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Have you ever said, “Some day …,” you’re going to read all the great books you’ve always wanted to read?

Have you ever said, now that books are digital, “Some day …,” you’re going to read all the great books you’ve always wanted to read?”

Have you ever said,now that there are digital books, “Some day …,” you’re going to read 350 of the great books you’ve always wanted to read, for FREE?

Well …?


OPENCULTURE, founded in 2006, is an extraordinary site. One of its many media features is that you can download 350 of the Great Classics, from the mainstream digital publishers, for free, which you can read on your computer, smart phone, or Kindle . The collectioncollection> includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

The lead editor of Open culture is Dan Colman, Director & Associate Dean of Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program. Dan has also been the Managing Director of AllLearn, an e-learning consortium owned by Stanford, Oxford and Yale, and as the Director of Business Development and Editorial Manager at About.com. He received his PhD and MA from Stanford, and his BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


As the Open Culture website states,

“Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content.”


The site contains an e-book primer telling you how to download the books. the e-book primer has three categories,

“Read Online: Google Books has been making a select number of books available in a mobile format. You can access these books on a computer or smart phone (eg iPhone or Android phone) simply by clicking on the “Read Online” links in our Free eBook collection. Note that Google makes apps for many devices (Android, iPhone, iPad, Sony, Nook).”

“Download: Project Gutenberg lets you download each ebook in multiple formats, including the Kindle format and the universal ePub standard. Once you download the appropriate file, you can manually upload the files to your Nook, Kindle, Sony EReader, iPad, and Android readers. Gutenberg provides tutorials here. In one of our previous posts we also explain how to upload files specifically to your Kindle.”

“Kindle: Finally, when possible, Open Culture provides links to Amazon’s Kindle store. When you click these links, you can download a free text, just like you would buy any other text from the Amazon store.”


Below is just a sample from the list of the e-book that you can download free, DIRECTLY, from the Open Source site, including 23 from David Foster Wallace,

• Aeschylus – Prometheus Bound
• Aeschylus – The Oresteia
• Anonymous – Beowulf

• Austen, Jane – Emma
• Austen, Jane – Mansfield Park
• Austen, Jane – Northanger Abbey
• Austen, Jane – Persuasion
• Austen, Jane – Pride & Prejudice
• Austen, Jane – Sense & Sensibility

• Balzac, Honoré de – Le Père Goriot

• Beckett, Samuel – Waiting for Godot
• Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
• Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights

• Chekhov, Anton – Plays
• Chekhov, Anton – The Kiss
• Chekhov, Anton – Uncle Vanya
• Conrad, Joseph – Lord Jim
• Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness
• Conrad, Joseph – The Secret Agent

• Dickinson, Emily – Poems
• Dostoevsky, Fyodor – Brothers Karamazov
• Dostoevsky, Fyodor – Crime and Punishment
• Dostoevsky, Fyodor – The Idiot
• Douglass, Frederick – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

• Eliot, George – Daniel Deronda
• Eliot, George – Middlemarch
• Eliot, George – Silas Marner
• Eliot, TS – Poems (Including “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”)
• Eliot, TS – The Waste Land

• Faulkner, William – The Collected Stories of William Faulkner
• Fitzgerald, F. Scott – Collected Stories
• Fitzgerald, F. Scott – Flappers and Philosophers
• Fitzgerald, F. Scott – Tales of the Jazz Age
• Fitzgerald, F. Scott – Tender is the Night
• Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Beautiful and Damned
• Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
• Fitzgerald, F. Scott – The Great Gatsby
• Fitzgerald, F. Scott – This Side of Paradise –

• Goethe – Faust
• Gogol, Nikolai – The Dead Souls
• Gogol, Nikolai – The Nose

• Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The House of the Seven Gables
• Hawthorne, Nathaniel – The Scarlet Letter

• Hemingway, Ernest – The First Forty Nine Stories
• Hemingway, Ernest – The Snows of Kilimanjaro
• Herodotus, The History of Herodotus V. 1 (Macaulay translation)
• Herodotus, The History of Herodotus V. 2 (Macaulay translation)
• Homer, The Odyssey

