http://library.nu/

http://library.nu/.

The above was created automatically by a wonderful site that I always visit whenever I need an e-book. Most of the times, I find my book there. More than 2 years ago, when I first was introduced to this website, it was called “gigapedia”.  This site is now called “Library.nu”.
Still, you can reach this website by typing in the following URL:  http://www.gigapedia.com

Because I have downloaded tens of books from this website, I am trying to repay them a little.

They either want a donation or “tell a friend”. So, here I am, trying to spread the word.
Thank you very much for the good service that you are providing. I really appreciate and love this website.

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85 Comments:

  1. I cant get into the site and I cant register??

  2. please there is no longer “log in ” in http://library.nu/…how can i log in?

  3. Miss Rich,

    Apparently, I and those who reigstered in library.nu months ago are the only people who can now access library.nu

    If you do not already have a username and a password, then you do not have the chance to register a new one!

    Read the following information written in a facebook page called “library.nu” about the topic:
    [Imperial S Storm
    Library.nu is closed on registration. I have no control over this. Main reason is Library.nu ranked 7th in the world for usage of its type. Now they have legal maters to deal with. They are trimming back there usage by closing registration. However this has not only happening to Library.nu. Its happening all over the web. SOPA and collages are trying to shut down free software sites. SOPA never passed, But is being done under stealth. Next few months you will see less and less of the web free. Government of the United States is after file sharing host. Passing DNS blocks on many countries. The ending goal is the end of the internet as we know it. A move to a internet 2 type system ran by governments of the world. Once there is more using internet 2 and all major search providers switch.(Google, Bing, Aol, Yahoo, Facebook and twitter) They will shut down Internet 1. New system will be a cloud based system where the government can track every file on the web. (Bot AI) Before a file goes to your pc. it must pass threw a cloud system. Before a user can connect to the internet, They will have to go threw valid ID checks on the cloud system. This is a move to control media and the world in the end. We will lose the last freedom we have. Political members of our governments don’t work for us. They work for a global agenda to control us all. They must play there parts in censoring the web if they want there power and money in return. (Just greed)

    If Library.nu ever opened back up registration it will be a miracle. Legal maters is the main key why there can be no invites. If you have an account don’t over use it else you will be blocked as well.

    I have no control over accounts. Nor can I add new members to there site.

    However this is why I made Essentials For Knowledge. A way for us to still be able to share info and get textbooks and e-books on the web. I have spent the last 2 weeks looking for the best websites. also spent over 80+ hours testing them posting them in a table html. Then answering questions. I spent most of the time searching for these sites. There is 1000s of crappy spam sites out there. Some where not even worth calling an e-book site. All sites I found good where ranked 5 stars max. but if the site was based on what the users really wanted it was ranked 6 stars.

    Sorry all I can not undo what has been done, however I have not been sitting on my hands :)]

    Thank you.

  4. Miss Rich,

    I checked the website of library.nu… I did not pay much attention that you mentioned “sign in” not “sign up”…

    Apparently, you and me and the people “who registered in library.nu months ago” are all equal…

    No more library.nu? I think so… A few days ago, megaupload has been “seized… by,,, a US District court”… Now… Library.nu

    Who’s next?

    My Blog?

    Thank you!

  5. Luckily, library.nu is not down or closed by the US government, thanks to a comment by “addrianey@gmail.com”, I discovered that library.nu has a backup URL. Read the following information from the main page of library.nu:

    “Dear user, make sure to bookmark

    GIGAPEDIA.INFO

    and visit for any news if this site appears to be down or you need to login here.”

    Therefore, if gigapedia.com is down, then visit: http://www.Gigapedia.info

    Thank you MissMr. Addrainey

  6. Thanx a lot for all these comments…but I already registered since last year …..the problem is when I open the site there is no word of “log in” how can i enter the site!!!!!!!!!!!!! and I am in badly need of it…..I hope one can show me the way
    Thanks

  7. Thank you soooooooooooo much Addrainey…May God bless you…..now I mange accessing the site by your help,
    Rgs

  8. I was a registered user at library.nu but I am now unable to log in. I tried accessing gigapedia.info and gigapedia.com but no sites seem to exist with those URL. Can anybody help me access library.nu again? Thank you for any help!

  9. Miss Carmen,

    After reading your comment, I tried logging in using gigapedia.info … it worked!!!

    Check your username and password!

