Many PCT books available in PDF

An amazing number of PCT or PCT-relevant publications are available in PDF on one or another of the z-library sites, uploaded anonymously, from B:CP to MSOB, by way of LCS II and LCS III, a sociology book that Kent co-edited, Rick’s methodology text, and a SF anthology that contains a (very dated) story by Bill. Familiar titles and surprises.

In a way this is an expansion on the theme of this 2014 CSGnet post from Adam Matic.

In November 2022, many Z-Library domain names were seized by the U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation. One can still use the Tor, ITP, and other related networks. (More in Wikipedia under Z-Library.) SciHub and other sites have collections. Anna’s Archive (by ‘Anna Archivist’) openly flouts the legal challenge.

Nexus has created a sort of meta-bot with which users can create their own download bot to access the collection.

Looking in Anna’s Archive, I came across this IEEE advice to students from another control engineer named William Powers.

-powers2009.pdf (1.3 MB)

Who knew? Lest someone should be confused while browsing pirate libraries.

Just so no one gets confused, the William Powers mentioned in the above message under powers2009.pdf is not our PCTer William T. (Bill) Powers, but rather another person named William F. Powers.

Z-library appears to be back with the following DMCA disclaimer:

Dear all, most of the website is community built, users are uploading hundred of books every day, which makes really hard for us to identify copyrighted material, please contact us if you want any material removed.

Looks like “We can’t control what people put here. We’ll swing the mallet if you want to play whack-a-mole”.

A caution: the portal now pops up a demand to install a dubious browser extension. If you take the bait, here’s information on removing it.