Open Source eBook, Music, and Video Databases
*The databases in this section include copyright free materials and/or creative commons licensed materials. Please be sure to cite your source if you use books, music or other sound recordings, or video recordings from these databases.
Open Library: This service provides free access to more than 2,000,000 out of copyright books. The site features the books in full text. Open Library is an open project: the software is open, the data are open, the documentation is open, and Open Library welcomes your contribution. Whether you fix a typo, add a book, or write a widget--it's all welcome.
Internet Archive: Building a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Free access to everyone. Includes over 5 million full text books, 1.9 million audio recordings, 1.5 million videos, and more than 125,000 recordings of live concerts.
Universal Digital Library Million Book Project: The mission is to create a Universal Library which will foster creativity and free access to all human knowledge. As a first step in realizing this mission, it is proposed to create the Universal Library with a free-to-read, searchable collection of one million books, available to everyone over the Internet. Within 10 years, it is our expectation that the collection will grow to 10 Million books. The result will be a unique resource accessible to anyone in the world 24x7, without regard to nationality or socioeconomic background.
The Online Books Page: Listing over 1 million free books on the Web.
JSTOR: Open Access eBooks On JSTOR: JSTOR offers a growing list of Open Access ebooks from respected presses, such as University of California Press and University of Michigan Press, at no cost to libraries or users. More than 100 titles are now available, and we expect to add several hundred more by the end of 2017. Please see below for a title list and links to the ebooks, or download a title list here. The titles are also cross-searchable with other content on JSTOR.org.
The ebooks, which reflect JSTOR’s high standards for quality content, are freely available for anyone in the world to use. Each ebook carries one of six Creative Commons licenses determined by the publisher. The titles are easy to use, with no DRM restrictions and no limits on chapter PDF downloads or printing. Users will not need to register or log in to JSTOR.
University of Oxford Text Archive: Contains thousands of works of literature and books important to academic study all in full text and free.
Project Gutenberg: Project Gutenberg offers over 42,000 free ebooks in its own database. Provides links to over 100,000 free ebooks available through its partners and affiliates. These are high quality resources: All ebooks were previously published by bona fide publishers. All ebooks were digitized and diligently proofread with the help of thousands of volunteers.
Directory of Open-Access Journals: Free, full text, quality controlled, peer reviewed scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages.
Lit2Go: Lit2Go is a service offered by Florida's Educational Technology Clearinghouse. They offer a large, free collection of books and poetry that you can download in audio book format onto your MP3 player, computer, or CD. You can also view text on the website itself and read along as you listen (this is especially useful for emergent readers). Browse by author, title, reading level, subject, or just search the entire database.
LibriVox - Free Public Domain Audiobooks: LibriVox is an online digital library of free public domain audiobooks, read by volunteers. The LibriVox objective is "to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet".
The Public Domain Review: A project of the Open Knowledge Foundation, "The Public Domain Review is an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to promoting and celebrating the public domain in all its richness and variety. All works eventually fall out of copyright – from classics works of art to absentminded doodles – and in doing so they enter the public domain, a vast commons of material that everyone is free to enjoy, share and build upon without restriction. Our aim is to help our readers explore this rich terrain – like a small exhibition gallery at the entrance to an immense network of archives and storage rooms that lie beyond."
Open GLAM: Open GLAM is an initiative run by the Open Knowledge Foundation that promotes free and open access to digital cultural heritage held by galleries, libraries, archives, and museums. Here you will find public domain images from the British Library, images of the Getty collection, illuminated manuscripts, comic books, comic strips, fine arts images, fine prints of the Japanese masters, and much more.
Ektoplazm - Free Music Portal:Ektoplazm is the world's #1 source for free and legal psytrance, techno, and downtempo music in MP3, FLAC, and WAV format. Ektoplazm has served more than 10 million Creative Commons-licensed releases and 65+ million tracks since 2007.
Retro Report - Headlines Fade, The Story Continues: How often does a great story dominate the headlines, only to be dropped from the news cycle? How often do journalists tell us of a looming danger or important discovery – only to move quickly to the next new thing? What really happened? How did these events change us? And what are the lingering consequences that may affect our society to this day? These are the questions we are answering at Retro Report, an innovative documentary news organization launched in 2013 as a timely online counterweight to today's 24/7 news cycle.
Dan Carlin - "Hardcore History" and "Common Sense": Whether he's discussing history or current events, veteran journalist Dan Carlin brings his own unconventional approach to the subject matter. His Generation X, non-partisan, “neo-prudentist” outlook provides a fresh look at the headlines in the newspapers and the stories in the history books.