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= Library Genesis = The Russian pirate library Library Genesis is awesome. They have a large amount sof all english language textbooks for free direct download. They cap their download speeds at a few KB per second, but books are usually small downloads anyway. Sometimes the downloads will fail part way through. Use something that's capable of restarting a failed download just in case (e.g. Firefox). There are several mirrors of Library genesis, and not all of them are complete. I recommend trying [http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ the main libgen server first] and if that doesn't work then try [http://libgen.io/ libgen.io]. === Pirate from open torrent trackers === If you are lucky you can find the book via one of the open torrent trackers. These are good places to start: * [https://torrentz2.eu/ torrentz2.eu] - A meta-search that searches many other torrent sites * [https://www.thepiratebay.org/ The Pirate Bay] If you can't access these sites, they may be blocked by your country. You can use a VPN such as [https://mullvad.net/en/ Mullvad] to bypass these restrictions. === Pirate from private torrent trackers === There are many private torrent trackers. Most of them are of much higher quality than the open trackers and several are dedicated to ebooks. Some of them have an interview process. Some of them are invite only. All of them require the user to upload at least as much as they download and follow a set of strict rules. This can be somewhat technically challenging as it can require a bit of strategy in selecting what to download (downloading only unpopular things means no-one downloads from you), or it may mean that you need to set up port forwarding or even a dedicated seed box to live up to the seeding requirements. This may seem daunting, but once you know how it works and have access it can be a great resource and community! The private trackers generally do not like to be mentioned on other websites and we don't want to attract their ire, so if you want to go this route, talk to us in person. === Libraries === Go to [https://openlibrary.org/ OpenLibrary.org] and search for the book. If you're lucky there is a free download available. If you're less lucky you may be able to borrow a digital edition via your local library. Even if OpenLibrary doesn't list the ability to borrow a digital edition, your local library may still have a digital edition. Check with them directly. If there's no digital edition, your library might still have a physical edition. Even if no copies are available at your local library you may be able to borrow it from a remote library, though it may take some time. Some libraries even allow you to request that they buy a certain book and some will let you sign up to be the first to borrow it once it has been bought. Some university libraries will allow you access by showing a student ID and won't actually look you up in their database to check if you're still a student until you try to check out a book. If you used to be a student and the student ID doesn't have an expiration date then this basically means lifetime access. === Liberate from Amazon === If you really can't find the book anywhere, check if there is a digital edition available for sale on Amazon. If there is, simply download and install the free Kindle application for your operating system. Then purchase the digital edition from Amazon. It should download into your Kindle application. Now close the Kindle application and download and install [http://calibre-ebook.com/ Calibre] (the free and open ebook management and reading application)/. Follow [http://www.linux-magazine.com/Online/Blogs/Productivity-Sauce/Scrub-DRM-off-Kindle-Ebooks-with-Calibre this guide] to install the the DeDRM plugin for Calibre. This plugin will allow you to remove Digital Restrictions Management from the book you bought from Amazon. Now open the book you bought from Amazon. You may have to search for the file for the book to figure out where the Kindle application saved it. Once it is in Calibre, use the DeDRM plugin to remove the DRM. Make a copy of the book with the DRM stripped somewhere safe just in case. Now you can return the digital book to Amazon for a full refund. You may have to do a bit of searching to actually find out how to do this, but it _is_ possible. Once it is returned you have your free ebook that you can share with your friends without restrictions! Hurry up and put it on your favorite torrent site! It almost goes without saying that you don't want to do this too often from the same Amazon account. === Buy used === For many books you can find a used copy cheap from a third-party reseller via Amazon. If you have to resort to this, then please ensure that the book is scanned and made available for others. You can find a publicly available non-destructive book scanner at the [https://www.noisebridge.net/ hackerspace] in San Francisco.
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