(As posted by Namtillaku - who reposted HugHug's info, who posted it to...you get the idea)
Here's an IRC how-to. Use this, go there, and you'll be in heaven...
How to get books from IRC:
If you're on Windows, download mIRC from
Mac users might want to try ircle, which seems quite popular: http://www.ircle.com/
The following instructions apply to mIRC, as I don't have a Mac:
Download and install mIRC.
I don't remember exactly how the initial screens go...you probably need to give yourself a name.
There are two steps to connecting: a server and a channel.
You want an IRC server called Undernet.
Choose the Undernet server nearest to you
Once you are connected a dialog box will pop
This is the "channels folder".
Each server carries a number of channels: not all
are listed here.
Enter bookz into the text field and click on Join.
You will then join the channel and a window will appear.
The new window (titled #bookz) consists of three
-------------- BOOK CATALOGUES --------------
Say there is a person labeled @ddddddd on the right
hand side channel member list.
to get his list of books. They will be sent to you as a file.
When ddddddd is ready to send the file to you, a
popup dialog will ask you if you want to receive a file.
Say yes or accept (whatever it is)
When the transfer has finished, you will find the file on your hard drive, probably in the C:\Program Files\mirc\download directory
Open the file up.
You should see some instructions in there, and a lot of lines starting with !ddddddd
These lines are the commands you need to get each
book. An example line is:
!ddddddd Pratchett, Terry - disc 15 - Men at Arms.zip --------------------- 206Kb
Sometimes the file size is not listed.
Copy the command line for the book you want (do one
book at a time until you have a bit more experience)
It's better if you don't copy the file size and all those hyphens, e.g. just copy
!ddddddd Pratchett, Terry - disc 15 - Men at Arms.zip
Paste it into the command line in mIRC and hit enter to submit the command.
After a few seconds, you will see a message saying that your request is in a queue.
When the server is ready, it will send you the file and you will see a dialog box asking if you want the file. Accept and wait until the download finishes.
-------------- FINDING BOOKS / SEARCHING --------------
There's another way to find books instead of looking
in the book catalogues.
Say we are looking for the Terry Pratchett book "Carpe Jugulum"
In the command line, enter @find jugulum (it's case-insensitive)
Each server that has a file with the word jugulum in will tell you the file names.
Towards the top of the screen, buttons will appear
with server names on. Click on a button to see a new window with
that server's answer in.
(Note that the servers can take up to a minute to reply fully.)
An example of a window's contents is:
<ddddddd> I have 2 match(es) for Jugulum Copy
and Paste !Dunamai FILENAME to the channel to request. (0/3) Free
slots, 1 Queues.
<ddddddd> !ddddddd Terry Pratchett - Carpe
Jugulum v1.0.lit -----339Kb
<ddddddd> !ddddddd Pratchett, Terry - disc 23 - Carpe Jugulum.zip----264Kb
If one of those files is the one you want, follow the instructions.
Copy the line and in the main window paste it into the command line. e.g. I would copy and paste:
!ddddddd Pratchett, Terry - disc 23 - Carpe
into the main command line.
Note: I find copying to be a bit odd in mIRC.
You have to go left to right to highlight the text you want and, *while* you are pressing the mouse button, choose CTRL-C on the keyboard. CTRL-V will do the paste.
-------------- OPTIONS --------------
There are lots of options. I'll discuss two.
All these "accept file" dialog boxes are annoying, so we'll make mIRC accept all files automatically.
In the toolbar towards the top of the screen, click
on the DCC Options button.
An options popup will appear.
On the right hand side, - in the "On Send Request" section, choose "Auto-get file" and "minimize" - "If Auto-get and file exists", choose Resume.
You may find sometimes that you cannot download certain files.
By default mIRC blocks certain filetypes. pdf, amongst others, is included in those filetypes.
To disable this, in the DCC Options window,
choose DCC - Folders, and in the DCC Ignore section,
choose Disabled in the drop down list.
(Note: this will mean that any type of file can be received, including executable programs. If you find an executable that you haven't asked for in your download directory, then delete it.)
-------------- TALKING TO PEOPLE --------------
Enter something into the command line, hit enter,
and everybody else will be able to see that text.
People are usually helpful. However, please remember that they are under no obligation to you. In fact, they may not actually be physically at their computer, so don't be surprised if nobody answers.
If you double click on a name on the right hand side list, you'll be able to talk directly to that person in a new window.
I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you've been invited to, as it's considered impolite.
-------------- RULES --------------
-------------- CONTRIBUTING --------------
If you want to give a file to one of the servers
(good for you), click on the DCC Send button in the
Enter the name of the server (or choose it from the
drop down list if you've used it before).
From the file panel below, choose the file you want
Click on the send button.
Almost all the servers auto-accept files, so the
transfer will start within seconds.
It is preferred if you archive the file (zip, rar
etc) before it is sending.
This speeds up the transfer as the file is smaller.
Please don't give the servers files that they already have. It just means more work for them.
-------------- ANYTHING ELSE --------------
DO NOT immediately turn around and repost what you've found in IRC in ABEB.
The majority of what you find on IRC originated in ABEB at one time or another, and would simply be wasting space that could go towards NEW releases.
Or, to make it a little more clear, Occupational_Z once put it this way in ABEB.d
" If the shit is on IRC, why post it here? This ain't kindergarten, you get no points for *sharing*."