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  • Free Chess Books.

    The following are online free Chess Books/Articles in the free Domain.
    http://xroads.virginia.edu/~HYPER/POE/maelzel.html *(link approved)*
    Yes that Edgar Allen Poe. Why buy the book. The ebook version sells for
    $2.29. At the following site, the material is free. To copy use the C key
    after you go over the article, and paste in to a Word processor program.
    The article is on the Turk. I recall giving an Oral paper on the subject in College. I used Poe's article, and a Dover book on the subject.

    Free Chess material in PDF and other:
    Free Chess e-Books *(link approved)*
    (A beautiful collection of old chess books from the 19th Century).
    The Ed Lasker book is all over the net for free. Problem, The diagrams
    are x's.
    Free Chess Download and other Downloads from Chess Central *(link approved)*
    (Several chess books for free in ebook form. (You need Chess Base light).
    Chessville - Misc. - Downloads *(link approved)*

    The following is included. Probably should be included as a new thread.
    The Russian/Soviet Chess Archives. No articles.
    Games in PGN, by Matches, Soviet Matches, and much more
    in ebook format. A beautiful collection.
    Main Page - Gutenberg *(link approved)*
    Project Gutenberg has 20,000 books and is growing. Search for the chess books. They are all free.
    Search on Titles > Results - Project Gutenberg *(link approved)*
    The above includes Henry Bird's Chess History and Ed Lasker's books.
    ibiblio - Folk Art *(link approved)*
    The Public Library and digital archive. (Reference to chess sites).
    Gutenbergartners, Affiliates and Resources - Gutenberg *(link approved)*
    A reference from Gutenberg on their partner websites. 100,000 free titles.
    Category:Chess books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. *(link approved)*
    Soviet Chess
    *(link removed, google reports this as a malware website)*
    In contact with the Website people, the project is on going.
    Included and new USSR Championships. If you do not know the games down load. Botvinnik, Boleslavsky, Smyslov, Bronstein, and much more
    *(link removed, google reports this as a malware website)*
    Last edited by Perseus; 09-24-2008, 11:36 PM.

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    Chessville - Free Downloadable eBooks - electronic chess books *(link approved)*

    looks worthy of inspection imo
    Last edited by Perseus; 09-24-2008, 11:36 PM.
    I float like a pawn island and sting like an ignored knight

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    • #3
      The following link has some complete chess books and magazines you can download for free. Most are really old but there’s some interesting stuff of historical interest..

      chess - Google Book Search *(link approved)*
      Last edited by Perseus; 09-24-2008, 11:37 PM.
      The Hoppers

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      • #4
        Originally posted by JacksonWShowalter View Post
        Most are really old...
        Exactly. As for legality, Google Books I'll trust. It and most of the other links give you dated chess books for which copyright has expired (at least in the US and a few relevant other countries). Which means this thread with ebook links gets to stay.

        A word though, I don't want to see anything illegal in here

        EDIT: Forum rules are revised and now include e-books specifically.
        Last edited by Perseus; 09-24-2008, 11:37 PM.
        Have you read the Forum rules?

        Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
        Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
        Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
        Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
        Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
        Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
        Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
        --Red Dwarf

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        • #5
          For more free chess books:
          Category:Chess books - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia *(link approved)*
          I believe wikipeda or google got involved in a project to do all books into electronic format. But they received a complaint from a publisher, indicating that many books were still copyrighted and could not be copied.
          For new chess books in DJVU, PDF, or Word format see
          *(link removed, suspected copyrighted material)*
          Last edited by Perseus; 09-24-2008, 11:42 PM.

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          • #6
            Thanks a lot for the links guys.
            "Life is too short for chess." - Byron

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            • #7
              Woa. I seem to have just realised that you can get books on PDF for free. I have some questions. What does PDF mean? And can someone please give me some useful search tips? I mean when I google my 60 memorable games I get something like amazon asking if I want to buy it (I know someone has already posted my 60 memorable games, I was just using that as an example). Thanks in advance for any help.
              "Let me only get there," he had said with the fatuousness of Crusoe over his big boat, "and the rest is but a matter of time and energy."
              --Thomas Hardy

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              • #8
                There are three or more formats used by publishers of EBooks.
                1. Microsoft Word.
                2. DJVU;
                3. PDF

                Defined:
                Portable Document Format (PDF) is a file format created by Adobe Systems in 1993 for document exchange. PDF is used for representing two-dimensional documents in a manner independent of the application software, hardware, and operating system.[1]
                Each PDF file encapsulates a complete description of a fixed-layout 2-D document (and, with Acrobat 3-D, embedded 3-D documents) that includes the text, fonts, images, and 2-D vector graphics which the documents comprise.

                DJVU See:
                What is DjVu - DjVu.org

                DJVU is a free download for Window, Macintosh & Linux computers.
                Last edited by Perseus; 09-24-2008, 08:23 PM.

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                • #9
                  Warez are intellectual property (software/music/movies/tv-series/tv-shows/etc) either through download, serial, or crack in a manner that breaks its copyright and/or license. You are not allowed to give/link to/ask for/advocate/provide information for obtaining warez.

