Class Tech Tips: 19 Free Classic Books in the iBookstore

If you have an iOS device or work with students who have iPads in their hands, you’ll want to check out this list of totally free classic books! There’s no catch – classic books are part of the public domain and you can download them for free on your iPad or iPhone. The iBookstore is full of classics including plenty of my favorites. I’ve compiled a list of 19 classic books that are totally free and ready to download.

Free Classic eBooks!

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

White Fang by Jack London

The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

Anna Karenina by��Leo Tolstoy

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift

Don Quijote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper

Do you like reading on iPads?

Reading on an iPad is a very different experience than turning the page or scribbling in a margin. It took me awhile to get comfortable reading on a digital device, and I still switch back and forth from paperback to tablet. One reason I love reading iBooks on an iPad is how easy it is to highlight, color code and take notes as you move through a chapter. All of your notes are organized and can easily be shared with another person or saved for your own review. This is especially helpful if students are preparing for a book club meeting or literature circle.

Do you have a favorite and free classic book I left off the list? Share the title and/or the link to the iBookstore in the comments section below!

cross posted at

Monica Burns is a fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom. Visit her website at for creative education technology tips and technology lesson plans aligned to the Common Core Standards.