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Here is a list of links to websites with information I reference a lot for research on my books, and a long list of websites with ebooks available 

including spiritual and religious ebook sites

Misc Ebook & Sacred Text Ebook Sites:


English Free Ebook Sites

Abacci Books This unusual site makes Project Gutenberg free e-book classics available for download together with reviews of those books from Includes links to buy a hard copy if desired. Access books by author, title, category or most popular.

Abacci eBooks Over a thousand free e-books for the Pocket PC & the PC (LIT files formatted for Microsoft Reader). Includes reviews. A selection of both classic & lesser-known works, thanks to site owner Peter Shanks, who personally formatted many.

Alive & Free A page of links to some recent books from living authors available free on-line. Warning: many controversial authors & titles here.

Ask Sam ebooks  Free searchable e-books. Some classic literature, US Govt reports, legislative, legal, judicial & political documents. NB: Requires registration & downloading the free askSam viewer software to use. Check file size before downloading e-books, as some can be very large.

Asiaing Offers an eclectic mix of news about magazines, books, reports & other reading and viewing material. The e-book section offers online access to a varied range of intelligent, non-fiction books, and in some cases PDF downloads.

Authorama  A selection of Public Domain classic books or Creative Commons licensed texts. In XHTML, for your Web browser. Mostly in English, some German. From Philipp Lenssen of Stuttgart.

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts is a collection of public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy. You can search for and display texts from the collection & also search their content, & even create on-the-fly PDFs for offline reading or printing.

arXiv e-Prints Includes e-Print "preprints" in physics, mathematics, biology, finance, statistics, nonlinear sciences, and computer sciences. From Cornell University with assistance from the National Science Foundation (USA), the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (USA) and the University of Adelaide (Australia). Formats include PDF, PostScript, and DVI. Gives open access to over half a million e-prints.
NB: There are mirror sites in Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, UK, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia, Spain, Taiwan, & USA.

Athena Thousands of mainly French and Swiss-authored e-texts, across a broad range of especially Literature, Science & the Arts. In .html &. rtf versions. Also many links to famous works in German, Dutch & English too. Prepared or linked for the Web by the University of Geneva. Expand your mind & education here. The Encyclopedia of World History and The Harvard Classics are among many free texts offered at this award-winning site. Many classic reference works are available here.

Baen Free Library
Participating authors place free electronic versions of their works here, usually the first novel or novels in an ongoing series. More than forty writers are represented, essentially in the Science Fiction/Fantasy genres. You can either read them online, or download zipped file versions in HTML, Microsoft Reader, Palm/Mobipocket, Rocket/Ebookwise or RTF formats. Registration is requested. This site features a select list of specialised websites related to literature, including free online e-books.

Bibliomania Offers more than 2,000 free classic texts, plus reference books, biographies and other research works. In HTML format, readable by your web browser.

Bibliotheca Augustana A Latin e-library. Includes Bibliothecae Latina, Graeca, Anglica, Gallica, Germanica, Hispanica, Italica, Iiddica, Lusitana, Polonica et Russica.  Collectio textuum electronicorum. Hae paginae proponent Musa adiuvante in lingua Latina - facta et ficta.

Bookboon Free travel guides & academic books for students, in PDF format. The texts are sponsored by in-book advertisements, and are mostly in English, with a few others in Danish, Dutch, German and Swedish. Note that these are large downloads, more suitable for broadband.

Bookrags have 1,500 classic titles available, for Palm or other handheld devices.

CELT (Corpus of Electronic Texts). Over one thousand Irish literary, historical & cultural texts, in Irish, Latin, Anglo-Norman French, and English. Presented in HTML, with a searchable online database. An initiative of University College, Cork, Republic of Ireland.

CogPrints Cognitive Sciences Eprint* Archive - Includes a wide variety of papers in psychology,neuroscience, linguistics, philosophy, biology, medicine, anthropology and computer science. Material dates back as far as 1950, although most of it dates since 1990

Complete Works of William Shakespeare but minus his poetry at present. The plays can be read either as a continuous text or by individual scenes. For reading online, in HTML.

Cornell University Library Historical Monographs   Comprises 441 general monographs made available for online viewing as TIFF images, for personal or research use only. Languages include English, Dutch, French, German, Latin, Portuguese & Spanish. A fascinating mishmash of topics, including some science.

Diesel Gratis Collection Over 750 free e-books representing more than 400 authors, formatted for both Microsoft Reader and Mobipocket. Includes classic American and British fiction, U.S. history, children's literature, Shakespeare, African-American documents and more. Browsable by author, title or subject . From Diesel eBooks.

