|This is a detailed account of ‘www. gigapedia.com’ –”the knowledge sharing site”- including how to download books from the website with elaborate instructions and snapshots. Gigapedia is the largest repository of ebooks on the internet and better than any torrent site and a boon for students and research scholars not born with a silver spoon in the mouth! This is a quick how-to [~1200 words] on the download site which offers the most quality ebooks and other resources for free download.|
Update: Gigapedia is now library.nu: Click here for details.
‘www. gigapedia .com’ has about 300000 items on various subjects for free download
The internet has a lot to offer in the age of digital piracy and the net is full of websites and bit torrent sites from where you can download free ebooks [see some links at the end of post]. But none of these can hold a candle to ‘gigapedia.com’ which is the most exhaustive site on the internet hosting download links to some 3000000 books, magazines, comics, videos etc. It is a blessing if you are willing to compromise a bit and
Variety of books for download
As you can see the snapshot of incomplete list of categories on the left, you can download books on various topics be it Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Tin Tin Comics, Health, Sex, Novels, Fiction, Non-fiction, Instructional material, Graphic Novels, Audio books, English Grammar, Vocabulary books and whatnot! You can also subscribe to the RSS feeds to stay updated for latest downloads on your favourite topics [making a request for uploading some book is not entertained though as per rules].
Many in my campus [JNU] are aware of it and use it for research and studies but most of those who know actually suppress information and not share it! Information dissemination is the major aim of this post because there is little on Gigapedia on the internet. Please read the step by step process below on downloading books from the said site and then take the road to El Dorado.
How to download books from Gigapedia: A step- by-step tutorial and set of instructions
Read the blow-by-blow description and don’t jump the gun or else you may not be able to put it to an optimum use and your book downloading endeav
Gigapedia looks an innocent, unfriendly website at first glance but don’t judge the book by the cover
See the snapshot above, that’s the Gigapedia homepage. At first glance, the website looks like a dull and boring book review site which has nothing to do with free downloading! For a moment the pirate in you will think you are barking up the wrong tree. But hold your horses dear reader because that’s just the facade! The heaven lies within and need to explore.
Key to El Dorado: Register an account to reap the benefits and download books on Gigapedia
You need to be logged in to be able to see all the greenery on Gigapedia. Click on the ‘register’ link on the top right of the homepage and create an account. It takes less than a minute to do that. A Google account is mandatory and if you are living without one, you will soon be the odd (wo)man out! Save your login id and password after registration, needless to say!
Login and Search Books for download
The next obvious step after registration is to search the website for the goldmine! You can also browse by categories or user tags. So once you are logged in to Gigapedia, the then desert will throw up its verdant. On the right top search box, you type your keyword and choose the option ‘gigapedia’ search [the default is Google search and will take you to the Google book search results!] and press the search button. For example, I typed ‘Russia America Relations.’
It will throw up all the results. The above search on 10 August 2009 returned 86 results! All these books cost the earth and in some cases are not even available in many libraries in Delhi that I have visited!
The next step is clicking on the link for a book. I clicked on the first book link and this is what you get. This page has the description, comments, tags, preview and the links for download. Read the comments and look for bad comments, if any. You can also add a comment to it later if you liked the quality of the downloaded book or write a bad review if the downloaded item was not satisfactory. It is always nice to help other users when you are getting so much help from them. Please frequently use the option ‘send a report to staff.’
You have to click on the ‘links’ to get the download links
Click on the ‘links’ and the page will throw up links to the sites like Ifileit, Rapidshare, Megaupload etc. Click on any of these and you can proceed for the download. I suggest you always use the Ifileit link because Rapidshare will make you wait in queue if you are a free user like me! The links page also has the info on size of file and whether or not it’s a PDF file [please note that you will not always get pdf file]. Some files are zipped and password protected. Note the password, if any, on the links page.
A greedy you also wants to download articles from journals and want free access to JSTOR?!
OMG, your appetite for free resources is immense! Okay, wish granted if you are from a developing country! Click here to read my post on how to get free access to JSTOR that will be heavenly for your research and studies!
Conclusion and Disclaimer
The website loads easily and is fast though not very good looking [does that mater anyway?!]. It is better than any torrent site and you will find videos and documentaries too among other things. It is a manna from heaven for those hunting for free resources, books, comics, novels and the like on the internet! Please note that you will not find there everything because you must buy some things! If you share a broadband connection with a friend or family members, do not ruin their internet speed by downloading incessantly!
Please note that Gigapedia is a ‘link indexing site’ and a “knowledge sharing site.”
Some Links on free ebooks, BitTorrent, digital piracy concern
- Piracy: The Intellectual Property Wars from Gutenberg to Gates. Get this free e-book by Adrian Jones (University of Chicago Press). The author traces the history and evolution of piracy and among other things argues that piracy has been complementing creativity. Hat tip by Ed Wilson.
- 20 best websites to download free Ebooks
- The best 6 sites to get free eBooks
- NYT Article 9 May 2009: Print books are targets of pirates on the web
- The Big book of Bit Torrent: The torrent guide for everyone [PDF Manual]