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PainlessEphemera wrote

I read almost always on paper. It just feels more real, somehow. Unfortunately, this means I need a lot of space to hold all of my books, which is a shame, because I would like to live rather minimally.

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juliebean wrote

i feel this. i wish sometimes that i could just donate all my books to the library and know that they wouldn't end up scattered to all the branches in the county, or even just resold at the book fair.

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Tequila_Wolf wrote (edited )

Mostly I read illegally downloaded PDFs on Mendeley. And I make a million notes on each which I rarely look at again.

Usually I get them from either b-ok.org or aaaaarg.fail

Books I can't get from there I buy if I really need/want them - usually it's locally-made stuff that could use the financial support.

Edit: In case you aren't aware, u/sudo made a wiki for w/List_of_Free_Online_Libraries

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throwaway28 wrote

No one mentioned archive.org ;'0

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Tequila_Wolf wrote

I don't know much about it. Is there good stuff there?

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tnstaec wrote

It's all public domain, so lots of older stuff, but also some new stuff by people purposely releasing their work into PD. I personally have found older titles for research thru Archive, but not much casual reading.

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ziq wrote

I wrote a novel a few years ago and put it on there a couple months after release. Wish more people would do that.

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tranarchy wrote (edited )

paper sometimes, which i get from bookstores, libraries, thrift shops, wherever. digital i usually google "[name of book] pdf" and click through until i find it, and i read that with an app called ReadEra for Android that i found by googling "ereader". if you could tell, i'm not too much of a connoisseur :P

as people have mentioned, libgen, archive.org, tpb, and various leftist sites (theanarchistlibrary.org, marxists.org, libcom.org) are good resources as well

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tnstaec wrote

Since I don't stay in one place very long I can't really accumulate lots of paper books these days. I finally gave in and got a Kindle. I mostly get books from LibGen.

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Copenhagen_Bram wrote

I read books physically and electronically, makes no difference to me.

Libgen is cool. But for the life of me I can't find anything interesting on archive.org. The only interesting thing I've found there is a Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess manga that will be continued in 2018 :o

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juliebean wrote

for paper books i usually go to a local used book store. for electronic, i read a fair bit of fanfiction off of ao3, and otherwise use free libraries or occasionally check out good ol' tpb.

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braketheboxes wrote

I prefer paper books but have downloaded many pdfs too. With the pdfs I'm always weary of exploits so I read them in a sandbox but this is a pain for mobile devices.