    Here is a quick link to the login page that I copied from gigapedia.info:

    https://ssl.library.nu/account:signin

  10. very strange, yesterday I was able to access the site from https://ssl.library.nu/account:signin…..today I tried many times in vain….what I have to do? can anyone help me…
    Rgs
    Tania

  11. hello again …At last i was able to access the site, but what happened is that there is no downloading for the books..like the I file…. etc. please I need to download some books

  12. Miss Tania,

    Minutes ago, I successfully logged in using the link from yesterday (from http://www.gigapedia.info); I do not know why it did not work with you:

    https://ssl.library.nu/account:signin

    “there is no downloading for the books”?
    Again, I don’t know what it did not work with you. I opened 5 books and all had “download links”. Search well for the download links.

    Thank you.

  13. Hello, thanx for ur reply, whenever access any book in the site , it appears this….!

    external links: tip: use 7zip to decompress/decrypt all linked archives

    no password required [ report dead link ]

    (and this is not only for one book …i even tried with the books that I already had downloaded them!!!) please any suggestions

    • Sometimes, you have to click on “show links” after entering “recaptcha”:

      the site needs to check if you are human… fill out the reCAPTCHA below and click the “show links” button below in order to see the links (note: users who help the site are more trusted, and therefore see reCaptcha’s much less often).

      [image: reCAPTCHA challenge image]

      Type the two words:

      [image: Get a new challenge] [image: Get an audio challenge] [image: Help]

      Otherwise, the links will be already present under the heading “external links” as a “text” not as a “link”.

      Look carefully in the page and will you find the links!!!

  14. tania :

    Hello, thanx for ur reply, whenever access any book in the site , it appears this….!

    external links: tip: use 7zip to decompress/decrypt all linked archives

    no password required[ report dead link ]

    (and this is not only for one book …i even tried with the books that I already had downloaded them!!!) please any suggestions

    Sometimes, you have to click on “show links” after entering “recaptcha”:

    the site needs to check if you are human…
    fill out the reCAPTCHA below and click the “show links” button below in order to see the links
    (note: users who help the site are more trusted, and therefore see reCaptcha’s much less often).
    reCAPTCHA challenge image

    Type the two words:

    Get a new challenge
    Get an audio challenge
    Help

    Otherwise, the links will be already present under the heading “external links” as a “text” not as a “link”.

    Look carefully in the page and will you find the links!!!

  15. Hello,

    I was also a registered user at library.nu, but I am now unable to log in. I tried accessing

    https://ssl.library.nu/account:signin

    but every time appears this:

    unable to login, check username and/or password are entered correctly

    Can anybody help me access library.nu again?

    Thank you for any help!

    Regards

  16. Mr. Nenad,

    I was able to log into library.nu via the secured connection link that is posted above in the comments. After reading your comment, I immediately thought that this “Nenad” must have had incorrectly entered his username and password.

    Minutes ago, I tried to log in but failed!!! The password to the website is stored in my browser so I can safely exclude that I entered a wrong password!!!

    What is most interesting, when I entered the URL http://www.library.nu in my address bar, the site which opened on the screen was google books (www.books.google.com/books)!!!

    Are they closing library.nu?

    Regards

  17. Hello Moa’bite,
    Thanx for ur reply, but i am not new user, i know there is a captcha , the problem is even after filling out the captach, there is no downloading as before….please i am waiting for valid suggestion

  18. Hello Nenad,,,the same happened now to me ….

  19. tania :

    Hello Moa’bite,
    Thanx for ur reply, but i am not new user, i know there is a captcha , the problem is even after filling out the captach, there is no downloading as before….please i am waiting for valid suggestion

    Miss tania,

    Well… I would have answered you if you posted this response yesterday…

    Less than one hour ago, after reading a comment by “Nenad”, I discovered that I no longer can not log into gigapedia via the new link: https://ssl.library.nu/account:signin

    What is more, if you typed the URL: http://www.library.nu ==> You will be directed to google books website!!!

  20. I got a news from admin@library.nu that the website was shut down.

  21. I could not login so I wrote an email to admin@gmail.com and got the reply
    The website is shutting down due to legal shit from the publishing industry :(, no futher comment

  22. The website is shutting down due to legal shit from the publishing industry , no futher comment.
    it’s the reply from admin.

    • This is the end of library.nu or what?

      • I highly think so! Just log into http://www.megaupload.com to see that that it has been closed by a “court order”!!!

