In addition to the ebook collections available for the use of current ORU students, faculty, and staff, thousands of ebooks are open access, available free at various Internet locations. The following are links to some major Web sites that provide free ebooks:
opens new windowBible Hub
:Online study suite of topical, Greek and Hebrew study tools, plus concordances, commentaries, dictionaries, sermons and devotionals.
opens new windowBible Verses
: "A free version of the Bible created specifically for users with vision disabilities ... optimized for screen readers and braille displays, tailored to individuals with low vision, color blindness, and any other sight impairment."
opens new windowBiodiversity Heritage library
: "A consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global 'biodiversity commons.'"
opens new windowBitpipe.com
: "The enterprise IT professional's guide to information technology resources. Browse this free online library for the latest technical white papers, webcasts and product information to help you make intelligent IT product purchasing decisions." Requires registration.
opens new windowDigital Book Index
: "Provides links to more than 165,000 full-text digital books from more than 1,800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and various private sites. More than 140,000 of these books, texts, and documents are available free."
opens new windowDocumenta Catholica Omnia
: A massive database of historical church documents including Migne's Patrologia Latina
& Patrologiae Graecae
. The majority of the items are in Latin, many are in Greek, some are in English and Italian, and a few are in French.
opens new windowEarly Church Fathers - Additional Texts
: Edited by Roger Pearse, "these English translations are all out of copyright, but were not included in the 38-volume collection of Ante-Nicene, Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers.... The texts are listed in chronological order."
opens new windowEarly Modern Philosophy
: English versions of key texts by such early modern philosophers as Bacon, Berkeley, Descartes, Hobbes, Hume, Kant, Leibniz, Locke, Malebranche, Mill, Reid, and Spinoza, "prepared with a view to making them easier to read while leaving intact the main arguments, doctrines, and lines of thought." Created by Jonathan Bennett.
opens new windowThe EServer
: Also known as the English Server. "A growing online community where hundreds of writers, artists, editors and scholars gather to publish and discuss their works."
opens new windowFreeTechBooks.com
: "This site lists free online computer science and engineering books and lecture notes, all of which are legally and freely available over the Internet."
opens new windowGallica: la bibliothèque numérique
: The Bibliothèque nationale de France provides this library of French and francophone culture. It includes over a million electronic texts, documents, images, animations, maps, and sound files, and covers such subject areas as economics, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, and science.
opens new windowGoogle Books
: Allows searching of digitized books. If a book is under copyright, a search result will provide basic bibliographic information about it, and "in many cases, a few snippets – a few sentences showing your search term in context. If the book is out of copyright, you'll be able to view and download the entire book. In all cases, you'll see links directing you to online bookstores where you can buy the book and libraries where you can borrow it."
opens new windowThe Holy Father
: Access to papal encyclicals, homilies, letters, and other documents from Leo XIII to Benedict XVI provided by the Vatican website.
opens new window internet Medieval Sourcebook
: "An online source book of copy-permitted, although not necessarily copyright-free, source material for Medieval Studies. It is the largest online resource of medieval and Byzantine textual sources."
opens new windowNational Academies Press
: "The National Academies Press is now offering many of its titles in digital PDF format. Hundreds of these books can be downloaded for free by the chapter or by the entire book, while others are available for purchase."
opens new windowThomas Aquinas' Works in English
: Read English translations of many, if not most, of St. Thomas's theological and philosophical works including both of his Summas
and his commentary on Lombard's Sentences
as well as his Quaestiones Disputatae
, his Opuscula
, and his commentaries on Aristotle and on the Bible. Available from Joseph Kenny, O.P., of the Dominican Institute associated with the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.
opens new windowUniversity of California Press
: "The eScholarship Editions collection includes almost 2000 books from academic presses on a range of topics, including art, science, history, music, religion, and fiction. Access to the electronic books is open to all University of California faculty, staff, and students, while select books are available to the public. Print versions of many of the electronic books can be purchased directly from the publishers."
opens new windowWright American Fiction, 1851-1975
: "A collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875
. There are currently 2,887 volumes included (1,763 unedited, 1,124 fully edited and encoded) by 1,456 authors."