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Where can I get anarchist literature for free?

+2 votes
Are there radical libraries anywhere?  Anti-capitalist publishers that will give me free books?

All the "anarchist publishers" such as AK press/ Pm press/Anarchist bookstore charge you up the ass for every book.


edited by dot to add tags
asked Aug 28, 2011 by anonymous
edited Jul 13, 2014 by dot

1 Answer

+3 votes
First off, every book you see is free. You only need to know how to take it. But if you are too skittish for that there are a number of other sources... Your local infoshop may have a lending library. Your friends might be willing to share their books with you. Public libraries tend to lack much but are also worth a try. You could see if you can enter the libraries of local colleges or universities as a "visiting [or independent] scholar" - many will grant you access, but they rarely have a free method of getting books loaned out.

If you would be happy with print outs (instead of hot off the press books) there are a number of wonderful websites:
http://theanarchistlibrary.org/
http://zinelibrary.info/
http://www.lib.umich.edu/labadie-collection
http://www.anti-politics.net/distro/
http://alphabetthreat.co.uk/elephanteditions/apamphlets.html
http://325.nostate.net/
http://petroleusepress.com/
http://anarchalibrary.blogspot.com/
http://green-anarchy.wikidot.com/
http://i-studies.com/
http://www.eberhardtpress.org/downloads.php
http://www.prole.info/
http://hubertkennedy.angelfire.com/
http://www.natterjackpress.co.uk/menu/downloads.php
http://1000littlehammers.wordpress.com/library/
http://www.qzap.org/v6/index.php
http://www.modjourn.org/journals.html
http://www.anarchist-developments.org/
http://journals.sfu.ca/affinities/index.php/affinities/index
http://www.tangledwilderness.org/
http://www.steampunkmagazine.com/
http://www.archive.org/index.php
There are two more websites that, while not specializing in anarchist writings, have an enormous selection of anarchist essays, texts, and books (both require registration but they are worth it!):
http://www.aaaaarg.org/
http://library.nu/
Lastly, torrent websites can sometimes turn up something of interest:
http://onebigtorrent.org/
(or less worth while:)
http://thepiratebay.org/
http://isohunt.com/
There are many other good places on the interwebs but this should be a good start.

For free printing:
If you find out the models of network printers used on a campus and download the appropriate device drivers before arriving, sometimes you can bring a laptop from home into a campus and plug directly into their network device and print for free (just do it at a time when you won't noticeably disrupt network traffic provoking a visit by someone who maintains the network).
answered Aug 28, 2011 by jeezy (370 points)
edited Sep 4, 2011 by jeezy
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