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!
ART E- BOOKS FOR FREE
Quick Links to 100 of FREE Art e-books:
- Gold Coast Art Classe’s Hits and Tips section lists 100 of the best free art e-books with visual image of each book.
- Hundreds of Free Art E-Book includes biographies, books illustrated by Wyeth and other artists.
- The Color of Art: Free Artist Reference Books and eBooks has hundreds of FREE public domain artists reference ebooks on oil painting, watercolor painting and others.
MORE ON FREE BOOKS FROM THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART
Earlier this year, the Guggenheim Museum put online 65 modern art books, giving you free access to books introducing the work of Alexander Calder, Edvard Munch, Francis Bacon, Gustav 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.
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:
- Al-Andalus: The Art of Islamic Spain
- American Impressionism and Realism: The Painting of Modern Life, 1885–1915
- American Art Posters of the 1890s in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Degas: The Artist’s Mind
- Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomical Drawings from the Royal Library
- Masterpieces of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- The Art of Illumination
- Vermeer and the Delft School
- Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Words and Images: Chinese Poetry, Calligraphy, and Painting
FREE LITERATURE E-BOOKS
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:
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
• Beckett, Samuel – Waiting for Godot
• Bronte, Charlotte – Jane Eyre
• Bronte, Emily – Wuthering Heights
• 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
• 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”