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Just in time for the Holidays, we have compiled a list where you can obtain e-books on Art and Literature for free. Depending on the book, they can be downloaded and read on tablets, smartphones, and online. The hard part is figuring how to wrap them! Of course, you can also take them as our gift to you!


Quick Links to 100 of FREE Art e-books:


Earlier this year, the Guggenheim Museum put online 65 modern art books, giving you free access  to  books introducing the work of Alexander CalderEdvard MunchFrancis BaconGustav Klimt & Egon Schiele, and Kandinsky. Now, just a few short months later, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has launched MetPublications, a portal that will “eventually offer access to nearly all books, Bulletins, and Journals” published by the Met since 1870.

Right now, MetPublications makes available 370 out-of-print titles, including lots of informative and visually-packed art catalogs from the museum’s past exhibitions.

As the museum’s About MetPublications website explains:

“MetPublications includes a description and table of contents for almost every title, as well as information about the authors, reviews, awards, and links to related Met bibliographies by author, theme, or keyword. Current titles that are in-print may be previewed and fully searched online, with a link to purchase the book. “

You can read the books online, with artwork, or download them in PDF format (PDF downloads take some time, however, so be patient). When you rummage around, you’ll come across works like these and more:


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 collection includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

The site contains an e-book primer telling you how to access the books in different ways:

  • Read Online: explains how you can use Google books to read in a mobile format either in your computer or  smart phone.
  • Download: explains how you can use Project Gutenberg to download ebooks in multiple formats.
  • Kindle: explains how Open Culture provides links, to  free books from the Amazon’s Kindle store.

Check out these links for samples of books that you can get from Open Culture:

James Joyce Manuscripts Online, Free Courtesy of The National Library of Ireland 

375 Free eBooks: Download to Kindle, iPad/iPhone & Nook

450 Free Audio Books: Download Great Books for Free

Here are some of the thousands of titles you can download free, DIRECTLY, from the Open Source site:

• 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

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

• Conrad, Joseph – Lord Jim
• Conrad, Joseph – Heart of Darkness
• Conrad, Joseph – The Secret Agent

• Dickinson, Emily – Poems
• Dostoevsky, Fyodor – The Idiot
• Douglass, Frederick – Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
• Eliot, TS – Poems (Including “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”)
• Eliot, TS – The Waste Land

• Faulkner, William – The Collected Stories of William Faulkner

• Ibsen, Henrik – A Doll’s House
• Ibsen, Henrik – An Enemy of the People –
• Ibsen, Henrik – Hedda Gabler
• Ibsen, Henrik – Peer Gynt
• Joyce, James – A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
• Joyce, James – Dubliners
• Joyce, James – Finnegans Wake
• Joyce, James – Ulysses
• 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”

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


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