A Free Website for Periodicals, Books, and Videos
June 20, 2012 6:01 AM   Subscribe

UNZ.org, a free website for periodicals, books, and videos. Search.

Launched in January, 2012 by Ron Unz, a financial backer of the Wikimedia Foundation, publisher of The American Conservative, and (previously) 1979 winner of the Westinghouse Science Talent Search. (First linked to by tumid dahlia in "Fireproof Your Longboxes.")
posted by steef (9 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
A free website!
posted by swift at 6:25 AM on June 20, 2012

There's lots of old left-wing mags there, cool stuff.
posted by gubo at 7:25 AM on June 20, 2012

There are some real gems buried in there. I wonder what the copyright situation is?
posted by HumanComplex at 7:30 AM on June 20, 2012

At a glance it seems that Poul Anderson and Issac Asimov are well represented. I wonder about the copyright situation as well because I saw some Douglas Adams stuff there that simply can't be copyright free yet unless I'm missing something.
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:48 AM on June 20, 2012

Maybe I really am missing something because this seems to be a listing that may or may not have content behind each result. An example that turns up a prospective ebook leads me to the following message:

This DAISY file is protected.
It can only be opened on a specialized device with a key issued by the Library of Congress.

Which seems to imply that only someone with a handicap/key can read the material. So maybe that clears up the copyright status of some of these.
posted by RolandOfEld at 7:54 AM on June 20, 2012

I like the interface. I opened up something from Cato Journal and, other than a great sound of evil emitting from it, there is a notice at the bottom that says "Licensed to Unz.Org, Reproduction Prohibited", so somehow he's licensed some of this stuff.
posted by stbalbach at 8:48 AM on June 20, 2012

Ok, now some stuff is linking to OpenLibrary.org and telling me where to find the book at a library. And there is a "purchase" button, no doubt with Amazon affiliate codes. So, not sure what this site is but's is a strange mish mash of free content, licensed content, restricted content, library links and commercial links. Don't know what to make of it, other than it has a good collection of conservative/liberal/libertarian magazines.
posted by stbalbach at 9:02 AM on June 20, 2012

Hallowe'en in a Suburb
posted by kaibutsu at 11:04 AM on June 20, 2012

Fixed ^ link. There's lotsa Lovecraft.
posted by steef at 11:36 AM on June 20, 2012

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