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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.
- 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 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.
- We Are Anonymous by Olson, Parmy (2012)
- History of LulzSec, with the Stratfor and HBGary hacks and a brief history of 4chan. Audiobook available.
- No Place to Hide by Greenwald, Glenn (2014)
- Inside the Snowden files and the story of their disclosure.
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.