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More Free Ebooks and Where to Find Them

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Want some more free ebooks? Well, who ever says no to free stuff in the first place?

As a follow-up tothis post, I’m going to tell you of a little known lode of ebook goodness. It might be a little bit more complicated than surfing to a particular web site and downloading right off the bat. It took me a while to get used to the process but I believe it’s worth every ounce of effort. You don’t have to worry about groping in the dark though – I’ll be teaching you all you have to know. Or at least the very bare essentials.

First thing you’d have to have on your computer is mIRC. In case you don’t have it, go to Sysreset.com and download a copy. Sysreset is mIRC bundled with special features which I won’t discuss any further to spare you the headache. Contrary to popular belief, you won’t have to pay anything to use mIRC, not even after your “30 day evaluation period” has elapsed. Just click on “Continue” at the welcome screen and enjoy the program’s features without worry.

There are already too many mIRC tutorials out there so I won’t go into details. I’ll give you a tree-tops view of what should be done, I’m sure you’ll be able to figure it all out for yourselves. After you have downloaded and installed sysreset, run the program. A window will pop up prompting you to input a nickname.

At the Status window, type:

/server irc.irchighway.net

…and press enter. You will be connected to the irchighway server. We’re now a step closer to the hidden repository of free ebooks.

I know of two channels in irchighway with enough ebooks to get you busy for weeks to come. At the Status window again, type:

/join #ebooks
and
/join #bookz

You will be connected to two ebook server channels.

Congratulations! You’ve now reached our secret ebook havens.

However, figuring out how to download the ebooks is the tricky part. Here are some simple guidelines to follow:

1. If you want to find a particular book or author, you can use either “@find” or “@search”. There are subtle differences between the two, but both will automatically find what you’re looking for.

Example:
@find James Joyce OR @search James Joyce
@find Wuthering Heights OR @search Wuthering Heights

2. The ebooks you download from these channels are from “servers”. These are people who share their collections. To get an entire list of collection from any server, type “@” before the server name in the channel text box.

3. Listings are in this format: !
Copy and paste the entire line from the “!” to the file extension into the channel text box and press enter. You will be put on queue and the ebook will download when it’s your turn.

4. Ebooks in these two channels could be in various formats including: .htm, .txt, .lit, .pdf, .pdb, etcetera. If you’re not familiar with some of them, simply search for the extension and download the corresponding program. For Microsoft Windows OS, I recommend downloading .lit files which use Microsoft Reader.

See, not rocket science after all, eh? You might get a little confused at first but trust me, once you see all the ebooks in there you’ll get over your befuddlement. If you’re into audio books too, there’s also a channel where you can download free audio books.

In the Status window of the same server, type: /join #audiobooks

The downloading procedure is basically the same as that of the ebook channels.

As a bonus for all of you, here is my collection of Agatha Christie ebooks in varied formats (.htm, .lit, and .txt). Unfortunately, I can’t list all of their titles due to the huge number. The file is big somewhat (10.4MB) and you will need either WinZip or WinRar.

Do you know of any other ebook repositories? It would be great if you could share them with us.

Mariella

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