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Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts 
A searchable online collection about 14,000 “classic” public domain documents from American and English literature as well as Western philosophy.

Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Provides the full text of Shakespeare's plays, arranged by comedy, tragedy and history.

Electronic Text Center
A collection of electronic texts provided by the University of Virginia Library contaning fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, letters, newspapers, manuscripts and illustrations from 1500 to the present, arranged for browsing by author's last name or by category of interest.

Google Books
Search the text of books and download free ebooks at this site.

Librarian Chick Books
Huge list of links to free e-books and audio e-books, as well as other things book-related.

Oxford Text Archive
This collection of high-quality, well-documented electronic texts include 2500 titles in 25 languages.

Project Gutenberg
A selection of literature and reference sources made available as electronic texts on the Internet.
Online editions of books from the Library of Congress Center for the Book. 

Wright American Fiction 1851-1875
This site is a "collection of 19th century American fiction, as listed in Lyle Wright's bibliography American Fiction, 1851-1875."