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’.
Genetics and Molecular Biology [IntechOpen]
‘207 Open Access Books’.
- Biological Sciences : Genetics
‘E-Books for free online viewing and/or download’.
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‘Biology 2e is designed to cover the scope and sequence requirements of a typical two-semester biology course for science majors. The text provides comprehensive coverage of foundational research and core biology concepts through an evolutionary lens’.
- Biology eBooks
‘Contains many topics on Biology and Health Sciences. Some resources can be viewed online and some downloaded’.
- Campbell Biology 10th Edition
‘Provides a strong foundation for understanding both current knowledge and new developments in the context of underlying biological concepts’. Free PDF download.
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Concepts of Biology [OpenStax]
‘Concepts of Biology is designed for the typical introductory biology course for nonmajors, covering standard scope and sequence requirements. The text includes interesting applications and conveys the major themes of biology, with content that is meaningful and easy to understand. The book is designed to demonstrate biology concepts and to promote scientific literacy’.
- 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’.
- Environmental Sciences
‘118 Open Access Books’.
- 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.
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An Introduction to Physical Oceanography
Robert H. Stewart, Texas A&M University. ‘This textbook covers physical-oceanographic processes, theories, data and measurements, targeted at upper-division undergraduates and graduate students in oceanography, meteorology and ocean engineering’. Download a copy here.
Introduction to Oceanography
‘The material is divided into 5 sections : geological oceanography, chemical oceanography, physical oceanography, biological oceanography, and humans & the oceans’.
- 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 is 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’.
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’.
- 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’.
- Business, Management and
‘98 Open Access Books’.
‘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. Link from Online Resources.
- The Library of Economics & Liberty
Extensive section of online books from John Baden to Philip H. Wickstead. Videos, guides, articles, even a podcast also available.
- Free Geology Books to Download online and some of them can be downloaded’.
- Fundamentals of Structural
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’.
- 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.
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The Historical Text Archive
77 ebooks in directories from Africa to World War II. Also check articles and links for this area.
- 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.
- 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’.
- Getty Research Portal™ [Getty Research
‘A free online search platform providing worldwide access to an extensive collection of digitised art history texts from a range of institutions’.
- 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 Food Microbiology Books Download
A range of Food Microbiology texts.
- Free Microbiology Books
‘Some of the resources in this section can be viewed online and some of them can be downloaded’.
‘84 Open Access Books’.
- Microbiology : A Text-Book of Microorganisms,
General and Applied [Charles Edward Marshall]
Multiple formats for downloading..
- 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.
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.
- Online Psychology Texts [AllPsych]
‘Each of these texts covers the related theories, research, and psychological phenomena on the topic. Consider these overviews of the course; while they provide a good synopsis, they do not replace a traditional college credit course in psychology’.
- Psychology [IntechOpen]
‘15 Open Access Books’.
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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’.
- The Psychology eBook Collection
‘In addition to downloading the material posted here you can get completely free access to an outstanding collection of the most influential journal articles ever published in the history of psychology via the included link’.
- 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].
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‘Open access to 2 014 717 e-prints including 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’.
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Mathematics and Computer Science
Lists preprints from newest to oldest. You can filter these [29 pages of them] using the options under the heading or the specific areas listed in the column on the right.
- 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.
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Publications and Preprints of the School of Mathematics
University of Sydney. ‘The database includes publications, preprints and conference papers authored by members and former members of the School of Mathematics and Statistics. Items produced by academic visitors to the School are included if the School’s contribution to the work was acknowledged. We attempt to provide links to further information relating to each item’. Listed by years from 1947-74, then annual listings.
- STScI Preprints
Use the search engine to access these.