Updated: PDFs For Free

This is basically an updated version of the earlier post from March 2012.

I haven’t searched for new PDFs, but I did wind up adding a few related to comics due to the way a certain site presented them.

Unlike the original one, I’ve alphabetized this list (although it might seem idiosyncratic due to collection sites) by publication title.

Note that some of these will be scans of zines once in print — that’s history! All of these are legitimately free. No piracy. And all of these links lead to a website where you will find the download link. Direct-download links tend to mess people up.

Art/Design
Note: Some layouts are double-page, requiring landscape mode to view
PDF-Mags.com — list of art and design magazines
aahsome magazine — “A platform for the indie Indian, showcasing creativity in different forms”
ARTiSTiK magazine — art and design
BATTERIEnext magazine — design; look carefully for PDFs
BEAST magazine — 2001-2002, design, typog­ra­phy, art, illus­tra­tion, pho­tog­ra­phy
bedifferent magazine — design
bitFUUL magazine — art and photography
Brain Zone magazine — art, illustration
Castle magazine — design, illustration
CG Chosen Characters magazine #3 — free sample
CG Chosen Environments magazine #5 — free sample
CG Chosen Fantasy magazine #2 — free sample
CG Chosen Monsters & Creatures magazine #4 — free sample
CG Chosen Robots magazine #6 — free sample
CG Chosen SciFi magazine #1 — free sample
Design&Life magazine — art, design, photography
Destructed — art magazine
Develop 3D — product design and development, registration required for free PDFs
DIF magazine — Portugal, design, photography
Drexter magazine — art & culture
Font magazine — typography and design
Foto DNG — Spanish, photography, photographic hardware and software [might be web-only now]
GizMag — art, design, interviews
Kromag — design, interviews
Linked magazine — Spanish, art
The Most Beautiful CG Girls magazine #2– free sample
Multilink magazine — design, art
Natural Selection magazine — Australasian art
On|Off fanzine — fashion, photography
Phase magazine — art, design
pict*re magazine – photography
Pornofritti magazine — street art, graffiti
Proteus magazine — art, design, photography [see popout right sidebar]
Render Out! magazine — Spanish, 3D character modeling for film and more
REVOLUTIONART International Magazine — graphic arts, videos, music, modeling, and world trends
Salissures — international street art, graffiti
Trash magazine — street art, graffiti
TXTnein magazine — art, photography [site problem at post time]
Ursonate Fanzine — Spanish, art, music, culture
Variant magazine — arts and culture, from Scotland [suspended publication]
Veer catalog — yep, a catalog; try it.
Vektorika magazine — Vector Graphic Design
VernissageTV magazine — art, photography
Visual Streets magazine — street art, graffiti
VIZIOMAG — art, design
Yuck ‘n Yum — illustration, text
No longer free: Blur magazine — photography
No longer available: And I Still Miss You — photography, illustration
No longer available: Burlesque fanzine — Spanish
No longer available: Daheim magazine — 2005-2010, art, photography
No longer available: fanart magazine — gorgeous illustrations by fans
No longer available: FF3300 — art, design
No longer available: Five To Nine magazine — art, design
No longer available: Pandemia fanzine — Spanish
No longer available: Picame magazine — 2008-2011 design, choose PDF version (others are Flash)
No longer available: RideTheBeast — street art, graffiti; PDF starts with issue 4
No longer available: Scrapture magazine — Japan, design, photography
No longer available: Woosta magazine — artists

Books
Crimetime — crime fiction magazine, free PDFs start with issue 51
Deadly Pleasures — mystery fanzine, issue 54 is free

