There are two types of free magic books: 1) those in the public domain; and, 2) those that are not in the public domain but are being illegally copied and distributed by some evil person or persons.
We shy away from illegal anything and especially illegally copied books. Perhaps it is our day job as an Intellectual Property attorney that has biased us against counterfeit and knock-offs.
Maybe if we were not so aware of how authors and inventors dedicate so much of their lives to creating the property others hope to steal, we would be all for the theft. Maybe not, though. It still seems wrong.
But what are you going to do, the cynics ask. Everyone steals and books cost too much and they are only stealing a single, virtual copy and they pay for almost every book other than this one and they were raised by Honey Badgers so they don’t really care.
We know readers of Inside Magic are not like Honey Badgers.
Our readers do care about doing right and avoiding doing wrong. Our readers are good people.
That’s why the news from The Conjuring Arts Research Center is so exciting to us.
The Conjuring Arts folks are launching their perfectly timed summer reading program today.
At Conjuring Arts we believe that some of the greatest secrets of magic can only be discovered by reading great books. Every week until the end of the summer we will be giving away a FREE! PDF download of a great magic book. The book will be available for download for absolutely free from the beginning until the end of the week at which time a different free book will be given in its place. Please enjoy reading these classics of magic and spread the word about our FREE Summer Reading Program with your friends!We promise that if you download each book each week you will have the beginnings of a Great magic library.
We just downloaded their fully bookmarked edition of The Expert at the Card Table. It looks great and even has line and chapter numbers like you would find in a bible for those who treat the book like the bible of card magic that it is.