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Vintage Macintosh Books

Many people are not aware of the fact that there is a lot of vintage Macintosh books freely available elsewhere on the internet. A good complement for your vintage software found here at the Garden.

1) VintageApple.org Homepage
http://vintageapple.org/

With different sections:
• Macworld (1984-2005)
• MacUser (1984-1997)
• Mac Catalogs
• Softalk Magazine
• Vintage Mac books
• Misc Lisa info
• Mac programming books
• Apple Develop Magazine
• Mac Driver Museum
• Byte Magazine

Some sections of particular interest:

• Vintage Macintosh Book Library
http://vintageapple.org/macbooks/

Where you can find 314 books ranging from general introduction to the Macintosh computer up to detailed informations about different operating systems (from System 7 to MacOS9). Most of these classics are from the 80s and 90s. These books are in PDF format but can also be found in DjVu format (smaller file size) on the Internet Archive.

• Vintage Macintosh Programming Book Library
http://vintageapple.org/macprogramming/

Where you can find 158 books ranging from general considerations on programming the Macintosh up to detailed informations about different programming languages (BASIC, Pascal, etc). These books are from the 80s and 90s and in PDF format.

2) Internet Archive - Folkscanomy: Macintosh Books
https://archive.org/details/macbooks

Where you can find most of the books from the "Vintage Macintosh Book Library" and many others. The books are available in different formats (PDF, DjVu, etc).

3) Apple Macintosh Computer Repair Ressources
http://www.applerepairmanuals.com/

Where you can find Apples's service manuals for classic computers ranging from the Macintosh 128K up to the Mac mini early 2006. Manuals for other Apple products like the printers, monitors or iPods are also available. Sometimes they look like a PowerPoint presentation, sometimes like a real book. PDF format.

4) Bitsavers' Computing Archive - Apple/Mac folder
http://bitsavers.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/pdf/apple/mac/

Where you can find the original «Inside Macintosh» of 1984.

5) Asimov Apple II FTP Archive - Macintosh folder
ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/documentation/macintosh

This famous Apple II repository has also some unusual documents about the birth of the Macintosh, notably the papers of Jeff Raskin. PDF format.

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lilliputian's picture
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I have been very curious to find a book called "Disk Discovery Guide" that is mentioned on an insert from Public Utilities, which you could get for free if you registered the software with them.

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@ ndtronerud

Sorry, I have found nothing on Google, Bing or WorldCat with that chain of words. Are you sure it is the right title? Maybe that old book has never been on the market back then, so that there is no trace of it on the Net right now...

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Here is an image scan of the insert that mentions it:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b910g8cn8xweii7/Disk%20Discovery%20Guide%20Ins...

Disk Discovery Guide is definitely the correct name, although I'll concede that I wonder if the actual title may have differed from the one given here (or indeed if anyone ever even bothered to redeem it!).

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As per your document, the real title of this publication should be "Macintosh Technical Reference: Disk Discovery Guide". A very short research done on Google and WorldCat was inconclusive with these new keywords but I suggest you to make a more thorough research with some powerful engines (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, WorldCat, Library of Congress) to be certain. My assumption is however still the same, that this publication was probably only a booklet that has never been sold on the market back then.

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You were right about the title, I wasn't reading very thoroughly! I will have to see about visiting my alma mater to use WorldCat the next time I find myself in the area...

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Strange, "Fifth Generation Systems, Inc." and "Feral Interactive" games company use the same logo.

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Interesting! They're not exactly the same, but the similarity is striking. That being said, FGS was bought by Symantec in 1993, while Feral it seems was founded in 1996. Perhaps there was some inspiration!

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How can I download all the links(books) from archive.org?

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I will give you an example. Here is the page of «Macintosh System 7.5 For Dummies», possibly taken from VintageApple.org.

https://archive.org/details/mac_Mac_System_7.5_for_Dummies_1994

Look at the DOWNLOAD OPTIONS column at the right of the screen.

1) If you want ALL of these files, or some of them, click on TORRENT. This is a magnet link that will activate your torrent client.

2) Otherwise, click on SHOW ALL at the bottom of the list and then you will see on the next page every options available to the visitor. Size of the files is written at the right of the list.

https://archive.org/download/mac_Mac_System_7.5_for_Dummies_1994

Click on the file format of your choice and that's it.

Usually, PDF is the more convenient, DjVu is the more compact and JP2 is of the highest quality. Level of quality for all these formats may however vary from one book to another one. PDF is not always of better quality than DjVu and DjVu is not always more compact than PDF.

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And how about the vintageapple.org site.I want to download all the links at once to my Mac.How can I do this?

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Not easily and not automatically.

You would need to grab all the links on the pages, filter out all the non-download links (to other pages, email addresses, images etc.), then pull all of the remaining links into a download app like Monica, iGetter, etc.

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"I want to download all the links at once to my Mac.How can I do this?"

Simple, DON'T DO THAT. It is not ethical to take all the bandwith for yourself at the expense of that volonteer. I suggest you instead to...
1) Choose only the titles that you could really need when you need them.
2) Download books from the Internet Archive as well as VintageApple.org.
3) Ask to the person in charge of VintageApple.org if he agreed to a siterip and how to proceed. Giving a donation for his good work might be an excellent idea, BTW. There is a CONTACT ME link at the bottom of the homepage.