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Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature

The Classics

Browse works by Mark Twain, Joseph Conrad and other famous authors here.

  1. Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
  2. The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
  3. Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online.
  4. Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on this site.
  5. Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.
  6. Classic Reader: Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.
  7. Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.
  8. Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
  9. The Spectator Project: Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions of The Spectator and The Tatler.
  10. Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.
  11. Online Library of Literature: Find full and unabridged texts of classic literature, including the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain and more.
  12. Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels made it famous.
  13. Fiction.us: Fiction.us has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
  14. Free Classic Literature: Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.

Textbooks

If you don’t absolutely need to pay for your textbooks, save yourself a few hundred dollars by reviewing these sites.

  1. Textbook Revolution: Find biology, business, engineering, mathematics and world history textbooks here.
  2. Wikibooks: From cookbooks to the computing department, find instructional and educational materials here.
  3. KnowThis Free Online Textbooks: Get directed to stats textbooks and more.
  4. Online Medical Textbooks: Find books about plastic surgery, anatomy and more here.
  5. Online Science and Math Textbooks: Access biochemistry, chemistry, aeronautics, medical manuals and other textbooks here.
  6. MIT Open Courseware Supplemental Resources: Find free videos, textbooks and more on the subjects of mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry and more.
  7. Flat World Knowledge: This innovative site has created an open college textbooks platform that will launch in January 2009.
  8. Free Business Textbooks: Find free books to go along with accounting, economics and other business classes.
  9. Light and Matter: Here you can access open source physics textbooks.
  10. eMedicine: This project from WebMD is continuously updated and has articles and references on surgery, pediatrics and more.

Math and Science

Turn to this list to find books about math, science, engineering and technology.

  1. FullBooks.com: This site has “thousands of full-text free books,” including a large amount of scientific essays and books.
  2. Free online textbooks, lecture notes, tutorials and videos on mathematics: NYU links to several free resources for math students.
  3. Online Mathematics Texts: Here you can find online textbooks likeElementary Linear Algebra and Complex Variables.
  4. Science and Engineering Books for free download: These books range in topics from nanotechnology to compressible flow.
  5. FreeScience.info: Find over 1800 math, engineering and science books here.
  6. Free Tech Books: Computer programmers and computer science enthusiasts can find helpful books here.

Children’s Books

Even children’s books are now available online. Find illustrated books, chapter books and more.

  1. byGosh: Find free illustrated children’s books and stories here.
  2. Munseys: Munseys has nearly 2,000 children’s titles, plus books about religion, biographies and more.
  3. International Children’s Digital Library: Find award-winning books and search by categories like age group, make believe books, true books or picture books.
  4. Lookybook: Access children’s picture books here.

Philosophy and Religion

For books about philosophy and religion, check out these websites.

  1. Bored.com: Bored.com has music ebooks, cooking ebooks, and over 150 philosophy titles and over 1,000 religion titles.
  2. Ideology.us: Here you’ll find works by Rene Descartes, Sigmund Freud, Karl Marx, David Hume and others.
  3. Free Books on Yoga, Religion and Philosophy: Recent uploads to this site include Practical Lessons in Yoga and Philosophy of Dreams.
  4. The Sociology of Religion: Read this book by Max Weber, here.
  5. Religion eBooks: Read books about the Bible, Christian books, and more.

Plays

From Shakespeare to George Bernard Shaw to more contemporary playwrights, visit these sites.

  1. ReadBookOnline.net: Here you can read plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.
  2. Plays: Read PygmalionUncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World here.
  3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories.
  4. Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”
  5. ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.

Modern Fiction, Fantasy and Romance

These websites boast collections of graphic novels, romance novels, fantasy books and more.

  1. Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.
  2. The Internet Book Database of Fiction: This forum features fantasy and graphic novels, anime, J.K. Rowling and more.
  3. Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.
  4. Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.
  5. Baen Free Library: Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.
  6. The Road to Romance: This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.
  7. Get Free Ebooks: This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.
  8. John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.
  9. SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here include Arabian Nights,Aesop’s Fables and more.
  10. Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books: This list contains mostly fantasy books.

