eBooks for Business and Management

Subscription Databases

Note: Provides the full-text of several hundred business-related books. Select “Books/Monographs” from the Publications list in the right-hand column.


Note: A cross-searchable multidisciplinary database of electronic books featuring publications from major academic publishers. New titles are being added regularly.


Note: Business reference encyclopedia providing detailed, comprehensive information on a wide range of industries in every realm of American business. Covers manufacturing industries as well as service and non-manufacturing industries in the U.S.

Note: Covers 500 major marketing and advertising campaigns – current and historical. Includes overview, historical context, target market, competition, market strategy, etc.

Note: Includes a few business-related titles, including Business Leader Profiles for Students, Encyclopedia of Population, Encyclopedia of Small Business, and Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. Economic History.

Handbooks in Economics Series

The handbooks consist of 30 titles covering a broad set of topics. The series currently consists of 70+ volumes.

Description: Cross-searchable library containing the full text and abstracts of classic and newly published Oxford books in the areas of biology, business and management, classical studies, economics and finance, history, law, linguistics, literature, mathematics, music, neuroscience, philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, public health and epidemiology, religion, and social work.

Note: Contains about 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database. Includes the following dictionaries: accounting, business and management, economics, finance and banking, human resource management, and international financial terms.

Note: To view the books available to you, click on “Custom Collection” and then click on “Safari Business Books.” You’ll find a few books about business.

OECD iLibrary (2000)
Note: In the Books section of this database, you will find over 1,500 entire books in pdf format covering topics such as Emerging Economies, Transition Economies, Territorial Economy, Industry, Services and Trade. Searchable by title or key word.

Note: Written by over 1500 eminent contributors, this new edition of The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics retains many classic essays of enduring importance and contains 1,872 articles.

Available at Boston Public Library

The Boston Public Library also subscribes to the Gale Virtual Reference Library and other electronic resources. BPL’s eBooks page is available here.
A valid BPL library card is required to access BPL’s databases from outside the library. Massachusetts residents can sign up for a temporary BPL eCard by following the instructions listed here.

Open Access E-Books

Answers.com – Business Topics
Excellent resource providing access to several free online publications.  Coverage includes: Barron’s Dictionaries (Accounting, Banking, Business Terms, Finance and Investment, Insurance, Marketing Terms, Real Estate, etc.), Encyclopedia of Business, Business Plans Handbook, International Directory of Company Histories, FX Converter by OANDA, Company Profiles from Hoovers, Inc., MarketWatch company data, Encyclopedia of Small Business, and Encyclopedia of American Industries.

Bartleby.com [About]
Contains full-text reference, literary and nonfiction works.  Coverage includes up-to-date editions of encyclopedias and dictionaries; contemporary and classic thesauri and English usage guides; etiquette (Emily Post) and parliamentary procedure (Robert’s Rules of Order).

Google Book Search [About]
To limit your search to books that can be viewed in their entirety,  select “Full view books” below the search box. Includes books that are either out of copyright or the publisher or right holder has granted permission.  Also provides information on where to borrow or purchase books.

GPO Access [About]
A service of the U.S. Government Printing Office that provides free electronic access to a wealth of important information products produced by the Federal Government. The information provided on this site is the official, published version and the information retrieved from GPO Access can be used without restriction, unless specifically noted.

Internet Archive: Texts
Displays over 1,000,000 items, most of them published before 1923. Materials have been contributed by American and Canadian libraries.

Library of Congress Digital Collections
Collection includes American Memory (history of advertising, technology and industry), country studies/area handbooks, and more.

The Online Books Page [About]
A directory of books that can be freely read on the Internet. Includes more than 25,000 books covering a wide variety of subjects and it can be searched by title, author, or Library of Congress Classification.

Project Gutenberg [About]
Large collection of electronic texts from the public domain.  Many of the books are older items that have been digitized.

For information about eBooks from other disciplines and a longer list of Open Access eBooks, you may wish to check the eBooks page on the main BU Libraries site or our eBooks Research Guide.