“Free Public Domain and Copyrighted e-Books Online”
By Sam Vaknin
“By far the largest and best maintained index is John Ockerbloom’s
Online Books page, with well over 20,000 individual items listed
< http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu >. It offers links to new books
almost daily < http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/new.html >. Browsing
through this index is bound to get you virtually everywhere. There is
rarely a (legal) book online that is not listed here”
This is not true.
1. OBP has 20,000+ free books
It is recommended to use both listings. Example: keyword metaphor brings 6 books (OBP 4, DBI 5).
2. There are some large collections (and a lot of small collections) NOT in the OBP (nor in the DBI).
Examples of large collections with English books not in the OBP
OHIOLINK Brittle Books
UMich Digital General Collection
Hundreds of items.
8 Gedanken zu „Finding E-Books“
Mail to the Book People List: How to find Google Books It is well known that there are serious problems with the search
function and the metadata of Google Book Search. My question to Book
People is: Which other ways do you know to find Google Books?
I recently found that U of Indiana library has 3500+ GBS titles in its catalog.
We have already discussed here on UMich’s MBooks program. See also:
Private link lists
Harvesting Google Print
Link list on bible, judaism and christianity
Women writings in German
Bibliothek des Litterarischen Vereins in Stuttgart
Free Ebooks in LIBRIS (Sweden) Over 5000 free Ebooks are in
Some Sources (courtesy of Jan Szczepanski, Goteborgs Univ Bib, who has catalogued them)
Fritt tillgänglig via Union acadâemique internationale
Corpus vasorum antiquorum
Summa: 238 fria e-böcker 5.4-7.4
Digitale Bibliothek, Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum
Summa: 74 fria e-böcker
Fritt tillgänglig via Proceedings of the British Academy vol. 51 onwards
Summa: 48 fria e-böcker
Fritt tillgänglig via Human Rights Watch
Summa: 288 fria e-böcker 28.3-18.4.06
Fritt tillgänglig via RAND Corporation
Summa: 144 fria e-böcker 30.1.-1.2.06
Fritt tillgänglig via Cornell University Library
http://historical.library.cornell.edu/cdl/browse.html Historical monographs collection
Summa: 81 fria e-böcker 9.2-10.2.06
http://historical.library.cornell.edu/math/browse.html Historical math monographs
Summa: 240 fria e-böcker 6.2-14.206
Fritt tillgänglig via IDEAS. History of Economic Thought Books, McMaster University Archive for the History of Economic Thought
Summa: 304 fria e-böcker 23.2-8.3.06
Fritt tillgänglig via Brookings Institution Press
Summa: 123 fria e-böcker 20.3-21.3..06
Fritt tillgänglig via Council on Library and Information Resources
Summa: 85 fria e-böcker 16.3.-20.3.06
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Thanks for this step forward.
I think that is’nt enough.
1) All OBP entries should be available via OAI-PMH. Thus harvester
like OAIster can add entries for books which are located on servers
which are not offering itself an OAI interface.
If you do so please make sure that your entries are really Open Acess.
For the background of this request feel free to read
2) All OBP entries should have data in MARC format that library
catalogs can use them.
3) Stable URLs are fine but no persistant identifiers. Please
cooperate with a library or another corporation to make sure that they
get persistant like http://purl.oclc.org/ or the URNs.
Let me say something to the alternatives of the OBP. I refer to my entry at
There are large collections outside of OBP and all book people should
know more on the alternatives to OBP. OBP isn’t the one-stop-solution
as you can read on thousands of websites.
I think few people know the fine working meta-search at Buffalo
http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/ft/EBooks.html (including the OPB, I
have just tried searching for the keyword chirugie with success)
You can also use OAIster finding Open Access books and you can now
build a meta-search including OAIster meta-data, see
You can use the new Australian libraries portal to find toll access
and free ebooks worldwide by using the free “Online” limit
(Please note that most German libraries do not have access to OCLC
WorldCat in which you can also limit your search on ebooks.)
You also would have a fine way to find toll access AND free ebooks if
Toronto University Libraries wouldn’t be stupid enough to block the
access also to Open Access ressources when you use their e-resources
Example: Making of Modern America (UMich) isn’t toll access but you
have to extract the handle-URL from the following string to get
Toronto is listing Bartleby.com, UMich and some other free sources and
its own fine collection (800+ books, as far as I know NOT in OBP) at
Unfortunately since May 19th 2005 only two new item were added, see
My knowledge of other local OPAC search possibilities is very limited.
You might wish to know that RIT library has put a great bulk of OPB
entries in its catalog, see e-content finder at
There is also a stable URL see e.g. for a project Gutenberg work:
Please send me hints to other OPACs with large numbers of catalogued
free e-resources from several sources (ebooks, not e-journals – the
fine Göteborg work of Jan Szczepanski is another topic). Thank you!
Library of Congress Keyword = PDF http://hdl.loc.gov/* finds Ebooks not listed on a LoC website
FAX (Djvu-Files) http://fax.libs.uga.edu/dbooks.html
KSL Bibliothek http://library.case.edu/ksl/ecoll/books/author.html
Digital Library of India http://www.dli.ernet.in/
See the German comment