Foreign Language

For books in a foreign language like French, Spanish and even Romanian, look here.

  1. Project Laurens Jz Coster: Find Dutch literature here.
  2. ATHENA Textes Francais: Search by author’s name, French books, or books written by other authors but translated into French.
  3. Liber Liber: Download Italian books here. Browse by author, title, or subject.
  4. Biblioteca romaneasca: Find Romanian books on this site.
  5. Bibliolteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes: Look up authors to find a catalog of their available works on this Spanish site.
  6. KEIMENA: This page is entirely in Greek, but if you’re looking for modern Greek literature, this is the place to access books online.
  7. Proyecto Cervantes: Texas A&M’s Proyecto Cervantes has cataloged Cervantes’ work online.
  8. Corpus Scriptorum Latinorum: Access many Latin texts here.
  9. Project Runeberg: Find Scandinavian literature online here.
  10. Italian Women Writers: This site provides information about Italian women authors and features full-text titles too.
  11. Biblioteca Valenciana: Register to use this database of Catalan and Valencian books.
  12. Ketab Farsi: Access literature and publications in Farsi from this site.
  13. Afghanistan Digital Library: Powered by NYU, the Afghanistan Digital Library has works published between 1870 and 1930.
  14. CELT: CELT stands for “the Corpus of Electronic Texts” features important historical literature and documents.
  15. Projekt Gutenberg-DE: This easy-to-use database of German language texts lets you search by genres and author.

History and Culture

Refresh your memory of world history, the classics and U.S. history here.

  1. LibriVox: LibriVox has a good selection of historical fiction.
  2. The Perseus Project: Tufts’ Perseus Digital Library features titles from Ancient Rome and Greece, published in English and original languages.
  3. Access Genealogy: Find literature about Native American history, the Scotch-Irish immigration in the 19th and 20th centuries, and more.
  4. Free History Books: This collection features U.S. history books, including works by Paul Jennings, Sarah Morgan Dawson, Josiah Quincy and others.
  5. Most Popular History Books: Free titles include Seven Days and Seven Nights by Alexander Szegedy and Autobiography of a Female Slave by Martha G. Browne.

Rare Books

Look for rare books online here.

  1. Questia: Questia has 5,000 books available for free, including rare books and classics.
  2. JR’s Rare Books and Commentary: Check this site for PDF versions of some rare books.

Arts and Entertainment

This list features books about celebrities, movies, fashion and more.

  1. Books-On-Line: This large collection includes movie scripts, newer works, cookbooks and more.
  2. Chest of Books: This site has a wide range of free books, including gardening and cooking books, home improvement books, craft and hobby books, art books and more.
  3. Free e-Books: Find titles related to beauty and fashion, games, health, drama and more.
  4. 2020ok: Categories here include art, graphic design, performing arts, ethnic and national, careers, business and a lot more.
  5. Free Art Books: Find artist books and art books in PDF format here.
  6. Free Web design books: OnlineComputerBooks.com directs you to free web design books.
  7. Free Music Books: Find sheet music, lyrics and books about music here.
  8. Free Fashion Books: Costume and fashion books are linked to the Google Books page.

Mystery

Here you can find mystery books from Sherlock Holmes to more contemporary authors.

  1. MysteryNet: Read free short mystery stories on this site.
  2. TopMystery.com: Read books by Edgar Allan Poe, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, GK Chesterton and other mystery writers here.
  3. Mystery Books: Read books by Sue Grafton and others.

Poetry

These poetry sites have works by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and others.

  1. The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
  2. Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”
  3. Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.
  4. Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.
  5. Google Poetry: Google Books has a large selection of poetry, fromThe Canterbury Tales to Beowulf to Walt Whitman.
  6. QuotesandPoem.com: Read poems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and more.
  7. CompleteClassics.com: Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson are all featured here.
  8. PinkPoem.com: On this site, you can download free poetry ebooks.

