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

Monday, February 6, 2012

What happened to library.nu?

I recently visited library.nu and found a totally different site. No log-ins, and new positioning as "the book review encyclopaedia". The old ability to post links to books is gone-- and so if you've been using it as a virtual library, you'll need a new source of books. There are still other websites for books-- the Russians and the Chinese will have something to replace library.nu (and its predecessor, gigapedia).

Of course, there's still ebookee.org, but the searching for books there is a lot messier than it was in library.nu. Also, many of the links in ebookee don't work; old websites that allowed file-sharing, such as filesonic, have lost their old functionality. I suspect that it's one of the aftershocks of the Megaupload takedown.  I thought that the resurrection of library.nu was gonna last. Ah well: Sic transit gloria mundi


postrcript: (February 15, 2012) I can't log in anymore even when I go to gigapedia.info, and based on the comments to this blog entry, nobody seems to be able to get in. For now, I'll use an alternative ebook search tool: http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ . It seems to be a decent alternative to ebookee. I will, however, miss library.nu's user-friendly interface.

(As of February 17, 2012) Short answer to "What happened to library.nu?" : Legal problems. I found a link from slashdot telling the story of library.nu. After some more searching, I found additional links from the huffington post . I doubt the claims of the plaintiffs here--- that the admins made a profit here. Many of the users are from developing countries and are likely to be students. Also, I think that claims that the admins were selling premium level accounts is doubtful. Many of the people who actually registered on the site would probably have a different story to tell.

(As of March 17, 2012) Even http://gen.lib.rus.ec  doesn't seem to work anymore; I keep getting a 404 error message. Still have no news why it's down.

(As of July 8, 2012) There's a article in aljazeera about library.nu, (I got it from library.nu, by the way) and it expresses some of the unhappiness that book-lovers and scholars -- especially in the third world-- feel about  the shutdown of library.nu. The library.nu website is still there-- it's morphed into a search site with reviews but no links. If you buy a book from amazon using library.nu, it should help the administrators with their legal troubles. See this link.

(As of  March 1, 2013) I url library.nu now redirects to http://www.internationalpublishers.org/, which looks like an organization whose philosophy seems to be diametrically opposite that of gigapedia's and the old library.nu Donors who wish to assist the original owners of the library.nu domain name have no more means to do so; the link I mentioned above is dead.

110 comments:

Mike said...
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William Tatum said...

OMG I Love you thank you thank you thankyou.

- said...

Hmm, it don't seem to work anymore. I only get this:
resource not found
continue to main page

William Tatum said...
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T.E. said...
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Leoruber said...

Hi, I suggest Tatum's last comment be removed. This blog currently appears on the top 10 list of Google results for "what happened to library.nu", providing sensitive information that no other site on that list provides. Quite possibly, when people from library.nu realize this they may change their current URL once more.
It is better if this kind of information is transmitted personally to trusted acquaintances.

William Tatum said...

I think you are right, I went ahead and deleted my comment.

cdog said...

william tatum - can you help a sister out? can you email it to me pretty please?

xdirtyjester said...
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Desperate_Financial_Student said...

Hi, I'm a registered user of library.nu, and now I can't reach the page. I would appreciate it so much, if somebody could guide back to this page.

Thanks beforehand, I am pursuing a career in Finance and Economics, and I really need the support from this site.

El Neri said...

hi Will!
Can you help a desperate social sciences student. im working on my bachelor degree paper, and it is impossible to find out some materials in my country.
Im working on public administration information systems.

Thanks in advance.
Best regards from Mexico

El Neri said...

by the way, i'm a registered user

Deya said...

Hey!
I have been been desperately looking for other websites that distribute free textbooks after library.nu closed down (?!). However, no website is as good as that. :-\

Will you please send me an email about the change of url if at all such change happens?
It will be much appreciated.

D.
rebel.deya@gmail.com

Andy2701 said...

http://gigapedia.info/ ...... try it

Shreya said...

I'm desperate here. I have my undergrad finals in two months, and the books I need are impossible to find in India. The few copies in libraries are never available, and I can't order them from abroad on account of the expense. Please, please, could some help me. Please tell me how to be able to access library.nu and download ebooks( email me at deadenedthrone@gmail.com). I'm a registered user, by the way. Please, please please help me. I would be ever so much grateful.

Alexandra Aco said...

I absolutely love library.nu and thank you, thank you for the tip.
Just saved a med student's life!

wary.reader said...

