howtodropoutofschool

4 Legal Ways To Get Free Textbooks.

howtodropoutofschool:

1. Open Culture:  Not a large a selection, but high quality texts. If you just want to skim a book to brush up on a course you took in ninth grade, download one of these. I have yet to be disappointed.

2. Book Boon: Provides free college-level textbooks in a PDF format. Probably the widest range of subjects on the web. The site is also pretty.

3. Flat World Knowledge: The worlds largest publisher of free and open college textbooks. Humanitie texts are particularly difficult to come by, this site has a great selection in all disciplines.

4. Textbook Revolution:  Some of the books are PDF files, others are viewable online as e-books, or some are simply web sites containing course or multimedia content.

5. Library Pirate: I’ve always had an addiction to torrent based pirating. When this site opened a few months ago, I went a little overboard. After dropping two hundred on a paperback spanish textbook, I downloaded the ebook version illegally. I also got a great Psyc text i’m obsessed with.  It will be interesting to see how this site grows- they already have a great selection. 

obsessionfull

How to find textbooks online for free: a post.

obsessionfull:

Textbooks are fucking expensive, and if your professor doesn’t require a physical copy (most don’t - they just want you to have the book at hand. Or maybe even not. Some professors literally give no fucks about whether you have the book or not) and you don’t mind having your copy as an electronic copy - this is the post for you!

Most textbook companies put out new editions every year or so even though there isn’t really that much new information. Sometimes they’ll eliminate questions if it’s something like a math or chemistry book or they’ll add in a few sentences about updated legislation (the professor I work for teaches human sexuality, and the newest edition of the book she uses included the 2009 decision to allow same-sex couples have hospital visitation rights). These new editions are pointless and only created to make the textbook company money and to cut down on students selling to each other. You’re going to ignore that. We love older editions. Make sure when you’re searching on the following sites that you don’t include the edition number to give you more search results. If one with your edition comes up - great! If not, you can usually stick to something one to three editions behind without any major changes.

I should also mention that checking your school’s library for a book you can check out to either keep for the semester or scan the pages you need is also a great option. I saved $90 the semester after I wrote this by borrowing a chemistry lab manual from the library and just scanning the labs I needed instead of buying one for myself that I couldn’t even sell later on.

Sites you should be searching:

  • FilesTube - FilesTube searches THE ENTIRE INTERNET for files uploaded to file-sharing websites such as Rapidshare, Mediafire, or WuUpload. Sometimes people will upload pdf files of your textbook. This is always an important first search.
  • Google Books - You usually won’t find your textbook on Google Books, but it’s always worth a look. Sometimes pages are missing because it’s only a preview of the book, but again - always worth a look.
  • Scribd - People upload documents to Scribd and by becoming a member (free!) or connecting through Facebook (if you’re lazy!), you can download whatever files you may find. This sometimes includes textbooks.
  • BookBoon - website specifically for finding pdf versions of textbooks
  • Curriki - free open source materials
  • Flat World Knowledge - free business, humanities, and science textbooks
  • California Learning Resource Network
  • Open Culture
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources
  • TorrentScan - textbooks are also uploaded to torrent sites in some cases - you may as well check.
  • If push comes to shove, you can try variations of googling “textbook name torrent” or “textbook name download” or “textbook name download free.” Sometimes things pop up and I never would have known about them.
  • AMAZING Reddit post (Added 2 November 2011)
  • Bookfi - I just briefly looked at this site and searched for a few common terms and it looks great! Download links are provided straight from the search results. Definitely useful! (Added 1 August 2012)
  • Ink eBook - Recommended by a few. Seems to just be a general eBook search site! (Added 12 January 2013)
  • Ebookee - This one had a few textbooks on the recently viewed section when I visited it, so it looks promising! (Added 12 January 2013)
  • This subreddit (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Textbook Revolution (Added 31 March 2013)
  • GaTech Math Textbooks (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Freebookspot (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Free-ebooks (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Get Free eBooks (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Oerconsortium (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Project Gutenberg - Always a classic. Can’t believe I haven’t added it until now. (Added 31 March 2013)
  • Met Museum Art History Books (Added 20 June 2013)
  • TextbookNova - Textbook torrents (Added 26 August 2013)
  • IRC channels - irc://irc.undernet.org/bookz and irc://irc.irchighway.net/ebooks . Instructions on how to IRC and download from them here (Added 26 August 2013)
  • IT eBooks - Exclusively for IT students! (Added 10 September 2013)
  • Megareads (Added 8 January 2014)

