This article is about the best survival ebooks that I’ve read or used for reference.
General Wilderness Survival eBooks
SAS Survival Handbook by John Wiseman
Hands down the best wilderness survival ebook.
THRIVE: Long-Term Wilderness Survival Guide; Skills, Tips, and Gear for Living on the Land by Juan Pablo Quiñonez
The best wilderness survival book for long-term (over 72-hrs) survival. Lots of bushcraft and general survival info.
Survival Wisdom & Know-How by Stackpole Books
A compilation of lots and lots of useful wilderness living info in this ebook.
98.6 Degrees: The Art of Keeping Your Ass Alive by Cody Lundin
One of the best wilderness survival ebooks; focused on addressing the greatest risks.
When All Hell Brakes Loose by Cody Lundin
Not really a wilderness survival ebook but about preparing for emergencies; I love the mindset advice in it.
Wilderness Survival Handbook by Michael Pewtherer
Follows the same format of most wilderness survival ebooks, but it’s a good resource nonetheless.
How to Stay Alive in the Woods by Bradford Angier
It gives an old school perspective into outdoor survival.
Hawke’s Green Beret Survival Manual by Mykel Hawke
It’s is an average survival book, but it’s straight to the point.
Bushcraft and Campcraft eBooks
Camping and Woodcraft by Horace Kephart
The classic camp craft book from 1923.
Bushcraft by Richard Graves
A wilderness survival and bushcraft book.
Woodcraft & Indian Lore by Ernest Thompson Seton
A classic 1912 book from the founder of the Boy Scouts of America.
Camp-lore and Woodcraft by Daniel Beard
Another classic with lots of bushcraft and campcraft info.
Woodcraft & Camping by George Sears
Old school bushcraft and camping.
Old-Time Camp Stoves and Fireplaces by A. D. Taylor
Tracking and Trapping eBooks
Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern United States by Janine M. Benyus
Where to find which animals, and behaviour info.
Camp Life in the Woods and the Tricks of Trapping and Trap Making by William H. Gibson
Deadfalls, Traps & Snares by Arthur Robert Harding
Mammal Tracks & Sign: A Guide to North American Species by Mark Elbroch
Scats and Tracks of North America: A Field Guide to the Signs of Nearly 150 Wildlife Species by James Halfpenny
First Aid and Medicine eBooks
Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine by Paul S. Auerbach
The best and most complete wilderness medicine ebook, period.
NOLS Wilderness Medicine by Tod Schimelpfenig
The book used for 80 hours wilderness first aid courses.
Ditch Medicine: Advanced Field Procedures For Emergencies by Hugh Coffee
Not for the faint of heart.
Where There Is No Doctor by David Werner
Emergency War Surgery: Nato Handbook by Department Of Defense
Edible and Useful Wild Plants of the United States and Canada by Charles F. Saunders
The Deerholme Foraging Book: Wild Foods and Recipes from the Pacific Northwest by Bill Jones
Edible Wild Plants: Wild Foods From Dirt To Plate by John Kallas
Foraging Wild Edible Plants of North America by Christopher Nyerges
The Complete Guide to Edible Wild Plants by Department of the Army
North American Mushrooms: A Field Guide to Edible and Inedible Fungi by Dr. Orson K. Miller Jr.
General Outdoors eBooks
Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery
Excellent book about all things country living; great info on growing food, baking, etc
Everything Knots Book: Step-By-Step Instructions for Tying Any Knot by Randy Penn
Hunting and Fishing eBooks
Hunting with the Bow and Arrow by Saxton Pope
The bow hunting lessons learned from Ishi, the last Yahi
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 1: Big Game by Steven Rinella
The Complete Guide to Hunting, Butchering, and Cooking Wild Game: Volume 2: Small Game and Fowl by Steven Rinella
Fishing for Dummies by Peter Kaminsky and Greg Schwipps
Navigation and Weather eBooks
Emergency Navigation: Improvised and No-Instrument Methods by David Burch
Be Expert with Map & Compass by Bjorn and Carina Kjellstrom
Weather For Dummies by John D. Cox
Primitive Technology and Skills eBooks
Primitive Skills and Crafts: An Outdoorsman’s Guide to Shelters, Tools, Weapons, Tracking by Richard and Linda Jamison
The Book of Indian Crafts and Indian Lore: The Perfect Guide to Creating Your Own Indian-Style Artifacts by Julian Salomon
Ultimate Guide to Wilderness Living: Surviving with Nothing But Your Bare Hands and What You Find in the Woods by John and Geri McPherson
Leather and Basketry eBooks
Practical Basketry by Anna A. Gill
The Complete Book of Tanning Skins & Furs by James Churchill
Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: The Classic Guide to Building Wilderness Shelters by D.C. Beard
Survival Stories eBooks
Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors by Piers Paul Read
Excellent book about the rugby team that crashed in the Andes.
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The classic mountain survival and adventure story.
Adrift: Seventy-six Days Lost at Sea by Steven Callahan
Escape and Evasion eBooks
Wilderness Evasion: A Guide To Hiding Out and Eluding Pursuit in Remote Areas by Michael Chesbro
Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape Handbook by U.S. Marine Corps
Paperback-Only Wilderness Survival Books
Indian Fishing: Early Methods on the Northwest Coast by Hilary Stewart
Primitive Technology: A Book of Earth Skills by David Wescott
Primitive Technology II: Ancestral Skill by David Wescott
Stalking The Wild Asparagus by Euell Gibbons
The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants by Samuel Thaye
Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods by Thomas Elias and Peter Dykeman
Bushcraft: Outdoor Skills and Wilderness Survival by Mors Kochanski
The Outdoor Survival Handbook by Raymond Mears