• Ibsen, Henrik – A Doll’s House
• Ibsen, Henrik – An Enemy of the People –
• Ibsen, Henrik – Hedda Gabler
• Ibsen, Henrik – Peer Gynt

• James, Henry – The Ambassadors
• James, Henry – The Wings of the Dove
• James, Henry – Turn of the Screw
• Joyce, James – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
• Joyce, James – Dubliners
• Joyce, James – Finnegans Wake
• Joyce, James – Ulysses

• Kafka, Franz – “A Hunger Artist”
• Kafka, Franz – “In the Penal Colony”
• Kafka, Franz – The Metamorphosis
• Kafka, Franz – The Trial

• London, Jack – The Call of the Wild
• London, Jack – White Fang

• Melville, Herman – Billy Budd
• Melville, Herman – Moby Dick
• Milton, John – Paradise Lost
• Molière – Tartuffe

• Nabokov, Vladimir – “Cloud, Castle, Lake”
• Nabokov, Vladimir – “The Aurelian”

• O’Neill, Eugene – Anna Christie
• O’Neill, Eugene – Beyond the Horizon
• O’Neill, Eugene – The Hairy Ape
• O’Neill, Eugene – The Iceman Cometh

• Proust, Marcel – Swann’s Way
• Proust, Marcel – Within a Budding Grove
• Proust, Marcel – The Guermantes Way
• Proust, Marcel – Cities on the Plain
• Proust, Marcel – The Captive
• Proust, Marcel – The Sweet Cheat Gone
• Proust, Marcel – Time Regained

• Stendhal, The Red and the Black

• Thoreau, Henry David – Walden
• Tolstoy, Leo – Anna Karenina
• Tolstoy, Leo – The Pathways of Life (aka Wise Thoughts for Every Day)
• Tolstoy, Leo – War and Peace
• Tolstoy, Leo – What Men Live by and Other Tales
• Turgenev, Ivan Sergeevich – Fathers and Children
• Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
• Twain, Mark – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
• Twain, Mark – The $30,000 Bequest

• Voltaire – Candide
• Virgil – The Aeneid

• Wallace, David Foster – “9/11: The View From the Midwest”
• Wallace, David Foster – “All That”
• Wallace, David Foster – “An Interval”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Asset”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Backbone”
• Wallace, David Foster – ”Brief Interviews with Hideous Men”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Consider the Lobster”
• Wallace, David Foster – “David Lynch Keeps His Head
• Wallace, David Foster – “E Unibus Pluram: Television and U.S. Fiction”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Everything is Green”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Federer as Religious Experience”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Good People”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Host”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Incarnations of Burned Children”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Little Expressionless Animals”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Several Birds”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Shipping Out: On the (nearly lethal) comforts of aluxury cruise”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Tennis, Trigonometry, Tornadoes: A Midwestern Boyhood”
• Wallace, David Foster – “The Weasel, Twelve Monkeys And The Shrub”
• Wallace, David Foster – “The String Theory”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Ticket to the Fair”
• Wallace, David Foster – “Wiggle Room”

• Wharton, Edith – The Age of Innocence
• Whitman, Walt – Leaves of Grass
• Wilde, Oscar – Picture of Dorian Gray
• Wilde, Oscar – The Importance of Being Earnest

• Woolf, Virgina – A Room of One’s Own
• Woolf, Virginia – Mrs Dalloway
• Woolf, Virginia – To the Lighthouse
• Woolf, Virginia – The Voyage Out


The Open Culture site says that,

“Even though we sometimes give Amazon’s Kindle a hard time, the device is undoubtedly handy for reading e-books. The Kindle lets you seamlessly download books straight from Amazon in a matter of seconds. And, even better, you can load the Kindle with thousands of free e-books from sources such as Project Gutenberg. (Few people know this.) This guide will show you how to download a free book from Project Gutenberg, and then read it on your Kindle. You can also find many free ebooks for the Kindle in our Free eBook collection.”


350 X $5.99 = $2096.50

350 X $0 = $0


OPENCULTURE OPENCULTURE is an outstanding example of the use of the New Media tools in bringing 350 of the Great Classics together so that they can be downloaded directly from the Openculture site and thereby performing a great service to the public.

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