Comics
Abyss #1 1970 — print scan, link inside text at end
Always Comes Twilight #1 1976 — print scan, link inside text at end
Anomaly #1 1969 — print scan, link inside text at end
Anomaly #2 — print scan, links inside text at end
Anomaly #3 1971 — print scan, links inside text at end
Anomaly #4 November 1972 — print scan, link inside text at end
Baycon 1 program — print scan, link inside text at end
Boule de Gomme fanzine — French, fan-produced comics; gorgeous stuff
Charlton Bullseye 4, 5: 1976 — print scan,link inside text at end
The Collector #13 — print scan, link inside text at end
The Collector #s 14, 15 — print scan, links inside text at end
The Collector #s 16, 17, 18, 19, 21– print scan, link inside text at end
The Collector #28 1973 — print scan, link inside text at end
The Collector #29 — print scan, links inside text at end
Comic Crusader #10 1970 — print scan, link inside text at end
Comic Crusader #s 11, 12 — print scan, links inside text at end
CPL #11 1974 — print scan, link inside text at end
Epitaph #1 1975 — print scan, link inside text at end
Fan Spectacular 1981 — print scan, links inside text at end
Fantastic Fanzine 11 1970 — print scan, link inside text at end
Fantastic Fanzine #12 1970 — print scan, link inside text at end
Fantastic Fanzine Special 2 — print scan, links inside text at end
F.O.O.M. #s 1, 2, 3– print scan, link inside text at end
Hot Stuf’ #1 Summer 1974 — print scan, links inside text at end
Infinity #2 1970 — print scan, link inside text at end
Infinity #5 Summer 1973 — print scan, link inside text at end
Jim Steranko Portfolio 1970 — print scan, link missing at post time
MCR #4 — print scan, links inside text at end
Mindworks #1 1974 — print scan, link inside text at end
Nimbus #3 Sept 1977 — print scan, link inside text at end
Panorama #1 — print scan, link inside text at end
Phantacea #1, 2 1977 — print scan, links inside text at end
Phase-1 1971 — print scan, links inside text at end
Reality #2 1971 — print scan, link inside text at end
Scream Door #1 — print scan, link inside text at end
Seraphim #5 1970 — print scan, link inside text at end
SPACE Anthology fanzine — 2010, 2011, 2012 issues available, fan-made comics
Spasm 1973 — print scan, links inside text at end
The Star Slayers #1 through 13 — print scan, links inside text at end
This is Legend #1 — print scan, link inside text at end
Venture #5 1976 — print scan, links inside text at end
Voice of Comicdom #17 1971 — print scan, link inside text at end
Zander Cannon sampler — print scan, link inside text at end
No longer available: Comic-Con Annual — comics fandom
No longer available: KarmaComics fanzine — Spanish, fan-produced comics
No longer available: Nova — Portuguese, from Brazil, comic book

Games – Screen
Digital Press — videogames fanzine
Games Tribune — Spanish, gorgeous magazine, click on cover for download link on next screen (“Revista Games Tribune número ## sin comprimir”)
League of FansLeague of Legends fanzine {site down at post time]
MMOZine — mass multiplayer game online fanzine, free sub available
PCGZine — PC games fanzine, free sub available
PS3Zine — PlayStation 3 fanzine, free sub available
ReVival — English, from France, homebrew on retro consoles, one free sample issue available
360Zine — Xbox 360 fanzine, free sub available
No longer available: Paradox — video game fanzine published from 1992 to 1996
No longer available: exp. minus infinity — games fanzine

Games – Role-Playing
Chronopia World — various Chronopia fanzines
d6 Magazine — Open D6 RPG fanzine
Into the Deep — Traveler RPG fanzine
OD&DITIES — original Dungeons and Dragons fanzine
Various PDFs for the Talislanta RPG
Tamar, 4th Edition Unofficial FanzineTalislanta RPG
Third Imperium fanzineTraveller RPG, print scans
TrollZine fanzine — Tunnels & Trolls RPG
Warp Rift — magazine for Battlefleet Gothic [site down at post time]

Music
A variety of UK punk rock print scan zines
Archive of 1990s Rave zines
List of classic Metal print fanzines — scanned PDFs
Documentation of the Music Underground, Before the Internet — PDFs of musician interviews
Adrenalin fanzine — heavy metal rock, PDFs of print zine are free
Beastiemania — scroll down for Blister Fanzine, print scan of 1981 fanzine
Bristol Archive Records — print scans, various music fanzines
The Burning Up Times — Stranglers band fanzine
CMS ProductionsChristian Musician and Worship Musician magazines [now at Issuu and Scribd]
Eartrip magazine — jazz, improvised music and the outer reaches
EleKtrogene fanzine — French, electronic music
Fan the Fire magazine — music, games, style
Garage — music, issue one, two, three, four, five, six
Heavy Metal PT fanzine — Portuguese [site error at post time]
Indecent Exposures Fanzine — print scan, early Canadian punk rock fanzine
It’s Alive! fanzine — UK music and arts
KC-INFO — punk rock fanzine
L-Ektrica fanzine — music, English and Italian versions
THE MICK — from “the longest-running Goth and Post-Punk writer in the world”
Punks Is Hippies — print scans, 1980s punk rock fanzines [links now lead to Issuu]
Rhodeways/Terra Incognita — the Happy Rhodes fanzine, 1994-1998
Riot on the Rocks — rock music fanzine [site down at post time]
Rockin’ Bones fanzine issues 1-7 – The Cramps band, print scans
Schizo Fanzine — DIY punk rock fanzine
Sonic Death fanzine
The Spooks Book — fanzine of The Spooks band
United Reggae magazine — Reggae worldwide [click cover to get PDF link]
Vox — 1980-1983, print scans, punk, electronic and progressive music, underground poets, performance artists and fringe entities
No longer available: Dirt fanzine 1978 — punk rock print scans
No longer available: Fanatico Fanzine — German, pop, punk, bubblegum, rock music

