Books Should Be Free
Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads
By: Thornton W. Burgess (1874-1965)
The Burgess Animal Book for Children
Peter Rabbit goes to school, with Mother Nature as his teacher. In this zoology book for children, Thornton W. Burgess describes the mammals of North America in the form of an entertaining story, including plenty of detail but omitting long scientific names. There is an emphasis on conservation.
The Burgess Bird Book for Children
The Burgess Bird Book for Children is a zoology book written in the form of a story featuring Peter Rabbit. Peter learns from his friend Jenny Wren all about the birds of North America, and we meet many of them in the Old Orchard, the Green Meadow, and the Green Forest.
By: Tickner Edwardes (1865-1944)
Neighbourhood – A Year’s Life in and About an English Village
If you love the quiet of the country - the real quiet which is not silence at all, but the blending of a myriad scarce-perceptible sounds you will get it in Windlecombe, year in and year out. For how many ages a human settlement has existed in this wooded, sun-flooded cleft of the Downs, it is impossible to hazard a guess. Windlecombe is mentioned in Domesday, but the stones of the old church proclaim it as belonging to times more distant still. Neighbourhood, the daily interchange of thought and word and kindly deed, is a necessity for all healthy human life, and the natural medium of all true advancement...
By: Titus Lucretius Carus (94? BC - 49? BC)
On the Nature of Things
Written in the first century b.C., On the Nature of Things (in Latin, "De Rerum Natura") is a poem in six books that aims at explaining the Epicurean philosophy to the Roman audience. Among digressions about the importance of philosophy in men's life and praises of Epicurus, Lucretius created a solid treatise on the atomic theory, the falseness of religion and many kinds of natural phenomena. With no harm to his philosophical scope, the author composed a didactic poem of epic flavor, of which the imagery and style are highly praised.
By: Tom Godwin (1915-1980)
AFTER TWO CENTURIES….The sound came swiftly nearer, rising in pitch and swelling in volume. Then it broke through the clouds, tall and black and beautifully deadly — the Gern battle cruiser, come to seek them out and destroy them. Humbolt dropped inside the stockade, exulting. For two hundred years his people had been waiting for the chance to fight the mighty Gern Empire … with bows and arrows against blasters and bombs!
|The Nothing Equation|
|Cry from a Far Planet|
|The Helpful Hand of God|
|—And Devious the Line of Duty|
By: Tom Leahy
|One Martian Afternoon|
By: Tom W. Harris
|Goodbye, Dead Man!|
By: U. S. Department of the Interior Office of Education
Americans All, Immigrants All
The United States Department of the Interior, Office of Education partnered with the Columbia Broadcasting System to present a series of 26 dramatic radio broadcast programs detailing the role of immigrants in the development of the USA. This small volume was printed as a supplement to the programs. It contains a great deal of the data concerning the contributions of immigrants to the country, often in condensed or tabular form, which were highlighted in the broadcasts. - Summary by Mark Smith
By: United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
Worldwide Effects of Nuclear War: Some Perspectives
This is a concise yet thorough explanation of what might happen to our world in the aftermath of a nuclear war. The myriad of potential effects will be global and wide-spread, and the potentials are glazed over in this short work.
By: United States Department of Energy
U. S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather
This report—part of the Obama Administration’s efforts to support national climate change adaptation planning through the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and Strategic Sustainability Planning process and to advance the U.S. Department of Energy’s goal of promoting energy security—examines current and potential future impacts of climate change and extreme weather events on the U.S. energy sector. It identifies activities underway to address these challenges and discusses potential opportunities to enhance energy technologies that are more climate-resilient, as well as information, stakeholder engagement, and policies and strategies to further enable their deployment...
By: United States Supreme Court
Supreme Cases from 1803-2018
These cases involved questions that came before the Supreme Court that needed answers. The questions in order of appearance in this project are as follows. Does Congress have the power to pass laws that override the Constitution? What shall we do about the international slave trade? In what respect does the right of an author differ from that of an individual who has invented a most useful and valuable machine? Is there any difference between property in slaves and other property? Can the House of...
