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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 as in Freedom 2.0 by Williams, Sam and Stallman, Richard (2010)
- Biography of Richard Stallman as edited by the man himself. It was available for free from the FSF website but is 404ing as of March 2016.
- 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.
- 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.