The problem seems to be bigger than the usual "can't log in" complaint you see everywhere. It looks like they're trying to go legit to avoid getting the megaupload treatment (or, as they've stated elsewhere, perhaps to temper the legal troubles they're in). At any rate, it *seems* like you simply cannot use it as you/we used to be able to. The "workaround" doesn't work anymore, so obviously they've caught on.

Debbie said...

So is library.nu no longer a downloadable site? The only thing it seems to do is give reviews and send you somewhere else for the book.

Deya said...

Thanks a bunch, Andy! You're a saint!

Hafiz_bd said...

thanks Andy :)

Begum said...

hey - like many other social scientists, I am in need of the uses of library.nu as well. Especially since I live in Turkey we lack the library resources to obtain most of the books via library loans as well. I would really appreciate tips to figure all this out!!
THANKS! begumb@msn.com

meba said...

hi, I am a PhD student in tears over the lost of library.nu. can you email me as well? meba@walla.co.il
Thanks!

Little John said...

I am another PhD student and since I don't have a good research funding my work depends on library.nu. I would highly appreciate if you could let me know what to do as well.
arbhm@yahoo.com

Hamdy shabeeb said...

try this link

http://gigapedia.info/lnu.html

and then click library login

Rahat said...
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Rahat said...

Andy2701 you are a true champion! Thanks a million buddy! :)

Diego said...

Now it seems that uploading books to library.nu is disabled

Lodovico Settembrini said...

Thank you Andy, my life was terrible during these blackout days!

no-one said...

Hey guys, I'm in desperate need for your help to get back to library.nu,would appreciate any help
my email: nisreen7n@gmail.com

many thanks in advance

Mony & Chris said...

could somebody please email me the new link... I was registered user... but can't find them :o( PLEASE!!! monika_good@hotmail.com

El Neri said...

Andy, Thanx!
U're a real hero!!

For those who are asking the link, here it goes again:

http://gigapedia.info/


Best Regards from Mexico!

help said...

Thanks Elneri

But that link doesnt seem to work either
is there any other link , we can use
desperately need some books!
HELP!
my email- parfait456 at yahoo dot com

Thanks in advance!!!!!!!!!!

lt_sh said...

You have just provided a great service to human kind. Thank you sir!

jzone dotcom said...

It's BAAAACK!!!!

El Xolote said...

its not back, now you get redirected to some weird open library, which is crap! I am/was also a registred user, PhD Student and pretty desperated. If someone has a viable solution, please...

perezxolote at googlemail dot com

zeb said...
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bk said...

Hey, the library doesn't work. But I need books - and desparately so. Help pleaseeee.

bk said...

Help please.

ajlopez said...

Today, Feb 14th, library.nu redirects to google books

And gigapedia login doesn't recognize existing account, isn't it?

Any confirmation? Workaround?

Henrique Taunay said...

I was registered in the "old" library, but now I no longer can login. When I give the "forgot my password" process a try I am informed that my e-mail is no longer registered...

Anyone with luck using the library? If possible, please contact me at htaunay at googlemail dot com with instructions or any other kind of help. I was a big fan of the community and I'm curious/worried about what may have happened.

Thanks in advance, and good luck to solve whatever problems the library may be facing!

Mike said...

I rechecked the gigapedia.info link and found that I could not log into library.nu anymore. I suppose it means that (a) either the library.nu that we all knew is dead, (b) or the admin is planning something else. I'll wait and see what happens in the next few days. I would be really sad if library.nu as we know it disappears.

No workarounds as far as I know. I've tried using the recover account facility but it doesn't recognize my email address. I'll be visiting the site (from time to time) this week and see what happens.

A. R. Diaz said...

People, it is official. Library.nu is shutting down. That is the reason why registered users can no longer log in (their accounts are no longer recognized). A sad day for public information and knowledge. All this thanks to the publishing industry.

ophelias said...

I'm mourning :(

zeb said...

Does anyone know of any viable alternatives out there?

Also, since all of those files are still in the cloud somewhere, aren't they bound to show up somewhere? If so, is there anyway to monitor that possibility?

Thanks, Zeb

Choroxronoesperida said...

Devastated, how am I going to finish my PhD? Any suggestions for similar sites?

Unknown said...

I am a graduate student and have been a subscriber and contributor for library.nu for a long time, and I will really, really appreciate if any of you saintly people can email me the link. Thanks a bunch in advance. d.samik@gmail.com

Tony said...

I need the link too, please. I'm a Ph.D student and English professor in Costa Rica, and Library.nu really helped me get stuff I can't get here or that is way too expensive.
tonyget@gmail.com

LeftWithout said...

