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.
- LibraryPirate is a torrent search site specifically for textbooks. (Added 10 October 2011)
- AMAZING Reddit post (Added 2 November 2011)
- JenkThat - I haven’t tried this out yet, but I’ve heard good things from others. It’s also a good place to find other ebooks that aren’t textbooks. (Added 29 December 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)
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 $500 worth of time. If you know of more ways to find free textbooks - please let me know!
Dana asked for a list of weird fiction by women, which is pretty much all I read. There’s no one quality that makes these books ~weird~, and I hesitate to lump folks with very different writing styles together by gender. But I gravitate to these books; they just happen to fit that description perfectly. tl; dr, here’s the list!
note: this isn’t comprehensive/omits obvious suggestions like, say, everything by Kathy Acker
- Barbara Comyns - The Juniper Tree
- Clarice Lispector - Hour of the Star
- Leonora Carrington - The Hearing Trumpet
- Djuna Barnes - Nightwood, Ryder, everything
- Jane Bowles - Collected Works (I struggled b/w recommending her stories & “Two Series Ladies,” the novella, but it’s all too good to pass up)
- Jewelle Gomez - The Gilda Stories
- Shirley Jackson - We Have Always Lived in the Castle
- Margarita Karapanou - Kassandra and the Wolf
- Elfriede Jelinek - Women as Lovers
- Shelley Jackson - Patchwork Girl
- Lidia Yuknavitch - Reel to Real
- Iris Murdoch - The Unicorn
- Alissa Nutting - Unclean Jobs for Women and Girls
- Grace Krilanovich - The Orange Eats Creeps
- Vanessa Veselka - Zazen
- Anne Marie Wirth Cauchon - Nothing
In my ‘to read’ pile
- Renata Adler - Speedboat
- Anna Kavan - Asylum Piece
- Ursule Molinaro - The Autobiography of Cassandra, Princess and Prophetess
- Leslie Scalapino - Dahlia’s Iris
note: this isn’t comprehensive/omits obvious suggestions like, say, everything by Kathy Acker
- Le Vampire (The Vampire) by Alexandre Dumas(1851) [Cadytech.com]
- La Baronne Trépassée (The Dead Baroness aka The Vampire and the Devil’s Son) by Pierre Alexis Ponson du Terrail. (1852) [Ebooksgratuits.com - French PDF] [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)]
- "Le Vampire" ("The Vampire") by Charles-Pierre Baudelaire (1857) [Fleursdemal.org - Multiple Translations] [Poemhunter.com]
- "Quetait-ce?" ("What Was It?") by Fitz-James O’Brien (1859) [University of Adelaide] [Bartelby.com]
- Le Chevalier Tenebre (The Shadow Knight aka Knightshade) by Paul Henri Corentin Féval (1860) [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)]
- "The Mysterious Stranger" by Anonymous (1860) [The Literary Gothic]
- "The Cold Embrace" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1860) [GoogleBooks] [Gaslight]
- "Les Métamorphoses du vampire" ("Metamorphosis of a Vampire") by Charles-Pierre Baudelaire (1860) [Fleursdemal.org - Multiple Translations]
- Le Vampire Du Val-de-Grace (The Vampire of the Val-de-Grace) by Leon Gozlan (1861) [GoogleBooks - French] [Archive.org - French] [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)]
- Spirite: A Fantasy by Théophile Gautier (1861) [GoogleBooks] [Wikisource - French] (not explicitly about vampires, although it does concern the re-arisen dead)
- La Vampire (The Vampire aka The Vampire Countess) by Paul Henri Corentin Féval (1865) [Project Gutenberg - French] [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)]
- La Ville-Vampire (Vampire City) by Paul Henri Corentin Féval (1867) [Archive.org - French] [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)] (apparently features Gothic author Ann Radcliff as a vampire hunter)
- "The Last Lords of Gardonal" by William Gilbert (1867) [GoogleBooks: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3] [Gaslight]
- "The Vampire Cat of Nabéshima" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford in Tales of Old Japan (1871) [GoogleBooks] [Project Gutenberg]
- Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, in his In a Glass Darkly (1872) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org] [Project Gutenberg] [Lesvampires.org] [SFF.net]
- "Ombra" by Mrs. Richard S. Greenough, in Arabesques (1872) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org]
- Le Capitaine Vampire (Captain Vampire) by Marie Nizet (1879) [Black Coat Press - English Translation ($)]
- "The Fate of Madame Cabanel" by Eliza Lynn Linton (1880) [Scribd][Vampiresrealm.files.wordpress]
- "Posle Devedeset Godina" ("After Ninety Years") by Milovan Glišic (1880) [Kodkicosa.com - Serbian]
- “The Man-Eating Tree” by Phil Robinson, in his From Under the Punkah (1881) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org]
- "Klara Milich" by Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1882) [University of Adelaide]
- "The Vampyre" by Owen Meredith (1882) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org]
- "Life’s Secret" by Rev. Lal Behari Day, from Folk Tales of Bengal (1883)[GoogleBooks] [Archive.org] [Project Gutenberg] [Vampiresrealm.files.wordpress - PDF]
