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An index and an archive actively collecting texts produced by volunteers. The index can be searched and browsed by author or title. Volunteers have created "bookshelves" with lists of titles in categories they define, e.g., "best books ever" and "precursors of science fiction." Advanced searched allows narrowing by format, e.g. epub.
Probably the second largest index of ebooks. This archive offers simple and advanced searching, but no browsing capabilities. Each title has a unique page offering complete title, author and publisher information, a description of the content, and, on the left-side of the page, links to the variety for formats available for the title. Other areas of this index include "moving images," audio recordings, and software. This archive is unfortunately including the growing number of Google Books.
A few years ago, a Canadian fellow named Hugh McGuire dreamed up an idea for a website that was a bit like Wikipedia, but for audiobooks. Volunteers would record themselves reading public domain classics, upload them, and other volunteers would proof-listen them for errors and such. What started off as a few dozen recordings in 2005 has grown to a library of more than 4,000, with between 60 and 100 added each month; LibriVox claims that such stats make them the most prolific producer of audiobooks on the planet, and they might be right.
20,000 titles in 12 formats. The proper choice for Kindles, Nooks and Sony Readers are explicitly identified. Titles can be found by searching author, title or tags. You can also browse by category. The “pulp fiction” and “orient express” collections are very unique.
High-quality pdf titles by over 70 authors. Titles are mostly European and American serious novels, but also include the King James Bible, plays, poetry, fables, epic sagas, philosophy and histories. Extensive collection of P.G. Wodehouse titles.
High-quality titles in a variety of formats: ePub, PDF, MobiPocket/Kindle. This site contains: Public domain classic fiction and nonfiction titles can be browsed by 30 categories or 600 authors; and titles by new authors.
Classics and unpublished fiction and nonfiction in pdf format. Titles can be searched or browsed by author. The Web page for each title gives a description and table of contents.
An extensive list of nonfiction in pdf, ePub and even Kindle formats mixed with Web books and even some subscription titles. Search by author or title or browse by subject. Contains a special American studies section.
A great post from the Seattle Public Library regarding detective novels available from Project Gutenberg.