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Search Engines for Ebooks in OER
Openly Available Ebooks
The Google Books project digitized in conjunction with a library consortium that manages HathiTrust. The Graduate Center is a HathiTrust member, so GC authenticated users can download PDFs of public domain texts. Non-members can read HathiTrust public domain texts in an online reader.
High-quality, open textbooks produced and distributed by a on-profit consortium.
Peer-reviewed learning material includes courses, articles, textbooks, tutorials, portfolios, drills, assignments, animations.
The Online Books page, edited by John Mark Ockerbloom (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. Listing over 3 million free books on the Web.
Open Access Publishing in European Networks
Freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences. OAPEN has books in multiple languages and covering a large variety of topics. There is a range of licensing for the books, but each books is clearly marked with the license.
A leading project for open textbooks. Highlighting and note taking is possible.
Open SUNY Textbook
Open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries.
Open Textbook Library (Univ Minn)
Faculty reviewed books, fully and freely downloadable.
A library of over 60,000 free eBooks. Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks, download them or read them online. You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for enjoyment and education.
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Free Ebooks from other libraries
Other libraries have alternative selections for ebooks. For example, public libraries may be a good source for popular fiction. New York's public libraries have a large collection of ebooks and other downloadable material:
You may also find a great number of Ebooks in the public domain (any book written before 1922) freely available online. See below for several sites which offer free ebooks:
Search Google Books by keyword to find 1-3 uninterrupted pages in a book. Google Books is fully searchable, but it blocks continuous display of and disallows download in PDF format. Also see HathiTrust.