Download Public Domain Books in PDF For Free
When Google Print was first unveiled, it was clear that the site would become an amazing resource. It provided full access to books that were already out of copyright, but only if you viewed them online, one page at a time.
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What people most wanted, though, was the ability to download full PDF versions of the books, which they could read or print at their leisure and on their own machines. Oh, and they wanted Google to provide this free of charge.
Google went ahead and did it. Books no longer in copyright are now available for download from the . If you’re looking for something tasty, might we recommend an early English translation of Montaigne’s provocative essay “ (Hint: the naughtiest bits are in the Latin epigrams, the worst of which aren’t even translated).
There’s plenty of precendent for this sort of thing. provides access to 19,000 classic books, but in a text-only format. offers both text and PDF versions of a massive collection of source material, but only one one particular topic. There’s also the , which offers ancient and Renaissance texts. Google could top all of these projects by providing fully-searchable versions of a much wider selection of books, many of which can also be downloaded as PDFs that are ready to print.
While this only applies to older books, it’s still a great way of democratizing access to the world’s knowledge (in English, at any rate), and it can’t raise any . Books which were before available only on the shelves of large academic libraries are now available to anyone with a Web connection and some curiosity. Scienta vincit omnia! ()