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

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Library.nu has risen from the dead

For the last month or so, library.nu has not been allowing me (and my friends) to log-in or register. The website provided no explanation-- it allowed me to browse, but gave no links. After a month or so of visiting the site, I'm glad to know that everything's back to normal.

1 comment:

Tim said...

I think they have the same problem that many torrent sites have. While they don't actually distribute copyrighted works, they facilitate the distribution of copyrighted works.

As the co-author of a book that is due to be published at the end of the year, I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand, I'd like to be able to make a bit of money from the year I spent working on a book. Any profit I see from that is going to come in the form or royalties.

On the other hand, I would not be at all upset if someone downloaded the book and found it useful, especially if the book simply wasn't available on the shelves of their local store.

The titles you're describing are difficult, if not impossible to find on the shelves of stores like National Bookstore or even Fully Booked (though the latter can and will order anything you want if it's still in print).

Alarmingly, most of the programming books I've seen at National don't come close to teaching systems programming or even the most basic algorithmic concepts. Of course, this is mostly because their customers simply aren't interested in algorithmic concepts, they're interested in the fastest path possible to a lucrative 'programming' career.

So, on the third hand (I can arbitrarily create hands as needed, I know how threads work!), I'm rather delighted that such a resource exists for people who really want to understand the actual fundamentals of programming and computer science.