There are multiple ways to get textbooks at no cost. Some are older versions, some written with licences such as Creative Commons and GNU Free Documentation. It is simply knowing where to look.
Included are both Free Online, and Free Downloadable texts in various formats e.g. ebooks, PDF, Word, … . Listed books are at Tertiary or senior secondary level unless otherwise indicated.
They are listed under Major Learning Areas, then Specific Areas in these. The Other Subjects section includes the remainder. Areas such as Mathematics, Sciences and Computing have larger offerings.
This page looks at Language, Science, Social Sciences, Other Subjects and Preprints.
The First Page looks at major sources for free textbook and textbooks for Education, Mathematics and Technology & Computing.
No Outright Recommendation is given for any textbook. Individuals must make their own decision.
- Australian Literary and Historical
‘The SETIS collection of more than 300 Australian literary and historical texts’.
- Project Gutenberg Library of Australiana
‘Australian writers, works about Australia and works of interest to Australians’.
Study guides and links to novels by specified authors. For example, Charles Dickens.
‘Book notes, chapter summaries, literature notes and study guides for 250+ books’.
‘100 legal sites to download literature’. From the classics through to the modern day.
- Read Print
Primarily Literature, covering most of the famous classical authors from Louisa M. Alcott to William Butler Yeats.
- 2020ok Biological Sciences
Select from the 12 sub-categories provided.
- An On-Line Biology
59 chapters based on ‘modified lecture outlines’.
- Biological Sciences : Genetics
‘E-Books for free online viewing and/or download’.
- Biology eBooks
‘Contains many topics on Biology and Health Sciences. Some resources can be viewed online and some downloaded’.
- Campbell Biology 9th Edition
‘Provides a strong foundation for understanding both current knowledge and new developments in the context of underlying biological concepts’.
Open Textbooks - Biology & Genetics
Most are Creative Commons. Links to specific titles.
- Botanical Dermatology
‘Targeted to an audience of trained clinical dermatologists’. Note the warning statement.
- Plant Physiology Online
The Fifth edition of this book.
- Study Guide to the Science of Botany
- 2020ok Chemistry
Select from the 8 sub-categories provided.
- Bookboon : Chemistry Books &
‘Download free ebooks and text books’. There is even a single zip file including all volumes.
- Free Chemistry Ebooks Online
‘Contains free ebooks and guides on Chemistry. Some can be viewed online and some of them can be downloaded’.
- The Basics of NMR
Joseph P. Hornak. 11 chapters from The Mathematics of NMR, Glossary, List of Symbols, References, Usage Statistics, more. 2002
- Virtual Textbook of Organic
‘An interactive textbook covering the usual topics treated in a college sophomore-level course’.
- Learning Science Through Computer Games and
2011. ‘Many experts have called for a new approach to science education, based on recent and ongoing research on teaching and learning. In this approach, simulations and games could play a significant role’.
- Genes & Disease
18 sections on different diseases and the relationship of gene science to them. PDF format.
- Genes, Technology and
‘Discusses the science and policy issues surrounding the use of modern biotechnology’.
- Human Genetics for M-1
University of Illinois.
- An Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Matthias Tomczak, Flinders University, South Australia. ‘Based on my lecture notes for the physical oceanography part of the First Year undergraduate topic Marine Sciences 1 at the Flinders University of South Australia’.
Introduction to Oceanography
‘The material is divided into 5 sections : geological oceanography, chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, biological oceanography, and humans & the oceans’.
- Introduction to Physical
Robert R. Stewart, Texas A & M University. 17 Chapters and references. Download a copy here.
- Calculus-Based Physics
‘Designed for use in the two-semester introductory physics course typically taken by science and engineering students’.
- Conceptual Physics [Crowell]
View online or download as a large PDF file.
- Free Physics Books [Physics Database]
‘A list of free physics books [in alphabetical order]. The links are updated as frequently as possible’.
- General Relativity
‘This a textbook on general relativity for upper-division undergraduates majoring in physics, at roughly the same level as Rindler’s “Essential Relativity” or Hartle’s “Gravity” ’. Online or PDF download.
- Light and Matter
Free, downloadable books on physics. Free software, Mac as well as PC.
Links to a range of Free online Physics texts.
- Physics eBooks
‘Contains free e-books and guides on Physics; some resources can be viewed online and some downloaded’.
- Wikibooks : Physics
‘Open-content textbooks collection’.
- A Pedestrian’s Guide to the Economy
‘It provides answers to many of the most asked, a few of the least asked, and some of the never asked questions about the economy’.
- Basic Microeconomics
‘Textbook, accompanied by online tutorials, interactive spreadsheet and’ more.
- Bookboon : Economics & Finance
‘Go no : further and get ready for your final exams thanks to these free economics and finance eBooks’.
‘Textbook for introductory economics. CyberEconomics is an easy-to-read approach to economics with a variety of interactive problems’.
- Online Economics Textbooks
General Economics, Introductory Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Econometrics and other specific aspects.
- The Library of Economics & Liberty
Extensive section of online books from John Baden to Philip H. Wickstead. A video section is also available.
- Free Geology books Download
Multiple books, full details, brief descriptions, download links.
- Fundamentals of Structural Geology
Provided as a resource link to the textbook of the same name.
- Australian Literary and Historical Texts
‘Welcome to the SETIS collection of more than 300 Australian literary and historical texts’. Includes explorer’s journals and more.
