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In light of recent events – the shutdown of Library.nu, one of the largest online book suppliers – we’ve kept our promise of looking up for 10 alternatives, and here they are.
It has a database of 22.844 audio books, and 29.976 books. However, to get access to the website you must first create a user. At the moment the website has approximately 50.000 registered users.
Having a mobile version as well, BookFinder is a huge e-book library and search engine. It has 1.232.131 books and going up. Just type in the name of the book you want to find, and the engine does the rest. Notice there’s a small check-box under the search bar which reads “exact matches” – if you check it… well, it does what it says – looks for exact match keyword.
Our number eight is FreeBookSpot and has 183.791 books and 680 uploaders. It’s not as fancy as BookFinder, but it can help you in times of need.
It’s a great website that has a very similar interface with Google. “This site neither stores books nor is responsible their contents” reads the website’s disclaimer.
With a user-base of nearly 57.000 people, Library Pirate requires you to be a registered user in order to get access to their collection. There are a total of 8.445 torrents, and over 10.000 seeders.
Number five is Library Genesis – a Russian portal that some say is the closest to what Library.nu used to be. Just type in the book you need and hope you don’t run into any Russian menu. And by the way, the website is blocking all US IP addresses, so if that’s the case, use a proxy.
“120.301 books available for instant download” their website reads just as the page is loaded. AvaxHome is organized into a comprehensive list of categories, covering a very wide variety of books. Create a user and take full advantage of their services.
It may sound outdated, but mIRC is still used by many people and most of all it’s an actual source of finding books. Here is a guide on how to connect and find e-books.
Yet another intelligent search engine TextBook Nova can be your friend. Type in your search terms and hit enter. That’s all. The website can also be browsed by categories.
“Stop paying for college and high school level text books, get them here for free,” reads their greet.
Sounds familiar? The Audiobook Bay is a very popular website that runs under the DMCA. It covers many areas of interest – from action, adventure, art, to history, paranormal, sci-fi, and so forth.
We hope these portals will be of use to you. Stay safe!
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The association against copyright infringement (GVU) has recently commissioned a new study to prove the high rates of piracy related to e-books. According to the survey conducted by The Society for Consumer Research (GfK), Germans downloaded and uploaded without permission 14 million e-books in 2010.
However, according to reports from the publishing industry show that of the entire book market e-books account for very little (about 0.5 percent).
10,000 people were included in the survey which says that of the 23 million e-books downloaded in Germany in 2010, around 14 million were pirated copies, most of them belonging to specialist literature used by students, such as medical textbooks from major publishers like Springer or Thieme.
While the GfK didn’t use the term ‘illegal’ in their final assessment, saying “We never make a judgement on that,” the whole point for the GVU was to use especially that word. The group counted all downloads as illegal if those participating in the survey said they used “file-sharing networks, hosting services, private websites, blogs, forums, ftp-servers, or newsgroups” to download those ebooks.
Also according to the study, 64 percent of people buying e-books (and spending an average of €10.40 on each book) are men.
Soon a new college year will kick-start. This usually means that students must dig deep into their pockets to get the necessary study books, and they don’t come cheap. However, this situation is about change as a torrent administrator decided to educate the masses regardless of the deepness of their pockets.
The struggle of students to get a job in order to pay for college is an old issue.
“According to a study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, textbook prices have increased FOUR TIMES the rate of inflation of other finished goods for the period of 1990-2009,” the admin of LibraryPirate.me told TorrentFreak.
LibraryPirate’s (founded over a year ago) purpose is to help students by providing free textbooks from various domains.
“Our mission is simple and specific,” LP’s admin explains.
“To revolutionize the digital e-textbook industry and change it permanently.”
Real-world business rules shouldn’t be applied when it comes to textbook pricing, he believes. Not to mention the annual updates that make last year’s textbook obsolete, just as this year’s version – with its 6% annual price uplift – becomes the dictated choice.
“The Government Accountability Office reports that the average student spends about $1000 on textbooks each year, or 26 percent of their yearly tuition [source, pdf]. Publishers defend their actions claiming increased expenses in updating this supplementary material are only being passed along to the student,” he explains.
“While there is a need to keep information current, most of what is taught in big introductory courses simply isn’t going to change that much from year to year, or even from decade to decade. For example, Calculus was invented 300 years ago however new editions of textbooks are released like clockwork.”
A monopoly on the market has been established and maintained by a small group of textbook publishers. They are also taking steps to maintain this power, discouraging student use of the pre-owned books market by offering discounts of 20% on their eBook products, but then disqualifying the purchaser from selling the product by implementing DRM.
“New Textbook legislation was introduced by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (H.R. 4137), which passed 380-49 in the House and 83-8 in the Senate on July 31. The bill was signed by President Obama on August 14 and went into effect July 1, 2010,” LP’s admin explains.
“The bill aims at making textbook publishers more up front with students about textbook pricing and also forces them to sell some additional course materials separately. While this is a start, it is clear now that these measures have done nothing to prevent the continued rise in inflation of textbooks and new digital course material.”
LibraryPirate’s admin goal is to put an end to this reign by creating, as he calls it, an open access movement.
“Open source textbooks alone will, without a doubt, turn the textbook industry on its head by taking away the power from the major publishing companies,” he explains.
“Those with access to e-textbook resources — students, librarians, scientists and professors have the responsibility to share this knowledge openly with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, the majority of universities do not utilize open source textbooks today. Professors continue to require students to buy hundreds of dollars in textbooks and ‘kiss the ring’ of textbook publishers.”
