Free books in Google Books

Did you know that Google Books has more than 10 million free books available for users to read and download? And we're adding more all of the time!

Google's free books are made available to read through careful consideration of and respect for copyright law globally: they are public-domain works, made free on request of the copyright owner, or copyright-free, e.g. US government documents.

Whether you're looking for books to enhance distance learning, stories to read to preschoolers as they're winding down for bed, familiar classics (Shakespeare, anyone?), a romance to sweep you off your feet, cocktail ideas from the 19th century, or books to take you on adventures beyond the physical confines of your home, we've got you covered.

Here's just a small sampling of books to inspire you, transport you to new worlds, educate or at least make you smile, hand-selected by our wonderful Google Books Library Project partner-librarians:

Anticipating internet dating by over 100 years, this nineteenth-century version of an online romance is played out between two telegraph operators on the 'Victorian Internet'. And, as a bonus, readers get to learn about code (Morse code, that is)
A perfect manual for that downtime when you're trying to decide on an adult beverage
A classic work on the slave experience, now a major Academy-Award winning film
Arguably the most famous novel by an American woman writer and adapted most recently into a highly-acclaimed film by writer-director, Greta Gerwig
A delightful children's book about a mischievous rabbit

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