eBooks at Wayne State University

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eBook Formats

Some platforms allow you to choose the download format. The two most common formats are:


Most devices can read a PDF file, but it may be difficult to read on smaller screens.


Text flow is adjusted to fit the screen of your device (this may change the pagination). This format is used by Adobe Digital Editions and can be read on most devices including Apple and Android.  an open-standard file format for digital books and one of the most widely supported along with .pdf and .txt.  EPUB eBooks also support embedded content, allowing, for instance, a Flash video to be embedded within an ebook.

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The WSU Libraries have over 1,000,000 eBooks!  

Search across our collections using the Summon search box below. Refine results with filters for resource type, date, subject, and more.


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Open Source or Free eBooks

There are also many options for free eBooks on the Internet. Here are some of the most popular and well known sites:

Project Gutenberg

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"Offers over 40,000 free ebooks: choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online."

The Internet Archive - Texts

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"The Internet Archive Text Archive contains a wide range of fiction, popular books, children's books, historical texts and academic books."  Free to download.

Open Library

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Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.

Open eBooks

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Open eBooks is an app containing thousands of popular and award-winning titles that are free for children from in-need households. These eBooks can be read without checkouts or holds. Children from in-need families can access these eBooks, which include some of the most popular works of the present and past, using the Open eBooks app and read as many as they like without incurring any costs. The goal of Open eBooks is to encourage a love of reading and serve as a gateway to children reading even more often, whether in school, at libraries, or through other eBook reading apps.

Open eBooks is a partnership between Digital Public Library of America, The New York Public Library, and First Book, with content support from digital books distributor Baker & Taylor. This effort is made possible by generous commitments of publishers with funding support provided in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and is part of the White House ConnectED Initiative.

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Digital Public Library of America

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Digital Public Library of America

DPLA is aimed at giving universal access to digital resources of American libraries and archives.

Among contributing institutions there are New York Public Library, University of Michigan, Harvard University, and the LIbrary of Congress.

The Bookshelf catalog includes over 1.6 million items. Perform a search, and from a book detail page you’ll be redirected to a relevant website, where you can further read it online or download.


Les Miserables book from Europeana


Europeana offers access to millions of digitized items from European museums, libraries, and archives.

More than 2,000 European institutions across Europe contribute to the site, including the British Library and national libraries from many countries.

To find free public domain books, search for the author or title, and in the left-side panel narrow results by file type (“text”), and by copyright (“public domain marked”).

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