Online Libraries To Bookmark To Make The Most While Social Distancing

There are times when you want to get your hands on a book that deserves to be read, but you also want to read for free. What if we told you that's a possibility? Bookworms, with these easy-to-use online libraries, you can have your cake, and eat it too. Here's how!  And if you need some help with where to start your reading journey, check these recommendations

Open Library

Open Library

This Library tops our list for simply being an 'Open' one. It basically means that anyone's allowed to publish their work here (as long as it's informative and worth the read). Their ultimate goal is to make all the published works of people (in all domains) available to everyone in the world. So you get to read the best of books, and if you're a writer too, this one's a great platform to publish your work. The best part is that you can even sponsor a book to someone through the website. 

Librarywala

Librarywala

They're one of the most organised online libraries. We love the name, and we love the collection here. You'll get biographies, graphic novels, classics, and even Gujarati and Hindi books here. And in case you're only interested in reading summaries, they've got your back. 

Questia

Questia

This one is best known as a resource for writers and students and is mainly used for research work. But the site also hosts a library that features more than 5,000 free books that you can read online. You'll get classics, non-fiction, science, travel, and a lot more than you'd expect to. 

Full Books

Full Books

This one offers more than thousands of books that can be read online for free. All of these books are sorted by their title, and the website also has links to sites with free reference books, biographies and science books. Though mostly used for research, you can also read a lot of good fiction/non fiction here. 

Authorama

Authorama

They're as quirky as their name. Featuring over a 100 free books from a wide range of authors, Authorama has a pretty easy way of navigation on their site. You've just got to choose an alphabet, and all the authors that have names beginning from that particular alphabet, are displayed in front of you (Library feels max) From Jane Austen to Anderson, you'll find it all here.

DailyLit

DailyLit

DailyLit offers a unique service for reading free books online. It lets you choose classic and contemporary books, post which the books will be sent out in installments via RSS feed or email. They also publish new serials and short stories that are specially designed to watch/read digitally. 

Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg

Considered to be the oldest digital library, Project Gutenberg houses over 60,000 completely free books. Their vast compendium features classics of world literature and primarily features books published pre 1924. The best part? You don't have to sign up or pay for anything! The library is completely free of cost and you can read their books on any browser and most digital reading devices. So what are you waiting for? Get reading!

Bartleby

Bartleby

If you're looking for books that are more for academic use than for leisure reading, then Bartleby is a great jumping off point. This e-library has a vast collection divided by subject matter for your convenience: Business, Math, Social Science, Engineering, they've got it all. So if you need resources to help you study better, we recommend this one!

International Children's Digital Library

International Children's Digital Library

Reading isn't just for grown-ups and children's books aren't just for kids either! If you believe in this philosophy, then check out the International Children's Digital Library. This online library has a catalog of books in 59 languages and is a great way to introduce children to the rich world of reading.

National Digital Library of India

National Digital Library Of India

Learning resources should be accessible to all, right? Well you can find over 400 languages represented in the collection of learning and reading materials available at the National Digital Library of India. From primary to post-grad levels, the library covers a variety of different genres, fields and texts! 

Pro-Tip

You could also check out this crowd-sourced library here. And join a community of fellow bibliophiles here.

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