Update: Nov. 23, 2019. Here are hundreds of Free Online Books of Games, including How to Play Pool and Chess, and the Rules for Card Games of Bridge, Hearts, Spades, Rummy, Poker, and Solitaire. There are big collections of free books of Crosswords, Chess, Word Games, Card Games, and Puzzles. Other forms of Recreation covered here are Dancing, Folk Dance, and Singing Games.
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About 150 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Card Games.
Nearly 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Contract Bridge.
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Cheney, Ednah Dow Littlehale
Lee and Shepard 1869 Dewey Dec. 795
Numerous variations of the one-person card game(s) often known as “Solitaire”.
Foster, Robert Frederick
Stokes 1914 Dewey Dec. 795
A complete encyclopedia of all indoor games, such as auction bridge, mah Jong, poker, Russian bank, and all the other card games, backgammon and checkers, chess, billiards, and pool, bowling, dice games, and dominoes. It gives suggestions for good play, illustrative hands, and all official laws to date. First edition published in 1897.- A.L.A. Catalog 1926
Foster, Robert Frederick
Stokes 1910 Dewey Dec. 795
“Contains the official laws of auction bridge as adopted by the Whist Club of New York, revised to October 1010, and includes material on methods of play and the tactics of the game.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911
Morehead, Albert H. and Mott-Smith, Geoffrey
New American Library 1983 Dewey Dec. 795
Not only how to play games but also how to win them, with expert advice on strategy and authoritative information for settling disputes over any number of fine points.
Bridge — Poker — Rummy — Stops — All fours — Triumph — Hearts — Oh hell — Pinochle — Skat — Cribbage — Klaberjass — Casino — Card games played by children — Banking and gambling games — Solitaire — Dominoes — Board games — Dice games — Parlor games — Scrabble.
Perennial Library 1995 Dewey Dec. 795
About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Poker.
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2009 Dewey Dec. 795
“The epic story of how poker has grown from disreputable roots to become America’s – and the world’s – game. A satisfying, useful overview.” Kirkus
Picador 2004 Dewey Dec. 795
A chronicle of life in Las Vegas investigates the murder of poker player Ted Binion, revealing a secret world of kinky sex, black magic, and science lurking at the heart of gambling’s World Series of Poker.
Schreiber, Lee Robert
Hearst 2004 Dewey Dec. 795
About 290 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Chess”. Be patient as the page loads.
Dover 1985 Dewey Dec. 794
Alekhine was World Champion from 1927-35 and from 1937-46. This collection “reproduces Alekhine’s 220 best games, his own personal accounts of the dazzling victories that made him a legend.” – Book cover.
Harcourt, Brace Dewey Dec. 794
“Explains the general principles of chess through eighteen illustrative games, so that, when grounded in these, the novice may understand the whole elementary science of the game.”
Bantam 1972 Dewey Dec. 794
“The author gives specific advice and hints aimed at both the beginning and advanced player. Each step-by-step lesson is fully illustrated.”
United States Chess Federation
McKay 1987 Dewey Dec. 794
In addition to rules, “also contains explanations of every legal move, a guide to calculating lifetime rankings, guidelines for sponsoring and running a tournament, and a lesson on how to read and write chess notation.” Publisher’s note.
The Great Courses 2015 Dewey Dec. 794
“This course is designed to take your from a complete beginner to being ready for an entry-level tournament.” -Intro
About 1,600 Puzzle books are here, online and free. Types include Crossword, Brain Twisters, SuDoku, Kids’ Activities, Mazes, Logic Puzzles, BrainTeasers, I Spy, Picture Puzzles, Mensa Challenges, MindBenders, Kids’ Games, Optical Illusions, Whodunits, Su Doku, Travel Games, Scrabble, IQ Challenges, Rubik’s Cube, Op-Art Mazes, and Labyrinths.
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About 150 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Crossword Puzzles”. Be patient as the page loads.
About 400 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Picture Puzzles”. Be patient as the page loads.
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About 200 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Riddles.
About 150 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Word Games”. Be patient as the page loads.
Ordway, Edith Bertha
Sully 1913 Dewey Dec. 793
A collection including the best of the old familiar conundrums and many new ones. Topically arranged. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926
Norton 2006 Dewey Dec. 793
Combinatorics, probability, algebra, geometry, topology, chess, logic, cryptarithms, wordplay, physics and other topics of recreational mathematics.