Miscellaneous

For even more free book sites, check out this list.

  1. Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
  2. World eBook Library: This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopedias, children’s books and a lot more.
  3. DailyLit: DailyLit has everything from Moby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.
  4. A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.
  5. Free Online Novels: These novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction.
  6. ManyBooks.net: Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
  7. Authorama: Books here are pulled from Google Books and more. You’ll find history books, novels and more.
  8. Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.
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This is what terrifies me about the ocean.

the few times I’ve gone snorkelling this is the most intensely scary but amazing thing about it, the bit where the reef ends and it suddenly just drops off and you cant see the bottom or what’s down there, and you swim over the edge and suddenly your in open water, and you feel so vulnerable like you’re a fish that lives on the reef, and you finally understand finding nemo 

you finally understand finding nemo

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can we talk about Legolas in the back tho

I feel like I need to rewatch the entire series just focusing on Legolas.  

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It’s worth it.

The best part of this post is Orlando Bloom literally had no idea what was going on 95% of the time. He said in an interview once that no one ever told him anything and he just stood in the back ground making faces.

I like to imagine that this is true of the character as well as his actor; Legolas is a bit of an airhead by elven standards, and he honestly hasn’t the slightest idea what’s going in during most of the scenes he appears in. He’s just cultivated a knack - through centuries of practice - for picking up just enough clues from context to make grand, vaguely apropos pronouncements at appropriate junctures, thus giving the impression that he’s a lot more tuned in than he really is. His internal monologue is something like:

“Oh, hell, they’re looking at me. I should probably say something - okay, how was that? Yeah, they’re all nodding; whew, bit of an arrow dodged there. Back to thinking about kittens…”

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Meet the woman who put 50 million stolen articles online so you can read them for free

Alexandra Elbakyan is a highbrow pirate in hiding. The 27-year-old graduate student from Kazakhstan is operating a searchable online database of nearly 50 million stolen scholarly journal articles, shattering the $10 billion-per-year paywall of academic publishers.

That’s the woman who founded Sci-Hub.

She has even been compared to Robin Hood, although she said, “Sometimes I think it is not a good comparison, since what he was doing was illegal. And sharing books and research articles should not be illegal.”

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November 22 2017

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I feel like the devs didn't understand something fundamental about killing nazis in Wolfenstein:
You don't need some gripping story to have the motivation to do it, you just need the set pieces and weapons!
 
I feel like the director of TOB (Jonathan Heckley) understood that, and the director of TNC/TNO (Jens Matthies) didn't.
Hopefully they bring back Heckley who clearly understood how to make a focused action based Wolfenstein game and not some "cinematic experience".

November 21 2017

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Punisher Season 1 on Netflix was a total dissapointment!

Too much whining, too much drama and too much brooding!

If i want Drama, Ill go to any of the other netflix hero shows, but this is the Punisher! I want to see him smash faces and blast bad guys, and while there is some of that in short bursts, overall, its mostly drama and government conspiracies.
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Found this, and its pretty accurate:

Wolfenstein New Colossus:

Things that NEED to change in Wolfenstein (WTF Bethesda?!) !

I devoured the new Order and Old Blood,

liked the varied gameplay and, yeah:

It was an overall very cool experience!

It felt fresh without constrains!

But the franchise started to get infected with modern-“gaming” diseases and grew them even further in “New Colossus” (one of the reasons I refunded the game!).

Lets start:

- Unskippable Ads / Logos every fucking time you start the game!

STOP WASTING MY TIME!

- unskippable cut-scenes or forced “walk-slow-to-watch-this-hd-wallpaper” (goddammit! STOP taking control away from the player!!!)

- a HQ / base / hub you return to, that isn’t Optional (WTF?!), is just a waste of time, takes you out of the action!

MAKE THE STORY OPTIONAL!!!

