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Distributed in a variety of formats such as .pdf and .mobi, books are wads of text intended for educational or entertainment purposes.
Audiobooks (sometimes called Talking Books) are audio files in which a well spoken person reads the book to you, similar to a podcast.
Once upon a time books were distributed physically using dead trees (similar to toilet paper). This is rare now. For a more pleasant reading experience and decreased eye strain, you might look into acquiring an e-reader with an electronic ink display.
- Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell (1948)
- A dystopian novel that tells the history of a society controlled and spied by a person named Big Brother, who may not even exist.
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979)
- A comedy that follows the life of Arthur Dent, the last surviving human followed by the demolition of the planet Earth. It's the first in a series.
- Neuromancer by William Gibson (1984)
- One of the first, and widely regarded as the best cyberpunk novels.
- Underground by Drefuss, Suelette (1997)
- Covers the hacker culutre in Melbourne, Australia during the late 80s/early 90s. Much of the research was done by Julian "Mendax" Assange well before his Wikileaks days. Available online for free.
- Free as in Freedom 2.0 by Williams, Sam and Stallman, Richard (2010)
- Biography of Richard Stallman as edited by the man himself. Available online for free.
- Free Software, Free Society by Stallman, Richard (2010)
- A collection of essays by Stallman covering a variety of topics around free software. Available for free from the Free Software Foundation.
- Cypherpunks by Assange, Julian with Applebaum, Jacob, Muller-Maguhn, Andy and Zimmerman, Jeremie (2012).
- A discussion of computer security in contrast to traditional government and law enforcement with a focus on publicly available cryptography as a game-changer.
- We Are Anonymous by Olson, Parmy (2012)
- History of LulzSec, with the Stratfor and HBGary hacks and a brief history of 4chan. Audiobook available.
- You are Not So Smart by McRaney, David (2012)
- 46 ways your lizard brain messes with your INTJ master race brain. Explains many internet discussion phenomenon. Audiobook exists.
- No Place to Hide by Greenwald, Glenn (2014)
- Inside the Snowden files and the story of their disclosure.
- When Google Met Wikileaks by Assange, Julian (2014)
- Deconstructs a meeting between Assange and Eric Schmidt and discusses possible wider motives which Google could be pursuing.
Magazines were similar to books, but lighter. They often comprised of many short articles which spanned only a page or two out of a 50-100 page magazine. They were distributed weekly or monthly and would often include sections such as "news" and "letters to the editor". It was possible to "subscribe" to a magazine, where a subscriber would pay for a year's worth of magazines in advance and have them home delivered.
Magazines were replaced by websites and comment sections on the web. They have died a very slow death, relying on technological illiterates to continue buying them.
Some magazines still exist in an online-only format, but tend to update daily rather than weekly/monthy and are "magazines" in name only.
- The MagPi (2012 - ongoing)
- A monthly zine about the Raspberry Pi which includes news, projects and code snippets. Available free from the MagPi website.
- Wired Magazine (1993 - present)
- Previously the best magazine for tech people by tech people, it had a sharp decline in the mid-2000's and is now mostly an advertiser's shitposting medium. The Wired website is better than the print publication.
- Commodore User (CU) (1983 - 1990)
- One of the longest running tech magazines, CU was a magazine for Commodore users. It specialized in Games, upcoming systems, and had large amounts of user submitted articles. A short-lived spin-off was created in the 1990's, named CU Amiga, and was solely for Amiga users.
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