The Digital Book Index  "A Union catalog(ue) of Electronic books, texts and documents." The Digital Book Index provides links to more than 144,000 full-text digital books from more than 1,800 commercial and non-commercial publishers, universities, and private sites. You can search this site byauthor, title etc or browse by subjects or specific publisher lists. Please note however that not all material is free. An extremely useful resource however for tertiary students and scholars.

Dr Jack Cross's Electronic Archive A collection of Dr Jack Cross's writings, plus major historical works deposited with the Bodleian Library. Many are PDFs. Under "Fragments of our Lives: Primary Sources" includes many of the seminal historical source documents of the modern Western world, from Homer's The Odyssey and The Iliad, & The History of Herodotus toThe Anglo Saxon Chronicle and key works by Dante, Milton, Goethe, Darwin and many more.

The Digital Library of the Commons (DLC) An archive of international literature on "the commons" (i.e. that which is held in common or by a community).  Many useful features for both readers and contributing authors. Includes a full-text Digital Library of articles, papers, and dissertations, a Working Paper Archive of author-submitted papers, and links to relevant references.

Digital Library for Earth System Education: DLESE Over 5,000 searchable educational resources. Items are also organized into themes or collections, broadly as environmental, geographical, geological, oceanographical and other physical sciences; space science and technology; policy and educational issues and the philosophy of science. Resources are not archived on site but in a variety of collaborating collections. Funded by the National Science Foundation (USA).

Digital Library of Information Science and Technology: dLIST A repository of over 1,400 electronic resources in many subject areas, especially Library and Information Science (LIS), digital Web disciplines and Information Technology (IT). Contains published and unpublished papers, data sets instructional and help materials, pathfinder , reports & bibliographies. So far in English only. User registration required to access some areas. In HTML or PDF.

Ebooks Online Library Around thirty-six authors ranging from Aesop to Sun Tzu, with huge representation of Arnold Bennett, Anton Chekhov, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack London, Edgar Allan Poe & Oscar Wilde, plus a goodly measure of Ambrose Bierce, Jules Verne, Jane Austen & Mark Twain.

Elfwood Elfwood is a huge, non-profit home to amateur Fantasy/Sci-Fi literature and art, plus some How -To Guides and fan art. The site holds over half a million works of art & literature by over 35,000 Science Fiction/Fantasy artists and writers. Formerly hosted by a Swedish computer society, Lysator.

The E Server Bit of a mind flip might be an exaggeration, but there is certainly nothing stodgy about this large (over 35,000) & contemporary collection of online intellectual texts & resources. Based at the University of Washington. The illustrated subject links are a nice touch too.

Electronic Text Collections in Western European Literature  Links site for literary texts in Western European languages other than English. Languages include Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Icelandic, Irish, Italian, Norwegian, Old Norse, Portuguese,Romanian, Spanish & Swedish.

Electronic Texts On The Internet  A useful links page with over sixty entries. For some light relief, check out the Shakespearean Insult Generator.

Ebooks4free is in transition to a new, automated site version, so only a limited amount of the previous site is available at present. Prior description:Links to" free e-books and manuscripts, historical documents & literature, religion & magik, audio readings and much more.." Multilingual site - languages include English, Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Latin. The inner search engine actually translates into three languages: English Italian and (surprisingly!) Latin. In plain text, RTF, HTML, downloadable files, or as PDFs.

Elegant Solutions Software Company have a great free e- book site, with books downloadable to your PC: Motto:" Ebooks for people who think". Don't forget to check out the children's page there, for wonderful classic tales for young & old. In Microsoft Reader and Mobipocket formats.

EuroDocs  Primary historical documents from Europe (including Russia, Belarus and Ukraine). Selected Transcriptions, Facsimiles and Translations. Presented as: Prehistoric & Ancient Europe,Medieval & Renaissance Europe, Europe as a Supranational Region, and some forty-seven national jurisdictions ranging from tiny Andorra to the major states to Vatican City.

Europeana This recent (Nov.2008) resource, still in Beta, represents an ambitious pan-European project co-funded by the European Union. It provides links to over 4 million digital items in text, picture, sound or video forms held by contributing European institutions (libraries, archives, museums, galleries & research institutes).

FlipBooks Books prepared to be read in the FlipViewer (see Software Page). A highly visual format especially suitable for displaying albums of images etc.