        This might be the future of interent… No more file sharing!

        A few days ago, if you noticed, google and wikipedia and other websites blocked their services in objection for a proposed united states bill called “SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act)”

        Here is a precise description of the “brilliant” law:

        The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is a United States bill introduced by U.S. Representative Lamar S. Smith (R-TX) to expand the ability of U.S. law enforcement to fight online trafficking in copyrighted intellectual property and counterfeit goods. Provisions include the requesting of court orders to bar advertising networks and payment facilities from conducting business with infringing websites, and search engines from linking to the sites, and court orders requiring Internet service providers to block access to the sites. The law would expand existing criminal laws to include unauthorized streaming of copyrighted content, imposing a maximum penalty of five years in prison. A similar bill in the U.S. Senate is titled the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA).

        Read more about the bill that killed library.nu and who knows what will it “kill” next: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stop_Online_Piracy_Act

        Will this law change the internet for better or worst? Should I offer my condolences or my congratulations?

        Today, many publishers will be sleeping happily!!!

    • Thank you for sharing this!

      It seems that we are in front of a new era in the history of internet; Will there be no longer of file sharing?

      No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks? No more free ebooks?

  23. The world is controlled by the rich not the poor,right? No wonder the socialist government call the western are hypocritical democracy.

    • I fear the idea that in the near future, I will have to PAY for every book that I download!!!

      On the other hand, if you and I wrote a book, would you like others to download it for free? Wouldn’t you like to profit from all your efforts and hard work?

      If I agreed with prohibiting “stealing” copyrighted material then this is so because of the above. Also, hoping that if all people were to buy ebooks, then their prices would become significantly lower!

      I wouldn’t be amazed, though, that online piracy would be prevented and the prices still remained high!

      But… again… Put yourself in the shoes of a book author!

  24. I think the academic books are too expensive for us and they should be free online. I’d like to share my academic book with all the readers who would like to read it. I will not get financial benifit from my acdemic book.

    • “Academic books” are expensive… very expensive… i know that!

      Would you allow me to disagree with you?

      If you wrote a book, please imagine how much effort, time, and money would have you invested in it! Wouldn’t you like to get compensated for your hard work?

      Some might simply agree to allow others to use what they write for free, but as the proverb says, “Easy come… easy go”. If a lot of effort, time, or money is invested in something, then it is very hard for someone to not want a compensation.

      What is the solution then? This is what I alluded to in my previous comment: “I don’t want my hard work to be not compensated. At the same time, I understand how money is a problem to many people on this planet. Therefore, I suggest that authors should be compensated… but reasonably!”

      If someone wrote a book and is compensated in a “fair” way, then he would be encouraged to write another book or maybe write a new version of his book!!!

      Viva to copyrights… But before that, viva to “un-greedy” publishers!

      All respect!

  25. its an automated system since i got the same response and a reply back got the same thing

    “The website is shutting down due to legal shit from the publishing industry 🙁 , no futher comment”

  26. Moa’bite : allow me to disagree that expensive academic books are remunerating their authors. The author’s fees on such a textbook are rather negligible, and actually not even necessary – as most of such books are written by… publicly-paid employees (scientists, teachers etc.).
    No serious professional scientist that I know would ever consider making a living by writing books. It’s not even worth the effort “academically” – writing, correcting, getting 20 textbooks published is tedious but brings very little in comparison to one good 4-page paper accepted in Nature or Science. Having one’s name occasionally on such a book is always nice but makes little for a career…
    A tremendous part of the price paid for such books actually ends up in the pocket of the [private] publishing company. Please take note that it’s usually the same companies who already make a large profit with scientific journals (where publicly-employed scientists write articles for free, or must even pay to get published, these articles being then reviewed here again for free by other publicly-paid scientists). And the final quality is not even guaranteed. For more information, see the ongoing boycott of Elsevier’s by mathematicians…
    Anyway : the idea of private publishing companies to legitimate their high prices is that, given the very limited readership (how many of your friends read treatises in geochemistry in the bus?), someone has to pay big money to allow the very publication, costs of editing, organizing the printing chain etc. The costs usually supported by 1M readers in the case of cheap Penguin fiction books must therefore weigh heavily on the shoulders of some 10000 specialist guys and univ libraries interested in the academic book.
    Yet, even in spite of such unavoidable costs, they still manage to make profit. Especially given the ever-increasing move towards on-line (rather than printed) access.

