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Collection Selected Digitized Books

About this Collection

This collection is made up of digital versions of books from the Library of Congress General Collections on a wide range of subjects. Most of the books in this collection were published in the United States before 1923 and are in English, but there are some materials in foreign languages, were published in other countries, or by federal agencies. The collection features thousands of works of fiction published in the United States between 1800 and 1922, including books intended for children, young adults, and other specific audiences. The collection will grow over time.

The books may be read online or they can be downloaded as a PDF or as an EPUB. The EPUB format is more highly compressed and allows the text to flow to account for different screen sizes and therefore may be useful for reading on mobile devices using appropriate software.  There is also a file containing the uncorrected text produced from optical character recognition (OCR) for each volume.

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