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This page compiles links to general eBook and audiobook repositories, eBook apps, and eBook stores.
The Internet Archive The Internet Archive is such a wonderful resource. It is a non-profit company which digitises book resources, on every subject. Once you make an account you can borrow books from their library. I've found many useful public domain historical resources here in addition to books I wouldn't be able to find in the public library. It is so useful I will be include some resources by topic below.
Project Gutenberg This site compiles public domain eBooks to read. Like the Internet Archive it includes some resources not available in your public library.
Google Books I have found Google Books invaluable for finding image references for design assignments, especially if we are asked to look up advertisements in magazines. It has digitized a lot (not all) magazines back multiple decades so if you are looking for some 70s, 80s, or 90s magazines to read Google Books probably has something for you.
Archive of Our Own A non-profit and non-commercial archive for transformative works, fanart, and fanfiction. So this example is not like the others but I include it because I use it a lot to read fanfiction. Once you've searched the terms you want, unless you are a seasoned veteran I would suggest filtering by Kudos which will mean the most popular works are suggested first. You can download the fanfiction as eBooks to read on your preferred device.
BookLive A Japanese eBook site, but you can find some eManga here not on other sites (although they are in Japanese), I've bought a few for visual reference as they weren't legally available in English. You may want a translator plug in to browse. These are not free but they are pretty affordable as far as eBooks go.
Libraries and eBook apps
OverDrive Connect your local library and access their eBook, audiobook, and other resources. There is a mobile phone app so you can read eBooks on your phone, though there is also a more recent app called Libby which can also be used
The Queensland State Library Located in Brisbane, Queensland, if you are a local resident you can make a free account to get free access to LinkedIn Learning tutorials, but also you can freely access the library and the eBook resources available. If you have a chance to check out the library in person I would strongly recommend it. I didn't go until a teacher told me about the art resources there but they have huge volumes about art and design on level 3, and typography on level 2. Plus they have a huge magazine collection. If you are in another country or state, check to see if your local state library has something similar!
Librivox Volunteers create audiobooks of public domain works which are free to download and listen to. I have included links to a few specific ones below.
I am including an example audiobook in the public domain here.
Thoughts On Art and Life by Leonardo da Vinci Exerpts from Leonardo da Vinci's diary on art and life, essentially. I found it interesting because back then art, religion, and science tended to merged together instead of mostly separate like they are in culture today. I think this perspective is very rich, and it is interesting to hear Leonardo's thoughts on art and why he chose specific mediums to work in.