By: United States. Bureau of the Census
|United States Census Figures Back to 1630|
By: United States. Central Intelligence Agency
|The 2010 CIA World Factbook|
By: United States. Council of National Defense. Highways Transport Committee
|The Rural Motor Express To Conserve Foodstuffs and Labor and to Supply Rural Transportation.|
|Address by Honorable Franklin K. Lane, Secretary of the Interior at Conference of Regional Chairmen of the Highways Transport Committee Council of National Defense|
|Return-Loads Bureaus To Save Waste In Transportation|
|'Return Loads' to Increase Transport Resources by Avoiding Waste of Empty Vehicle Running.|
|Address by Honorable William C. Redfield, Secretary of Commerce at Conference of Regional Chairmen of the Highways Transport Committee Council of National Defense|
By: United States. Executive Office of the President
|National Strategy for Combating Terrorism February 2003|
By: United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
|The Science of Fingerprints Classification and Uses|
By: United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency
|An Assessment of the Consequences and Preparations for a Catastrophic California Earthquake: Findings and Actions Taken Prepared By Federal Emergency Management Agency|
By: United States. Office of Civil Defense
|Emergency Childbirth A Reference Guide for Students of the Medical Self-help Training Course, Lesson No. 11|
By: United States. Public Health Service
|Adenoids: What They Are, How To Recognize Them, What To Do For Them|
The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book
A collection of articles from Good Housekeeping magazine, The Good Housekeeping Marriage Book focuses on the subject of marriage. With instructions and advice from courtship to raising children, this collection aims to assist those with questions and concerns surrounding marriage and the ensuing relationship. Published in 1938.
A recording of the first 2000 prime numbers (2-17389). Recommended listening for math fanatics and insomniacs!
|Politics: A Treatise on Government|
|Geometrical Solutions Derived from Mechanics; a Treatise of Archimedes|
|The Number "e"|
|The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan or: the Headless Horror.|
|The Golden Mean or Ratio[(1+sqrt(5))/2]|
|Kindness to Animals Or, The Sin of Cruelty Exposed and Rebuked|
|How to Marry Well|
|Girl Scouts Their Works, Ways and Plays|
|Charley's Museum A Story for Young People|
By: US Army Corps of Engineers, Manhattan District
The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki
This is the official report, published nearly 11 months after the first and only atomic bombings in history (to date), of a group of military physicians and engineers who accompanied the initial contingent of U.S. soldiers into the destroyed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The report presents a clinical description of the devastation, loss of life and continued suffering of the survivors that resulted from the world’s first and only atomic bombings. The appendix is an eyewitness account, contrasting...
By: US Comm. for the Global Atmospheric Research Program
Understanding Climatic Change
Understanding Climatic Change - A Program for Action is a 1975 report by the US Committee for the Global Atmospheric Research Program. Already at this time, it was understood that a climate change was taking place, and that it was possibly happening due to human influences. The report gives an overview of past climates, a projection of future climate; it talks about state-of-the-art simulations and lays out a plan for future research and action.
By: US Global Change Research Program
Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II: Impacts, Risks and Adaption in the United States
Are you interested in learning about climate change and its current and future effects on the United States? The Fourth National Climate Assessment – Volume II is a 2018 report written in non-technical language by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a panel of independent experts, as mandated by the Global Change Research Act of 1990. This report focuses on the human welfare, societal, and environmental elements of climate change and variability in the U.S., with particular attention paid to observed and projected risks and impacts...
By: V. E. Thiessen
|There Will Be School Tomorrow|
By: V. R. Francis
|The Flying Cuspidors|
By: Van Tassel Sutphen (1861-1945)
Short Nonfiction Collection
A collection of ten short essays or other short nonfiction works in the public domain.
National Geographic Magazine Vol. 01 No. 1.
