Websites such as PlanetPublish.com, FeedBooks.com, PublicLiterature.org and Archive.org offer books online as PDFs. Typically, the books available on these websites are works of classic literature in the public domain, or books whose copyright has expired.
PlanetPublish.com offers downloadable versions of classics such as Leo Tolstoy’s “War and Peace,” Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” and Homer’s “The Iliad.” Each page contains a brief summary or excerpt from the opening chapter, followed by a link to download the full book as a PDF.
The books offered at FeedBooks.com allow browsing by non-fiction or fiction, as well as by sub-genres under each category. Some of the public domain books available on this website are “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain, and various works by Edgar Allan Poe. Similarly, the books at PublicLiterature.org include works by authors such as Leo Tolstoy, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain, and are available for free download as PDFs.
As of 2015, the Internet Archive offers a large digital collection of books from several public libraries at Archive.org. These collections often include less common books: for instance, a book titled “The Literary Remains of Samuel Taylor Coleridge” is available for download in several formats, including PDF.
Many of these websites offer files for direct download as PDFs, but other websites, such as Gutenberg.org, offer a vast selection of books in other formats, such as HTML or plain text. In such cases, right-click on the page, select Print, and select Save as PDF in the printer’s dialog to save Web pages as PDFs.