Electronic Text Archives

The Internet Public Library

Online public library features directories of online texts, newspapers, magazines, reference materials with special sections for youth.

Access: The Great Books

A compilation of classic authors and their works, along with biographies, background, study guides. Linked to other sites related to the study of literature.

Arthur's Classic Novels

Etexts, formatted with XML markup.

Etexts, focusing on classics and general reference works.


Houses an extensive online collection of texts ranging from fiction and poetry to general non-fiction and reference works.

Blackmask Online

A very large selection of electronic online texts by a wide variety of authors from a wide range of literature; many works can also be downloaded in .zip file-format.


Several dozen classic works of drama, fiction, nonfiction, reference, or poetry.

Bralyn E-text Archive

E-texts, indexed and searchable, including literature, history, social sciences, humor and culture.

Free, online illustrated childrens stories, 20 best out-of-copyright novels of the 20th century, out-of-copyright nonfiction of the 20th century. Also children's stories.

CARRIE: A Full-Text Electronic Library

An extensive link resource, listing texts archived at various locations all across the internet. Also has a searchable database feature.

Classic Reader

A collection of classic fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and children's stories.

Classical Literature Library

Online index of classical fiction and nonfiction, with links to search engine searches for each author.

The Classics in ASCII

Public domain fiction and non-fiction etexts at

A Collection of Great Literature Online

Includes archives of now public-domain works by various well-known American and British authors.

Ditigized Library of Southern Literature

There is a collection of 53 texts in HTML and SGML.

Electronic Library of the Bath House

Primary historical texts and relevant secondary sources pertaining to the bizarre Roman Emperor Elagabalus and related subjects. An offbeat, fascinating introduction to Imperial Roman history, starting on the fringe. Texts in HTML format.

Electronic Texts and Publishing

Links to electronic texts, electronic text archives, electronic publishers and booksellers, compiled by the Library of Congress.

The ETEXT Archives

Searchable archive of texts of fiction, poetry, history, politics and religion.

E-texts and Women's History

From, listing of electronic versions of books, poetry, speeches, and other writings that illuminate women's history.

Free Electronic Books

Educational texts.

Hypertexts in American Studies

American literature including works by Poe, Jefferson, Madison, and Twain. Online Texts

Selected online texts on a variety of topics.

Knowledge Rush

Site contains Project Gutenberg etexts, including dictionaries, encyclopedias, literature and other non-copyrighted material.

Learn Library

Offers books, poems, speeches, plays and essays; includes reader discussion forums.

Lewis H. Beck Center for Electronic Collections and Services

Archive at Emory University.

Literature of the Fantastic

A fair-sized collection of classic works of fantasy/sf, along with fantasy/sf-related websites.

Literature Online Home Page

Over 210,000 links to third party sites, plus 12 extensive literary and reference databases including English and American Poetry (over 200,000 poems), English Drama (4,000 plays), Early English Prose Fiction and The Annual Bibliography of English Language and Literature

Literature Project

A collection of classic books, poems, speeches, and plays. Site offers online chapter-indexed hypertext that can be easily read and searched and each piece includes downloadable e-text of the work.

The Litrix Reading Room

A sizeable online archive of literary texts, sorted by genre.

Making of America

A digital library of primary sources in 19th century American social history from the antebellum period through reconstruction.

Master Texts

Collection of English literature.

Matt Michie's Digital Library

Small, but diverse collection of online texts, including classic literature, military-related texts, and others.

Medieval and Classical Library

Collection of literary works of classical and medieval civilization.

The Modern English Collection

History, Civil War, Best sellers 1900-1930

The On-Line Books Page

Features over 10,000 online books free to the public.

The Online Books Page

Index of online books, archives, and exhibits.

The Online Literature Library

A small, but easily-navigated selection of online etexts from English literature.

Orange St. Press Classics

Public Domain classic literature and humanities texts in Adobe Portable Document Format. Free for downloading, reading online or offline, and printing.


As well as other literature-education resources, the site provides brief biographical notes on various canonized authors along with links to a selection of online texts by each.

Oxford Text Archive

2,500 texts, corpora, and reference works. Some are freely available.

Page by Page Books

Hundreds of books in the public domain, divided into HTML pages.

PSU's Electronic Classics Series

Classics of literature in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Public Bookshelf

A collection of books in the public domain which can be downloaded.

Relic Books

Selected downloadable, ebooks of classic literature.


Specialized search engine for searching the full text of thousands of online books available on the web.

The Society for the Appreciation of the Post-Dialogic Novel

For theories on the status of the contemporary novel, reviewing texts in print form, with an eye toward the form's evolution via hypertexts and immersive environments.

Features Aesop's Fables and Sun Tzu's The Art of War.

The Transformation Story Archive

An electronic archive of over 400 stories that deal with transformations.

Twain Enterprises at Villa Gruntose

Features selected electronic texts, including Doyle, Dumas, and Dana.

Virtual Library

Internet archive providing selected fiction and essays in text format. Also features Russian-language section.

WebCab Library

Collection of public domain e-texts in html, text, or downloadable in zip format, in literature, humanities, religion, science, and reference.

The World eText Library

Read books on-line, download texts, or select a dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas, or other references. Searchable, browsable database.

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