    These companies are really to even dare perform such a hold-up. Unfortunately, the scientific establishment has other things to think about, and therefore is very slow to get aware of how everybody is getting ransacked in the science-business…

  27. Btw it’s possible to help LNU cover its (incoming :() legal fees by donating.

    (Login as usual, forget the redirection, then enter manually the url: LNU/donate)

    I wouldn’t expect it to change the outcome of this sad story, but at least that would be fair, a small but significant move of appreciation towards the team… thanks to whom all of this was possible for so many years.

  28. Mr. Odd Djob,

    Thanks for your extensively detailed comment. I did not know most of the information that you mentioned in your reply.

    That being said, I quote you:

    “The costs usually supported by 1M readers in the case of cheap Penguin fiction books must therefore weigh heavily on the shoulders of some 10000 specialist guys and univ libraries interested in the academic book.”

    In a previous comment of mine in this page, I wrote:

    “If I agreed with prohibiting “stealing” copyrighted material… hoping that if all people were to buy ebooks, then their prices would become significantly lower!”

    That was my idea: If online piracy stopped, then the “10000 specialist guys” would be doubled or tripled or I don’t know how much more!

    On the other hand, I think that you agree with what I also wrote above:
    [I wouldn’t be amazed, though, that online piracy would be prevented and the prices still remained high!]

    So, to sum up your opinion, even if online piracy stopped, then prices will never go down. What is most important, authors are profiting little, if any, from the publishing of their works! So, viva online piracy?

    Finally, may I ask you about what you do in life?

    Thanks a lot!

  29. The problem in this case is: who makes the first move? If publishers divide the prices by a factor “10” (quite unrealistic, but let’s imagine anyway: a 300-page treatise of geochemistry now costs 30$ instead of a normal 300$) – do you really think 10 times more people will buy the book?

    The readership would still be quite limited. You can not convince laymen and everybody to buy such a book. Impossible, because of the very topic, which is not written to please or be sold… only to be useful, like a hammer or a microscope.

    And that’s my point. I could mention a few highly-specialized academic books that I doubt more than 100 “physical” people in the world ever bought. Yet these books have been published! Perhaps were there ~5000 copies printed, enough to fulfill the demands of 4500 universities willing to buy it (if some of their employees thinks it’s useful to someone in some of the departments). Of the 500 remaining, some of the few specialists in the field would buy a copy for their personal use (better than always borrowing at the univ library). They’d still buy it if it were 500$ – they just *need* it to work.

    So in any case, whatever the price of such a book, most libraries and “users in need” would have already bought it – because they need it! They would perhaps buy a second one (more exemplars for lending to students, or one for “on-site reading”, or “in case my office burns” etc.), but would not buy it ten times.
    The same goes for professors/scientists : one does not buy a book because it’s cheap or fun to read or great to own, but because we cannot work daily without having it. Publishers know that, they don’t even have to promote the new books with ads on TV – they know most academic libraries will buy a copy, “to have it”, and most specialists of the field, “to work with it”. Raise the price, it won’t dissuade them. Lower the price, no more readers, but less profit.

    Please take note that in both cases the books would be (normally) bought with “public” funding and lab money, the one devoted to daily research and teaching; rarely from one’s own personal salary. Indeed many labs, schools, univs and institutes would save money if books were ten times cheaper, but still they would not buy ten times more books: only the ones they need or think they could need. Maybe a second copy. Or even use some of the spare money to buy a few “less-critical” books – that is, other books they would not even have considered buying before. But definitely, the readership would never be ten times bigger.

    Furthermore, I doubt that a 3rd-world country student (my guess: the main audience of ebook websites) whose university could not afford buying a 300$ book, would be ready to spend 30$ for it. Still too expensive – and that’s the reason why a few publishers already offer huge discounts on their journals/books for some countries. They *can* afford it…

    N.B. From reading me you have an idea about what I do (more or less)…

  30. As a matter of conclusion, the academic book business behaves somehow like the entertainment majors (movies/music) do: they want to save the “old ways” of making “huge” profit, by not considering – and fighting against – “new ways” to make “some” profit. Such companies believe every mp3 listened to, every ebook one student quotes a graph from, is a disc or paper textbook less they have sold – which is wrong, plain wrong, damn’ wrong.

