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Old 05-28-2003, 12:57 PM   #1
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Question Peer to Peer File Sharing ebooks?

I realize it may be frowned upon (as well as hazardous to your hard drive), but has anybody used any of the peer to peer file sharing networks (such as Kazaa) to locate recent ebooks? I stumbled upon the first four Harry Potter books some time ago (from an extinct site), and would love to find out what else is out there. Is it worth joining?

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Old 07-11-2003, 12:06 PM   #2
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Well, it depends on what you mean by "worth joining". Most of these ebooks are not legal and those people who offer the download most certainly break laws of copyright. From the recent developments with P2P file-sharing services like Kazaa and RIAA’s announcement to actively fight people who offer illegal downloads, I'd be careful if I was you and don't want to get into trouble.
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Funny. I saw this story on Reuters yesterday about German readers impatience with getting the new Harry Potter translated.

Not that we condone this kind of stuff, I can understand their frustration!
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Old 07-11-2003, 04:02 PM   #4
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You should use Kazaa K++ instead of the original Kazza.

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Kazaa K++ v2.40 is now finally released! Kazaa K++ is an enhanced Kazaa (KMD) with a lot of new features only available with K++. Some of the features are

(New!) Block RIAA and other organizations from connecting, downloading and uploading to you.
(New!) K++ default options have been changed to protect your privacy. By default:
Bad IP ranges, eg. the ones from the RIAA and others, are now blocked automatically by K++ thanks to the PeerGuardian IP range file. K++ blocks all these IP ranges from ever connecting to you (both TCP and UDP), and the connections are closed immediately without them getting a single bit from you.
No-one can get a listing of ALL your files through a "Find all files from this user" command (you're still able to share, though).
Port 1214 (aka Kazaa's port) is disabled so no-one can scan your computer to see if you're using Kazaa K++.
Your search history isn't saved in the registry.
All options can easily be changed should you not like the default options.
(New!) Kazaa K++ now has a Windows XP look
(New!) Upload view, download view, and search view show windows icons for each file name instead of the old blue icons.
(New!) Several Kazaa bugs have been fixed, including the serious Packet 0' Death FastTrack network vulnerability
(New!) Supports multiple users installation. All users can use K++ without a problem. The installer sets the appropriate permissions on folders and registry keys.
No spyware/adware installed, and no ads displayed.
Faster downloads
Unlimited searches
Participation level constant at 1000
(New!) The toolbar buttons right below the main menu now have gripper bars so you can move them to other places to get more room for eg. the web browser or your upload/download view.
(New!) You can now re-download a file you've previously already started to download instead of getting a message such as "You've already started downloading this file. Check download view.". The reason you want this option is if you've cancelled a file (eg. by accident), and want to download it again. Previously, this was impossible, but now you can download it again.
(New!) K++ options can now be easily changed while K++ is running, and without having to restart it in order for the changes to take effect.
Includes cool addon tools such as KL Extensions, AVI Preview, K-Dat, K-Sig, Speed Up and KaZuperNodes.
Available in many languages: english, german, french, italian, dutch, and czech
And more...

Kazaa K++ includes the following:

K++ v2.40
KL Extensions (v0.55)
K-Sig (v1.2.0 Build 5)
K-Dat (v1.2.0 Build 22)
AVI Preview (v0.21 Alpha)
Speed Up (v2.0.1)
KaZuperNodes (v1.4.0)
Kazaa resource sections based on Paul's Kazaa versions
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Old 07-21-2003, 11:34 PM   #5
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To be honest there really isn't much on p2p in the form of pdb files. Alot of huge pdf's. I didn't find a single pdb book on Kazaa, found a couple on eMule, and a few on Bearshare. Your best bet is binary ebook newsgroups or websites. Memoware.com / Gutenberg Project / Blackmask.com are good places for some quality reading materials.

For some good commercial books check microsoft's reader home page every friday for 3 new books for free throughout the whole summer. I found this just in time, got there the day before they were set to remove Bill Bryson's A Short History of Nearly Everything, a book I was keenly interested in and am currently reading.
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