National Geographic Magazine Volume 1 Number 1 published in 1889. Topics of articles are:Announcement by the National Geographic SocietyIntroductory Address by the PresidentGeographic Methods in Geologic InvestigationClassification of Geographic Forms by GenesisThe Great Storm of March 11 to 14, 1888The Great Storm off the Atlantic Coast of the United States, March 11th to 14th, 1888The Survey of the CoastThe Survey and Map of Massachusetts
National Geographic Magazine Vol. 01 No. 2
National Geographic Magazine Volume 1 Number 2 published in 1889. Topics of articles are:Africa, its Past and Future Reports on:Geography of the LandGeography of the SeaGeography of the AirGeography of Life
|How to Observe in Archaeology|
|Chambers's Elementary Science Readers Book I|
|The American Journal of Archaeology, 1893-1|
|The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28 The Independent Health Magazine|
|Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society - Vol 1 - 1666 Giving some Accompt of the present Undertakings, Studies, and Labours of the Ingenious in many considerable parts of the World|
|The Mayflower, January, 1905|
|North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826|
|The Jargon File, Version 2.9.10, 01 Jul 1992|
|The Jargon File, Version 4.0.0, 24 Jul 1996|
|Equal Suffrage in Australia|
A Book of Natural History
YOUNG FOLKS' LIBRARYA BOOK OF NATURAL HISTORYTHE WONDER OF LIFE, BY PROFESSOR, T. H. HUXLEY. Every one has seen a cornfield. If you pluck up one of the innumerable wheat plants which are fixed in the soil of the field, about harvest time, you will find that it consists of a stem which ends in a root at one end and an ear at the other, and that blades or leaves are attached to the sides of the stem. The ear contains a multitude of oval grains which are the seeds of the wheat plant. You know that when these seeds are cleared from the husk or bran in which they are enveloped, they are ground into fine powder in mills, and that this powder is the flour of which bread is made...
Young Folks' Library
Young Folks' Library, Selections from the Choicest LiteratureTHE MARVELS OF NATURE BY EDWARD S. HOLDEN, M.A., Sc.D. LL.D. The Earth, the Sea, the Sky, and their wonders--these are the themes of this volume. The volume is so small, and the theme so vast! Men have lived on the earth for hundreds of the sands of years; and its wonders have increased, not diminished, with their experience. To our barbarous ancestors of centuries ago, all was mystery--the thunder, the rainbow, the growing corn, the ocean, the stars...
Bomb: The 1945 Test of the First Atomic Bomb
These two publications put out by the U.S. government are about the Trinity site in New Mexico where in 1945 the first atomic bomb was tested. Each publication complements the other, though there is some duplication. These are descriptions of the test itself and of the planning and organization leading up to the test. They also tell what was done with the site after the test and how it became a national historic landmark. - Summary by david wales
Volcanoes and Vulcanology (1885-1917)
This is a collection of short scientific articles on the study of volcanoes and related seismic activity published in Knowledge, A Monthly Record of Science between 1884-1917 - Summary by J. M. Smallheer
Rural Magazine and Literary Evening Fire-Side Vol 1 No 1
This is the first issue of a monthly agricultural magazine for the year 1820. From the introduction: "A leading object of the Rural Magazine will be to furnish correct views of the science of Agriculture, and the various improvements which are daily made or suggested in it. For this purpose the best and most recent European works on the subject will be consulted, and selections made from the American newspapers that are devoted or friendly to the cause. The best information on the subject will thus be condensed in a form less unwieldy than a newspaper, and more popular than in scientific books...
American Bee Journal. Vol. XVII, No. 12, Mar. 23, 1881
The American Bee Journal is the “oldest bee paper in America established in 1861 devoted to scientific bee-culture and the production and sale of pure honey. .Published every Wednesday, by Thomas G. Newman, Editor and Proprietor” In this volume are short articles and correspondence on a variety of topics from Royal Jelly to the Honey and Beeswax Market. - Summary by Larry Wilson
Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240 Contributions From the Museum of History and Technology Papers 34-44 on Science and Technology
Part of the scholarly and scientific publications of the United States National Museum series: United States National Museum Bulletin.In these series, the Museum publishes original articles and monographs dealing with the collections and work of its constituent museums— The Museum of Natural History and the Museum of History and Technology. These are gathered in volumes, octavo in size, with the publication date of each paper recorded in the table of contents of the volume. Since 1959, shorter papers relating to the collections and research of that Museum have been gathered in Bulletins titled “Contributions from the Museum of History and Technology,”...
