- Project Gutenberg has over 30,000 free ebooks both fiction and non-fiction, mostly in html or plain text format. Use the advanced search option and put “Scotland” in the Subject box to find the 90 books classified under Scotland.
- Electric Scotland has over 250 complete books that have been either OCRd or scanned to read online; and a further selection of books which have been converted to pdf so you can download them.
The Internet Archive is the grand-daddy of them all with over 1.8 million texts and provides a variety of digital formats for each book. This is where to go if you want a copy of the Old and New Statistical Accounts of Scotland or the Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae (search for Hew Scott – without inverted commas – to find all the volumes).
Just remember that these book sites are US based and although the books may be out of copyright there, laws may vary in other countries.
If you’re looking for journals, try the Internet Library of Early Journals which has 20-year runs of
Gentleman’s Magazine (1731-1750)
The Annual Register (1758-1778)
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society (1757-1777)
Notes and Queries (1849/50 – 1869)
The Builder (1843-1852)
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine (1843-1863)
What other libraries of digital books have you come across? Please add them in the comments section below.