Read free books online: Over 5,000 titles on Questia

If you want to read free books online, there are over 5,000 public domain, classic and rare titles in the Questia library that you can read online absolutely free! Questia is the perfect research tool for students, professors, and curious minds everywhere.

Huckleberry Finn is one of numerous free books available on Questia. (Credit: SciFi Mania)

Huckleberry Finn is one of numerous free books available on Questia. (Credit: SciFi Mania)

You probably know that Questia offers subscribers full access to the world’s largest online library of books and journal articles as well as magazine and newspaper articles, but did you know that even non-subscribers can read books for free on the website? has a section with over 5,000 completely free books online available for anyone to read from cover to cover. You’ll find wonderfully classic novels as well as many rare books. You can search by title or phrase or browse through our alphabetical list. We know our subscribers aren’t the only ones interested in reading these great books through Questia’s convenient portal, so we just had to share them.

Here’s a look at our 10 most popular free online books right now. Click on any of the following to check out Questia’s helpful reader tool.

For example, you will find all 424 pages of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Called “the veriest trash” by a member of the Concord, Massachusetts, Library Board that banned the novel when it was first published, Huckleberry Finn has come to be viewed, as H. L. Mencken put it, as “one of the great masterpieces of the world.” Ernest Hemingway wrote that “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn…. There was nothing before. There has been nothing as good since.”

A daringly ironic attack on racism American-style, Twain’s story of what he once called a “sound heart” triumphing over a “deformed conscience” is poignant, powerful, and fresh. It is no wonder that this extraordinary book continues to captivate readers around the world. This handsome Oxford World’s Classic edition uses the reliable 1885 text and includes in-depth, up-to-date editorial apparatus.

You will also find that the Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.

Another great feature is Questia’s Book Profiles page. Many of our books have had a thorough profile uploaded that is full of information about the book so that you can get a good idea of it before you begin reading – to serve as your Questia librarian. You’ll see the table of contents and learn the contributors of the book, the subjects, related content, and even proper citation information. More and more Book Profiles are added all the time to help you on your way.

Our community of readers has been very appreciative of our large collection of free books online, making life a little easier and reading so much more convenient. Go have a look and enjoy!

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