This has not yet become something solid so, for the moment, the students are left at the mercy of the textbook publishers. LP’s admin promises to soon meet the demands of such a task by making all textbooks open for everyone to use and distribute. LibraryPirate.me has already 1.000 textbooks indexed in its database and hopefully it will continue grow strong.
“Grab every textbook you can get your hands on and scan it so that everyone in the world can have a chance at education,” LP’s admin says.
“Professors, students, and avid readers alike, it is our responsibility to do everything we can to make education available to all who seek it, and this policy flies directly in the face of the textbook publishers that are using you to line their pockets.”
There are some ethical issues that come into play. Just as the students struggle to get their hands on the very books that help them making a career, publishers need to make money as well. But what is the moral difference between downloading a movie or a textbook, even if it’s offered at unfair prices through an anti-competitive monopoly?
“While many may view the open source movement as blatant ‘piracy’, I believe they are overlooking the obvious moral imperative at play here,” TorrentFreak was told.
“Personally, this notion became very clear to me after attending college and has remained the driving motivation behind the LibraryPirate project.”
“It’s no secret that college students today are simply victims of a broken educational system. Until real steps are taken to ensure textbook material is made more affordable and accessible to students, I only see one path to moral high ground.
“So, in the historical tradition of civil disobedience, the time has come for students to declare their opposition to this private theft of education,” LP’s admin concludes.
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Some say that people don’t read as much as they used to but The Pirate Bay proves different. The “Top 100 most downloaded books” holds titles like The Lord of the Rings or the fabulous adventures of Harry Potter. Science-fiction doesn’t have many fans; the only book that made the top 100 was George R. Martin’s historical fantasy A Game of Thrones. However, the number one most downloaded book is “Never Be Lied to Again” by David J. Lieberman.
The list continues with books related to men’s fitness, computer hacking, digital photography, sexual techniques and brain training. Fighting over its right to remain online, Pirate Bay offers not only books but music, movies and TV shows. The file-sharing website has been named by the US Trade Department as the top contributor to piracy. Having no less than 5 million users, Pirate Bay is censored in Ireland, Italy and Denmark. However, the Swedish website is not the only one to offer unauthorized copies of Harry Potter, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult and Jean M. Auel.
”Anything and everything is there to find if you want to look for it,” says Tim Coronel, the publisher of the trade magazine Bookseller+Publisher.
Kate Eltham – CEO at the Queensland Writers Center – explains that e-book piracy has not yet become an issue as in the music industry; most of all, old buyers still embrace their ethics and shape buying patterns.
The Nielsen Company predicts a rapid increase of using tablets with e-book reading capacities, as one quarter of Australian households is expected to own one by Christmas.
”Piracy isn’t a huge problem for the great majority of books and it won’t become one as long as a wide range of titles is made available as widely as possible on a range of platforms at a reasonable price,” Coronel says.
Nevertheless, the risk that readers may get used to the idea of reading but not paying exists, as Mary Cunnane – vice-president of the Australian Literary Agents’ Association – rightfully points out.
”It means a loss of income for the author, and perforce agents, publishers, and retailers. It’s what happened to the music industry and something publishing desperately wants to avoid.”
For those familiar with Paulo Coelho’s works, the Brazilian writer’s support of file-sharing has become just as known as any of his famous books among which we gladly evoke The Alchemist, Brida, By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept, The Manual of the Warrior of Light, The Devil and Miss Prym.
Described as the ‘Googliest author’ by journalist Jeff Jarvist, Coelho’s relationship with his readers is really a love story. Back in 2008 he thanked BitTorrent for the enormous selling-success of his books which got great exposure due to fans sharing them online and encouraged other writers to follow his example -“The ultimate goal of a writer is to be read. Money comes later”, he said.
Now, about three years later, Paulo Coelho’s attitude towards file-sharing not only has remained constant but it has strengthened over the time as piracy has truly propagated him to peaks unknown to any other author. He created “The Pirate Coelho”, an non-official fan page were anyone can download for free the full texts in different languages (update: use this link http://paulocoelhoblog.com/category/pirate-coelho/).
On his blog, the ‘alchemist of words’, as he was often called, wrote at the end of last month another post titled Who stole my story? where he declared his love for pirates once more.
From the post:
When I was active on Myspace (I am not anymore), “Fly me to the moon” (Frank Sinatra) was deleted from my profile.
So who deleted the song? The answer is simple: greed and ignorance.
Greed that does not understand that this world has changed. Ignorance that thinks that, if the music is available for free, people are not going to buy the CD.
A] some will say :
you are rich enough to afford having your texts here for free.
It is true that I am rich (as were Frank Sinatra, and his heirs), but this is not the point. The point is that we want to first and foremost SHARE something. If you go to most of the pages, what will you see? Fantastic pictures, great blogs, amazing photos. For free. My texts are for free here. And you can reproduce them anywhere provided that you name the author.
B] The industry will say:
artists cannot survive without being paid.
But the industry is thinking on the opposite direction of our reality today. I follow Hilal on Twitter (even if she tweets once a year…). Hilal is from Turkey, but lives in Russia (and she is the main character in ALEPH). She first read a pirate edition of “The Alchemist”. Hilal download the text, read it, decided to buy the book. Up to today, I have over 12.000.000 hard copies sold in Russia, and counting.