About Me

When not at work with students, I spend my time in my room either reading, calculating something using pen and paper, or using a computer. I read almost anything: from the pornographic to the profound, although my main interests are mathematics and physics. "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes." -Erasmus

Sunday, December 5, 2010

gigapedia is moving

I often visit gigapedia when looking for books. Although a google search with appropriate keywords will get you links for downloads, gigapedia provides a one-stop search. I don't know why gigapedia is moving (litigation? piracy issues?), and I'm sad that the website is moving.

Gigapedia is moving to a new portal http://library.nu/, and it provides the same functionality. There is no registration yet, so you can freely access its search engine without having to log-in. I've tried it, and it operates like gigapedia. For example, putting in "Gravitation" in the search field gives a list of books in library.nu pages; each page in turn contains more information about the listed book and links for download.

For people in developing (what a crazy description! developing?) countries, gigapedia has been a boon to book-lovers. Most students in developing countries find books unaffordable. As an example, a copy of Resnick, Halliday, and Walker would probably cost a fifth of the minimum monthly wage. A lot of us really care about the books, and we would be willing to buy them if they cost less.

Libraries do not provide enough here-- when budgets are cut, new acquisitions to public libraries are the first to go. (Our local officials would rather construct basketball courts and hold beauty pageants than subsidize libraries. ) For now, gigapedia's successor will definitely fill a need here in our islands.

update: you're now required to register before you can perform a search. The registration is easy enough. You are only asked for your email address, and once you get the activation email, you're ready to go.


smiley said...

Gigapedia is not moving due to litigation

but due to the site needing a serious redesign from the ground up in order to address many issues that poped up over last 2 years and to make it easier and cheaper to maintain/run


Mike said...

Thanks for the comment. I've been a fan of gigapedia for two years now, and it's nice to know it's not being hounded by lawyers.

Helen Mary Labao said...

wow this is neat. but will this require a new registration on the new site or will it be publicly available forever? =)