This summer, along with most of the Spring, I’ve been going through the substansial volumes of An Anarchist FAQ. Yes, it has taken me a while to read it all but it’s generally condensed stuff that takes a while, not to mention that the whole thing clocks easily at around 1000 A4 pages.Fortunately, my trusty e-reader has helped me go through it without lumbering boxes of printed A4 around.
So how good is the AFAQ? Very very good. Aside from clarifying a lot of common misconceptions about the movement, it is also an invaluable resource on common criticisms from more authoritative sources, such as economists or Marxist-Leninists. Section C which counters capitalist economics is particularly informative and a great resource against the annoyingly frequent right-“libertarians”. It’s for such reasons that I’ve created a handy firefox keyword that quickly searches through the AFAQ for a topic I’m discussing and need somewhere to link to.
Even though I’m still not through with it, I’m nevertheless, finally, quite close. Once I’m done, my next target will probably be Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid for which I’ve heard the best things about. This will probably fall outside of the scope of this meme but hey, who cares.
And in closing, let me tag some people to let us know of some interesting stuff to read:
As the AFAQ is preparing to release the second volume in print, The division by zer0 is proud to present the ebook versions for your enjoyment
I’ve been in contact with the collective behind the Anarchist FAQ in order to transform this excellent piece of work into a format that people can enjoy in portable devices as well as their monitor or as a book. Since I’m using a bebook, having it in such a format is much more comfortable than what I’ve used now (basically downloading the independent pdf files) and converting it so will hopefully allow more people to read it.
So now, with the revision of the AFAQ for Volume 2, I’ve been sent a copy with the new modifications in a single file that I could work on easier. And after a day of hacking at the template, I’ve finally completed the work and version 13.1 is for the first time available in ebook formats. I’m going to send the files to Iain as well of course but until they are updloaded to their site, feel free to download the version you prefer from the below links.
pdf – In 9x12cm page size (exact for bebook) and including full index and Table of Contents
rtf – For those of you that prefer it in something simple
mobi – Conversion was not great but index is available. If you can make something better, let me know and I’ll host it instead.
Of course there are more formats that are available for e-readers such as prc, fb2 etc but I don’t have a converter for everything so these will have to wait until someone with the correct tool takes over. I’m using the amazing ebook manager Calibre myself which has a lot of conversion options so I can only create what it allows to. For the rest, I’m afraid you’ll have to do it yourself. However feel free to use my master copy which is in odt format. This should hopefully allow you to easily turn it to whatever you prefer.