For reading the classics
▪ Gutenberg.org makes public-domain titles available for downloading to an e-reader or reading in a browser window. The U.S. site has 54,000, and you can find some it doesn’t have— including Orwell’s 1984 and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway—on Gutenberg.net .au, the nonprofit’s counterpart in Aus tra lia, where copyright laws are less strict.
▪ OpenLibrary.com aims to catalog every digitally available book in the world and already has a selection of classics available.
▪ Read.gov is maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress and offers free digitized versions of books for all ages, including many children’s classics and some for adults. Type “classic books” in the site’s search window.
▪ Shakespeare.mit.edu, run by the student newspaper of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has since 1993 offered an online database of William Shakespeare’s complete works, poetry included.