Open access (OA) refers to digital content that is available free of charge for everyone. Originally associated only with scholarly journals that published free online, the concept has been extended to other types of content such as eBooks and media. In some cases OA content may also be free of most copyright and licensing restrictions.
Yes, free eBooks! We've collected some of the best sites on the Web that offer open access or free eBooks available to anyone with Internet access. Some can be downloaded, some have to be read online.
Get over 5,000 free audiobooks! Most of the open access audiobooks collections below are based on the incredible Project Gutenberg open access eBooks collection consists of classics like Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the Mysterious Affair at Styles, by Agatha Christie or Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. They are are accessible for free through multiple podcast platforms, including Apple podcasts, Google podcasts and Spotify.
Open Access audiobooks are just getting started. These Project Gutenberg open audiobooks are the results of a collaboration between Project Gutenberg, Microsoft and MIT, converting Project Gutenberg open eBooks into open audiobooks using the new neural text to speech technology.
Librivox and Internet Archive have been at longer and have larger open audiobook collections.
COM students, faculty and staff can access full text eBooks from eBook Central, EBSCO, Gale, Hoopla and more on or of campus 24/7.
Most of these eBooks can be downloaded to an eReader or eBook app in eBook formats such as ePub or mobi (kindle).
Most of these academic and scholarly eBooks can be read online and downloaded as PDFs.