Below is an annotated list of five e-book sites that should be of use for learning, teaching and research. The books
can be accessed free from any Internet connection.
Bookboon - http://bookboon.com/
An online book publishing company that provides free textbooks to students all around the world. The topics covered by the textbooks range from economics to engineering and information technology, while the professional books cover personal development, marketing, human resource, management and many more professional topics
Free Books for Doctors - www.freebooks4doctors.com/
An online site that provides free access to medical books
Online Books - http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu
An index of over 1million online freely readable books over the internet. It’s hosted by the university of Pennsylvania libraries
Open Book Publishers - http://www.openbookpublishers.com/
Founded in 2008 by a small group of academics at the University of Cambridge. Offers access to pdf and eBook editions, but they also include a free online edition that can be read via the website or downloaded
Oxford Text Archive – http://ota.ahds.ac.uk/
The archive holds several thousand electronic texts and linguistics corpora, in a variety of languages. Includes online versions of works by individual authors, standard reference works and a range of language corpora
Project Gutenberg – http://www.gutenberg.org/
A fully searchable collection of 18000 +Multilanguage eBooks. Many classic titles and other formats such as audio books. It has a fully searchable online catalog.
Internet Public Library – http://www.ipl.org/
45000 + full text works in all disciplines.Divided into subject collections for easy browsingbut also fully searchable.
Booksee – en.booksee.org
This is a portal that claims to have over 2,400,000 downloadable e-books (PDFs). It has a keyword search engine plus a broad subject category listing. Search listings are limited to 100 titles so precise keyword searches should be used. Each title entry notes the language of the e-book and MB size. Due to the size of the full-text books, downloading can be time consuming especially if there is limited bandwidth.
Subjects include:arts&photography,biographies&memoirs,commerce,children's books,comics&graphic novels,computers&internet,cooking,food and wine,entertainment,health,history,home&garden,law,literature&fiction,medicine,mystery&thrillers,religion,education,sciences,tourism,sports,commerce etc
Google Books – books.google.com
This search tool contains an extensive list of material from the Google Library Project and Partner Programs. If in the ‘public domain’, the material can be downloaded. Otherwise, there is online access through the portal. Google books has a keyword search key plus several search tools (limit) options. Search results will include full-text e-books and also chapters/sections of a book on that topic. Links (citations) can be stored in a personal Google Account.
FreeBookCentre.net – www.freebookcentre.net
This portal focuses primarily on academic material. It has a keyword search tool and also a list of broad subject categories. One of the principal categories is Medicine which is divided into a lengthy list of sub-categories. Each entry notes the title, language format and many contain a one sentence summary plus the link to the PDF. Freebookcentre.net contains links to thousands of free online technical books. Which Include core computer science, networking, programming languages, Systems Programming books, Linux books and many more. You are welcome to follow the following links for the free books tour..
National Academy Press – nap.edu
The Academy grants free and downloadable access to all the PDFs of their e-book publications. Individuals must register for this feature (free). The initial screen has a key-word search engine plus links to broad categories including Agriculture, Biology and Life Sciences, Energy and Energy Conservation, Food and Nutrition and Health and Medicine. Each category has a sub-topic list.
NCBI Bookshelf - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/
The National Center for Biotechnology Information offers e-books on advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information.
From the url or by opening the NCBI drop down menu and clicking on Books, access is granted to all the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s publications. Access is via keyword search or Browse Titles or New Releases. In the keyword search tool, other access options (limits) include Subjects, Types and Publishers. Search results contain the PDFs of books, collections, databases, documentations and reports.
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