Franklin Free Library Thousands of free titles in text and HTML file formats. Some titles are also available for purchase as Franklin Reader formatted e-books.

Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyberbooks  Over fifty new novels ranging over many genres, including SF/Fantasy, mystery, romance, humour and lots more. A gift from new authors seeking your attention. How about Isildur, Brian K. Crawford's Lord of the Rings prequel?  Either as HTML or asdownloadable files. Warning, browsing here may be addictive...

Great Books Index   From Aeschylus to Virginia Woolf - links to online works, in English translation, by more than 130 classic authors. Please check for any copyright restrictions (which may in a few cases apply for other than reading online). A redoubtable effort from Ken Roberts of Ontario, Canada.

Great Books and Classics Provides free HTML online versions of many famous authors from before 200 BC to the 20th Century. Linked with for commercial print offerings of the titles.

Internet Classics Archive More than 440 mainly Greco-Roman texts, with some Chinese and Persian. By 59 different authors. In English translation. For online reading, some downloads available.

Internet Public Library Over 20,000 free books available online. The Internet Public Library's Mission Statement says: " The Internet Public Library (IPL), is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment at the University of Michigan School of Information. The IPL Online Texts Collection contains over 20,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal

Journals Free The University of Nevada's Reno Libraries offer links to about 1500 free online academic journals, on almost 100 subjects. Organised alphabetically. A wonderful public resource.

 Kurt Stüber's Online Library - historic and modern biology books Over 400 books on biological subjects, many currently out of print and hard to obtain. Mostly German authors, but luminaries such as Charles Darwin are also present. In German, with some English and French (a few works are old enough to be in Latin). Online, in text chapters or as individual scanned pages. Browse the collection by author, title, category or publication date. Site presented in English and German versions.

Literature @ SunSITE Collection of digital literary texts from famous, mostly U.S.authors. May be read online, printed, or downloaded for further study. Free e-books for PDAs +. At last count about 24,000 public domain e-books from Project Gutenberg and elsewhere. They're available here either to read online in plain text, or formatted to download for the Adobe Reader, (Palm) eReader, Palm Doc, iSilo, Rocketbook and other softwares.
*Go to"WAP-enabled" ( for free e-books for your mobile phone (cellphone), including the iPhone. For PSP (PlayStation Portable)-friendly e-books, visit :

Memidex Free online dictionary/thesaurus. Browse alphabetically or use the simple FIND box. The database is derived from an expanded and improved version of Princeton University's WordNet. Both UK & US spellings here - a goodie!

Memoware have lots of free documents in a multiplicity of categories and a variety of formats for Palms & other PDAs. Award-winning site.

MIT OpenCourseWare An ambitious & generous plan to make all Massachusetts Institute of Technology course materials available on the Internet, for free download. Materials for 1900 courses are now accessible (the (project began at the end of September 2003). Materials are in English, but a number are also available in Spanish & Portuguese. Presented in HTML.  
Course list at

National Academy Press Read over 3,000 National Academy science, engineering, and health texts free online - others are for purchase. You can also buy print copies if you wish. These e-books represent the cream of U.S. research & policy opinion in these fields. Texts are presented in a fully-searchable "Open Book" format, which also allows for page browsing & internal links. Open Book" is HTML, & moreover the format is prepared so that you can send people an individual page reference as an URL. PDFs are also available. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences provides this site.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations (NDLTD) Links to digital theses/dissertations available in Australia, Canada, many European nations, Hong Kong, Taiwan & the USA.

Online Books Page This University of Pennsylvania site offers access links to more than 35,000 books online. Plain presentation, but well worth the browse.

Online Medieval and Classical Library From The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle to Yvain, or The Knight With the Lion, & including such works as: The Lay of the Cid, The Song of Roland, the Nibelungenlied, Orlando Furioso, the High History of the Holy Graal, many Icelandic sagas, some Chaucer & much else besides. In HTML for reading online, or download in PKZIP v.2.04g compressed format. Thanks to Douglas B. Killings, Sun Systems & the University of California at Berkeley.

Oxford Text Archive From Oxford University, this archive was founded in 1976. High-quality, well-documented electronic texts for research and teaching. More than 2,500 resources in over 25 different languages. A premium academic resource. Public domain texts are freely available from the on-line catalogue and may be downloaded in a number of different formats. Some texts require the user to obtain the written permission of the original depositor.

Pennsylvania State University Electronic Classics Site: " The Labyrinth" PSU's e-books are presented as .pdf files (Portable Document Format). Read them with the Adobe Reader. Established in 1997, the site offers many classical works of literature in English, plus original works published by Penn. State Uni.