American Bee Journal. Vol. VI, No. 4, Oct 1870
The American Bee Journal is the “oldest bee paper in America established in 1861 devoted to scientific bee-culture and the production and sale of pure honey. Published every Wednesday, by Thomas G. Newman, Editor and Proprietor” In this issues are topics from Bee-Culture in Cities to Queen Raising and Breeding. - Summary by Larry Wilson
American Bee Journal, Vol. VI. No. 3, Sept 1870
The American Bee Journal is the “oldest bee paper in America established in 1861 devoted to scientific bee-culture and the production and sale of pure honey. Published every Wednesday, by Thomas G. Newman, Editor and Proprietor” In this issues are topics from Management of Bees in Winter to Artificial Queens, and a special tribute to James T. Langstroth. - Summary by Larry Wilson
American Bee Journal, Vol. VI. No. 5, Nov 1870
The American Bee Journal is the “oldest bee paper in America established in 1861 devoted to scientific bee-culture and the production and sale of pure honey. Published every Wednesday, by Thomas G. Newman, Editor and Proprietor” In this issue are included articles on wintering bees, foulbrood, introducing queens, hives, and reports from Vermont, New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts, among other topics and correspondence. - Summary by Larry Wilson
Nine Biological Lectures
Nine lectures on a variety of biological subjects delivered at The Marine Biological Laboratories of Wood's Holl in the summer session of 1895. - Summary by J.M. Smallheer Please note that the Tables in Lecture 9 are not included in the recording. Please refer to the text.
American Bee Journal, Vol. XXXIII, No. 2, Jan 1894
The American Bee Journal is the “oldest bee paper in America established in 1861 devoted to scientific bee-culture and the production and sale of pure honey. Published every Wednesday, by Thomas G. Newman, Editor and Proprietor” In this issues are topics including Foul Brood and Its Propagation, Wintering Bees in the Cellar, Mailing Queen-Bees Long Distances, and a biography of Franklin Wilcox. - Summary by Larry Wilson
By: Velley Lester (1871-1926)
Mob Violence and the American Negro: My Experience in the Sunny South
According to the author of the Preface, "Mr. Lester is also zealous to bring about a better relation and a better understanding between the white and black races. His denunciation against mob violence is bitter, but pleads for just treatment and a fair deal in court and equal protection from the authorities of the law."
By: Vernon Kellogg (1867-1937)
These 13 essays explore the fascinating world of insects all around us. Vernon Kellogg, an eminent entomologist and natural story teller, and his little friend Mary, start by collecting Tarantula Holes and proceed to observe spiders, ant lions, ants, wasps and many other tiny creatures in their daily life. Each creature has a wonderful story and it is told most entertainingly.
By: Victor A. Endersby (1891-1988)
By: Victor Appleton
Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung
The US Government is very smartly letting Tom Swift Jr. handle the recovery of its probe to Jupiter. But a mystery missile suddenly intercepts the probe and splashes it in the South Atlantic.Faced with a huge search task to find the probe on the ocean bottom, Tom soon realizes that the same shadowy group that attacked the probe is competing to find it, and no holds are barred: kidnap, coercion, and lethal force are all in play.Under such circumstances, what can Tom do? What he does every time, of course! He invents some utterly cool device to get the job done! And his Electronic Hydrolung is just the beginning!
|Tom Swift and His Submarine Boat, or, under the Ocean for Sunken Treasure|
Tom Swift and His Sky Racer
A $10,000 prize lures Tom into competing at a local aviation meet at Eagle Park. Tom is determined to build the fastest plane around, but his plans mysteriously disappear, which means Tom must redesign his new airplane from the beginning.
