Recommendation: Open Library (free books as PDF scans)

To sit alone in the lamplight with a book spread out before you, and hold intimate converse with men of unseen generations – such is a pleasure beyond compare.
Kenko Yoshida

I read books digitally, and did digitize almost all of the books I have bought. So I’m always happy to stumble upon books as PDFs legally. Recently I stumbled upon the Open Library.


According to Wikipedia:

Open Library is an online project intended to create “one web page for every book ever published”. Created by Aaron Swartz, among others, Open Library is a project of the non-profit Internet Archive and has been funded in part by a grant from the California State Library and the Kahle/Austin Foundation.
It provides access to many public domain and out-of-print books, which can be read online.

Or from their website:

The World’s classic literature at your fingertips. Over 1,000,000 free ebook titles available.

I’ve just downloaded a very interesting book published in 1857 and it looks gorgeous. I highly recommend checking out their website. To quote from another book: “Christ, it’s so good to be alive.” To use my words — *happiness overflow* 🙂


  1. Hey glad you like it! I do most of the support work there, if I can answer any questions or give you more information, please let me know.

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