Perseus Project A great classical digital library site, with Greek & Latin texts, commentaries, an atlas, coin images, art, archaeology and more.

Project Libellus The University of Washington, Seattle, provides this library of Latin texts, readable in your web browser. In HTML & TeX (a subset of ASCII). Thirteen classical Latin authors represented.

Project Madurai Tamil Digital Library under preparation by voluntary effort. So far over 240 works in Tamil script are available, in TSCII (Tamil Script Code for Information Interchange) format. Old Tamil classic works predominate so far. Use a Unicode font with Tamil block and select "unicode/utf-8" charset in your browser preferences to read here.

Project Runeberg  Project Runeberg publishes free electronic editions of old Nordic literature on the Internet. Since 1992. More than 300 titles, mostly in Swedish, Norwegian, Danish & Icelandic.

PalmPilot Archives Many sites featuring free or for-purchase texts formatted for Palm readers.

PDF Books  This new site offers around 4,700 downloadable public domain e-books, classified alphabetically by author. They're all .pdf files, but you can have them either as standard PDF or mobile versions for a small screen (with five times as many pages).

Planet eBook A collection of around forty leading classic novels, in English, as PDF files. There are no restrictions on the non-commercial use of these quality editions.

Planet PDF Free eBooks area Recent asset for popular classic novels in the PDF format - nearly seventy here. Also offers nitroPDF software, an alternative to Adobe.

Planetfreebook 2009 site offering a collection of 4,000+ classic, public domain titles arranged alphabetically by author surname, forename and title. Cookbooks section too. Texts are in PDF format for the Adobe Reader and other PDF readers. No registration required.

PocketPC Books  More than forty free e- books (mostly popular classics) in over a dozen genres, prepared for the PocketPC in Microsoft Reader (.lit format). These editions are under a creative commons licence, so they can also be copied or given away freely (unaltered and for non-commercial purposes). The home page is available in six European languages.

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg is the original free digital library of books no longer in copyright. So you'll find a great many classic literary texts here. The full Gutenberg collection now exceeds 28,000 books. The whole collection represents a monumental effort in unpaid, unselfish, labour since 1971.

PublicLiterature.Org   Samples of the work of established and aspiring writers (e.g. poetry, book excerpts, short stories & plays), presented as a blog. Also around 70 classic books online as text, many also as audio.

Qvadis Library offers nearly 6,000 e-text titles in 32 categories, all free. All formatted for Palm OS devices.

Read Print A great selection of free classic novels, stories, plays and non-fiction available to read online, from over 3,500 authors. Browse the author list for your favourites.

Soil And Health Library Free public library offering books on holistic agriculture (around 80 works), holistic health, self-sufficient living, and personal development.

Scorpius Digital Publishing have many free e-books available at: Only in Microsoft Reader however.

Tale Wins Marleen Roberts' site for authors & readers. Free books in a range of genres, e.g. romance, adventure, westerns, kids books, short stories. As exe files or PDFs, or read some online in HTML.

Universal Library (under development) "The principal benefit of the Universal Library will be to supplement the formal education system by making knowledge available to anyone who can read and has access." A project of Carnegie Mellon University & the governments of China & India - much of the scanning will be done in the latter two countries. The million books project will have considerable content in many Indian and Chinese languages, as well as English. For more information about this far-reaching initiative see:

University of California eScholarship Editions  This collection generously includes over 500 books on scholarly topics marked for general public access. Online in chapters, for your Web browser.

University of Virginia Electronic Text Center has more than 10,000 publicly accessible texts inthirteen languages (& over 164,000 publicly available images). These texts are available to web browsers, but in addition there are 2,000 + e-books available (in English) for MS Reader & Palm Reader.

Virtual Library "The Virtual Library is the oldest catalog of the web, started by Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of html and the Web itself. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers, who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert…" Sixteen primary categories to check out, or use the search engine.

World eBook Library . For a small annual fee, offers access to over 500,000 PDF e-books and e-documents, plus 7,000 mp3 audio books. From the World Electronic Text Library Foundation, based in Honolulu, Hawaii. eLibrary Links to over 2,200 free e-books in html, for reading online. In sixteen broad categories, also includes journals & magazines.

WebLiterature This recent site, a worthy private effort from Mrs S Dey, aims to supply much free classic literature in English. Contents include nearly 7,000 titles - greatest novels, short stories, essays, poems and some non-fiction. For reading online, in chapters.