    In the end, it will cost them a lot of sweat, legal fees, with near-zero results. And with many negative effects for everybody : preventing “poor scientists” to improve or increase their scientific outcome ; meanwhile, sucking growing amounts of public money in “rich countries” despite the relative cutdown on science funding there. Not even their more faithful customers – the libraries – are spared, and some start to reconsider their contracts with journal publishers.

    • Sir,

      You made a point; a very strong point! Things are now clear to me. I totally agree with what you wrote. I am a medical student. Whenever I was not able to read a medical paper because medical journals required as high as 35$ dollars for downloading one single paper, I thought: “Although it is unfair, medical papers shouldn’t be kept free… By requesting huge moneys in return for papers, I think that this money is used to enhance medical research by some way or another!!!”… But unfortunately, as I understood from your comments, the greatest percentage of this money goes into the pockets of “greedy” publishers!

      But I want to make sure of something: If a publisher sells a book for $500 [*], don’t you think that the author/s would profit from that? Are you sure that they are doing it for free or for little profits? Don’t they get a percentage from the sales, say 10, 20, or whatever percentage?

      (* Because you wrote the dollar sign after the number… I had to check it because I thought that the dollar sign precedes the number:

      http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_the_dollar_sign_come_before_of_after_the_amount

      Also:
      In the United States, Mexico, Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Pacific Island nations, and English-speaking Canada, the dollar or peso symbol precedes the number, unlike most currency symbols. Five dollars or pesos is written and printed as $5, whereas five cents is written as 5¢. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dollar_sign

      So, you are not from the US! I think that I have successfully “read you” )

  31. Mr. OddJob,

    I guess I should have tried the following before writing the above lengthy answer: Search in google for “shoshot@msn.com”…

    http://fu-berlin.academia.edu/QuentinScouflaire

    Anyhow… It was a nice chance to try to guess the identify of someone!

    Nice meeting you!

  32. Knew I should have shut my damn mouth :p

    • lol… Does this mean that you wrote the previous comments expecting to be anonymous? Are you afraid of the “publishing” industry? 😉

  33. (nice meeting you too. Always a pleasure to read such blogs.)

    To answer your question: in the majority of cases, there is little profit (in money or fame) for someone to write a book, and that’s not something most scientists would try to do “spontaneously”.
    Most academic books fall into two cases: either it was written at the request of the publisher (“we will publish a new book on some hot topic, would you like to contribute some chapter, for free, by sending us some of your recent research results, even already published in journals? of course you, your lab and students will get a 25% discount on the printed edition”), or it was published at the request of some special group (for example: conference proceedings which are good and interesting enough to be reformatted as a book).

    One should make an exception for “University Presses” which are notably less profit-driven, and can afford to publish almost anything for a quite low price (even some materials of little interest). Even if not so impressive as big ‘famous’ commercial companies, they are a good way for someone to publish his research despite a probably limited readership. And quality is at least as good as everywhere else.

  34. Not “afraid” but it should be clear that I alone endorse the responsibility of my opinions, not my lab or colleagues. Even though the recent call by mathematicians to boycott Elsevier would rather prove my point 🙂

    Oh and something more: I know at least some nice people who work in such companies 🙂 It’s more of the whole “publishing business” model that people complain, than of specific companies. (The mathematicians obviously chose Elsevier – owning something like 75% of the market – to give their message more visibility)

  35. Hi everyone! I’ve got the same problem.. i cannot access my account, didn’t know that they got legal issues..Does that mean starting from now we can’t download from library.nu anymore? Then…can anybody tell me which website that provides us a free ebook?

  36. LNU is dead dead dead. About 90% of the links are down now they broke with ifile. I’m guessing some of the moderator guys still have the 6 tb collection of ebooks but we wont see another site like this for the next years. I would gladly pay 1000 usd for the whole collection though….

  37. mishka yevzelin

    Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid…

    They thought music sharing is to be ended when they closed Napster in 2000-something. since then history was made.

    same here- there are and will be many alternatives. the battle is not over we just need to
    wait.

    WE have the power. this is a web 2.0 ‘yall. a new platform will rise and we shall upload what we have and regain the power of the internet.

  38. I propose to act
    Let’s counter them
    What can we do to save library.nu?
    can we have an access to its content?
    can we get the list of links? can someone download them?
    Can we start to think of storing them on European servers that may not be possibly under stealth in Sopa?
    Can anyone put everthing in torrents?
    Let’s think of something and not accept this bullshit!

