EDIT: I cleaned up things on 14/02/14 and removed a lot of dead links, added a few links, and corrected some formatting issues.
To convert your eBooks to any other format (maybe to get it to work on your e-reader), use Calibre. (google around for other Calibre alternatives and I can add them here if you’d like)
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:
Academic Torrents (new site)
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)
General private trackers have some stuff too, try places like TL or DH, etc, etc. Reddit’s unofficial private trackerBaconBits (see /r/baconbits for more info) has a nice collection of eBooks as well. Better than most other private trackers actually.
Don’t forget that What.CD and Waffles.FM! They both have a huge selection of eBooks.
If you don’t know how to use IRC to download books, check out this link or read this:
You obviously need an IRC client installed, a quick google search should find you a bunch of decent free ones.
Load the client and then type:
This will connect you to the irchighway server. Once you’re on there, type:
This will take you into the ebooks channel, which has more than 2.2Terabytes of ebooks for free download. Once you’re in, all you have to do to find what you want is to simply type:
@search "Author or book title" ... removing the inverted commas.
You’ll get a message saying that your search has been accepted. A few seconds later a searchbot will offer you a file, so accept the download. That will send you a .txt file that’s zipped. Extract that and you’ll get a list of files. I searched for Lian Hearn and got a list of 147 files. Here’s an extract from it:
!bald Lian Hearn - [Tales Of The Otori 02] - Grass For His Pillow .rar - 142.1 KB !bald Lian Hearn - Tales of the Otori 2 - Grass for His Pillow (CO.rar - 355.3 KB !bald Lian Hearn - Tales of the Otori 2 - Grass for His Pillow (ht.rar - 140.54 KB !bald Lian_Hearn_-_[Otori_01]_-_Across_The_Nightingale_Floor_(v3)_.rar - 111.62 KB !bald Lian_Hearn_-_[Otori_01]_-_Across_the_Nightingale_Floor_(v4.0.rar - 115.45 KB !bald Lian Hearn - [Tales Of The Otori 03] - Brilliance Of The Moo.rar - 175.53 KB !bald Lian Hearn - [Tales Of The Otori 04] - The Harsh Cry of the Heron (v1.0) (html).rar - 351.80 KB !bald Lian Hearn - [Tales Of the Otori 05] - Heaven's Net Is Wide (v5.0) (epub).rar - 588.40 KB
Say I wanted to download the first book. I’d copy the text shown below, deliberately removing the file size information (I’ve been booted for that before ):
!bald Lian Hearn - [Tales Of The Otori 02] - Grass For His Pillow .rar
Then just paste that into the IRC window then press enter. After 2-3 seconds you get a prompt asking you to accept or decline the file.You know how to do the rest.
Thanks a lot for this! Your list gave me the idea to create a custom search engine that indexes most of these public sites and some more that I know: www.google.com/cse/home?cx=000661023013169144559:a1-kkiboeco
Sites it indexes:(as of now)
http://forum.mobilism.org/ http://en.bookfi.org/ http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ http://www.esnips.com/ www.4shared.com/ http://www.ebooklink.net/ http://wowebook.net/ http://www.pdfchm.net/ http://www.free-ebook-download.net/ http://ebookbrowse.com/ http://www.ebook3000.com/ http://www.ipmart-forum.com/ http://www.mediafire.com/ http://librarypirate.me/ http://textbooknova.com/ http://www.downeu.com/ http://ebookshare.net/ http://www.freebookspot.es/ http://www.demonoid.me/ http://www.kat.ph/
Hope this helps some people!