There is a growing variety of free e-books and associated educational material available for either download or online use. These include:
- Classic books — largely novels — that are beyond their copyright dates, but which are still used extensively by schools for all grades.
- The beginnings of the development of electronic textbooks covering many K-12 curriculum subjects.
- Educationally-organized access to non-book Web resources.
The following is a short list of e-book sources that Textbook Central has found to be particularly useful. Note that one of the Web-Books links provides a list of 175 classics, selected by Textbook Central, that may be easily sorted by title, author, or classification.
|Google Books||All Books (some in preview mode)||Web|
|Just Free Books||Search Mechanism for Free eBooks||All formats|
|KnowledgeRush||All Books||Mostly text|
|100 Great Books||Mostly text|
|Middle School Reading List||Mostly text|
|Project Gutenburg||All Books||All formats|
|Web-Books||All Classics||ePub, Web|
|Non-Fiction Classics||ePub, Web|
|Searchable List of 175 Classics||ePub, Web|
|Books by Subject (some in development)||Web, PDF|
|US History (example)||Web, PDF|
Textbook Central encourages both public and non-public schools to take advantage of these electronic resources to both reduce costs and enhance educational opportunities.