Sometimes we just want to shoot nazis, and not get punched in the stomach with with a gonzo-storyline that can’t decide if its wanna ba a B-Movie or Drama, for fucks sake!

(man it was a delicious feeling, starting up brutal Wolfenstein again and just blast away nazis, from the get-go! No convoluted Story-bullshit, no forced cut-scenes or “EMOOOTIOOONS1!1!”)

- Stop adding useless graphic-effects that smear the screen with vaseline!

I know many Options are… optional, but New Colossus has this weird look … it tries TOO MUCH looking like a fucking CINEMATIC!

Motion-blur here, fucking ugly chromatic abberation there, overuse of Bloom, unknown graphic-effects in the MAIN-MENUE that make the text glitch out randomly (!!!)

(Hiding “Motion Blur Off” under Advanced Options?! Seriously?)

Fucking HELL, Bethesda / Machinegames: JUST STOP IT already!

New Order and Old Blood still look epic, they still deliver impressive eye-candy and ran MUCH smoother than New Colossus!!!

- Fucking fix the unreadable Alien-Text-Glitch-Bug!!

(how the fuck do you even create a menue that can glitch out and become unreadable?! HOW THE FUCK?!)

Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/Wolfenstein/comments/7drwjm/things_that_need_to_change_in_wolfenstein_wtf/?st=ja54qhpa&sh=afefa4cc

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Why are game-sizes getting bigger and bigger
while they still offer less content?

"Where's the 80+GB-patch going here? Looks like shit."

Why should you question this as a major issue? Simply put I shouldn’t have to “waste” upwards of 20+GB on a game if it doesn’t really require it.

If you’re running a game on a single GeForce GTX 1060, do you really need assets designed for 4K? Probably not. If you’re playing in English, do you need to install uncompressed audio for a dozen other languages? Nein. And if you only ever plan to play singleplayer, do you need all of the multiplayer stuff too?

Same with original Deus Ex (25-35hrs fully voiced gameplay = 431MB installer, 712MB install size). Sure, better HD textures and "bigger engines" will take up more room, but I think there's a lot more "reduced bloat" optimization they could do on a number of games if they truly wanted. The fun / enjoyability / immersion factors (especially of post 2013 games) don't seem to be going up anywhere near as much as the "bloat curve" even with "better textures" factored in. A lot of it is "cinematics" (the obsession with demanding every trivial action be scripted and Hollywood-ified), however many of us find that when that involves "snatching" control of the player back and forward every few seconds, it actually reduces immersion rather than adds to it. If there was an option to turn off micro-cutscenes, that would be yet another thing I'd disable more often than not (on top of dumb post-processing FX), and all that "you stepped over a pebble. Let's start a pre-rendered pebble-stepping-over cutscene!" stuff probably adds another 5-10GB.

Most of the Mad Max footage I’ve seen has been in a desert with next to nothing on the horizon. So why on Earth is this game 32GB?

Guilty Gear Xrd for PS4 has 5.7GB.
It's good at graphics and it does not have photorealism as goal.
I think we are overestimating the value of photorealism in games!

We’re About to Have a Storage Crisis – Games Are Too Large

The games industry needs to ease the burden of these gargantuan installations. Let the people who want (and can handle) 80GB downloads continue as normal, but the flexibility of the PC as a platform should mean there’s a way for people who don’t need the whole package to pick and choose, be it by accepting downgraded assets or by installing only one mode at a time, or whatever else developers can think up.

The data-capped masses will thank you for it, developers—as will our poor SSDs.


And yes, lazy coding, no optimizations etc...etc. Lazy coding is made good with increased h/w requirements...I mean why write fast and optimized code, say, in assembler or highly optimized C++ if you can just have poor, slow code (--> Windows)...and then just take 8GB of memory and the fastest quad core CPU you can get...even if THEORETICALLY this Windows OS or this game, if written highly optimized could run well on a machine 10x less powerful

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