In our previous article Download +500 Architecture Books Legally free we gave you a list of commonly used sources to access architecture eBooks. Now, the list is growing with more sites and a huge variety of eBooks in architecture, art, and design just a click away from you.
Here you can search for books in the format that is most convenient for your application. Signing in is not necessary, you just search by genre, author, title, or text. eBookTakeAway also categorizes its content into genres if you are looking for a lighter reading than essays and papers on art and architecture.
ManyBooks provides free ebooks for your PDA, iPod or eBook Reader. You can search and download free many books in categories like Art, Engineering, Architecture, Design, Fiction and many other books. No registration is required to download free e-books.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has recently created a portal with their publications since 1964, that means over 1,500 titles from the last five decades to download for free. MetPublications includes mostly books on art history, exhibition, and collection catalogs and also access to works of art from the Met’s Collection. If you really like a book and want it for your library, you have the option to instantly purchase it.
Internet Archive is a non-profit library that cooperates with Open Library, to provide us with over 10,000,000 fully accessible books and texts. It doesn’t require any subscription or payment, but you have the option to donate to support their work. Using the search bar, you can look for the available digital books you are looking for and also limit your searches to the type of media you want or a specific topic. The results for architecture are almost 45,000 so you won’t be disappointed.
In the official page of UIC University’s Master of International Cooperation Sustainable Emergency Architecture, you can find a list of 23 landmark books about cities, with a focus on sustainability, equity and public space, that every architect should read. You just click on the link and can immediately download the book in pdf format.
With Feedbooks, you can enjoy books on any device: smartphones, tablets or kindle. Although it’s a selling site, it has two free sections in the public domain where you can browse for books. You only have to sign in with your facebook or google account and make sure you search for books with the indication 0,00 in the price.
Top Free Books
All the copyrights of the books included in Top Free Books are authorized by the respective authors and publishers. It is a free web resource, very useful for students and researchers as it contains a variety of documents, lecture notes, and magazines. Just use the search bar and have full access to the books you’re looking for.
Smashwords is an ebook distributor found in 2008 by Mark Coker. Once you register with your e-mail, you have access to over 55,000 books priced at free. Even if you want to purchase a digital book, you have the option to read up to half of it before you buy it.
Once you register to 24symbols with your Facebook account, you can go to the tab Books, select the option Free and get a list of all the available free books. Otherwise, you can search in the Category tab, or use the search bar by title or author when you’re looking for a specific edition.
Scribd, the online document-sharing site, which supports Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, and other popular formats. Free for 30 days while you can download a document or embed it in your blog or web page.
The Online Books Page
The Online Books Page founded in 1993, is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries. All the online books listed have been authored, while the database has been developed directly or indirectly from reader suggestions, so you are welcomed to get involved in the project anytime.
More online sources:
- Booksshouldbefree.com (Mp3, iTunes, M4B, RSS Feed, EPUB, Online Reading, PDB, MOBI, TXT) [View / Download]
- Ebooksgo.org (Various formats) [View / Download]
- Gutenberg.org (All formats) [View / Download]