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  • A fee-based subscriber service that provides high-interest, low-reading level digital text in html for people with a documented disability that prevents reading standard print.
  • Collection of digital documents, including American literature, English literature, and Western philosophy. Can read online as Local Copy or download as an ebook.
  • "Audible is your home for premium digital audio entertainment and information. Choose from more than 25,000 best-selling digital audioboooks, radio shows, audio versions of popular magazines, daily newspapers, and more."
  • A fee-based service that includes 4,500 audiobooks and 14,000 other audio programs in a broad range of subjects. Available for downloading to a computer, for transfer to a player, or for burning onto a CD.
  • Full-text documents in the fields of law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government. The site has a search feature and is organized by century and then alphabetically by the name of the document.
  • A collection of hypertexted primary documents relevant to law, history, economics, politics, diplomacy, and government.
  • Legal documents dating from pre-18th Century to the present.
  • Yale University's Project Avalon makes available in digital format full text documents in the fields of Law, History, Economics, Politics, Diplomacy and Government. This phenomenal resource includes documents as varied as the ancient Code of Hammurabi, the Communist Manifesto, and the Treaty of Versailles.
  • Classic fiction, drama, poetry, short stories, and contemporary articles and interviews. Also has study guides, reference books, author biographies, and book summaries.
  • A fee-based service for people with visual or other print disabilities. Readers must have access to computers with assistive technology such as refreshable braille displays or synthetic speech in order to use these digital files.
  • A password-protected site that offers books at all grade levels, submitted by teachers and transcribers, for people with visual or other print disabilities. Site is maintained by the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.
  • Free literature in the public domain, including works of fiction, non-fiction, drama, childrens titles, poetry, Shakespeare, and short stories. Includes a plain text format.
  • The Making of America is a digital library of primary sources in American social history. Items are currently located in two separate databases at the University of Michigan and Cornell University. Search each of these databases for "Staten Island" to find the full text of hundreds of books and articles that mention Staten Island. The University of Michigan database spans the years 1800-1925.
  • This heterogenous collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.
  • Has approximately 70,000 humanities texts in many languages including related images such as book illustrations, covers, and manuscripts.
  • Sells ebooks in various formats.
  • Comprehensive list of organizations that produce Great Books Foundation titles in formats suitable for the visually impaired. Formats include books produced in large print, Braille, and audio books on tape.
  • Over 1,000 electronic braille books, including classics and publications of the National Federation of the Blind. Files are in contracted braille ASCII format and may be red online or downloaded.
  • LibriVox provides totally free audiobooks from the public domain.
  • Making of America (MOA) is a digital library of primary sources in American social history from the antebellum period through Reconstruction.
  • Online version of a standard health reference book.
  • This heterogenous collection contains fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.
  • Another source for e-texts which include plays, accessible by author, title and subject.
  • Serves as an index to more than 18,000 public domain books on the web, searchable by author, title, and subject.
  • The Open Library was created to allow free web access to important book collections from around the world.
  • Hundreds of public domain classics, including US historical documents and presidential inaugural addresses.
  • Comprehensive collection of electronic texts.
  • Fee-based subscriber service offering books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences.
  • Recorded Books is one of the world's largest independent publisher and distributor of unabridged audiobooks on cassettes and CDs, narrated by professional actors. You can purchase or rent.
  • Provides info on new releases. Has a searchable database, authorinterviews, news items, and a chat room.
  • A rich collection of 19th century books and journals from the University of Michigan. Topics range from American social history from the antebellum period, through reconstruction.
  • An international library partnership with the Internet Archive, offering a free-to-read, searchable digital library of over 10,612 items.
  • Over 1500 books online
  • More than 5,000 digital books in Spanish for registered subscribers.
  • Author interviews, poetry, childrens titles, and more, most of them in RealAudio.

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