What happens when you need a file of some sort and you want to find it online, but nothing right turns up on Google?
While Google is a typically good source for research, it is not very good for finding specific files. Using ebooks as an example in this article, search engines are filled with all sorts of junk, from ebook retailers to scam websites posing to have the ebooks threatening to fill your computer with malware.
As a university student, I occasionally find it helpful to have a PDF of my textbook handy. There are laptops as well as small mobile gadgets capable of reading PDF files. While I could scan every single page of the book I have, and then save the images to a computer, to convert every single page to a single PDF file, the task requires both a lot of time and software.
What to try…
I’d recommend trying these sources. They are listed in order of its ease of use.
In our example, you’d still need to search just as you would have done in Google, inputting into the search field a combination of: book name, author, edition.
Depending on what you look for, what you input in your search will vary:
- Pros: good selection of files, quick to download
- Cons: many false matches when searching, download limitations, higher chance of malware
- Search Tools: Shareminer, Filestube, more tools via del.icio.us
- Pros: smaller selection of files, no download limits, low selection of files
- Cons: speeds vary depending on popularity of files
- Search Tools: isohunt, mininova, Torrentspy, many more via del.icio.us
- Download Tools: uTorrent, Azureus, many more
- Pros: large selection of files, no download limits
- Cons: requires advanced setup (fetch servers, port forwarding), speeds vary depending on popularity of file,
- Tools: eMule, eMule Enhanced Editions
This is a general guide. Your method will vary depending on what you are looking for.
If you are unsure of how to use any of the above services, there are many guides online to teach you how to use them. In this case, Google’s your friend 😉