Metropolitan Museum of Art Now Offers Over 1,600 Free Art Books Online

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In need of some summer reading? If so, look no further than the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website. What once simply provided descriptions of its world-famous permanent collection, information about its exhibitions, and a way to pick up some Met-themed merchandise now offers an extensive and eclectic selection of free online books.

With an art historical focus, this comprehensive collection of over 1,600 full-text titles features everything from African to American art. Like traditional print editions, nearly every online art book features a table of contents and information about the author. Unlike hardcopies, however, the Met's free online book also include readers' reviews, a list of any awards won, and helpful links to related reads available on the Met website and in print. Additionally, most books can be both read conveniently online or downloaded as a handy PDF to your device.

Fortunately, finding this treasure trove of free books is a simple and self-explanatory endeavor. Once you're on the museum's website, simply click onto the MetPublications page. Here, you'll be offered several different types of literature, like exhibition catalogues and educational resources. For the selection of free, full-length books, simply click onto “Books with Full-Text Online“—though we encourage you to peruse through all of the other available publications, too.

Nothing beats curling up with a good (online) book!

Attention, art lovers! The Met Museum is now offering over 1,600 full-length, free books online. Scroll down to sneak a peek at this comprehensive collection of free online books.

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Kelly Richman-Abdou

Kelly Richman-Abdou is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. An art historian living in Paris, Kelly was born and raised in San Francisco and holds a BA in Art History from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Art and Museum Studies from Georgetown University. When she’s not writing, you can find Kelly wandering around Paris, whether she’s leading a tour (as a guide, she has been interviewed by BBC World News America and France 24) or simply taking a stroll with her husband and two tiny daughters.
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