1. The site was never meant to be purely for programming books. It says "free books for the intellectually curious" for a reason :)
2. Non free books are not allowed. That's where the flagging feature comes in. All those were added today, with the best of intentions, I'm sure - and I'm truly grateful to whoever did - but they have to go. Sorry people.
Open libra: http://www.etnassoft.com/biblioteca/?search_term=&books_...
(I took the liberty to pre-filter the link with "programming books in english", since there are a lot of them in spanish on this site)
At the submissions levels you (usually) get, you could even review all submissions before they are published.
and scala staircase 1st ed http://www.artima.com/pins1ed/
After more browsing, the topics list at http://hackershelf.com/topics/ looks like it could take some more care: probably case insenitiveness, maybe fix the strange duplication of letter topics (or does it have some hidden purpose?), maybe put a list of quicklinks to letter-sections on top.
Just some feedback from a random Internet guy ;) the site does a very good first impression!
With Amazon (not sure about other providers), there's a risk of remote wipe. E-books are often not really yours, and DRM makes that doubly true. The risk of loss with e-books is significantly higher than with physical books.
There are a lot of house fires, any one of them could destroy your book collection (even the smoke damage alone can make then unusable) - same with floods, vandalism, etc.
How many people have lost their e-book collection due to remote wipe? And if you're going to talk about the person who was wiped by Amazon, it's worth checking the conclusion of that story...
Technical references are (imo) best served as HTML, second best as E-books and the dead-tree variant is by far the worst.
Novels and other collector's items are different.
You can mostly fix this with Calibre though (with DRM at the moment at least, it could always change). As I said in another thread, when I connect my Kindle it downloads all my new books and strips the DRM. And my Calibre library gets backed up.
Especially in this case, that limitation doesn't apply.
I definitely wish I could draw in my ebooks though, since some things can't be put into words.
- it's nice to stare at something other than a screen
- like the touch, feel and smell (?) of physical books
- books carry some history, they age and change..
(that coffee stain reminds me of my time as a student)
However these are more due to the current tech around ebooks more than a fundamental property of them.
Another useful feature might be an RSS feed that gets updated when a book is added.
I want to recommend Eric S. Raymonds books for those that haven't read them.
The site should be more upfront about its intent.
There are still many free (beer) texts on there.