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Reading Material on the Web

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Reading is one of the best ways to improve your English. Luckily, the Web has lots and lots of reading material for your enjoyment. We've tried to select some of the best sites for reading material available on the Web.

The secret to getting the most from reading practice is to choose material that you're really interested in. That way you'll really want to find out what every word means.

These sites have been chosen for quality rather than quantity, so hopefully you'll find them useful.

We are always happy to participate in reciprocal Link Exchanges with other relevant, quality sites that will be of value to our visitors. If you would like to propose a candidate site, please let us know.


From England: The Independent - The Times - The Electronic Telegraph - Daily Mail - The Guardian - The Mirror - The London Evening Standard

BBC NEWS - up-to-the-minute news, breaking news, video, audio and feature stories from around the world.

From Japan: The Japan Times - Daily Yomiuri

From the USA: The New York Times - The Washington Post (free registration required for both)


The Economist - some free articles - email newsletters available upon free registration.

New Scientist.com - the World's No. 1 Science and Technology news service.

ESPN Soccernet.com - the best football coverage from the English Premiership and around the world.

TIME - news stories from the USA.

Time Out.com - global travel and listings website. City Guides to over 50 cities.


The On-Line Books Page - listing over 20,000 free books on the Web.

Project Gutenberg - the oldest producer of free electronic books with a collection of more than 13.000 eBooks. Mostly older literary works that are no longer subject to copyright restrictions.


Encyclopaedia Britannica Online - concise Enclyclopedia results free - subscribe for access to full articles.

Encyclopedia.com - the Internet's premiere free encyclopedia.

The Internet Public Library

Wikipedia - free user-maintained encyclopedia.


Practice your reading in English by visiting some of our sister sites. These sites provide information on a wide range of interesting subjects.

Self Help Sanctum - a collection of articles about enabling yourself to make the very best of your life, regardless of your particular situation.

New Age Spirituality explores the mysterious world of spirituality and the paranormal.

twinIsles.dev offers free articles on the information age and all its implications.

Easy Web Site Design - learn how to create your own Web site with this simple introduction.

CULTJAPAN - online introduction and guide to the fascinating world of Japanese movies.

Cult Movies - Cult Movies are movies that command intense interest from a small but dedcicated band of fans. Cult Movies is a portal dedicated to the genre. Read about the finest and most influential cult movies and contribute reviews for your own personal favorites.

Short, scary ghost stories offers a growing collection of ghost stories old and new.

Sherlock Holmes Cases - the adventures of the world's best known detective.

kids stories - a collection of unusual and occasionally scary stories for kids.

Anglobilia - all you ever wanted to know about England: people, places, culture, customs... Includes a section on study in the UK.

Personal Money Management 101 provides an unbiased introduction to finance and investment for ordinary people trying to make the most of their money.

job sanctum Looking for a job? job sanctum guides you through the process of identifying the occupations best suited to your unique characteristics, and offers advice on everything from locating vacancies, making applications, through to succeeding at interviews, career management and self-employment.