Public Domain Resources
Books, audiobooks, short stories, plays, photos, maps, movies, classical music, and other works that are in the public domain. These works are considered copyright-free, either because copyright has expired or because it didn't apply to a particular item in the first place.
novels, short stories, non-fiction, folklore, poetry, plays
- Project Gutenberg: the internet's oldest and largest collection of free, public domain works, offering more than 20,000 ebooks.
- The Internet Sacred Text Archive
- Christian Classics Ethereal Library: hundreds of classic texts, including works by St. Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Donne, Charles Spurgeon, as well as fiction by G.K. Chesterton, George MacDonald, Leo Tolstoy, etc.
- Aesop's Fables Collection: Includes over 650 of Aesop's fables, plus 127 fairy tales by Hans Christian Anderson. Some stories are available as audio files.
- The Complete Works of Shakespeare
- Choral Public Domain Library: one of the largest internet collections of free sheet music. From the site: "Music is available for free download in a variety of formats, including score images in PDF and TIFF format, sound files in MIDI and MP3 formats, and in the notation formats supported by various notation programs...."
For December: sheet music for hundreds of Christmas hymns and carols.
- MusOpen: Public domain recordings of classical music by composers such as Mozart, Chopin, Bach, Beethoven, Rachmaninoff, Debussey, among others.
- The Mutopia Project: Sheet music for classical works, available as Lilypond source files or printable PDF pages.
- Public Domain Comedy Video: online videos of Charlie Chaplin, Abbott & Costello, Bugs Bunny, Lucille Ball, The Beverly Hillbillies, and much more!