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 Literature

General Language

  • Bibliomania
    Study guides and links to novels by specified authors. For example, Charles Dickens.
  • FreeBooknotes
    ‘Book notes, chapter summaries, literature notes and study guides for 250+ books’.
  • Just English
    ‘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.

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  • 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 Oceanography
    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’. Multiple download formats.
  • 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.
  • Physics [IntechOpen]
    ‘100 Open Access Books’.
  • Physics Books Online
    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 Bookshelf
    ‘Open-content textbooks collection’.

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Social Sciences



  • Free Geology Books Download online and some of them can be downloaded’.
  • Fundamentals of Structural Geology
    Provided as a resource link to the textbook of the same name.
  • Geoscience & Geology Books
    ‘The books include the studies of minerals and rocks or drilling fluids. You will find explanations for the most important concepts’.
  • Physical Geology – Open Textbook
    ‘Physical Geology is a comprehensive introductory text on the physical aspects of geology, including rocks and minerals, plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes, glaciation, groundwater, streams, coasts, mass wasting, climate change, planetary geology and much more’.


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Other Subjects


  • 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.
  • 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’.



  • Endocrinology
    An Integrated Approach. ‘Written to meet the requirements of today’s trainee doctors’.
  • FreeBooks4Doctors
    ‘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 Operative Surgery
    ‘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 Textbook
    ‘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’.


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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.




  • 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.

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‘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 Server
    ‘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 and Astrophysics; 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.

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