Witguides Large range of topics include health and fitness, computing, pets, parenting, sports, entertainment and more. NB: These books are prepared as downloadable zip files that you unzip to read offline. They show you relevant Amazon books you might like to read as well.

WORD IQ Over ten thousand online e-books, in plain text. Available in order of popularity or search for title.


Religious, Spiritual, and Metaphysical books

 Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egyptian Pantheon Names
Descriptions & other information on the gods of old Egypt.

Egyptian Book of the Dead - The Papyrus of Ani; Egyptian Book of the Dead.

Ra and the Serpent  Egyptian myth of creation.

 Asian Classic Texts
The Asian Classics Input Project works to preserve disappearing books containing the great ideas of the Eastern half of humanity, and to make these books and ideas accessible to the world at large. Downloadable mainly as zipped text & rtf files. Includes ACIP Release V: World.Wide.Wisdom. Over 200 previously unreleased titles from the classics of traditional Asian philosophy in the Tibetan language.


Bahá'í Sacred Writings and other books, articles etc. To read online, or downloadable as text, rtf or Word documents. A Baha'i library Online.

The Kitáb-i-Aqdas

The Kitáb-i-Iqán

the Hidden Words of Baha'u'llah in HTML, with a FLASH version also. Both at:


BuddhaNet These Buddhist texts may be read online with the Adobe Reader or variants thereof. Texts are presently available in English (UK & US variants), French, German, Spanish & Japanese. The texts may also be downloaded as zipped .pdf files to read offline.

Buddhist Reading Room  Sutras & other content for online reading in HTML. Includes Dharma Stories, lessons, verses, poems.

Hundred Mountain Reading Room  Excerpts from Buddhist books and articles, plus notes, talks and verses.

Online Dharma Resources
Provides access to an extensive collection of Buddhist texts and information across the range of Buddhist schools and traditions (Theravada, Mahayana, Tibetan/Vajrayana, Zen, Chan, Pure Land, Jodo Shinshu, and Korean Buddhism).

Sacred Texts: Buddhism
In English, for reading online. Includes modern (early 20th century) compilations of the Buddhist Canon, plus texts of Northern & Southern Buddhist schools,Tibetian Buddhism and much else.

More Buddhist e-books and resources for online reading.

Cao Dai

Centre for Studies in Caodaism (Sydney)
Online full text Cao Dai scriptures & books, articles, images,& audio-visuals, in Vietnamese, French & English. Includes information on the history, organization, philosophy and practice of Caodaism. An Australian archive in HTML, thanks to Cong-Tam Dao of the University of Sydney.



The Holy Bible (King James version) for online reading.

The NET Bible (New English Translation) a completely new translation of the Bible. Includes many thousands of hyperlinked (clickable) translator's notes (which may include theological opinion). Online in HTML. Courtesy of

The Bible, New International Version Online, in individual chapters.
UK version:
US version
Note usage restrictions as explained at the top of the Biblegateway webpage.

The Holy Bible, Douay-Rheims Version, in HTML

New American Bible, from United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in HTML

 Old & New Testaments of the Bible formatted for your mobile device or mobile/cell phone. Old Testament & New Testament as one download each. King James version.

Latin Vulgate Bible, for Palm
This I.8MB .prc file download requires a Palm DOC reader. Find under "L" in the many Bible versions available free at:

Old and New Testament books in groups, in PilotDoc format, zipped.

New Testament TNIV version to search, browse and read online, in plain text.

Bible Downloads for Palm OS, Pocket PC, Smartphone and some Symbian devices A variety of Bible versions, plus reader software, available in English, plus Albanian, Arabic, Basque, Byzantine & modern Greek, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Latin, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish, Tagalog. Also other historical versions e.g, Wyclif Bible. Many other free Christian resources here, plus others available to buy.

 The Bible, text search of New International Version, in 19 languages.

The Bible, text search of Revised Standard Version

The Bible, text search of New American Standard Version

 Christian Classics Ethereal Library
Huge collection of significant Christian works. Especially in English, but with some Russian & Chinese e-texts, plus a few in Latin, Greek, French, German, Czech, Italian & Spanish. Many In ThML (Theological Markup Language, an XML variant), or in HTML. Also as online facsimile, plain text, Open eBook, Palm DocBook, or Microsoft Reader formats. Some MP3 audio files also. Browse collection by author, title, subject, language, format or tag. From Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Missouri.

Christian Latin - Online versions of Christian Latin texts from Abelard to Thomas à Kempis.

