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What are the advantages of downloading the books in PDF?

The PDF versions of the books allow you to read the books at any time with any device capable of reading Adobe® PDF files. You don't have to be connected to the Internet to read the PDF eBooks, so you can read them at the library, on the bus, or anywhere you please.

Also, you can perform advanced, full-text searches, make notes on the document using Adobe® Reader 7.0, easily print sections of the work, and view the entire book with no advertising.

I downloaded an eBook in PDF, but why can't I make notes on the pages or highlight the text?

Make sure that you are using Adobe® Reader 7.0 or greater. After you launch Reader 7.0 you can click the Comments & Markup toolbar to add notes, indicate text edits, highlight text, attach files directly to the PDF file, and more. The Comments & Markup tools are ideal for studying and researching, so upgrading to Adobe® 7.0 is well worth the time.

I am visually impaired, how can I have the text read aloud to me?

Using Adobe® Reader 6.0 and above, you can have the text read aloud using the "Read Out Loud" feature. Open up your Classics Archive PDF file in Adobe Reader, click View, Read Out Loud, and then click Read This Page Only or Read to End of Document.

I would like to download a classic book, but you don't have it listed. Can I request that a book be added?

Yes, your comments, suggestions, questions, and book requests are welcomed. Please use the contact form here to post your book requests. Please note that we can only publish books that are in the public domain (published before the 1920's).

Can I link to the Classics Archive or give the URL to other people as a reference?

Yes, you may certainly link to the Classics Archive through our link submission form. You may also give the Classics Archive URL ( to other people as a reference.

Are the works presented on Classics Archive copyright protected?

No, all the works presented on Classics Archive are in the public domain in the United States, and as such, are not copyright protected.

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