Public Domain: How to download free books

The Public Domain portal provides free downloadable books in PDF format, as well as photos and music also free of copyright. The website was developed by the Federal Government to encourage the sharing of more than 500 classic works by great authors from around the world. The collection presents reference books for researchers, teachers and students who need to develop an academic work.

Works in the public domain are those on which no more copyright is levied. In addition to literary works, the platform offers a vast bank of photos, music and sounds to download. To learn how to search and find free books on the Public Domain site, follow the instructions that we have prepared.

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Search for literary works

Step 1. Access the site (domainpublico.gov.br) and configure the search filters. To find books, choose the "Text" option for "Media Types" and define a category for the works you want to find. You can also set the author search, book title, and select the language of the post. To proceed, press the "Search" button;

Search screen for books on the Public Domain site

Step 2. In the list of results, click on the name of the book you want to download to open the download page;

Action to open the download page for a book on the Public Domain site

Step 3. At this point, work data will be displayed. To proceed, press the "Download" option;

Action to download a book found on the Public Domain website

Step 4. You can either read the book in the browser or choose to download the PDF file. For the second option, select the arrow icon in the upper right corner of the screen.

Action to download a book through the Public Domain site

Search for songs

Step 1. In the search tool, use the "Sound" option under "Media Type". Then, set a musical style for the search and press "Search";

Action to search for songs to download on the Public Domain site

Step 2. Just click on the name of a song to open the file download page;

List of songs to download on the Public Domain website

Step 3. Right-click on the player and choose "Download as" to download the MP3 file to your computer.

Action to download a song through the Public Domain site

Search for photos

Step 1. In the search tool, set "Picture" to "Media Type". Then, under "Category", choose the "Photography" option;

Action to start a search for photos on the Public Domain site

Step 2. Click on one of the listed files to open the download page;

Action to open the download page for a photo on the Public Domain site

Step 3. Press the "Download" button to open the image in the browser;

Action to download an image on the Public Domain site

Step 4. Right-click on the image and choose "Download image as" to download.

Action to download a photo on the Public Domain site

Use the Public Domain site to find free books, photos, and music for download.

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