I’ve found all 8 of my textbooks for this term (19 credit hours, six classes) through one of the methods above. I’m not even going to look at retail prices, but checking BigWords.com (which, if you want to buy your books/can’t find them anywhere with one of the previous methods, will give you the cheapest price on the internet), I saved $497.87 by doing this. It takes time, but it’s definitely worth almost $500 worth of time. If you know of more ways to find free textbooks - please let me know!

lilbookofkell

Book Resources

bootify
fitify:

basically, anyone reading this knows that tumblr + studying = difficult. we’re all procrastinators. so i thought i’d share my favorite ways to crack down, not suck, and make it through finals week. you’ll need
this or this. it’ll whip your ass into gear. you name a list of websites that distract you, set a timer, and bam. no more hour long study breaks. the best - or worst - part is, it can’t be undone by the application, by deleting the application, or by restarting the computer. you just gotta wait, and if you’re going to wait, you may as well study.
goals. when you sit down to study, write down everything you’re going to do. then do it. aimlessly staring at your books won’t do shit.
something to listen to. i suggest movie scores, song covers by the vitamin string quartet, or white noise.
a queue. if you’re really obsessed with keeping your blog up to date, set aside some time, fatten up your queue, and let your blog run itself for a few days.
breaks. during your breaks, dance, run around, work out, go for a walk, talk to your friends, call your mom. going back on the internet is an easy way to get out of the mood, so i wouldn’t suggest it.
tea and coffee - if not for the caffeine, then for the feeling of cozying up with your text books and feeling studious. 
a place to study. it doesn’t matter if it’s in a coffee house, a library, or your kitchen table. as long as your bed’s not in sight and tempting you into a nap, you’re good.
that’s all i’ve got. i’d try to think of more, but that, my friends, would be procrastinating. off to study.

fitify:

basically, anyone reading this knows that tumblr + studying = difficult. we’re all procrastinators. so i thought i’d share my favorite ways to crack down, not suck, and make it through finals week. you’ll need

  • this or this. it’ll whip your ass into gear. you name a list of websites that distract you, set a timer, and bam. no more hour long study breaks. the best - or worst - part is, it can’t be undone by the application, by deleting the application, or by restarting the computer. you just gotta wait, and if you’re going to wait, you may as well study.
  • goals. when you sit down to study, write down everything you’re going to do. then do it. aimlessly staring at your books won’t do shit.
  • something to listen to. i suggest movie scores, song covers by the vitamin string quartet, or white noise.
  • a queue. if you’re really obsessed with keeping your blog up to date, set aside some time, fatten up your queue, and let your blog run itself for a few days.
  • breaks. during your breaks, dance, run around, work out, go for a walk, talk to your friends, call your mom. going back on the internet is an easy way to get out of the mood, so i wouldn’t suggest it.
  • tea and coffee - if not for the caffeine, then for the feeling of cozying up with your text books and feeling studious. 
  • a place to study. it doesn’t matter if it’s in a coffee house, a library, or your kitchen table. as long as your bed’s not in sight and tempting you into a nap, you’re good.

that’s all i’ve got. i’d try to think of more, but that, my friends, would be procrastinating. off to study.

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referencesforartists:

brenanf999:

dontwantyourmoneysir:

anndruyan:

This is a summary of college only using two pictures; expensive as hell.

That’s my Sociology “book”. In fact what it is is a piece of paper with codes written on it to allow me to access an electronic version of a book. I was told by my professor that I could not buy any other paperback version, or use another code, so I was left with no option other than buying a piece of paper for over $200. Best part about all this is my professor wrote the books; there’s something hilariously sadistic about that. So I pretty much doled out $200 for a current edition of an online textbook that is no different than an older, paperback edition of the same book for $5; yeah, I checked. My mistake for listening to my professor.

