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Are you looking for some good alternatives to the lost gigapedia, library.nu, legalreads.com, coinread.com or bookos.org?
Well, here is a list that I update quite often and whenever you (yes, you!) give me new entries (also anonymously in the comments below).
Presently, many of you reach this page searching words like "en.bookfi.org alternatives", "library.nu alternatives" or "ebookoid", well I am not sure this will be the case also in the near future... :(
Due to the new guidelines against piracy, this post COULD NOT be listed among the search results you'll get from Google and/or Bing. For this reason, I suggest you to save this page as bookmark in your browser, if you want to be always able to reach it :)
My favorite, 100% FREE and LEGAL alternative to Library.nu is
The best library.nu alternatives ...
Just to be clear, *most* of the websites listed below DO NOT seem very legal, since they could host copyrighted material, as a consequence you use them at *your* own risk! Understood? Well!
In this case, here are the alternatives to library.nu you were looking for.... and if you know other links, just send me a message or leave a comment and I will update this post!
http://bookzz.org/ or http://en.bookfi.org/ (almost the re-incarnation of library.nu)
http://mirknig.com (in Russian, but typing something in a search field should not be a problem ... )
http://lib.org.by/ It hosts books listed by category. Partially in Russian! (but you can translate the whole website with google translator ... )
http://mirtitles.org/ specialized in the MIR titles (excellent collection of science books of the Soviet Union). An absolute must!
http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ (search engine)
http://www.freeetextbooks.com (login required, torrents)
http://www.textbooknova.com/ (login required, torrents)
... other alternatives ...
http://librarypirate.ph/ (login required)
http://www.myanonamouse.net/ (login required)
http://bibliotik.org/ (login required)
http://www.warez-bb.org/ (login required)
http://www.boerse.bz/ (login required)
some tech specific links
These sites are for tech books i.e. programming, engineering, mathematics etc.
... the dead links!
Important final note
Remember that piracy is a crime and keep in mind that knowledge requires time, work and money so it must have a (reasonable) cost!!!
Buy always the all books you *really* need, and if it can help you, consider their prices in terms of "cocktail ", "beer", "wine", "nutella-can" or "whatever-you-are-addicted-to" units...
I mean you can always (yes, always!!!) save money for a good book if you cut some nonessential expenses like the aforementioned alcoholic stuff... Just a suggestion!
Do not forget that, sometimes, you can get a very cheap copy of your book on Amazon, eBay or AbeBooks.
On this option, there are two wonderful websites that I highly recommend to use, before buying a new/used book:
About Amazon, there is also a link on the right ---->>>
If you really want to spend not even a penny, here is a very good repository with FREE scientific material and it is 100 % legal!
Remember that "If a man empties his purse into his head no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest."
If you have read until this point, I want to let you know I am really (really!) proud of you!
And in this case, as a gift, I want to suggest other posts you may be interested in...
Where can you download scientific, i.e. academic, papers for *free* ?
On subject education there is also a new post about the free universities courses you can attend online, for *free* http://learn-one-thing-a-day.blogspot.de/2014/08/how-to-attend-university-courses-for.html!!!
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Ted Mosby, Klaus and the funny use of the German language that, by the way, is the second most popular post on this blog!
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