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Textbook Torrents – ‘Download Textbooks for Free’

Textbook Torrents – ‘Download Textbooks for Free’

BitTorrent tracker site helps college students battle high-priced textbooks.

There’s a cool BitTorrent tracker site I heard about yesterday called Textbook Torrents that offers almost 6,000 different college textbooks for download in the .PDF format.

“There are very few scanned textbooks in circulation, and that’s what we’re here to change,” says a welcome message on the site. “Chances are you have some textbooks sitting around, so pick up a scanner and start scanning it!”

It has textbooks available in a wide variety of categories like law, medicine, political science, and computer engineering as shown below.

The site even boasts a forum section where users can request specific books for a given class or coursework.

The site’s come under fire recently from Pearson Education, apparently one of the bigger textbook publishers, asking it to remove some 78 torrents linking to books it holds the copyrights too. Unlike the RIAA, book publishers are simply going after individual torrents rather than entire sites or individual file-sharers or site admins.

TextbookTorrents.com

Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
Elly Suradikusumah
Elly Suradikusumah

I am looking for freeĀ  ebook about Paper manufacturing.. How to get it. thanks

Faithie
Faithie

i want A World of Art by Henry M.Sayre. thanksĀ 

omoniyi6
omoniyi6

I want comprehensive business mathematics and business research methodology for my professional exams

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Not Hmm then who's "teaching" all our doctors nurses political scientists computer engineers dentists civil engineersetc.etc.most of whom don't "sit still at their machine all day"(???). As usual you display exceptional self-loathing and a inordinate distaste for everything that isn't created or done with your blessing. Our educational system is designed to EDUCATE PEOPLE and depending on which institution you attend you will pay and learn accordingly. Almost all institutions are NON-PROFITS. As Mark Twain once said "All schools all colleges have two great functions: to confer and to conceal valuable knowledge. The theological knowledge which they conceal cannot justly be regarded as less valuable than that which they reveal. That is when a man is buying a basket of strawberries it can profit him to know that the bottom half of it is rotten." But what's left unsaid is that a school has TEACHERS who can help you learn a given subject. Reading about math or biology is one things but having a Professor guide your pen through equations or scalpel through dissection is quite another. A degree is by no means a measure of intelligence but it does provide a basis of knowledge and familiarity. What's the alternative? Teachers and school staff working for free while we all sit in groups and talk about what to learn? Anarchy is fine and all that is until your house starts to smell like gasoline from all the fumes. People are dumber then ever but it has nothing to with college and everything to do with apathy and a disconnection from society thanks to TV and other sedentary activities.

notbob
notbob

pearson is what you'd call "the small end of a wedge" the site will be sued out of existence soon enough. publishers aren't going to let this go on if it cuts into their profits. textbooks are a huge ripoff especially given the fact that most professors don't even bother to use them in class. then you get to sell them back for 5-10% of what you paid and the bookstore marks them back up to 80%. hell education in general is a ripoff. put yourself in debt 40000 bucks wait in line for the same 12 buck an hour jobs

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Notbob My so very jaded these days aren't we? First you knock the site then the publishers college professors bookstores and then blammo - higher education itself. Ever heard of sate schools? 8000 bucks a year for 4 years is pretty cheap to get t be able to do what you love in life.

bnm01
bnm01

The registration is closed tho =/...If they upload solutions manuals to the site as well then it would be a grand compliment to the textbooks.

broadbit
broadbit

the person/s who run the site needs to let some sites mirror them. If that was the case well they could take down some but it wouldn't do any good because their would be more of them. :-)

notbob
notbob

our education system was designed to create unthinking consumer factory worker robots who believe what they are told to and sit still at their machine all day. at some point someone figured out that they could convince that factory robots that a 40000$ piece of paper would make them like their rich bosses thus making them more indebted and therefore more desperate to take the lousy jobs (making the rich guys happy) education is a multibillion dollar industry people are more "educated" than ever yet their degrees are not a measure of intelligence only the ability to pay tuition and jump through the right hoops. people are dumber than ever

Andrew110
Andrew110

notbob I couldn't agree more.

JosefStalin
JosefStalin

Theyre already erasing torrents. "On Friday we received a request from Pearson Education one of the bigger textbook publishers listing 78 torrents that they wanted disabled. While they are acting on extremely shaky legal ground we are not in a position to fight a legal battle with the organization. As a result in the interest of allowing the continued existence of this place I have acceded to their request and disabled access to the listed torrents. " This POS will be gone in no time.

