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.
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!
Paperback Swap - Trade books for free
BookCloseOut - Bargin Books
ReadPrint - Free Online Books
it’s that time of the year [finals week] and so here is a post of useful things via myself and my mom who is a teacher !!
- techniques for studying and learning
- time management
- help on reading and research
- help with memorizing and testing
- learn how to study
- how to write an essay
- google citations
- googling tips
- citing social media
- yoga poses for stress relief
- about relaxation techniques
- 4 hours of classical music
- good background study mixes i ii iii iv v
study break tips
- really good basic tips
- MIT study break tips
- how to be productive on a break
- study snacks i ii iii
- how long to nap
- how to pull an all-nighter
good luck everyone !!
back to school masterpost!!!!
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^
- download free books!!
- solve math problems mang
- pull an all-nighter, do well on your exam.
- my favorite tutoring website
- essay writing help
- more essay writing help
- study like a college kid
- free microsoft word
- pretend to type an essay
- educational links fucking galore
- a links masterpost better than this one
mental health resources
- need a motivational speech? i like this one for myself.
- not having a good day? :c
- a website that is always relevant.
- picking up a hobby can relax you during the school year!!
- panic and anxiety information masterpost
- learn more about anxiety.
- take your mind off of it
- keep taking your mind off of it
- seriously just please try to relax ily
- mental illness recovery tips
- tips on self-love
- working out is a total stress-buster.
- express yourself with make-up and make all the mean kids super jealous with how fabulous you are
- i fucking love to study to this.
- how to talk to and help an anxiety-ridden friend
- an important tag on my blog.
- please remember this.
i’m here for you if you need me. my skype is chelspuffle. be safe and be strong, friends!!!!
- learn how to coupon
- how to get free therapy
- clean bathroom tips
- what to do when you can’t pay your bills
- learn time management skillz
- recipes that take 30 minutes or less
- see if you’re paying too much for your cell phone bill
- create a resume
- how to make a doctor’s appointment
- organize your closet
- find the right career
- a list of stress relievers
- how to pick a major
- how to take care of yourself when you’re sick
- things to bring to a doctor’s appointment
- what the hell is a mortgage?
- buying a used car
- how to pick a health insurance plan
- read the news
- leave your childhood traumas behind
- how to quit smoking
- a list of hotlines in a crisis
- what to expect from your first gynecologist appointment
- what to do if you get pulled over by a cop
- things to keep in your car in case of an emergency