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.

eBook SourceSubcategoryFormat
Google Books All Books (some in preview mode) Web
  Literary Collections 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
(open-content textbooks)
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.

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