The Catholic Encyclopedia (1914 edition), for online reading or consultation. Hyperlinked.

Some Catholic devotional works formatted for Palm OS and MS Word.


Project Wittenberg Works by and about Martin Luther and other Lutherans.

Project Wittenberg's Lutheran Electronic Archive: gives priority to documents written by Luther or about Luther. Documents by other Lutherans and Lutheran churches or organizations are produced to a lesser extent. The majority of the works are in HTML or text format.

The Walther Library also provides links to a broader range of Protestant and Lutheran works at:


Orthodox Church The St. Pachomius Library, an encyclopædia of Orthodox Christianity. In HTML.
Note: For an explanation of the current relationships among the Coptic, Eastern Orthodox and Ethiopian churches see:

Early Christian Writings: New Testament, Apocrypha, Gnostics, Church Fathers. In HTML. Some 150 texts here, a substantial collection.

The Ecole Initiative - a "Hypertext Encyclopedia of Early Church History," up to the Reformation. This site is archival in nature. It contains Short Essays, Long Essays and a cross-indexed timeline.

 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons)  The Book of Mormon,
online by chapters in HTML. Downloadable version (.pdb file) for Palm & Windows CE devices also available. Other Mormon e-texts here too, viz. Doctrine and Covenants, Pearl of Great Price, Study Helps.

The Gospel of Thomas
The "Scholars' Translation" of the Gospel of Thomas, by Stephen Patterson and Marvin Meyer.

Gospel of Thomas commentary

The Gnostic Society Library  A comprehensive collection of Gnostic texts online. Over a thousandtranslated documents, including all major Gnostic writings and anti-Gnostic patristic texts. Also audio lectures in RealAudio &mp3 formats. All the texts may be searched across using the Gnosis Archive Index search engine.

 Ecclesiastical calendar conversion. Warning - this gets complicated.

Desiderata - Meaning, that which is to be desired. Much concentrated & timeless wisdom here. Click on the image to read the words below.

Epic of Gilgamesh Summary of the fullest version of the ancient text, written by the oldest-known named human author, Shin-eqi-unninni. This version derived from twelve stone tablets in the Akkadian language found at Nineveh in the ruins of the library of Ashurbanipal, king of Assyria 669-633 B.C.


The Vedas - claimed to be mankind's oldest scriptures, and considered by Hindus to be a direct revelation of God. Read online in HTML. In 7 parts and 21 chapters. English translation by Professor Raimon Panikkar. Click on the Vedic Experience link.
Collection of online HTML Hindu e-books and PDFs, many free.

Bhagavad-Gita. In audio versions in16 languages, or as HTML in English only.

Dharmic Scriptures. This page at present contains the four Vedas as a zipped Word file for downloading, plus Vedas Exerpts, Vedic Samhitas & Brahmanas Introduction, and the Upanishads, as Word files. Plus over 200 Upanishads and some Puranas as pdfs, with more planned, and the Puranas in English as a zipped file.

Upanishads - The Texts  “Upanishad” means, “be seated at the feet of the Guru to receive the teaching.“ Available individually online, or downloadable gathered as one PDF file.

Upanishads - Transliteration Key

Dvaita Text Resources  Some classic Hindu texts as PDF files in Sanskrit, some with Roman script versions. Some audio lectures as streaming mp3 also.

Hindu Insights  Many mini-texts on Hinduism for reading on this award-winning site.

Ars Floreat
A number of spiritual and sacred texts, including the Bible, the Koran, Plato and some Hindu scriptures, presented in Dutch, from an overall philosophical basis of the Advaita Vedanta tradition of India. In PDF.

The Tolerance of Hinduism by Jagdish R. Singh. A novel illustrating precepts and principles of Hinduism. As a PDF.



The Koran (Qur'an)

The Qur'an, in four side-by-side English translations; plus versions in up to twenty other languages. Available by chapters for online reading.

The Koran An electronically scanned version of M. H. Shakir's English translation of the Holy Qur'an, as published by Tahrike Tarsile Qur'an, Inc., in searchable SGML form.

The Koran in the original Arabic, downloadable as a full e-reader software program with support for various fonts and font sizes, 2D animations, MP3 audio sounds, search engine, text color, underline color, tags etc, as prepared by Samir Alicehajic of Zagreb, Croatia. English and German translations are included in the "Islam 7.02" version software. Bosnian, Dutch, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese & Turkish translations which may be imported into the above software are also available. An online HTML English Koran translation, plus Hadith (sayings of the Prophet) also feature on this site.