  39. Hi Mr. Moa’bite and Mr.OddJob,
    I got a lot of information from ur conversation, yet this problem remains without solution!!!!!! I am self-sponsored student and I need books in my searching . I can’t afford buying books!!!!!!!It is really nightmare

  40. why US government always garbage , just why ? I guess if I passed around the white house will smell their dirty feets !

  41. I’m trying to log in using my user/pass and I failed .. it says incorrect user/pass

    anybody can log in now ?

  42. comcvarghese

    We have to fight this………….we need a multi polar world, otherwise we will suffer.

    Hope any one could retrieve the data of library.nu and share it somehow with us..

    Here is an alternate site….http://ebook30.com./search/?q=sociology+of+education&sitesearch=ebook30.com. please post if you know better alternatives…

  43. Press Release: Publishers Strike Major Blow against Internet Piracy
    http://www.internationalpublishers.org/images/stories/newsletter/pr_library_nu.pdf
    A+,

  44. can those moderators put them as torrent files in parts ?

  45. Leandro Firmino

    The won’t win, because share is a natural necessity.

    Let’s take our files and index on Emule! Let’s get back to old file sharing tools!

  46. If I was “the government” or something in charge of making those legal decisions, or the academic publishers seeking “revenge”, I would not have killed Library.nu but done with it as Google has done with YouTube: buy it and turn it into a platform for promotion/outlet store. Legally, openly, everybody’s-happy-ly. It’s already had an incredible community of followers who are geared exactly to the kind of products they offer, and their word-of-mouth promotion is much more powerful and far-reaching than any kind of advertisement money can buy. Sadly the big powers seem more capable of shutting down what’s apparently against their interest (profit?) than manipulating it for their own good; and sticking to the old outdated business models (“International Publishers Association, established in 1896”?!!) than opening their mind to new, challenging at first but eventually internationally successful ones.

    And I’d say “internationally”. Because in addition to Mr Scouflaire’s10k specialists who want the highly esoteric books for their immediate need, there would be tenfold or hundredfold the number potential specialists, in and out of the developed countries, who would greatly benefit from reading those books -if only they know they exist- and would be willing to pay for them -if only they can afford it. (I beg to differ from Mr Scouflaire’s point: “Lower the price, no more readers, but less profit.”) I’ll speak for my own : I’ve been a bit of everything, a publishing employee, a journal writer (whose pay was pathetically low), a translator with publishing contracts (thus entitled to have my say on the “If you all leech, the publisher can’t pay me” problem), a book sharer and scanner, and most consistently a “3rd world country student” who’s been relying on Library.nu and Avaxhome.ws from as long as I can remember. I still pay for the occasional 20$ out-of-copyright book which is so neglected even Library.nu users have no need for, and which means one-tenth or more of my regular salary. But I won’t be paying for the 16$ article with no preview on JSTOR or Muse for fear it will turn out to be a 5-page irrelevant rant of an outdated opinion.

    The actions against Library.nu as well as the JSTOR case against Aaron Swartz last year were crises that show the conflicts between ossified business/management frames of mind and the new technical-habitual environment in which they operate. This event will no doubt spark similar debates, somehow always confined in independent blogs and ezines or forums and never heard/participated by those wielding the law. But hopefully from those debates some solutions will arise, because the future is in the hands of the new (present) generation before they become old and oppress the forthcoming ones.

    How? I was thinking of something along the lines of cdbaby.com, which cuts off (partly) the middle man and let audience and musicians interact in a more immediate way. I realize there are still expenses to be had, from hosting and bandwidth as well as the intellectual work such as editing or reviewing to maintain the quality of its production; but I always imagine the latter depends on the community more than the money. (Correct me if I’m wrong…) But the conversion from paper books to ebooks will surely save a lot on printing, storage and shipping on the seller’s part, and the ebook’s immediate acquirement is a huge selling point in the buyer’s eyes. Between a costless and illegal ebook available at a (actually several) click and a $20 paper book to wait a month to arrive while praying it’s not lost on the way? I’ll definitely pick the first. Imagine what it’s like with “tens of books on the subject which cost around 50-100$, *if still can be found somewhere*”. Between a scanned, OCRed and illegal ebook and a nice, well-formatted, author-profitting ebook? I’ll grumpily choose the latter, if only it’s affordable and easy to do. Academic books often cost from 2/3 up to the original price in electronic format. Some primary materials on Amazon are even more expensive than the paperbacks, which is ridiculous to those who are used to acquiring a whole library in a borrowed usb.

