This is part three of my “Holy crap what am I going to do at home while I wait out COVID-19?” series.
Today, I’ve collected some links to FREE ebooks from Project Gutenberg. This group finds books and media that have fallen out of copyright and into the public domain. They then convert these materials into ebooks and PDFs that can be read online or downloaded to the device of your choice.
It isn’t all musty outdated stuff on there either. Some of the great horror classics, like The Invisible Man and Frankenstein, are available, too.
I love love love the wonderful work they do, although I admit the search function makes me rip my hair out. It’s a little bit tough to navigate, but it’s worth poking around to see what treasure you can unearth. Now that I am home ALL DAY like the rest of you, I’ve done a little digging for you, so you can check out some treasures without doing any of the work! You’re totally welcome.
Project Gutenberg has many short stories by fantasy and sci-fi legend Fritz Leiber, Check out this selection, including many from Galaxy Magazine, a sci fiction magazine from the 1960s.
Here’s a collection of speculative stories from Astounding Stories, which was later renamed Analog Science Fact & Fiction, from 1930 and 1931.
Did you know that Alice in Wonderland, the works of Edgar Allen Poe, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and Tarzan are in the public domain? Score your free copies here.
Frankenstein, the Invisible Man, The Island of Doctor Moreau, and the Strange Case of Doctor Jekyl and Mr. Hyde are free and in the public domain as well!
HP Lovecraft’s Dunwich Horror, The Shunned House, and Writing in the United Amateur, 1915-1922 are available free here.
HP Lovecraft supposedly drew inspiration for some of his weird tales from “Myths and Legends of our Own Lands” by Charles Skinner. It’s free on Project Gutenberg.
If you’re a fan of Philip K. Dick, we got you! Including stories from Orbit magazine.
And finally, I’ll leave you with the link to lots of works from the wonderful wizard maker himself, L. Frank. Baum, including The Road to Oz.
If you’re on a budget, your hours have been cut, or you just want to slash your entertainment budget while we all hunker down, there are definitely a million great reads out there FOR FREE, thanks to the wonderful people at Project Gutenberg.
Until next time, stay safe, stay well, and let me know what treasures YOU find in the comments.