All techies who rush to second hand book stores for computer books, desist and instead get on the information super highway to check out these sites.
WHILE IT is true that there is no such thing as a free lunch, there are quite a few freebies to be had on the net. Computer books are steeply priced and as the world of computers evolves faster than you can say "bits and bytes", the free books online are a boon. So happy surfing and update your programming skills among other things.
Inform IT's free technical library
http://www.informit.com/itlibrary/: This is about the best free online library of computer and technical books on the web today. Their books cover all areas of information technology. Free registration is required and subject areas include database, networking, programming, web technologies, hardware, operating systems and using the internet/web.
Windows IT library
http://www.windowsitlibrary.com/: This a free online technical reference library of free books on a variety of topics for the professional. Most of the titles are not new releases, but still make great reading on your lunch break or downtime. As a bonus, the site features comprehensive book reviews of newly released titles from a variety of publishers.
The computer technology documentation project
http://www.comptechdoc.org/: This site contains computer documentation and information in various technical areas including mark up and web languages, operating systems, hardware, programming and networking suited for both beginners and experts. There are various tips, editorials and web links in several categories.
Tutorials and manuals
The iUniverse online bookstore provides a `Browse before you buy' link for most of their books. You can freely browse the full text of any book that they have for sale online. These books are composed of computer manuals, industry standard specifications and electronically distributed computer-programming guides. They include open documents, collections of industry specifications and standards and a collection of the best open source documentation on the Web.
http://library.cs.tuiasi.ro/: The site covers many IT areas including free books, guides and manuals. This is one of the better sites and topics covered include Assembly, C, CORBA, Database, Java, Java Script, Perl, PHP, Tcl, Visual Basic, Web programming, Networking, and Security.
The open book project
http://www.ibiblio.org/obp/: This site includes books like `How to Think Like a Computer Scientist', `An Introductory Computer Science Text Book using either Java, Python, or C++'; `Getting Down With...', a collection of quick and easy tutorials on a wide range of computer science topics; `Python for Fun', a collection of case studies using Python to teach programming concepts to intermediate students and `The Linux Cookbook: Tips and Techniques for Everyday Use'.
Big technical library
http://freebooks.by.ru/: The site offers a good collection of books and documents on programming, networking, operating systems, web design and graphics online and archived for download. The site features more than 500 books with pictures. You could use the search form on the left side of the home page.
The internet public library
http://www.ipl.org/reading/books/: The online texts collection contains over 17,000 titles that can be browsed or searched. As of July 2001, 19 free books were returned from using `programming' as the search term and 95 free books were listed when `computer' was entered.
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