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May 15, 2007 3:35 AM   Subscribe

would be libraries
posted by caddis at 3:51 AM on May 15, 2007

Any used bookstore in any college town round 'bout May or June.

Well, not free, but close enough.

Dumpsters too. Seriously.
posted by bardic at 4:31 AM on May 15, 2007

Why oh why do they have, on the front page, a picture of a woman reading a magazine?!
posted by Kattullus at 4:44 AM on May 15, 2007

I got another one: IRC

YAY Piracy!
posted by i_am_a_Jedi at 4:47 AM on May 15, 2007

"Books" for reading on a computer/PDA screen is what Frank Zappa said about brown shoes - they just don't make it.
posted by three blind mice at 4:50 AM on May 15, 2007

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posted by ZenMasterThis at 5:16 AM on May 15, 2007

And here was me thinking usenet still had a purpose.
posted by bystander at 5:19 AM on May 15, 2007

Permalinks exist for a reason. Use them so that a month from now Page 2 of "Useful Tips" doesn't point to a different batch of shitty digg-bait lists adorned with irrelevant stock photos and inconsistent screenshots.
posted by blasdelf at 5:33 AM on May 15, 2007

I just bought a huge box marked "box of mystery fiction $3.50" at a local used book store, but this is still cool.
posted by BrotherCaine at 5:35 AM on May 15, 2007

Permalinks exist for a reason.

posted by gsteff at 5:36 AM on May 15, 2007

Thanks, gsteff.
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 5:39 AM on May 15, 2007

what's nice about the Russians is that the samizdat went beyond just political talk but hard to find western technical books. once scanning got cheap and easy all those photocopies got converted in .djvu and out onto the internet to roam free...
posted by geos at 5:45 AM on May 15, 2007

posted by OmieWise at 5:46 AM on May 15, 2007

And here was me thinking usenet still had a purpose.

Of course it does. Downloading TV episodes, whole albums of music, and more pr0n than you can comprehend.

Silly goose; Usenet's still your friend!
posted by grubi at 5:52 AM on May 15, 2007

All those ebooks sound great, but is there a decent ebook reader that you can use with a Mac?

/should write an AskMeFi question
posted by papercake at 5:56 AM on May 15, 2007

is it just me or is wowio pretty sketchy looking?

Signing up for a WOWIO account requires that you agree to the terms of a licensing agreement. Since an agreement is only meaningful when it is between two real parties, we require that people offer some proof that they are who they say they are. This licensing arrangement is what enables WOWIO to protect the content of our publishing partners and provide you with free ebooks.

This proof can be in the form of: An email account at a non-generic provider, an uploaded scan of a student or driver's ID, credit card information, or a vouch from someone already in the program.

It sets off my 'selling your information' alarm, despite their assurances that this isn't the case.
posted by Arturus at 5:57 AM on May 15, 2007

Yeah, I like Tofu also.
posted by OmieWise at 6:28 AM on May 15, 2007

In Logan Square, here in Chicago, some hipster hijacked an alt-weekly newspaper box, painted "Free Books" on it and stuffed it with the little bastards.

I think that's the best place to get free books. Or top five, at least.
posted by pokermonk at 6:28 AM on May 15, 2007 [2 favorites]

For business books, there's inbubblewrap.
posted by drezdn at 6:41 AM on May 15, 2007


Tofu looks pretty sweet, thanks!

But what I really meant was hardware — like the Sony Reader — that is Mac-friendly (i.e., doesn't require massive work-arounds to get to play nice.)
posted by papercake at 6:44 AM on May 15, 2007

You could get an iRex iLiad, which will just show up as an external drive when you connect it via USB. That's kind of expensive though -- how about using a Palm PDA?
posted by fireproof at 7:09 AM on May 15, 2007

Also see the recent AskMe
posted by Megafly at 11:00 AM on May 15, 2007

Book Mooch looks very cool. I have mooched (asked for) two books and agreed to send someone a book of mine since reading the link.

Only thing is -- you get to pick who to ask, if multiple people have the book you want, but of pending requests for a book you have, the system sends one, and that's it. You can only accept or refuse, and refusals are prominently displayed on your user page. Hmmm.
posted by Methylviolet at 11:20 AM on May 15, 2007

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