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It is a fact that many people have combined the summer season and especially the holidays by reading books. From long journeys by train to sunbeds on the beach, you will find people reading while enjoying the days they are given the opportunity to escape from everyday life.
Reading is in fact a conversation both with the protagonists of each story and with the author himself. During holidays, this dialogue can go deeper into the reader's mind as he is undistracted and has the mood, and especially the time to deepen in the meaning of the words.
Reading refines the spirit, sharpening thought. In other words, the spiritual horizons are widening, the thought is energized, the imagination is excited. The absence of images-as a rebellion from the storms of images that television and the Internet show-activates and strengthens the brain as it puts it in the process of forming the images on its own. This process removes, even temporarily, problems and obligations from his mind and leads him page by page to an almost cinematic environment , integrated him simultaneously into a different world. But it also makes something even more important. It allows people to feel their own feelings, what everyday life forces them to hide in the back of their minds - in order to be able to satisfy their obligations - labor, financial, family etc. If proper nutrition strengthens the body's immune system and defenses, studying a good book makes the reader stronger and stronger against the war with the insignificance that surrounding our time, empowering his soul by strengthening his aesthetic criterion. Therefore, Joseph Addison, an English essayist, is reasonably justified that "reading is for the mind, what the gym is for the body."
It is worth mentioning that the book is anxiolytic. It has been observed by university studies that reading before bedtime helps the person to sleep more easily and better. It still escapes from the standard routine of everyday life. In addition, it fights depression. No matter how strange it sounds, the guides of happiness, self-confidence or self-improvement unleash the individual from his mental disorders and open wide the doors of optimism.
In keeping with the therapeutic benefits of the book, the people they read are less likely to become ill with Alzheimer, according to modern studies. The book becomes a cure for the soul and soothing of any disorder. "Read to live," as Gustave Flaubet said.
It is useful not to forget that the book is not just as awakening from the spiritual lethargy or the body of endless knowledge and information. It makes us better people. For example, people who are entangled in a fantasy book emotionally have more empathy. This means that the book exerts a positive influence on their mentality and enriches their personality, so they ostraciate the negative elements of themselves and armed with virtue. They hold the key in their hands to open the spiritual treasure chest.
- Here is a list of sites with free books, which you can download and read on your computer or your tablet.
- 15. Textbook Revolution: Find biology, business, engineering, mathematics and world history textbooks here.
- 16. Wikibooks: From cookbooks to the computing department, find instructional and educational materials here.
- 17. KnowThis Free Online Textbooks: Get directed to stats textbooks and more.
- 18. Online Medical Textbooks: Find books about plastic surgery, anatomy and more here.
- 19. Online Science and Math Textbooks: Access biochemistry, chemistry, aeronautics, medical manuals and other textbooks here.
- 20. MIT Open Courseware Supplemental Resources: Find free videos, textbooks and more on the subjects of mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry and more.
- 21. Flat World Knowledge: This innovative site has created an open college textbooks platform that will launch in January 2009.
- 22. Free Business Textbooks: Find free books to go along with accounting, economics and other business classes.
- 23. Light and Matter: Here you can access open source physics textbooks.
- 24. eMedicine: This project from WebMD is continuously updated and has articles and references on surgery, pediatrics and more.
- 25. FullBooks.com: This site has thousands of full-text free books, including a large amount of scientific essays and books.
- 26. Free online textbooks, lecture notes, tutorials and videos on mathematics: NYU links to several free resources for math students.
- 27. Online Mathematics Texts: Here you can find online textbooks like Elementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables.
- 28. Science and Engineering Books for free download: These books range in topics from nanotechnology to compressible flow.
- 29. FreeScience.info: Find over 1800 math, engineering and science books here.
- 30. Free Tech Books: Computer programmers and computer science enthusiasts can find helpful books here.
Math and Science
- 31. byGosh: Find free illustrated children's books and stories here.
- 32. Munseys: Munseys has nearly 2,000 children's titles, plus books about religion, biographies and more.
- 33. International Children's Digital Library: Find award-winning books and search by categories like age group, make believe books, true books or picture books.
- 34. Lookybook: Access children's picture books here.
- 35. Bored.com: Bored.com has music ebooks, cooking ebooks, and over 150 philosophy titles and over 1,000 religion titles.
- 36. Ideology.us: Here you'll find works by Rene Descartes, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, David Hume and others.
- 37. Free Books on Yoga, Religion and Philosophy: Recent uploads to this site include Practical Lessons in Yoga and Philosophy of Dreams.
- 38. The Sociology of Religion: Read this book by Max Weber, here.
- 39. Religion eBooks: Read books about the Bible, Christian books, and more.
