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Read Classic Literature Online

By Philip Lou

Classic books are timeless works that are still enjoyed by many people today. Since the internet becomes popular, a lot of websites upload classic works online. This means you do not have to buy books or go to a library. Read more to know how to read classic literature online.

Any literature work that was written more than one hundred years ago becomes public domain. This means that it is legal to be distributed by anyone for free. You do not have to pay to download or read public work.

However, be aware that some literature that people consider classic is still copyrighted, such as The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings by Tolkien. In this case, you need to buy the books or the e-books if you want to read them. Do not download these books illegally. Aside from breaking the law, you also run the risk of downloading viruses or other threats to your computer.

People who do not know which author or title to read can start finding sites that provide wide ranges of classic books to read. The popular keywords to find these websites are public domain books free classic book, classic literature, or free public literature. After typing keywords, you can see the websites that contain free classic work you can read.

Most websites sort their files by the author names. After clicking the author name, you will find list of titles of his or her work. Click the link at the title to start reading. You might also find symbols near the title that explains if you can read full text or only partial text at the website. Some sites provide summaries and reviews of classic works in their archive. There are also book of the day that features a different book every day in some websites.

If you know which book you want to read, you can directly search for the particular work from the search engine. Type in the title of the work and the name of the author. The search engine will find the websites that provide the files you want for you. Choose the websites that provide full text of the book you are looking for.

Some websites provide several choices of format. The most common formats you will find are text, HTML, or e-books format. Decide how you are going to read the book, and download. This step concludes this how to read classic literature online guide.

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Lou, Philip "Read Classic Literature Online." Read Classic Literature Online. 7 Oct. 2010. 25 Sep 2014 <>.

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Lou, P (2010, October 7). Read Classic Literature Online. Retrieved September 25, 2014, from

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Lou, Philip "Read Classic Literature Online"

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