This sucks! Where am I to go now? i need help. jasonemailname@yahoo.com
please

Joy said...

What the hell !!! All those precious books are gone now !!!!!!

Lilia said...

Please, help! Have the same problem as people above. my e-mail: lilia.pank@gmail.com

Anita said...

Same for me, this is a tragedy!!
Any alternatives?
If anyone knows anything, please email me at anita.van.horn()gmail.com

Anita said...

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gigapedia/289795884228?sk=wall

I found this...

gaea said...

Hi I am a research student and I desperately need to access library.nu

Could anyone pls mail me the new url?
gaea.haides@gmail.com

fonty said...

They are online now and need donations for supporting their legal fees

Lilia said...

fonty, how can we donate?
and i still can't log in.

Anita said...

Online where? I keep getting the Google Books site instead!

fonty said...

Login Via the gigapedia.info site. That is working. You can donate using the donate button on the left hand corner

Henrique Taunay said...

Still can't find the donate button here, and still can't login. =/

Anita said...

Me too, I can´t log in...

"unable to login, check username and/or password are entered correctly".

:__(

A. R. Diaz said...

People re-read the comments!!!!!!

"The website is shutting down due to legal shit from the publishing industry :(, no futher comment" - email response from library.nu admin

Hard to replace Library.nu. But a decent alternative:

http://gen.lib.rus.ec/

A. R. Diaz said...

People re-read the comments!!!!!!

"The website is shutting down due to legal sh*t from the publishing industry :(, no futher comment" - email response from library.nu admin

Hard to replace Library.nu. But a decent alternative:

http://gen.lib.rus.ec/

Майя Младенова said...

I am really very sorry for library.nu.

I happen to live in a country where professional literature is difficult to get and extremely expensive, the newest books in the field I am interested in are not translated or imported. Bureaucracy is huge and if you order something (at Amazon for example) you can spend a day releasing it at the customs office.

Library.nu was a good way to bypass all difficulties. I hope the other site you have mentioned here is as good as it.

If anyone knows other decent places, please write at my personal e-mail address.
I am interested mainly in psychoanalysis, mental health, social work, philosophy.

Also, I have downloaded quite a number of books mainly psychoanalysis and psychotherapy from library.nu, if anyone needs them perhaps I could be of help.

A. R. Diaz said...

Two articles which may be of use about the shut down of library.nu:

http://www.domainsentral.com/2012/02/16/global-publisher-alliance-forces-pirate-ebook-sites-offline/

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/international-publisher-alliance-shuts-down-piracy-site.html

Unknown said...

I am really sad too...whats been happened to library.nu..........please give the link if one have it on my email id.... udayan.karnatak@gmail.com

Fernando Soares said...

rip lnu....
Can you believe it? The single best thing ever made available in the web. True democratization of knowledge... But the wolves were closing in. Let alone their huge profits of the last quarter. All I can say is: thank you library.nu. For a brief, but wholesome moment, I was free. I have faith there is a new breed of warriors that will will carry the flame on.

pino said...

Libry.nu is gone. I am very grateful for the mention of the Russian site, which is a truly good alternative.
But what about the Chinese site? I cannot figure out the URL. Can you help,please
pucci@unisi.itr

Orale said...

Hey, Pino What is the russian site? Thanks in advance. Does anybody knows here good sites as it was Gigapedia/Library.nu, please emal; oralea1@gmail.com

Kailash said...

Can anyone help me. I was using library.nu for my work and now I am at sea. I cannot afford to buy all the books I want. Is there another site like that. Any help would be most useful. luta2012@yahoo.com

Juzasu said...

Help please! email juzasu@gmail.com

1486 said...

Hi, could someone please tell me where to find the textbooks I need? (desaxce@math.u-psud.fr)

tsela said...

Hi, I'm from Manila and without resources like those provided by library.nu. Could you please tell me about other alternative sites?
tsela_marco@yahoo.com

Mike said...

The website that I currently use for book hunting is ebookee.org The main difficulties I have with the site are: (1)it's hard to do a search by author, and (2) only some download links work. You you need to spend more time looking and testing download links.

systemhippie said...

try http://bookfi.org

annef said...

Could believe it when I saw "rip lnu"! It was a life saver for my assignments! But I'm grateful I found some answers here...thanks peeps!

mshmsh said...

Dear Friends, I will be so grateful if anyone can send me an alternative URL for library.nu, Best regards. My email is meroone2000@gmail.com

Fredo said...

