added: 2002-01-06.
- 1st Books Library. A commercial
publisher, the Web site also offers many free books. Registration is required
to download titles. Date accessed: 2002-05-20. Date added: 2002-05-20.
- The Franklin Free Library.
Burlington, NJ: Franklin Electronic Publishers. Free versions of thousands
of books in Franklin's proprietary eBook format for its eBookMan handheld
reader are available for downloading. Date added: 2001-12-16.
- The Free Library. Huntingdon Valley, PA: Farlex, 2003-. Summary: The Free Library offers " ... free, full-text versions of classic literary works from hundreds of celebrated authors, whose biographies, images, and famous quotations can also be found on the site. Recently, The Free Library has been expanded to include a massive collection of periodicals from hundreds of leading publications covering Business and Industry, Communications, Entertainment, Health,
Humanities, Law, Government, Politics,
Recreation and Leisure, Science and Technology, and Social Sciences. This collection includes millions of articles dating back to 1984 as well as newly-published articles that are added to the site daily." Users can register and personalize the home page to reflect their reading interests. Date accessed: 2007-10-28. Date added: 2007-10-28.
- The Global Library. Saint-Pascal, QC:
The Global Library. " Acting as a global media and promoting local cultures
and knowledge, the Global Library is a platform where societies are invited to
express themselves through the publishing of electronic books, and the building
one [sic] great multi-cultural and multi-lingual library." As of December
26, 2002, there is no online content in the form of electronic books. Date
accessed: 2002-12-26. Date added: 2002-12-26.
- Great Books: Texts and Fully Searchable
Concordances (Compiled by William A. Williams, Jr.). Variant title:
Concordances of Great Books. Search for text (word or phrase) within multiple
works or individual works by authors. Over 700 texts by English and non-English
authors are represented, as well as fiction and non-fiction, including
religious texts. Web site (http://www.concordance.com/)  inaccessible:
2003-12-23. Date updated: 2004-03-01.
- ibiblio: A Collaboration of the
Center for the Public Domain and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A
library and archive of non-commercial, multimedia collections and software from
around the world which are in the public domain or may be used of " fair use"
provisions of copyright legislation.
- Internet Archive: Text Archive. San Francisco, CA: Internet Archive. A collection of digitized textual documents, including  books, contributed by institutions and digitization projects,  and accessible under an Open Access policy. Date accessed: 2005-10-22. Date added: 2005-10-22.
- Internet Library of Early
Journals. Searchable/browsable collection of three 18th century journals
(Gentleman's Magazine The Annual Register Philosophical
Transactions of the Royal Society) and three 19th century journals
(Notes and Queries The Builder Blackwood's Edinburgh
- The Internet Public Library
(University of Michigan, School of Information sponsored by Bell & Howell
Information and Learning) contains online texts.
- IntraText Digital Library. Rome,
Italy: Èulogos. Describing
itself as " the missing link between text and hypertext," the library
consists of nearly 2,000 HTML texts and corpora in their original languages
from religions, humanities, research,
industry, all with built-in concordances and word lists. The texts  are
rendered in a proprietary XML-based format called IntraText CT (Eulogos Text Markup Language
or ETML). A few works are available for free download, most, however, must
be read online. See also Babelot. Date updated:
- KnowledgeRush Book Directory.
Hillsborough, CA: KnowledgeRush.com. Search or browse this directory  by
title or author for  mostly public domain works available in either
ASCII text or HTML. Date added: 2002-08-
- Litrix Reading Room. General
collection of English language literature and non-English language literature
in English translation presented in HTML format. A site-search engine is
available, along with author, title and various genre and other category
- ManyBooks.net. Matthew McClintock, 2004?-. A large collection of free books, each title available in an assortment of formats. You can browse and search by author, title, topic categories, languages and publication dates. Date accessed: 2008-01-18. Date added: 2008-01-18.
- netLibrary.com. Boulder,
CO: netLibrary. Since its near-bankruptcy in 2001 and rescue by OCLC in
January 2002, only a handful of the netLibrary stock of 40,000 titles is
publicly accessible through the Reading Room link. Most of these Reading
Room titles, some bearing copyright statements,  are sourced from public
domain texts. Full access via netLibrary accounts is only through affiliated
libraries and with an account  comes access to a few thousand more public
domain titles. See also the netLibrary  eBook
Tool Kit. Date accessed: 2002-07-02. Date updated: 2002-07-02.
- NYPL Digital Gallery. New York, NY: New York Public Library, 2005-. Opened on March 3, 2005 to Internet access, contains over 275,000 digital images, chiefly pictorial in nature, but including book-like materials such as illuminated manuscripts. The site can be searched or browsed through a variety of options, including Library of Congress subject headings and by names associated with a specific image. Date accessed: 2005-03-07. Date added:
- OAIster. Ann
Arbor, MI: Digital Library Production Services,  University of Michigan,
2002-. Open Archives Initiative (OAI) harvester service whose " goal
is to create a collection of freely available, difficult-to-access, academically-oriented
digital resources (what are digital resources?) that are easily searchable
by anyone." As of March 5, 2004, OAIster contained 3,045,063 records
from 268 institutions. Date accessed: 2004-03-06. Date added: 2004-03-06.
