Before you go out and spend a ton of money purchasing all the classics on paper, visit Literature.org on the net. This is a great site to find and read classic literature. This is also cheaper than buying a CDROM or each individual book. In fact, it is free.
Besides being free, this site offers an easy to find selection of classic literature. The reason they are able to do so is because many classic pieces of work are public domain. This means that the copyrights are no longer in existence. Many of the phrases that have become a regular part of our vocabulary have come from classic literature.
In addition to offering an easy way to find this online literature, Literature.org allows users to search by author. Many of us have heard of Aristotle and Tolstoy, but without Literature.org supplying an easy access to the works, we probably would remain curious.
The books are not slopped on a page for the site users to make sense of, either. In fact, they are divided into easy to read sections using the parts or chapters that are already dividing them. Then they are formatted neatly so that they are easy to read.
Offering free online literature could be considered a humanitarian effort. It allows young minds to freely access classic works that they probably won’t find sitting around the house. It allows them to find the works on their own, rather than having classics shoved down their throats. It allows anyone with a love for literature to experience what should be free.
These works are the basic building blocks of our education, philosophy, science. They are the building blocks of our humanity and they should be free to every human. This is what Literature.org has discovered and made possible for many people around the globe.