as a college student i know the struggle of paying for tuition, rent, food and and other living costs while making zero income. textbooks add to the struggle with absurd prices by asshole publishers. here’s how you can get quite a lot of your textbooks for free. you may not find all of them but if you can get a few it’ll still save you hundreds in the long run. good luck and study hard!
First thing to try is the easiest: Simply go to google and type this in: filetype:pdf “name of text book”
You can put the title of the book in quotes for more narrowed results and maybe put in the last name of the author or edition to help you find it. For example: filetype:pdf chemistry silberberg
this helped me find my chem book titled “Principles of Chemistry” by an author with the last name Silberberg.
General public ebook/textbook resources
http://gen.lib.rus.ec (Use a proxy if you are having issues connecting)
http://www.alleng.ru/ russian site
http://www.eknigu.com/ russian site
http://www.freeetextbooks.com/ need to signup
http://forums.mvgroup.org (need to register)
Here’s a custom search engine for ebooks: http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=000661023013169144559:a1-kkiboeco
Sites it indexes:
For this step, irst off learn how to torrent. DO NOT DO THIS ON CAMPUS YOU CAN VERY EASILY GET CAUGHT!!! You can learn how to torrent by googling around but basically you use one of these websites that have the textbook file torrent then you use software to download it for you. Pretty simple. Start by downloading Transmission for mac or uTorrent for PC.
Academic Torrents (new site)
Public Trackers (for torrents)
There are a lot more public torrent trackers, see here for more.
These last few are sort of specialized eBook private trackers, google them for some info.
You can also try googling phrases like
'textbook/book title .torrent'or
'textbook/book title .pdf'or
'textbook/book title ebook'or anything along those lines if you are getting desperate, but beware of malware, viruses, etc.
Private ebook trackers (Feel free to make a request for any of these in the Consolidated Invite Thread (see the no movement list in the OP)
lastly i’d like to give 100% credit to my sources. i did not compile this list and just wanted to share the good stuff with my friends here.