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Free eBooks, eJournals and audiobooks from the web

"I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! - When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library." Jane Austen

Do you want a break from academic study? Are you sitting at home bored? This page will point you in the direction of FREE eBooks, eJournals/magazines, newspapers and audiobooks available from the University of Bradford, Bradford public libraries and the wider web. Choose from a large range of books - from fiction, detective novels, cookery books, comics, SciFi through to English classics. Turn the pages of manuscripts and historic books from around the world at the British Library.

Have you found a great book? Share it with others by sending a short book review. Take a look at some book reviews already submitted by library staff to get you started.

Book of the month and Bradford Libraries online book group

Do you want to try something new? Every month the library team will recommend a different eBook. try it out and share your feedback.

This month, why not try viewing some of the British Library's great books from around the world, using their award winning Turning the Pages software. From India's Mewar Ramayana, one of the two ancient Sanskript epics from India, to Leonardo da Vinci's Notebook, turn the pages of the original manuscripts.

Bradford Libraries are running an online book group.

Find eBooks and audiobooks in a range of genres

"My alma mater was books, a good library...I could spend the rest of my life reading, just satisfying my curiosity." Malcolm X

Audible - free audiobooks for "kids of all ages".

Manybooks - over 50,000 free titles, including romance; action; mystery and thrillers; biography and history; fantasy; horror; and SciFi. The content is available in ePub, Kindle, PDF and text formats.

Strange Horizons - a weekly magazine of and about speculative fictions. The site includes podcasts. They offer fiction; poetry; reviews and essays; interviews; roundtable discussions; and art. Speculative fiction includes SciFi, fantasy, horror and slipstream.

Detective fiction - read about famous detectives, including Sherlock Holmes, and Hercule Poirot.

Reading list for home schooling - a variety of websites providing for home schooling needs.

The Department for Education has launched The Skills Toolkit. This online platform will give you easy access to free, high quality courses to help you build up skills in digital and numeracy to get ahead in work.

eBook Junkie - also offers a range of free titles from different genres.

ProjectGutenberg - Over 60,000 free eBooks, including novels; poetry; short stories; and cook books. Most books are in English but there are some other languages, too. Content is available in ePub, Kindle, HTML and text formats. 

Online Books Page - lists over 3 million free titles available on the web.

Hathitrust - offers 17 million books and journals on absolutely everything.

NHS Mental Wellbeing Audioguides - a series of mental wellbeing audio guides to help you oost your mood.

English literature, manuscripts and the British Library

"Literature is the most agreeable way of ignoring life." Fernando Pessoa

Luminarium: Anthology of English Literature texts from different periods of English literature, including Mediaeval, Renaissance, 17th century, Restoration, and 18th century. Each author has an entry that includes their works, biography, criticism, quotations and relevant links.

British Library Virtual Books allows you to view precious manuscripts and books from the Library's collections through their Turning Pages project. An accessible version has also been made available.

ProjectGutenberg includes over 60,000 titles, including novels, poetry, short stories, and cook books. Most titles are in English but there are some in other languages, too. Content is available in ePub, Kindle, HTML and text formats.

British Periodicals - read classic works of British fiction as they were first published - weekly or monthly in contemporary magazines. For example, Dickens in Household Words, Braddon's sensation novels in the Sixpenny Magazine and Temple Bar, Sherlock Holmes in The Strand, and Raffles the Amateur in Pall Mall.

Science, Engineering and Medicine

"We are of opinion that instead of letting books grow moldy behind an iron grating, far from the vulgar gaze, it is better to let them wear out by being read." Jules Verne

National Academies Press - they offer more than 8,500 titles in PDF format, covering a wide range of topics in Science Engineering and Medicine.

Free Kindle books

"Some books leave us free and some books make us free." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Check out Amazon's free Kindle ebooks for your Kindle device or app. Here are some great food and drink titles to get you started.

University of Bradford eBooks and eJournals

"Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading." Rainer Maria Rilke

Our library has thousands of eBooks and online journal articles on an amazing range of subjects. Type in a topic into Summon and refine your search to 'Full text online', and the type of information you want, e.g. 'Book/eBook' to find online content. The attached example has found Chinese fairy tales.

You can also browse for eBook content on the library site. Examples include:

  • Nineteenth Century Books from the British Library Collections, including more than 65,000 first editions that cover philosophy, history, poetry and literature.
  • The IT Pro eBook package offers full-text access to nearly 10,000 titles on IT and Computing subjects.
  • The Early English Books Online service provides access to over 125,000 books published in English up to 1700. These include the first book printed in English by William Caxton, through the age of Spenser and Shakespeare.

The library also offers a range of online historical books, journals and newspapers via the catalogue.

Free online theatre and music and virtual museum tours

The Royal Opera House - one free opera or ballet per week

Operavision - operas from a number of European venues

National Theatre - streaming some of their filmed plays

Shakespeare's Globe - Released on 6 Apr: Hamlet (2018), Romeo and Juliet (2019), A Midsummer Night's Dream (2013), The Winter's Tale (2018), The Two Noble Kinsmen (2018), and The Merry Wives of Windsor (2019). Also available are the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival productions; and the 37 films from the Complete Walk, set in locations Shakespeare imagined.

Take a virtual tour around a museum - 10 great online museum tours

eBooks, eAudio, eNewspapers and eMagazines from Bradford public libraries

"Many people, myself among them, feel better at the mere sight of a book." Jane Smiley

If you have joined Bradford public libraries, you can access eBooks, over 7,000 online daily newspapers and magazine titles from more than 100 countries, in over 60 languages.

Join Bradford public libraries online, if you are not already a member. A library card number and PIN will be emailed to new members.