The Princeton Bitcoin Textbook Is Now Free Online

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On the Freedom to Tinker blog, Arvind Narayanan, a computer science professor at Princeton, announced yesterday:
The first complete draft of the Princeton Bitcoin textbook is now freely available.

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Download Marc Andreessen’s Influential Blog (“Pmarca”) as a Free eBook

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For years Marc Andreessen–the entrepreneur best known for launching Mosaic and later Netscape–ran a popular blog called “Pmarca” (apparently short for “Private Marc Andreessen”) where he dispensed wisdom on startups, business, investing and beyond.

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18 Stories & Novels by Neil Gaiman Online: Free Texts & Readings by Neil Himself

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Neil Gaiman might just be the most beloved fantasy author out there. He writes weird, twisted, exhilarating tales about hidden realities and the bizarre, fanciful creatures that live in them. His works, like Sandman, Fragile Things and American Gods, are pure escapism and a blast to read.

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Creative Commons Launches Its First-Ever Kickstarter Campaign to Write a Book About Open Business Models

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At Creative Commons, a lot of the work we do to support the commons is in the background. We write and steward copyright licenses that help fuel the open web. We help push through open policies at the government, university, and foundation level to increase access to academic, scientific, cultural and other types of content.

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Commuters Can Download Free eBooks of Russian Classics While Riding the Moscow Metro

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They say that Mussolini’s brand of fascism made Italy’s trains run on time. Meanwhile, it looks like Communists and Post-Communist autocrats made the morning subway ride in Russia something of a cultural experience.

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Download the Major Works of Jane Austen as Free eBooks & Audio Books

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Why does Jane Austen feel so much like our contemporary? Is it the way she has been appropriated by popular culture, turned into a vampish, modern consumer icon in adaptations like From Prada to Nada, Clueless, and Bridget Jones’ Diary? Do these candy-colored updates of Austen truly represent the spirit of the late 18th/early 19th century noveli

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Free eBook: Freud’s Couch, Scott’s Buttocks, Brontë’s Grave

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Worth a quick note: Every month, The University of Chicago Press makes available a free ebook, which you can read online. This month’s pick is Freud’s Couch, Scott’s Buttocks, Brontë’s Grave, by the University of Cambridge Classics professor Simon Goldhill, who doubles as the director of the Cambridge Victorian Studies group.

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Read the Lost Sherlock Holmes Story That Was Just Discovered in an Attic in Scotland

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In November, we presented for you a quick way to download The Complete Sherlock Holmes — not knowing that, a few months later, a lost Sherlock Holmes story, seemingly attributed to Arthur Conan Doyle, would be discovered in an attic in Scotland.

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Read 3 Stories from Haruki Murakami’s Short Story Collection Published in Japan Last Year

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Briefly noted: Last spring, Haruki Murakami released a new collection of short stories in Japan, roughly translated as Men Without Women. If past trends hold, this volume may never see the light of day in the States. But we may get to read all of the individual stories in the pages of The New Yorker.

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Download The Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe on His Birthday

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Edgar Allan Poe was born on this day 206 years ago. BoingBoing suggests celebrating Poe’s birthday with these Vincent Price wines. But seeing that the 2012 Raven Cabernet Sauvignon runs $75.00, we’re going to steer you toward something free.

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