I come from a part of the world where neither I nor my institutional library can afford to access certain eBooks, not because of any imposed restriction but because of a lack of funds. It is quite frustrating at times.

How/who can I request for an eBook if that is not available with me or my library?

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    Some authors put the draft versions of their books in their websites. You may be lucky to catch the one you're looking for in this way.
    – user41207
    Commented Jul 17, 2022 at 8:56
  • or an article? -- Do you know about SciHub? Also, the preprints of many articles on Math, Physics (and many other subjects) are available on arxiv.org Commented Jul 17, 2022 at 9:38
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    Also see academia.stackexchange.com/questions/158575/… (not all of the sites mentioned in the link are legal, though). Commented Jul 17, 2022 at 9:41
  • Are you a student? Professor?
    – Buffy
    Commented Jul 17, 2022 at 12:31

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Libgen for textbooks, books, etc.

Scihub for research papers.

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    Note that both of them have been accused of copyright infringement. There are ethical considerations.
    – Buffy
    Commented Jul 17, 2022 at 13:24
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    @Buffy The authors of articles within academic journals often receive no money for their work. I implore you to read sci-hubs website, as they talk about the ethical motivation behind the site. sci-hub.se/medicine Unrealistically high paywalls are driven by publisher greed and prevent those who are less privileged (doctors in poorer countries, college students) from having access to valuable information. Commented Jul 17, 2022 at 13:42
  • What about textbook authors? I suppose they don't deserve any royalties for their work?
    – JRN
    Commented Jul 18, 2022 at 13:15

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