Philosophy and Religion
- 40. ReadBookOnline.net: Here you can read plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.
- 41. Plays: Read Pygmalion, Uncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.
- 42. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare's comedies, tragedies, and histories.
- 43. Plays Online: This site catalogs all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.
- 44. ProPlay: This site has children's plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.
- 45. Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.
- 46. The Internet Book Database of Fiction: This forum features fantasy and graphic novels, anime, J.K. Rowling and more.
- 47. Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.
- 48. Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.
- 49. Baen Free Library: Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.
- 50. The Road to Romance: This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.
- 51. Get Free Ebooks: This site's largest collection includes fiction books.
- 52. John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.
- 53. SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here include Arabian Nights,Aesop's Fables and more.
- 54. Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books: This list contains mostly fantasy books.
Modern Fiction, Fantasy and Romance
- 55. Project Laurens Jz Coster: Find Dutch literature here.
- 56. ATHENA Textes Francais: Search by author's name, French books, or books written by other authors but translated into French.
- 57. Liber Liber: Download Italian books here. Browse by author, title, or subject.
- 58. Biblioteca romaneasca: Find Romanian books on this site.
- 59. Bibliolteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes: Look up authors to find a catalog of their available works on this Spanish site.
- 60. KEIMENA: This page is entirely in Greek, but if you're looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place to access books online.
- 61. Proyecto Cervantes: Texas A&M's Proyecto Cervantes has cataloged Cervantes' work online.
- 62. Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum: Access many Latin texts here.
- 63. Project Runeberg: Find Scandinavian literature online here.
- 64. Italian Women Writers: This site provides information about Italian women authors and features full-text titles too.
- 65. Biblioteca Valenciana: Register to use this database of Catalan and Valencian books.
- 66. Ketab Farsi: Access literature and publications in Farsi from this site.
- 67. Afghanistan Digital Library: Powered by NYU, the Afghanistan Digital Library has works published between 1870 and 1930.
- 68. CELT: CELT stands for "the Corpus of Electronic Texts" features important historical literature and documents.
- 69. Projekt Gutenberg-DE: This easy-to-use database of German language texts lets you search by genres and author.
- 70. LibriVox: LibriVox has a good selection of historical fiction.
- 71. The Perseus Project: Tufts' Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages.
- 72. Access Genealogy: Find literature about Native American history, the Scotch-Irish immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, and more.
- 73. Free History Books: This collection features U.S. history books, including works by Paul Jennings, Sarah Morgan Dawson, Josiah Quincy and others.
- 74. Most Popular History Books: Free titles include Seven Days and Seven Nights by Alexander Szegedy and Autobiography of a Female Slave by Martha G. Browne.
History and Culture
- 75. Questia: Questia has 5,000 books available for free, including rare books and classics.
- 76. JR's Rare Books and Commentary: Check this site for PDF versions of some rare books.
- 77. Books-On-Line: This large collection includes movie scripts, newer works, cookbooks and more.
- 78. Chest of Books: This site has a wide range of free books, including gardening and cooking books, home improvement books, craft and hobby books, art books and more.
- 79. Free e-Books: Find titles related to beauty and fashion, games, health, drama and more.
- 80. 2020ok: Categories here include art, graphic design, performing arts, ethnic and national, careers, business and a lot more.
- 81. Free Art Books: Find artist books and art books in PDF format here.
- 82. Free Music Books: Find sheet music, lyrics and books about music here.
- 83. Free Fashion Books: Costume and fashion books are linked to the Google Books page.
Arts and Entertainment
- 84. MysteryNet: Read free short mystery stories on this site.
- 85. TopMystery.com: Read books by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton and other mystery writers here.
- 86. Mystery Books: Read books by Sue Grafton and others.
Mystery. Here you can find mystery books from Sherlock Holmes to more contemporary authors.
- 87. The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
- 88. Poetry: This list includes "The Raven," "O Captain! My Captain!" and "The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde."
- 89. Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.
- 90. Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.
- 91. Google Poetry: Google Books has a large selection of poetry, from The Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Walt Whitman.
- 92. QuotesandPoem.com: Read poems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and more.
- 93. CompleteClassics.com: Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson are all featured here.
- 94. PinkPoem.com: On this site, you can download free poetry ebooks.
- 95. Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
- 96. World eBook Library: This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopedias, childrenâ€™s books and a lot more.
- 97. DailyLit: DailyLit has everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.
- 98. A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania's page for women writers includes Newbery winners.
- 99. Free Online Novels: These novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction.
- 100. ManyBooks.net: Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
- 101. Authorama: Books here are pulled from Google Books and more. You'll find history books, novels and more.
- 102. Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.