This is why we download. 

Spreading this shit like nutella because goddamn textbooks are so expensive. 

not necessarily art related but as someone who couldn’t afford their textbooks this semester this is a godsend

rysteele
chwelseaa

prospitdreamer:

back to school masterpost!!!! image

a lot of my friends are heading back to school really soon. so i thought it’d be nice to put together something for them. if you’re reading this, you’re going to be fine. everything will turn out okay!!!!! ^u^ you may not feel as ready as some of your classmates and that’s okay too!!! it doesn’t make you any less of a wonderful human being. school is terrifying sometimes and you can’t compare yourself to anyone else’s standards, ESPECIALLY when it comes to school. as small and helpless as you might feel in the face of that huge concrete institution, all you have to do is stick true to what makes you feel comfortable and safe, and let the first week back just roll over your shoulders. it’ll be over sooner than you think, i just know it. you’re very loved and will get through this!!!! ^o^

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i’m here for you if you need me. my skype is chelspuffle. be safe and be strong, friends!!!!

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lilypotterr

becoming an adult cheat sheet!!!

queerbeeboy

Online College Tips

queerbeeboy:

Ok so it’s the 6th week of online college, so I figured I would share some tip’s I have found. These can be used for writing as well.

1. http://paperrater.com

      This is going to save your ass. This spell-check’s, grammar check’s, checks for commonly misspelled/misused words, word variance, plagiarism (optional), and much more. ALL FOR FREE! Theirs even more tools on here, and is a life saver. IT EVEN GRADES YOUR PAPERS so you can know what to expect on a test.

2. http://www.bibme.org/ 

   Ok, so yadah yadah easybib is more frequently heard of, but this one is 100% free. Easybib costs money for anything other than MLA. Bibme is free, has a better search engine and is free for APA format as well.

3. http://www.pdfescape.com

    Ok, so we all know those long ass assignments are annoying to do. But this makes them a breeze. Half my teaches use PDF files, and the other half uses word. This uses both. It allows me to easily write in the blanks without having the formatting issues of deleting the blanks when using word. And has the added bonus of being in PDF form, which for some reason my teacher prefer.

4. http://www.sparknotes.com/

    Yes read the books. But for writing papers and trying to remember which chapter that one tidbit of information was from? Bam. Here it is. I prefer spark notes over others as it seams to be the largest.

5. http://www.wikipedia.org/

    This one’s a no-brainer. Yes, don’t quote it, but for general information or for good sources I go here. The resources at the bottom lead to amazing sources that you can quote in your papers.

6. A Nook.

Now I know this is weird, but why nook? Because it saves your back. And having all your books both on your computer for easy quoting via Nook Study, or on your nook makes it a load easier to read on the go and write papers. Only issue is some text books won’t work on the nook, but their are easy ways to get around it.

I’ll edit with more stuff now

aerobicblaine

paranormal-blacktivity:

ATTENTION PEOPLE WITH ONLINE FRIENDS AND/OR IN LDR’S

There’s this kick ass site called Synaptop. And it’s perrrrfect for a person like you! Wanna know why???

  • It’s not something you download (NO DOWNLOAD DID U HEAR ME???)  this is all on your browser so it doesn’t take up a shit ton of space
  • You can stream music/use the music they’ve already provided there to listen to with your friend and or lover (ohhh la la)
  • Video calling is a thing here
  • You can leave video messages (how cute tho)
  • THEY HAVE AN APP WHERE YOU CAN DRAW TOGETHER SO U CAN LIKE DRAW LITTLE PENISES ON THE SCREEN AND LAUGH ABOUT IT AND STUFF
  • You can stream and or watch movies together with the FULL, FREE movies that they have, or you can upload your own.
  • Plus you can share photos and presentations and yadda yadda

The site is here. I have date night with my boyfriend in PA here all the time and it’s amazing. Check it outttttt.