Holy Qur'an Viewer, version 2.7. Supports Multiple Qur'an Languages, Remote Recitation, Manuscripts. Size: 4.21 MB, an .exe file. Platform: Win95,Win98,WinME,WinNT 4.x,WinXP,Windows2000.

Hadith Viewer Free Multilingual Hadith software as developed by Jamal Al-Nasir. Full Arabic text of Ahadith agreed upon by Imam's Bukhari and Muslim is built into this Hadith Viewer, along with an English translation. English translation of a collection of over 1900 Ahadith compiled by Imam Nawawi also provided. Supports plug-in Hadith collections in different languages.

Hadith (Sayings and Traditions) A variety of texts online in HTML, some audio also.

Stories of the Prophets (as a : 2.65 MB Self Extracting EXE file).

International Islamic Digital Library "An ambitious project to create a centralized repository of knowledge on Islam and the Muslim communities which is authoritative, comprehensible & reliable".
This Malaysian initiative includes books, manuscripts, multimedia, theses, articles & conference papers. Users need to register.

Islam Denounces Terrorism, Terrorism: The Ritual of the Devil, and other free titles available as online e-books in HTML or download as .pdf files.

Harun Yahya Islamic books online in HTML, from noted Turkish author Harun Yahya. Many titles available in English here. Other languages accessible from the site.


Shi'ite Encyclopedia (Revised 2001 edition). View online in HTML. Or download chapter by chapter in Text or MS Word, or the entire encyclopedia as a zipped file.

The Tragedy of Al-Zahra' by Ayatollah`Allama Sayyid Ja'far Murtada al-`Amili, translated from the Arabic by Yasin T. al-Jibouri (Al-Zahra' refers to Fatima, only daughter of the prophet Muhammed, who became the wife of the Imam Ali). Online in HTML.

Islamic e-books (currently seven, more are planned) are offered here in English for downloading in PDF format. From the "Islamic Occasions Network".


Sufism, the Way of the Heart
"The Ways to God are as numerous as the breaths of humankind." -Sufi Tradition.

Sufiportal. Sufi e-books in German and English.

Selections from the Diwan of Shaykh Muhammad ibn al-Habib

The Hikam of Ibn 'Ata'llah

The Jaina Sutras - Akaranga Sutra and Kalpa Sutra, plus a variety of other Jain texts.
Online in plain text and HTML.



Note: The Hebrew Bible or Tanakh is roughly equivalent to the Christian Old Testament, and has three parts, Torah, Nevi'im & Ketuvim. The Torah, in the narrow sense (the Written Torah) is the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Bible. The Nevi'im are the Prophets - Samuel, Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and the Twelve Minor Prophets. The Ketuvim is the Writings, including Psalms and Proverbs, Esther and Ecclesiastes, Daniel, Chronicles, Ruth, and the love poetry of Song of Songs. If you take the T (from Torah), the N (from Nevi'im) and the K (from Ketuvim), and put them together in one word, you have TNK. Add some vowels and it becomes the Tanakh.Text versions of the Torah, Nevi'im & Ketuvim are available in English with some useful further information at:

Two other English translations, including a useful scholarly version (Kaplan) with hyperlinked translator's notes. Hebrew and Aramaic versions should be available from this site also,

The Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) in four HTML language editions - Hebrew, Aramaic, English and parallel Hebrew and English. Zipped version available for download. Book-by-book printer-friendly version and MP3 recordings of the books of the Hebrew Bible also provided, plus The JPS Bible for the Palm Pilot. A Torah encyclopedia as well, in a single ZIP in English, and other Torah resources, all from:

Jewish Torah Audio. Hundreds of hours of commentary, stories, poetry etc, all in RealAudio or downloadable audio format, plus some text. Describes itself as "The first world-wide Jewish audio since Mount Sinai".

Divrei Torah -- Commentaries. Many sources online - provides links to a huge variety of divrei torah.

Seforim e-books
Hundreds of seforim (Hebrew books by rabbis) as Adobe .pdfs. also distribute old and out of print Hebrew books in PDf for free. As well there are some audio shiurim as mp3 files.

 Myths & Legends

Encyclopedia Mythica


One Proverb
A collection of illuminating proverbs and sayings from around the world, available in two ways.
Firstly, provides random proverbs and sayings online in HTML. Also as free e-books for Palm eReader,MobiPocket and iSilo readers, and (in beta) for iPods.

