Online reading

Holy books with skeptical annotation

And, just for fun

  • The Brick Testament – content notice: The Bible contains material some may consider morally objectionable and/or inappropriate for children.


Google Books

– Many of the Google digitisation project books are now out of copyright and the full text is available free. Use the Advanced search to focus on ‘Full view only’ texts on specific search terms. Sample texts include:

Project Gutenberg

–  a large collection of digitised out-of-copyright, freely available books to either read online or download to your local device or ebook reader. Contains such books as:



A huge project to convert all out of copyright works into audio format. Contains many classics of philosophy or religion as well as poetry and fiction, all available in various audio formats for free.

Open Culture

Download hundreds of free audio books, mostly classics, to your MP3 player or computer. You’ll find great works of fiction, poetry and non-fiction, by such authors as Twain, Tolstoy, Hemingway, Orwell, Vonnegut, Nietzsche, Austen, Shakespeare, Asimov, HG Wells & more. Also please see the related collection: 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices.

Listening Books

– seems to be mostly fiction but may be some interesting old classics to stream or download to listen to free

 Loyal Books

Hundreds of audio books available free, to stream or download

Book reviews

To discuss and review interesting and topical books, try Atheist Republic’s Book Club

Or look through our members’ reviews here:

 Members only

OxHums Books

A list of books held by our members, acting as a source of reviews and recommendations for useful reading material, is available on Librarything (link from recommendations feed above, or author tag cloud, below).  The same list is available from Goodreads, as we compare which service works best with our online library (see below).  We would love to add more ‘recommended reading’ and some informative reviews of any of these, or add details of other useful books you have read, so please email our librarian, Michele Walker with any lists you would like to suggest.

OxHums Book Library


We also have a collection of books available for loan, coming to us as donations or supplied by the Humanists UK to its partner organisations. Check out the catalogue, and ‘order’ a loan by placing a hold request or by sending an email to the librarian. Unless arranged otherwise, items will generally be delivered to the next OxHums meeting.

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