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Josef Yeah I mentioned this in the article ... "The site's come under fire recently from Pearson Education apparently one of the bigger textbook publishers asking it to remove some 78 torrents linking to books it holds the copyrights too. Unlike the RIAA book publishers are simply going after individual torrents rather than entire sites or individual file-sharers or site admins." But POS? Geeze does anybody here file-share anymore or does everybody just trade "home movies"..... tsk tsk. How can anybody hate the fact that people are ACTUALLY TRYING TO LEARN SHIT......instead of downloading pron or crappy CAMs they're grabbing Doestoevsky Chekov Marx books on Quantum Mechanics History..... KNOWLEDGE should always be free.

bnm01
bnm01

Ahh but knowledge is free...just look at the internet. A textbook is a compilation of knowledge in a certain subject in which they brought together the expertise of learned people (if its a good textbook). Online if you try to search for a compilation of knowledge on a certain subject you'll only find bits and pieces. Instead of searching for all the things you need and going to many internet sites you can just open to chapter one of your textbook and it will all be there. What I'm trying to say is that I don't believe textbooks should be free as there are people out there who spend long hours writing these things who have families and need incomes. However the outrageous prices that they charge for textbooks is ridiculous. Our country definitely is in need of textbook cost reform.

JosefStalin
JosefStalin

Im all for free textbooks (and free porn by the way...dont knock it) but that site is total crap. Do it right or dont do it at all. Its presumably a US based site. That was their first mistake. And did it not occur to them that publishers might threaten legal actions? If they dont want to go through the legal maneuvers they shouldnt have started the site. It was inevitable after all. And now its inevitable that it will be shut down. Its probably gone already just in the time it took me to type this. Completely unworthy of a Zeropaid article. Maybe UniteTheCows. By the way heres a tip for the university goers out there. Yeah I used to buy all the books my first year. But then I like others here realized that the books werent even used in the classes. So what I did...get this...was DIDNT BUY THE BOOKS! It only took me a year to figure this out. Saved a lot of money.

bnm01
bnm01

Heh not buying the textbooks might work for you but I'm an Engineering major and I have reading and homework and quizzes from the textbooks almost every class. I'm just forced to order international editions of the textbooks which can be up to $100 cheaper. Problem with these is that they only use metric units and the US versions use American and Metric =/.

soulxtc
soulxtc

@Josef Well I agree on them being to blame for not doing their legal homework but hey until you and I go through all the hassle and headache (can u imagine?) of starting a torrent site of our own it's tough to knock those that have and do.

mountain_rage
mountain_rage

bnm01 maybe we engineers are the exception to the rule because I'm also doing an engineering degree and use my textbooks heavily. Even more amazing is the fact that my profs make their own textbooks and offer them at the copy center or book store for a mere 20$. So I must say I've found my textbooks well wroth it and fairly priced. There are however times where I've downloaded solutions manuals.

blessingolay
blessingolay

it will so interesting if i can get good text web development and also text on creating and management of data base

It's Dead
It's Dead

It died October 2008. I'm not sharing any sites I find. I do not want them shut down like this one was. Do the detective work yourself, it's not that difficult. You're college kids. If you're capable of "higher learning" you should be capable of doing a few searches.

smiley
smiley

i need geology books

Edi Silferius
Edi Silferius

can I get pearson longman english books here for free? thanks so much if it,s possible!

rooban s
rooban s

please, send me the link 4 downloading an engineering text book- digital signal processing , john g proakis & Dmitris G manokis , pearson education, 3rd edition..plz mail me the link 2 [email protected]

yusuf
yusuf

i need an engineer textbok

Annapareddyvenkat
Annapareddyvenkat

i don;t get digital logic design by marris mano ple send link

vijay kumar
vijay kumar

i need msc text books free downloads

Rowan
Rowan

As a humanities student I have a ton of textbooks and all are used - In one class we had to buy 8 books (not one under $50) and used them all... It was insane! I'm also doing an arts admin degree as well, and those books are worse. I'd like to strangle pearsons as well as a few others - They 'update' books on a regular basis, although the content is nigh identical except for some pretty graphics no one needs, then the profs decide to use to the new version and low and behold you can no longer even sell back your text :P The whole textbook trade is a racket these days.

Jason
Jason

There is a new site to download school textbooks at: LibraryPirate.com

Ahmed Yousry
Ahmed Yousry

Hi; plz I need some useful sites in books as www.gigapedia.com , www.scribed.com , www.avaxhome.ws also I wanna to log in http://85.17.226.223/auth.asp the new textbook site?? How? Any help?

Muritala
Muritala

I need an engineering text

ramapratheek
ramapratheek

calculus with analytical geometry by Louis Leithold (fifth edition)

Tony T.
Tony T.

This reminds me of my brother who played college basketball. He took the easy route in college and recieved what he deserved in the form of a scociology degree. I am an electrician thats in college and make twice as much as he makes. Its all about what you make of it. we all know making money through your education requires more than a liberal arts degree so spend the extra money in graduate school because the jump in earning power is double for the extra two years in most cases.

vincent
vincent

please if you know an authentic website to download free text book. send to [email protected] I had try alot of websites it just a full time waste and money. or if you real have any please send to me I will very greatful

billy
billy

@notbob "put yourself in debt 40000 bucks wait in line for the same 12 buck an hour jobs" you must have gotten a degree in philosophy or english for the same 12$/hr job as everyone else...

S.M.Gokhale
S.M.Gokhale

free online text boks on business management- internatinal business



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