On January 1st thousands of new books entered the public domain. It was the first time since 1998 that so many titles entered the public domain at once. While many of the works that entered the public domain this year are ones that no one had thought of in decades other works, like some of those by Robert Frost, are household names. In this post I’ll show you two good ways to find and download books that are in the public domain.
The Internet Archive contains one of the biggest collections of books that are in the public domain. Before sending students to the Internet Archive to look for free books you should be aware that it does contain some works that you definitely wouldn’t want elementary school students to read. Therefore, the best way for teachers to use the Internet Archive is to find what they want students to access then download it and place it into a Google Drive folder or OneNote folder for students to access without having to actually go to the Internet Archive.
Google Books is another great place to find books that in the public domain. There are more filtering options in place on Google Books than there are on The Internet Archive. There is also a built-in digital bookshelf option that you can use to create collections of books that you want to share with your students.
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