- Manor by Karl Heinrich Ulrichs (1884) [Project Gutenberg - German] [Amazon.com - English Translation ($)]
- "Strigoiul" ("The Vampyre") by Vasile Alecsandri [Lesvampires.org] [Thevampiresrealm.wordpress.com - Romanian]
- The Horla by Guy de Maupassant (1887) [University of Virgina] [Project Gutenberg - French]
- "Ken’s Mystery" (aka The Grave of Ethelind Fionguala) by Julian Hawthorne (1887) [East of the Web]
- "A Mystery of the Campagna" by Anne Crawford (under pseudonym Von Degen) (1887) [Vampiresrealm.files.wordpress.com - PDF]
- "The Old Portrait" by Hume Nisbet (1890) [Multoghost.files.wordpress.com]
- "The Vampire Maid" by Hume Nisbet (1890) [Project Gutenberg] [Lesvampires.org]
- "Let Loose" by Mary Cholmondeley (1890) [Project Gutenberg] [The Literary Gothic] [Lesvampires.org]
- Le chateâu des Carpathes (The Castle of the Carpathians) by Jules Verne (1892) [Archive.org] [Project Gutenberg - French]
- "The Death of Halpin Frayser" by Ambrose Bierce (1893) [GoogleBooks] [East of the Web]
- The Parasite by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1894) [Project Gutenberg] [University of Virgina] (about psychic vampirism, rather than sanguinary vampirism)
- "The True Story of a Vampire" (aka "The Sad Story of a Vampire") by Stanislaus Eric aka Count Eric Stenbock (1894) [Lesvampires.org]
- "A Kiss of Judas" by X.L. (Julian Osgood Field), in his Aut Diabolus Aut Nihil, and Other Tales (1894) [GoogleBooks] [Archive.org]
- Lilith by George MacDonald (1895) [Project Gutenberg] [Ccel.org]
- "Good Lady Ducayne" by Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1896) [GoogleBooks] [University of Minnesota Duluth] (not explicitly about vampires, although it does concern the harvesting of a victim’s blood)
- "The Vampire of Croglin Grange" by Augustus Hare (1896) [Project Gutenberg] [Lesvampires.org] [National Wildlife Foundation - PDF]
- "Phorfor" by Matthew Phipps Shiel (1896) [GoogleBooks]
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Adapted from this forum post. Original poster has not read all works listed, but has applied descriptive/helpful notes where possible.
- Aokigahara: Suicide Forest
- How to Mend a Broken Heart
- How Much is Your Dead Body Worth?
- I Am Alive
- The Dark Side of Porn: The Real Animal Farm
- Real Life Hannibal Lecters
- Pornography: The Secret History of Civilisation
- Louis Theroux- Extreme Love: Dementia
- Graphic Sexual Horror
- Saving Face
- Mental: A History of the Madhouse
- National Geographic: Moment of Death
- Elephant Man Autopsy
- SICK: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan
- Blood & Guts: A History of Surgery
- National Geographic: Secrets of the Body Farm
- My Flesh and Blood
- Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die
- Bulgaria’s Abandoned Children
In no particular order, though, but these are some of my favourite documentaries, for various reasons.
I should mention that most (if not all) of these documentaries call for viewer discretion, as some do deal with topics/imagery that can be disturbing/offensive to some people.
the past is never dead: a southern gothic rec list
this is a landscape of hell-fire and damnation, of murder and blood and a sky aflame. don’t trust the preacher, don’t fall in love with that beautiful belle. look elsewhere for heroes, there are none to be found here. there’s smoke on the horizon and judgement day’s a-comin’. you don’t need to sell your soul at the crossroads to be the devil’s own, but come midnight you will, all the same. trust no one, keep your eyes open, and a gun on your hip. welcome to the south. you’d better hope you like it, because you’re never gonna leave.
- absalom, absalom! by william faulkner
- in cold blood by truman capote
- the little friend by donna tartt
- to kill a mockingbird by harper lee
- no country for old men by cormac mccarthy
- and the ass saw the angel by nick cave
- the violent bear it away by flannery o’connor
- a streetcar named desire by tennessee williams
- the ballad of sad cafe by carson mccullers
- a confederacy of dunces by john kennedy toole
- near dark by kathryn bigelow (dir.)
- deliverance by john boorman (dir.)
- winter’s bone by debra granik (dir.)
- vampires by john carpenter (dir.)
- from dusk till dawn by robert rodriguez (dir.)
- psycho by alfred hitchcock (dir.)
- mississippi burning by alan parker (dir.)
- a time to kill by by joel schumacher (dir.)
- pig hunt by james isaac (dir.)
- interview with the vampire by neil jordan (dir.)
bonus: online for free
You’ve watched Iron Man, Captain America and the Avengers? You ship Steve/Tony, but haven’t read a single comic? This guide is for you!
I spend the last few months getting to know their continuity. However, I’ve spend a lot of the time being confused and going back and forth, because I always missed something.
Under the cut you will find a list of comics and story arcs for Captain America and Iron Man, starting at the New Avengers (2005) until Avengers Prime (2010). This includes Civil War, which is essential to understand many of the better comic-universe fanfiction. I also added some download links, short summaries and recommendations.