- History - Free eBooks
‘EBooks for free online viewing [most] and/or download’. A mix of recent and much earlier books.
- The Historical Text Archive
74 ebooks in directories from Africa to World War II.
- The Internet History Sourcebooks Project
‘A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use’.
- Accounting Basics for Students
‘Basically a free accounting course online’.
- Accounting Principles
: A Business Perspective
‘We wrote this text to give you an understanding of how to use accounting information to analyse business performance and make business decisions. The text takes a business perspective’.
- Bookboon - Accounting
‘Financial accounting, measurements of profits, tangible and intangible assets and cash flow review’. Watch videos on selected topics by scrolling to the lower section of this page.
- New !
Free Accounting Tutorials
‘Discover how to manage accounts and financial transactions to operate a successful business. This course includes tons of interactive exercises to help you create accounts’.
- Principles of Accounting
‘A free comprehensive textbook and learning centre. Both financial accounting and managerial accounting topics are covered’.
- Art, Design & Visual Thinking
‘Interactive Textbook’ covering all aspects of art.
- Art History Basics
Khan Academy. ‘We understand the history of humanity through art. Hundreds of short engaging conversational videos and articles, making Khan Academy one of the most accessible and extensive resources for the study of the history of art’.
- Out of Eden :
Essays on Modern Art
Introduction, 12 chapters and selected bibliography.
Metropolitan Museum of Art
‘Five decades of Met publications on Art history, available to read, download and/or search for free’.
An Integrated Approach. ‘Written to meet the requirements of today’s trainee doctors’.
‘FreeBooks4Doctors ! is dedicated to the promotion of Free access to medical books over the Internet’. Full text, many from recent years.
- Major Themes in
Anatomy and Physiology
‘This book is meant to provide you with a foundation for later study in pathology, health care, exercise physiology and other fields related to health and fitness’.
- Open Access Atlas of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck
‘This is a Free illustrated operative surgery text. There are no copyright restrictions’.
- Pubmed Bookshelf
‘Free access to over 700 texts in life science and healthcare. Bookshelf enables users to easily browse, retrieve, and read content, and spurs discovery of related information’.
- Virtual Anaesthesia
‘The goal is to organise all internet resources on anaesthesia into one concise, textbook style website’.
- Welcome to eMedicine
‘The original open access comprehensive medical textbook for all clinical fields’.
- Medical Microbiology Textbook
- Free Microbiology Books
A range of Microbiology texts.
- Text Book Of Microbiology
P C Trivedi. ‘The contents of the present book have been divided into 17 chapters covering basic studies of micro-organisms excluding their application part’.
Other Languages & ESL
- Bookboon : Language Learning Books
‘Are you studying English or would you like to improve your writing skills ? This category has everything you need ! The English language books are aimed at beginners and intermediate speakers’.
- ESL : Online Textbooks
From general to specific, beginning courses to readers. Some require plug-ins.
- Foreign Languages & Literatures
Courseware from MIT. Select from graduate and undergraduate levels.
- Biopharmaceutics and Pharmacokinetics
Accessible in sections online.
- Clinical Pharmacology
Concepts, drug therapy in the elderly, pharmacodynamics, pharmakinetics.
- Early Childhood Development and Learning
New Knowledge for Policy. Option to skim chapters or read each fully online.
- Introduction to Psychology
Charles Strangor, MIT.
- Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
Online version. Richard J Heuer Jr. Covers thinking, perception and memory. CIA published
- The Cognitive Neurosciences
‘The fourth edition of The Cognitive Neurosciences continues to chart new directions in the study of the biologic underpinnings of complex cognition’.
- Concepts and Applications of Inferential Statistics
‘A Free, full-length, and occasionally interactive statistics textbook’.
- Elementary Concepts in Statistics
‘Offers training in the understanding and application of statistics and data mining. A glossary of statistical terms and a list of references for further study are included’.
- HyperStat Online Statistics Textbook
18 chapters covering all basic topics, glossary, financial analysis tools, exercises and problems, humour, more.
- Introductory Statistics
‘Filled with real-world examples, step-by-step explanations, quality exercise sets that link applications to concepts and procedures, and sound pedagogy’.
- Statlect, the Digital Textbook
‘Free digital textbook on probability theory and mathematical statistics’. Sections range from Mathematical Tools to a Glossary of probability and statistics terms.
‘A preprint is a draft of a scientific paper that has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal’. [Wikipedia].
‘Open access to 1 122 487 e-prints in Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science, Quantitative Biology, Quantitative Finance and Statistics’. Cornell University Library.
- CERN Document Server
‘Over 1 000 000 bibliographic records of interest to people working in particle physics and related areas. Covers preprints, articles, books, journals, photographs, videos’.
- Design Theory Resource
‘Preprints and Research Reports. Click on the title to get the article in PDF format’.
‘Welcome to EFDA-JET Preprints and Conference Papers service’.
- Mathematics WWW Virtual Library
Lists archives under specific headings. Includes e-prints.
- Preprints & Working Papers
Stanford University. ‘Astronomy andAstrophysics; Chemistry; Computation and Language; Economics; Mathematics : General e-Print Archives, Subject-based Archives, Departmental or Institutional Archives; Nonlinear Sciences; Physics; Quantitative Biology’.
- Preprint Servers
University of Wollongong Library. Links to directories as well as individual servers.
- STScI Preprints
Use the search engine to access these.