    Or the writers who are the real contributors of knowledge can set up an “International Writers’ Association” to promote and engage in such a distribution model: releasing ebooks of their articles/books, accepting payment in small doses or voluntary donations (look at Wikipedia’s donation campaign! Making 1$ from each of 5000 readers is better than turning them away by a 50$ price tag), and heck, even putting on advertisement (Library.nu’s revenue should be an example, not a reason for embittered jealousy!). A countermovement, while slower and taking more effort, is a better chance of changing the prevailing legal and business models in the long run than guerilla activities.

    Sorry Moa’bite for flooding your comment thread 🙂 For those of you who are experiencing Library.nu withdrawal, check out http://gen.lib.rus.ec/. They’re so good I was surprised to find no mention on reddit; it even seems they’ve been archiving Library.nu and the likes *just in case* (that is, if there’s no association – I will not risk a guess).

  47. The Huffington Post has published an article based on the International Publishers Association press release plus some journalistic work: Library.nu, Book Downloading Site,Targeted In Injunctions Requested By 17 Publishers

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/librarynu-book-downloading-injunction_n_1280383.html

    A+,

  48. Dear Comcvarghe and Mr. Ton Huong,
    how can I download books from http://gen.lib.rus.ec/.
    awaiting for ur kind reply, I remain

    • After you do a search, on the result page look to the right end under “Mirrors”. The “dl”s are download links. Or you can go straight to the mirrors and search: bookfi.org, libgen.info (but both sites use Russian).

      I just found out http://ishare.iask.sina.com.cn/ has a quite impressive collection too, if you are not afraid of the “fishy Chinese” 🙂

  49. many thanx…i was able to download 2 books but for others whenever refused any access ….so sad!!!!!!!!!!!!

  50. Hi Tania,
    you did mentioned you are able to download to books.Is it from http://gen.lib.rus.ec/…I was wondering if there is any alternative website because when i try to download book from that site,it stopped before it completely download the book.

    Thanks for your suggestion.

    • comcvarghese

      Hi, Please Help……………………

      Is there any problem with http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ ? from today afternoon it is not working…….!!! it shows 404 Not Found … whats wrong….???

      • Oops…

        Its mirror still works though: http://libgen.info. I think you can find links to other mirror on the site.

        I hope it’s not a sign that whoever killed lib.nu is seeking to destroy the remaining ebook sites. I’m a bit afraid to put the link here – who knows, somebody may be watching this very thread O_o

        • comcvarghese

          Thank You…………Ta Huong………….you saved me……

          Yes I doubt a surveillance ….then we should not share the link in this wall, better share in mail for those who request…..

          we need to work out some strategy to protect the knowledge resource and free knowledge sharing…………..

          • Dear Comcvarghese,
            Thanx for the site ,I tried to download a book but I couldn’t…would you please tell me how can I do that?

          • comcvarghese

            Hi, Tania…..

            please go to http://libgen.info : there you can see a box to type your key word (if you are using google chrome it will help you to translate the page to English). On the right side of the box you can see a YELLOW button click on it..(you can also see the options for author..etc), Then click on the title link > there you can see the details of the book (the picture of the book appears on the screen may not be same) there you can see the format and size (in bytes) along with a YELLOW button….click on it…….then the download will start…..

            by the way what about http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ ….are you still able to access it…?

          • Dear Comcvarghese,
            I tried to follow ur steps but in vain, when i click on the yellow button, the list of books appear then when i want to download the book, a message appears saying there “there are no record to display” i am in badly of this book “social psychology and human nature ” do u think u can help me and send it to my email…i’ll be more grateful …my email: tania_rich@yahoo.com

  51. Hi Syah,
    yup, it is from http://gen.lib.rus.ec/…but u need to be patient with it and u have also to repeat the downloading many times

  52. Dear comcvarghe,
    thanx for ur kind reply, actually i’ve done what u said but unfortunately whatever i wrote, apeared this “Error: Invalid format = xxx.” i was searching American Modern Drama but in vain…Concerning http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ i am not using it…..Thanx

  53. Hi, i have a question about password for the zip book. I forgot the password, could you please tell me the password to open the zip?

  54. Really when someone doesn’t understand then its up to other visitors
    that they will help, so here it occurs.

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