                  I'm sorry to say that I firmly believe free online versions of Fischer's "My 60 memorabele games" to be in this category. Which is why I have deleted the links. Neither does aforementioned russian website appear very legit, distributing free ebook copies of books as recent as 1991...
                  Have you read the Forum rules?

                  Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                  Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                  Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                  Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                  Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                  Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                  Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                  --Red Dwarf

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                  • #10
                    Another book is available:
                    *(link removed, suspected copyrighted material)*

                    I must have over 50 books in PDF, DJVU, or Microsoft Word
                    on Chess.
                    Last edited by Perseus; 09-24-2008, 11:43 PM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Malbase View Post
                      Another book is available:
                      (Chess book) - Train Like a Grandmaster - Alexander Kotov.PDF *(link removed, suspected copyrighted material)*

                      I must have over 50 books in PDF, DJVU, or Microsoft Word
                      on Chess.
                      This one I will allow, provisionally...

                      EDIT: The provision is nullified as per the revised rules.
                      Last edited by Perseus; 09-24-2008, 11:43 PM.
                      Have you read the Forum rules?

                      Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                      Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                      Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                      Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                      Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                      Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                      Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                      --Red Dwarf

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                      • #12
                        Ok thats all fine. I understand about trying to follow the rules. Just two more Questions. Is the afore mentioned book Logical Chess by Chernev available legally? I'm guessing yes since you haven't deleated it. And, since I was just using Fischer's book as an example, can you give me some guidelines to get legal electronic copies of chess books that are also free? I mostly want to just see what books are like. Everyone here always talks about chernev so I would like to look without having to buy every book in the world. They be so expensive. I be tired of buying chess books.
                        "Let me only get there," he had said with the fatuousness of Crusoe over his big boat, "and the rest is but a matter of time and energy."
                        --Thomas Hardy

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lanced View Post
                          Ok thats all fine. I understand about trying to follow the rules. Just two more Questions. Is the afore mentioned book Logical Chess by Chernev available legally? I'm guessing yes since you haven't deleated it. And, since I was just using Fischer's book as an example, can you give me some guidelines to get legal electronic copies of chess books that are also free? I mostly want to just see what books are like. Everyone here always talks about chernev so I would like to look without having to buy every book in the world. They be so expensive. I be tired of buying chess books.
                          By my knowledge it isn't... And it's very tough legal territory to establish what is and what isn't legal here.

                          Here's the legislation I think is relevant:
                          • Anything copyrighted prior to 1923 is in the public domain. (Practically speaking, this includes anything published prior to 1923, since publication without copyright put the work straight into the public domain. But note this possible exception in some western states for some 1909-1922 foreign works that were not published in the US before 1923.) Due to a 20-year copyright extension enacted in the US in 1998, copyrights from 1923 or later that are still in force will stay in effect through 2018 or longer.
                          • Certain works copyrighted in 1923 or later may already have entered the public domain. In particular, works published in the US before 1989 without proper copyright notice, and works published in the US before 1964 whose copyrights were not renewed, may have entered the public domain. However, works from 1923 or later that were originally published in countries outside the US may still be copyrighted regardless of whether they were printed with proper notice or renewed. To research whether a book's copyright has been renewed, or needed to be renewed, see this article.
                          • Works never published prior to 2003 (and never registered for copyright prior to 1978) are now in the public domain in the US if they are by authors who died more than 70 years before the most recent New Year's day. (For 2008, this means authors who died before 1938.) Although this new rule does not put any previously published material into the public domain, it may allow some long-lost manuscripts and collections of letters to be published online as "new" online books
                          Trying to make sense of that and applying it to this thread is a nightmare as you can imagine. Which divides online ebooks in 3 categories:
                          - Books for which copyright has expired.
                          - Books that are published with the permission of the author.
                          - Books that violate copyright.

                          I'll take a look and then pass judgement on this thread.
                          Have you read the Forum rules?

                          Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                          Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                          Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                          Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                          Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                          Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                          Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                          --Red Dwarf

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                          • #14
                            um. ok. thanks.
                            "Let me only get there," he had said with the fatuousness of Crusoe over his big boat, "and the rest is but a matter of time and energy."
                            --Thomas Hardy

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                            • #15
                              I think this is the best way to go about this.


                              - I consider books published before 1920 free of copyright.
                              I do not consider e-books made from these books warez.
                              - I consider books published after 1920 with permission from the author free of copyright.
                              I do not consider e-books made from these books warez, provided it can, within reason, be established that permission has been given.
                              - I consider all other books copyrighted.
                              As such, e-books made thereof are classified as warez.

                              I'll edit this thread now...
                              Have you read the Forum rules?

                              Queeg: Pawn to King Four. Holly: Horsie to King Bish Three.
                              Rimmer: It's called a "knight," actually, Holly...
                              Queeg: Knight to King Bishop three. Holly: Queen to Rook Eight. Checkmate.
                              Queeg: That's an illegal move. Holly: Oh, sorry. Queens don't move like that. I was thinking of poker.
                              Holly: Cleudo? You could be Colonel Mustard.
                              Cat: If it's any help, I've been studying his tactics and there's a pattern emerging: Every time you make a move, he makes one too. *Winks to Holly*
                              Holly: *Winks back* Thanks, Cat.
                              --Red Dwarf

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