Great Authors - Free Books Online



This listing is intended to gather together sites that have the works of the more accomplished and known authors.  This page is by no means a complete listing of the authors or of the available works by the authors listed.  This is a work in progress.

Any additional information on the author's listed would be appreciated and may be posted in the comments below.  Any additional authors to be added may also be requested below and consideration and effort will be made to include. 

The groundwork for this page was provided by Sea Mac a/k/a "Software Santa" and his contributions here and on the other book pages are greatly appreciated.

All of these sites listed have content that is legal for them to distribute.  If you find that any site listed is offering content that can not be legally transferred, please let me know in the comments below.

A comprehensive alphabetical listing of free books for reading or listening can be found on these pages:

Libraries are also an excellent source for reading and listening materials for children.  To find out more information on your local library, the links here may help:  Library Information

There are 16 other book genre  pages here at Gizmo's covering other various popular book genres and offering links to free online books listed here:  Book Genre Pages


Jane Austen


Miguel de Cervantes


Charles Dickens


Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • The Literature Network  Biography and works for online viewing and related links
  • The Literature Page  First and second series of essays for reading online
  • Read Print  Biography, quotes and a listing of his books.  Some of the books are available to read online
  • Transcendentalists  Appears to be the complete collection of his essays for free online reading
  • Online Books Page (UPenn)  A large collection of links to Emerson works.  Download/Viewing options vary
  • Emerson Central  A collection of Emerson's works for free online reading as well as information on him


James Joyce




Edgar Allan Poe


William Shakespeare


George Bernard Shaw

  • Read Book Online has a number of Shaw's works available for online viewing.
  • Read Print has 34 works of Shaw available for online viewing.
  • Online Literature has most of Shaw's works available for online viewing, along with biography, quizzes and links.
  • Gutenberg has 47 works of Shaw available for online viewing or download in popular formats.


Leo Tolstoy

  • Read Print has 54 works of Tolstoy available for online viewing.
  • Online Literature has Tolstoy works of fiction, non-fiction, plays, short stories and essays available for online viewing.
  • Classic Authors has 11 works of Tolstoy for online viewing.
  • has 4 novels of Tolstoy for online viewing.
  • Gutenberg has 47 listings for Tolstoy in various languages for online viewing or download in popular formats.


Mark Twain


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