Read classic stories online for free

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Do you love to read, but can't ever seem to get away to the library? Do you desperately need to know at 3:00 am why Alice read Jabberwocky, and there's not a bookstore open anywhere in sight? You could be a candidate for Classic Reader.

Classic Reader offers thousands of works of literature (both novels and short stories) by hundreds of authors. They run the gamut from Aesop to Zane Grey to D. H. Lawrence, to our favorite, Lewis Carroll. Works are indexed by title and author, so it's easy to find your favorites. They're all in the public domain, so there aren't any copyright issues to have to worry about.

There's no download required—these aren't e-books, rather they're all plain old HTML files hosted on their servers, so all you need is a web browser to read any and all selections. If you do decide that you want to download a volume or three, you can register with the site (no charge) and download text.

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2 Responses to “Read classic stories online for free”

  1. Votre says:

    You can do the much same thing courtesy of the Gutenberg Project at

    The Gutenberg Project was started back in the 70’s. They have close to 30,000 titles directly available through their website – and over 100,000 titles through their partners and affiliates.

    Check it out. It’s a tremendous resource and it’s all FREE. 🙂