Numerous free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Educational Games”. Be patient as the page loads.
This free online collection of over 200 books of Games and Activities includes Party Games, Rules of Card games, How to Play Bridge and Hearts, Family and Kids activities, Drinking Games, Casino Gambling, Learning games, Puzzles, Riddles, Indoor games, Things to Make and Do, Crosswords, Sudoku, Solitaire, Cryptograms, Mazes, Picture Puzzles, Slot Machines, Craps, Dominos, Musical Chairs, Dungeons and Dragons, Mah Jong, Parlor Games, Chess, Math Games, Reading Activities, Knowledge games, Trivia, I Spy Books, Crafts, Artwork.
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About 150 books from the Internet Archive free online on the subject of Indoor Games.
About 300 free online books at the Internet Archive, resulting from a search for books on “Computer Games”. Be patient as the page loads.
Pantheon 2010 Dewey Dec. 794
A volume of essays about video games, by a writer who plays a lot of games. “The first truly indispensable work of literary nonfiction about society’s most lucrative entertainment medium. Bissell’s commentary is marvelously astute and his enthusiasm for games makes even his words on the printed page feel positively backlit.” Paste
Harvard Univ. 2007 Dewey Dec. 794
“For Wark, video games are worth studying because they offer insights into contemporary society and culture. [He] devotes complete chapters to particular games and the key concepts they clarify. The book is about gaming ambience – that is, gamespace – as the kinetic field within which game players exist.” PopMatters.
Harcourt Brace 1998 Dewey Dec. 794
The author explains the rules of pool and billiards and offers advice on strategy with diagrams of various shots. Over 400 illustrations.
Avon 1997 Dewey Dec. 794
“The author plays financial backer to a sharp-tongued player named Tony Annigoni, and takes him on the road across North America in search of highstakes games … This is a terrific book.” New Yorker.
Curtis 1898 Dewey Dec. 793
From the Ladies Home Journal Religious Library.
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Bancroft, Jessie Hubbell
Macmillan 1909 Dewey Dec. 790
“Largely the result of original research on the part of the assistant director of physical training in the New York City schools. Contains a varied collection of games for playgrounds, gymnasiums, summer camps, children’s parties, seashore, etc.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911
Burchenal, Elizabeth, ed.
Schirmer 1909 Dewey Dec. 793
“Music (with words) and description of 26 folk dances of 10 European countries. Crampton’s Folk dance book (Barnes, 1909) contains a larger number of dances (42) The descriptions are clear but not illustrated. Crawford’s Folk dances and games (Barnes, 1908) is better adapted for teachers already having a knowledge of folk-dancing. Bergqulst’s Swedish folk dances (Barnes, 2d ed. 1910) gives music and full description for 23 Swedish dances.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911
Doran 1922 Dewey Dec. 793
A collection of games for large and small groups; musical games, stunts, and girls’ athletic games, compiled by a YWCA. secretary for war-time parties. Many were used successfully where large groups of soldiers were being entertained. First published in 1918 under the title Ice-breakers, this edition adds suggestions on recreation leadership. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926
Kingsland, Mrs Florence
Doubleday 1904 Dewey Dec. 790
“Excellent collection for all ages and occasions, with suggestions for special days, dinners, dances, tableaux and wedding anniversaries. Games mainly with apparatus.” – A.L.A.Catalog 1904 – 1911
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Munroe and Francis 1831 Dewey Dec. 793
Chapter headings are: – Sports and Pastimes, – Plays with Toys, – Little Games with Cards, – Riddles, – Amusing Work – Pincushions, – Needle Books, – Reticules, – Varieties
Marsh, Chester Geppert
Barnes 1925 Dewey Dec. 793
A recreational program of games, action stories and callisthenic drills for use in the schools of rural districts, and small towns having no graded system of physical education. The games may be used for entire school group play; they include posture tests, and May pole dance, with air of the music, and words. There are separate indexes of singing games, action stories, and running games. – A.L.A. Catalog 1926
Wolcott, Theresa Hunt, ed.
Small, Maynard 1919 Dewey Dec. 793
Published by the Ladies Home Journal.
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