My question isn't really related to TCS itself, it's more about technical and informational equipment of a computer scientist.

There is a website SafariBooksOnline by O'Reilly Media where anyone can read lots of books about IT online for a per-month payment. That's why you don't need to buy expensive books if you want just to run through a chapter and look through the content briefly. And you still can read it all if you feel yourself comfortable reading large book from a screen being constantly connected to the Internet.

Are there such websites with TCS books or science books in general?

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not aware of a single repository, but the closest is in fact the set of answers to this question: cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/3540/… $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Jan 7 '11 at 22:08
  • $\begingroup$ No there isn't. And that makes it very cool startup idea! ;-) $\endgroup$ – Pratik Deoghare Jan 7 '11 at 22:23
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, Suresh, I've seen this question before, but that list has just a small number of books, mostly drafts actually. $\endgroup$ – Mkaz Jan 7 '11 at 22:28
  • $\begingroup$ TheMachineCharmer, yes, it surely does. But, as I believe, wide science publishing relations are crucial for a startup like this. And that's what stops me from evolving this idea, actually. $\endgroup$ – Mkaz Jan 7 '11 at 22:33
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    $\begingroup$ Google Books allows reading (a limited number of pages) from lots of books, which is very useful. An if you are interested in a specific topic, then there are usually some online references listed on the Wikipedia page for the topic. $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Jan 7 '11 at 22:36

Try http://gen.lib.rus.ec/

It has a relatively big selection of CS books, including lots of TCS books.

A few random examples:

Knuth (TAOCP and many other books): gen.lib.rus.ec/search?req=knuth&nametype=orig

Cormen, Leiserson, Rivest, Stein, Introduction to algorithms: gen.lib.rus.ec/search?req=cormen+leiserson+rivest+stein+introduction&nametype=orig

Sipser, Introduction to the theory of computation: gen.lib.rus.ec/search?req=sipser&nametype=orig

Hennessy, Patterson, Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach: gen.lib.rus.ec/search?req=hennessy+patterson&nametype=orig

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    $\begingroup$ There's some question as to whether this site has legal copies of books are not. $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Jan 12 '11 at 21:10
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    $\begingroup$ @Suresh: Legal in which jurisdiction? $\endgroup$ – Dmitri Pavlov Jan 12 '11 at 22:59
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    $\begingroup$ in the US, I imagine $\endgroup$ – Suresh Venkat Jan 13 '11 at 3:35
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    $\begingroup$ @Suresh: Well, TCS SE is a very diverse community and certainly not everybody here lives or resides in the US, hence I don't see any reason why we should emphasize the US laws. $\endgroup$ – Dmitri Pavlov Jan 15 '11 at 4:45
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    $\begingroup$ I have started a meta discussion: meta.cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/879/… $\endgroup$ – Kaveh Jan 15 '11 at 6:02

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