- The Online Book Initiative
(OBI) (Compiled by Barry Shein, Brookline, MA). Site provides access to
ASCII (plain-text) files of literary and other works chiefly in English,
including translations of non-English writers.
- The On-Line Books Page
(Edited by John Mark Ockerbloom, University of Pennsylvania), established in
1993 at Carnegie-Mellon University, includes original transcriptions and links
to thousands of digital books and serials in various formats on the
- An Online Library of
Literature. English-language works and translations of various
Graeco-Roman, European, British and American literary classics in HTML
- Orange Street Classics (Orange Street Press). A small selection of titles
ranging from " Genesis" in the Bible to James Joyce's Dubliners presented
in downloadable Adobe PDF files. Links to supporting research materials for
some titles are also available.
- The Oxford Text
Archive (Oxford University, UK). Established in 1976 as an electronic
depository library, the OTA can searched for several thousand digital texts in
a variety of languages and formats. The complete OTA catalogue for browsing by
author is available only as an Adobe PDF file. The Oxford Text Archive is also
a core component of the Arts and Humanities Data
- Planet eBook. Pleasanton CA: Nitro PDF Software. Offers downloads of various free works of classic literature in the Adobe Acrobat PDF format. The company behind the site markets alternative PDF software. Date accessed: 2008-02-24. Date added: 2008-02-24.
- Project Gutenberg Electronic Public
Library is collection of public domain (under US copyright law) electronic
texts chiefly available in ASCII (plain-text) format. This project was founded in
1971 by Michael Hart but was not widely available on the Internet
until the early 1990s. Between 1971 and 1993, 100 electronic texts were
prepared by volunteers, including the Bible and the complete works of Shakespeare.
As of 2002, over 5,000 electronic texts are available from the US Project
Gutenberg site. Date updated: 2002-08-18.
- Project Gutenberg of
Australia includes a special section of works out of copyright in Australia.
Date added: 2002-08-18.
- Public Domain Archive and Reprints Service. Baltimore, MD: Yakov Shafranovich, 2007-. Summary: " This is an experimental project, which is focused on archiving and republishing public domain works. At this time, this service can take a book from any of the supported sites such as the the Internet Archive (books in public domain ONLY) and reprint it via print on demand techology." . Date accessed: 2008-03-10. Date added: 2008-03-10.
- Public Domain Reader.
Also known as: PD Reader. First established on October 18, 2000 as a subdomain
of another site and known as the Project Gutenberg Reader, the former domain
name pgreader.org was acquired on February 6, 2001. As of March 14, 2002,
the site changed its name to Public Domain Reader and domain name to pdreader.org.
This project marks up the Project Gutenburg Electronic
Public Library ASCII text files and other public domain text sources as HTML. These works will continue to be available
for free download. Last known URL (2004-11-22): http://pdreader.org. No longer active (?) as of 2004-11-22. Date added: 2002-01-03. Date updated: 2004-11-22.
- Rosetta Disk Project (The Long Now
Foundation) is constructing a " near permanent archive" of 1,000 languages in
online and hardcopy formats (micro-etched nickel disk and a book). Volunteer
contributions to the language archive are welcome.
Online Collection. Philadelphia, PA: Schoenberg Center for Electronic
Text & Image, University of Pennsylvania Library. Browse or search for
high-resolution digital facsimiles of materials preserved by the university
library. See also: English
Renaissance in Context (ERIC). Date added: 2002-01-04.
- Secular Web Library
includes a section of full-text electronic works written or published before
1970 and a section of modern works after 1970 on secularism.
- Web Book Publications. Also
known as Web-Books.com. As of
January 2001, links to over 900 electronic editions of various titles in its
eLibrary and Classics (fiction, drama, poetry, and children's literature)
sections, as well as links to Web sites on various topics. Titles are searchable and browsable by subject category.
Some titles are in HTML format, while others in the eLibrary may be the
Microsoft Reader format. Date updated: 2002-01-02.
- The Wiretap Elecronic Text Archive.
Established in 1990, this is the oldest public collection of electronic
texts. The collection includes technical documentation  relating to
the computer industry and humor material. Date added: 2002-01-03.
- Worditude.com eBooks.
Maintained by Lisa Yayla. Titles available in any or all of these online
or downloadable formats: Adobe Acrobat PDF, Rocket eBook, Microsoft Reader,
Palm Reader, ASCII text, and  HTML. Date added: 2002-08-18.
- The World War I Document
Archive. Arizona: Great War Primary Document Archive, Inc. Hosted by
Brigham Young University, Utah, USA. The GWPDA is a non-profit organization
whose executive director is Dr. A.J. Plotke. Full-text documents and images
(flags, medals, photographs, maps, and ephemera) are organized into topic
categories and are keyword-searchable. The site includes a links page to
other World War One sites. Date added: 2002-08-30.
- xRefer: The Web's Reference
Engine. Keyword and subject category searches of electronic editions of
current encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and quotations chiefly published
in Great Britain. None of the titles are browsable on a page-by-page
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