How do I start?
Tips for RC users
Format Text Files
Print Books at Home
Bind Books at Home
Free Books Online
(RC, Henty & more)
Rosegate's Free Files
Lists (many RC)
Homeschool Name/ ID
Latter-day Saints & RC
Links for Homeschool
There were many more books I would have put here, but they were already on one of my other lists.
(The RC Page has more classics and history, including substitutes not on RC's list.) Be sure to take a look at the Free Books Online page for more great homeschool books, and the links section for free grammar, spelling, phonics books, etc.
Many of these books are also available in HTML with pictures and maps, but I have not marked them as I did on the RC page. You can skim through a book, or use the Book Wizard or AR Book Finder to determine a book's reading level.
Please see About the Format of Online Books if you have questions about online books.
For your eBook reader, use one of Gutenberg's formats, or click on the MB links to find more formats at ManyBooks.
Note: I have tried to learn what I could about these books and select them with care, but I still haven't read most of them. So if you find any that are inappropriate, please let me know.
SITES WITH FREE BOOKS
There are 4 sites marked with *. Between these sites you can find just about any online book there is.
Bartleby.com - A nice HTML library, including fiction and non-fiction, The Harvard Classics, and many useful reference materials.
Children's Books Online: The Rosetta Project - Beautiful children's books reproduced on the web. They say that "Creating a copy strictly for your own personal use is considered 'fair use'." So fire up that printer!
Explorion - Free e-texts about explorers and travel (many by the explorers themselves.)
Gateway to the Classics - Great place to find public domain texts for children in HTML format. You could probably use any book on this site for homeschool. Some are classic literature, many are educational. (Used to be The Baldwin Project.)
* Google Book Search - Scans of many public domain books, in PDF format. You can load 1 page at a time to preview (works fine with slow connections) or download the entire book. (They also have uncorrected OCR text, but text takes long to load, and seems less accurate than others I've seen.) For easier searching, try the advanced search.
* Internet Archive - Scans of many public domain books, in PDF format. Some are yellowed (how to fix that), but now more black and white are being offered. Enter what you are searching for, and select "Texts" from the drop down menu. For slower connections, save the PDF rather than trying to load it in your browser. (They also offer uncorrected OCR text. If you use that, be sure to copy and paste because using "save link target" causes errors in the text files. [But it works fine for saving PDFs.] )
Kellscraft - HTML books, a fair number of classics and children's books not found elsewhere.
* The Online Books Page - At the University of Pennsylvania. If you can't find something at PG, try here. Though it's not always up to date with what's available at PG (so look at both places), it does have links to books at other sites where you may not think to look.
* Project Gutenberg - My favorite source for books! To find things by subject, try the Category Bookshelves. They don't categorize everything at Project Gutenberg, but can still be helpful.