Today is Charles Darwin’s 206 birthday.
Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.
Most of Charles Darwin’s major scientific books are available in digital editions. All of these books can be downloaded for free in ePub, HTML, Kindle and Plain Text formats. Below is a small collection of books available for free to the public.
A complete list of free eBooks by Charles Darwin is available here: Charles Darwin
Free Audio Books
If you do not have the time to read books by Charles Darwin, download an audiobook and listen to it on the way to and from work.
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (machine read audio book)
The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection (Read by Annie Coleman Rothenberg, Kara Shallenberg, Hugh McGuire, David Barnes and others).
The Autobiography of Charles Darwin by Charles Darwin (Read by LivelyHive)
The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Part 1 by Charles Darwin (Read by Denny Sayers, Mary Ballard-Johansson, Rory Lawton, Michael Reuss, J. M. Smallheer and others)
The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Part 2 by Charles Darwin (Read by Elsa Youngsteadt, Rory Lawton, Matthew Reece, Availle and others)
The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex, Part 3 by Charles Darwin (Read by Rory Lawton, Guero, Availle, and Tai John)
Darwin’s Virtual Library
Read what Charles Darwin read. The Charles Darwin’s Library is a digital edition and virtual reconstruction of the surviving books owned by Charles Darwin. The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) special collection draws on original copies and surrogates from other libraries. It also provides full transcriptions of his annotations and marks.