Folks,

Would you please provide the current web address of Library.nu
I urgently need some engineering books on nuclear plant.

jafaf2@gmail.com

Thank you in advance

Steve Solun said...

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I have a blog that will solve almost all your problems with studies, all I need is that you will share it.

Here is the address: shareinfoblog.blogspot.com

You will find there a lot of useful stuff, links, tools and more.
Just use the search and the categories.

kelurahan-gembirakata said...

Would you please send me the new address of Libary.nu?

Now when the gen.lib.rus.ec is down, I don't know where to go to find good ebooks. Thanks.

Here is my email: kelurahan.gembirakata@gmail.com

Unknown said...

library genesis is down . I don't know why. Please help me as i want some books for my phd....please....
my email id is udayan.karnatak@gmail.com

Ergün Akgün said...

please help me too

ergun.akgun@usak.edu.tr

Abin Chakraborty said...

library genesis down as well.please help and let me know about alternative sites.thanks a million!

abin_chakraborty@yahoo.co.in

A. R. Diaz said...
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misounwf said...

Could you please send the same information to me as well? We need free knowledge (or, at least, free research for knowledge).

Thank you

themarquis said...

Hi Everyone!

could someone help me to get the new lnu url?

please email themarquis1944@gmail.com.

thanks a lot-I'm in desperate need of some titles!

eduedix said...

i need the new url as well,

please mail the link to the following email:

eduedix AT gmail DOT com

mohamed said...

please i need your help, thanks in advance , i am working on my MBA and i canmt find sources
dr_maem@yahoo.com

ahasverus said...

If you still send the new url to desperate students, i'd be glad to obtain it. Thanks in advance :
amongwareth@hotmail.com

rai said...

Dear fellows
please help me to findd the books
my email id is masimrai@gmail.com
Asim

EIS said...

So what has happened to the OLD library.nu?

http://library.nu/lnu.html

NS said...

Kindly send me the alternate link for library.nu. I am a phd student and need help desperately my email is svyogi@gmail.com thanks very much for your help

Jessica Chang said...

hi there, not sure if this is still working, but please help me out with the link as well! jechng@gmail.com
thanks in advance!

Professor Brainy said...

Please I need the new URL too. My email is ursultan1@gmail.com

Unknown said...
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Steve Bison said...

Same as above: donator, long time user, phd student, ready to contribute : bdubsair@gmail.com.

Fernando Gavronski Guimarães said...

The same. Please mail me: gavronskiguimaraes@gmail.com . Thank you very much!

VitorGrando said...

Could you send me? vitor.grnd@gmail.com

WebGlider said...

Can I get the new url as well? zaphod234@yahoo.com

WebGlider said...

May I have the url as well; I am in need for research. Thank you.

xirex7 said...

Could I also have url. I would greatly appreciate it xirex7@gmail.com

vit said...

Is there a working alternative to library nu ? I have been a registered user and donator and have lost all hope since, I would very much appreciate, if anybody can sugggest a link to a new place that works for books.. thanks a lot. my email is javit@email.cz

vit said...

I was a donator and registered user to Library nu and found great information, can you perhaps send me also the link to a new place where to find all that wonderful books again? thank you, my email is najv@email.cz

buscon said...

Hi,
i also need another source of books for my PhD!
Please send me an email to:
wallacechemical@gmail.com

Thanx!

Hell Rza said...

need it as well
mbejai@gmail.com

Lula said...

I really need your help. I live in Argentina and the books I need are impossible to find here. The few copies in libraries are never available if they have them, they don't import them in the bookshops and I can't order them from abroad on account of the expense that means bring books into my country. Please, please help me!! I really need to get my master degree to be able to access library.nu and download ebooks( email me at lubrignolo@gmail.com). Please, please please help me. I would be ever so much grateful.

no-one said...

I'm a PhD student and desperately need references. Would you kindly send me any alternative source for academic books.
my email is: nisreen7n@gmail.com.
Thank you

rugga said...

The same, please! osiol1972@o2.pl

THX!

Donny Goodman said...

I contributed to library.nu and was saddened to see it go. Can you e-mail me the new link at donnygoodman@yahoo.com? I research abstract algebra. Thank you very much.

James Smith said...

there are new alternative to library.nu, checkout legalreads.com with one million ebooks and nice search

Yibeltal Getachew said...

bookfi.org is working to get some books. But it's incomparable with library.nu

A said...

Can someone send me the new link to acces library.nu? apemartin@chek.com Thanks