By: Victor Gollancz (1893-1967)
|The School and the World|
By: Victor MacClure (1887-1963)
|She Stands Accused|
By: W. (William) Houghton (1828-1895)
|Country Walks of a Naturalist with His Children|
By: W. D. Bayliss
|Prisoners Their Own Warders A Record of the Convict Prison at Singapore in the Straits Settlements Established 1825|
By: W. E. B. Du Bois (1868-1963)
Philadelphia Negro: A Social Study
In November, 1897, I submitted to the American Academy of Political and Social Science a plan for the study of Negro problems. This work is an essay along the lines there laid down, and is thus part of larger design of observation and research into the history and social conditions of the transplanted Africans. W.E.B. Du Bois At the end of this work are appendices, mainly additional statistics and not included here--the most noteworthy of them being Appendix B, a list of legislation regarding the Philadelphia Negro during this period.
By: W. G. (William George) Waters (1844-1928)
|Jerome Cardan A Biographical Study|
By: W. Grant Hague (1868-)
|The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 2 A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies|
|The Eugenic Marriage, Volume I. (of IV.) A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies|
|The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.) A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies|
|The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies|
By: W. H. (William Henry) Rhodes (1822-1876)
|The Case of Summerfield|
By: W. H. (William Henry) Smyth (1788-1865)
|The Sailor's Word-Book An Alphabetical Digest of Nautical Terms, including Some More Especially Military and Scientific, but Useful to Seamen; as well as Archaisms of Early Voyagers, etc.|
By: W. Hamilton Gibson (1850-1896)
|My Studio Neighbors|
By: W. J. (William James) Dawson (1854-1928)
|The Quest of the Simple Life|
By: W. Mattieu Williams (1820-1892)
The Chemistry of Cookery
This book, written in the late 1800s, is a book of chemistry that explains the whys and hows of cooking to trained chefs and laymen alike. The book deals with some compounds of common foodstuffs, like albumen or gluten, and illustrates what happens from a chemist's point of view during certain types of food preparation like roasting, frying, or stewing. A part of the chapters also details adulterations of food - thankfully since outlawed - and how to detect them in the finished product.
Science in Short Chapters
This is a collection of articles written by W. Mattieu Williams on different subjects, that in his opinion "are likely to be interesting to all readers who are sufficiently intelligent to prefer sober fact to sensational fiction, but who, at the same time, do not profess to be scientific specialists." This book offers and intriguing glimpse into the scientific ideas of late 19th century. Though nowadays these essays should not be seen as wholly scientifically accurate, they are still entertaining and in many basic aspects remain truthful. - Summary by Kikisaulite
By: W. P. (William Platt) Ball
|Are the Effects of Use and Disuse Inherited? An Examination of the View Held by Spencer and Darwin|
By: W. R. (William Robert) Roe
|Anecdotes & Incidents of the Deaf and Dumb|
By: W. Stanley
|Instruction for Using a Slide Rule|
By: W. Watson
|Cactus Culture for Amateurs Being Descriptions of the Various Cactuses Grown in This Country, With Full and Practical Instructions for Their Successful Cultivation|
By: W.G. Aitchison Robertson (d. 1946)
Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
A 1922 source-book for British criminal pathologists, this will be of particular interest to fans of popular police forensics television shows, films, and murder mysteries.
By: Wallace West (1900-1980)
|The End of Time|
By: Walter A. Wyckoff (1865-1908)
Workers - An Experiment in Reality: The East
A young scholar, recently graduated from Princeton College, travels across the United States as a member of the working class, taking any job he could find, enduring hardships and struggling to make a living. He travelled mainly on foot, designing for himself a social experiment on experiencing different class and culture structures and the reality of working conditions at the end of the 19th century. This volume covers the Eastern part of the United States. - Summary by Phyllis Vincelli The second volume The Workers - An Experiment in Reality - the West covers the Western part of the United States.
Workers - An Experiment in Reality: The West
A young scholar, recently graduated from Princeton College, travels across the United States as a member of the working class, taking any job he could find, enduring hardships and struggling to make a living. He travelled mainly on foot, designing for himself a social experiment on experiencing different class and culture structures and the reality of working conditions at the end of the 19th century. This volume continues the story that began in the first volume , and spans the region from Illinois to California - Summary by Phyllis Vincelli
By: Walter Bagehot (1826-1877)
|Physics and Politics, or, Thoughts on the application of the principles of "natural selection" and "inheritance" to political society|