Before Continuing – Please Read this disclaimer: I do not in any way endorse piracy. This post serves as a guide for people to obtain digital versions of books that they already own.
Anyway, on with the show. This method of obtaining books was around before the days of torrents, and prior to even p2p services such as napster were founded. It has been around and been largely unmolested due to the fact that its not very accessible. That is what I intend to show you in this guide. Why would you need to use this? Well for one thing, the collection of books available is much, MUCH larger than present at any other p2p network. They cover a huge area of books. Everything from obscure fantasy books to highly technical ruby on rails manuals. I have yet to be unable to find a book that I have been searching for.
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1. Head to mIRC and download and install their client. We will use mIRC for this guide but you can just as easily use x-chat or any other open source IRC client.
2. Once you open it up you’re going to have to set up some of the basic settings. Check out the screenies below to ensure that your settings are the same.
Notes: I find that the best server that hosts the books is usually #bookz on Undernet. However, due to its popularity there will be times when you can’t get into that particular server/chat room. So here are some alternative servers for you to enter and try:
3. Connect to one of the servers. For the purposes of this post, I’ll connect to undernet. Wait for the server to connect and you’ll be presented with a menu with all the channels. Type in your particular channel (in this case #ebookz) as shown below.
4. Now the channel loads up and you will be able to see many other people searching for and downloading items.
5. Use the @find command followed by the title of the book that you are searching for… for e.g. @find Michael Crichton, @find Dan Brown, @find Lonely Planet Guides. Certain channels prefer the @search command instead. E.g. @search Patrick Rothfuss – The Name Of The Wind.
6. Once the command has been set, be prepared for a flood of messages depending on how famous the book is. I have yet to not find a book I have been searching for though…. Yould should see a whole load of messages showing up in the main channel window itself as well as private messages from the various people hosting the aforementioned books. As you can see in the image below, “pera”, “deranged”, “ook” etc are private messages and “EBrarian” has a link showing up in the main channel window. (Click to see larger version)
7. Next, all you have to do is cut and paste the responses you received in the main chat window. For example, in the example below I am about to download the entirely uninpressive Lost Symbol by Dan Brown. Yes I actually own a copy of the book, but in my defense I got it as a gift! It is worthwhile to to note that the “!” (exclamation mark) acts as the trigger to request the download. Also note that you can search by book title, category, author etc etc etc. You can also choose the type of extension (type of document) you would like e.g. .doc/.pdf/.pdb/.prc/.pub . Next you wait for the download to begin. (Click to see larger version)
8. Select a download location. The default location is within the C:\Program Files\mIRC\downloads folder. And watch your download speed into your computer.
9. Open and enjoy.
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