Don't Pay for Classic Books When You're Going Back to School
If you're heading back to school, there's no doubt you've got a long list of required reading material. Whether it's a classic like
The Great Gatsby
, or a more obscure title like
A Farewell to Arms
, you should avoid shelling out more money in addition to the cash you're paying for your semester's textbooks.
compiled a slew of free reading resources are available if you're looking to stock up on great literature, and you can read it basically anywhere, even if you can't walk into a
Shakespeare Fans Should Visit MIT
To read the works of playwright William Shakespeare, head to MIT's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare page. The works are organized in four categories: Comedy, History, Tragedy, and Poetry.
Library of Congress Goes Way Back
is a site maintained by the Library of Congress, and features
Scribd, The Netflix of Books
If you're willing to pay a subscription fee for some reading material, check out Scribd . For $9 per month you'll gain access to articles from sites like The New York Times, and a library full books as well as audiobooks.
Project Gutenberg, A Public Domain Paradise
For books in the public domain that you can download to an e-reader, Project Gutenberg is an invaluable resource. With over 54,000 e-books in the public domain to choose from, an updating list of newly added books and the most downloaded titles, you'll be able to enjoy the best of classic literature on whatever device you've got. It beats waiting to renew a classic title, whether physical or digital. It's free, but donations are solicited to keep the operation running.
OverDrive & Your Library
OverDrive is the backbone of a multitude of libraries' e-book offerings. Sign up for OverDrive , enter your public library credentials, and check out e-books, audiobooks, and other digital media. You can send the books to your Kindle or use them in the OverDrive app on iOS and Android.
You can put holds on various titles, request titles currently unavailable at your library, and check out books in multiple languages wherever supported. Recently OverDrive launched Libby , essentially an updated version of OverDrive that lets you sample books, stream audiobooks, and sync your notes and bookmarks across your devices.