 Sprituality (various)

Advaita (Non-duality) Spiritual e-books Including Nothing Personal, Living from the Heart, Beyond No Self' and Gifts with No Giver. Available as PDFs for download, or elsewhere on the site to read online in HTML format.

Ishaya Tradition Offers 5 e-books referring to the Ascension meditation technique of this group, claiming spiritual lineage from the Apostle John. As PDF files for download.

Pantheism The religion of nature. Basic beliefs and Belief statement.

Religion of Expressionism (Chiropractic) A 5.27Mb PDF download requiring the Adobe Reader.

Science and Health with the Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy, to read online in HTML

Spiritwatch Around a dozen free e-books available (link at top) covering a range of New Age, Psychic and Spiritual subjects and life issues. Reincarnation and karma are major themes. Online in HTML.

Summum Bonum The return of Amen Ra. Online in HTML, or downloadable as a self-extracting .exe file (instructions on site) for Windows, Macintosh, Palm &Pocket PC.

Theosophical texts online
A large collection in plain text, including books by Blavatsky, Judge, Tingley, Purucker, and others; introductory manuals on theosophy and material on the world's sacred traditions.

The Milk Is White A synthesis of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and the author's own insights. This book is a very large file (almost 3 MB in Word, 1.7 MB in PDF), so if you don't have broadband patience is required - one of the virtues extolled here. In Microsoft Word format and PDF; may be opened while online or saved to your hard disk.


The Kojiki (excerpts), the Nihongi (excerpts), the Yengishiki (Shinto Rituals). PlusThe Book of Tea & other texts.


Shri Guru Granth Sahib in text form, the thirty one ragas.

Select writings - IN HTML, English with Sanskrit.



The Tao Te Ching online, in English. Plus the Chuang-tzu, I Ching and other works. Further links to a wide variety of Taoist texts and commentaries.

Zen/Western Zen

Zen Buddhism A treasury of Zen texts. In html or plain text.

Zen Guide Koans, stories & collected words online. Pithy and provocative. In plain text.

The Tao Of Programming & much else
Modern internationalism -from Russia with love, in English, some classic & Modern Zen texts.

Zen Fun
Sparkling haiku casting those horror messages from your PC's operating system into a more spiritual plane of thought.


Zoroastrian Archives. Provide the complete text of the Avesta, the most ancient scriptures of Zoroastrianism, as well as many Pahlavi scriptures. It also includes information about the Avestan language, and other useful information for students of Zoroastrian religion.

 The Internet Sacred Text Archive at:


Free audio books
Spanish language audiobooks, free, for personal use only. The text is available also. As mp3s for download, or play online. Says one fan: Alba tiene una voz de angel, es muy facil entenderla.

  ALK Libri Some classic, mostly Western European works, read in Italian. You may listen online free (more suitable for broadband). In mp3 or ogg vorbis format.

Audiobooks for free
Many classics of literature available, in 25 categories (including Adventure, Crime Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Westerns, Thrillers, Martial Arts, Spy Stories, Historical & Humour). Also a few non-fiction items. All as mp3 files. However only files playing at 8 Kb/sec files are free. Requires registration, & the supply of some personal information.

 Japanese Classical Literature at Bedtime From The Cat and the Mouse to the Pillow Book, Japanese language audiobooks as mp3 files, most with a Creative Commons licence. From a modest and helpful soul. Some have links to the e-text.

Fiction, non-fiction, poetry & dramatic works are available here as mp3's and ogg vorbis files.* These are free audiobooks from the public domain, and you'll find many of your old favourites here. Volunteers are also welcome to record individual book chapters or whole books. A constantly growing mega-site (1,500 books available at last check).

Litterature Audio (French language) More than 170 authors and over 300 works represented here in mp3, from the cream of French literature. Some Greek & Latin texts too, and more modern Western classics from Shakespeare to the brothers Grimm. C'est magnifique!

Read Listening ( = leerescuchando) Another new Spanish language site (mid-2008) offers many popular classics in audio form, todo en formato mp3 y completamente gratis (all in mp3 format and completely free). Classics, children's classics, poetry, history, unpublished works and more. Unless otherwise specified, the content is available under the GNU Free Documentation License.

Ulitka A large collection of works by both Russian and European authors, read in Russian. In mp3.

Vorleser Around 550 German language audiobooks in mp3, from around 150 authors. Mostly German and European literature, with text links often included. For download at CD quality. Das ist gut! * Ogg Vorbis format files are open source audio of a higher fidelity than mp3.


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