SF/F (print/movie/TV)
eFanzines.com: science fiction fanzines on-line — huge list with browse by cover
Argentus — Hugo-nonimated fanzine
Boldly Gone — print scans of three 1970s Star Trek zines, two of which are erotic
Chunga — fanzine
Critical Wave — the European SF&F Review
The Drink Tank — fanzine
eFNAC — fanzine
File 770 — fanzine
Fish Fingers and CustardDoctor Who fanzine
Futurian Observer — print scans, Australian fanzine, 1940-1942
The HubTorchwood fanzine
Infinite Frontiers: Star Trek fanzine PDFs
Leer — print scans, published 1956 or 1957
Myth Makers: RetrospectiveDoctor Who fanfic previously published between 1991 and 2001; January 2009 is free
Peon — print scans, published 1948 through 1957
Planetary Stories — four issues of pulp magazine available
Plotka fanzine — SF, issue 26 begins PDF version
Prolapse and Relapse — fanzine
SFcrowsnest — fanzine
Some Fantastic — fanzine
Southern Enclave — prints scans, Star Wars 1984-2000 letterzine
Steampunk Magazine — steampunk!
The Tides of Time — Oxford University Doctor Who Society
Time Space Visualiser (TSV)Doctor Who fanzine
WhotopiaDoctor Who fanzine
Wibbly Wobbly Timey WimeyDoctor Who fanzine
No longer available: The Collins MausoleumDark Shadows fanzine
No longer available: The Eyepiece fanzine — Doctor Who

Sports
Fossa Dei Leoni — Italian, print scan, fanzine for Associazione Calcio Milan football team
Leeds United Fanzines — print scans
REDNews — free sample of Manchester United fanzine
TAL (Tiocfaidh Ar La) fanzine — Celtic football, back issues in PDF
Under The Boardwalk — the original FC United of Manchester fanzine, sold-out print issues are free as PDFs

Religion
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — various PDFs
Jehovah’s Witnesses — various PDFs

Other
Agricultural Research Magazine — farming, from the USDA
Anarchist Voices magazine — politics, anarchism
Annals of Improbable Research magazine — only one sample is free now
Carolina Public Health magazine — health, from U of NC
Commodore Free — fanzine for Commodore Computer owners
Coastal Services — bimonthly magazine for the nation’s coastal resource managers, from the NOAA
Connection Magazine — New Age, health
Convergence — magazine of engineering and the sciences at UC Santa Barbara, click covers for download link
Fallopian Falafel — Jewish feminist zine, in English, a few issues are free
Fanzines Plus — collection of erotic Star Trek (K/S) and Wiseguy fan fiction
Federations magazine — what’s new in federalism worldwide
Feminist Africa — Africa, feminist political studies journal
Findings magazine — general medical science, National Institute of General Medical Services
Firemail and It’s Just This Little Chromium Switch Here — Firesign Theater fanzine
Firezine — Firesign Theater fanzine
Five Dials magazine — content varies
Focus newsletter — from the Institute for Research on Poverty
Four-Alarm FIRESIGNal — Firesign Theater fanzine
GP Week — motor racing
How to Publish a Fanzine — Mike Gunderloy of Factsheet Five fame
International Workers Association magazine — anarchopolitics
The Invisible College — New Age
LA 13/14 fanzine — Spanish, various subjects
LEDs Magazine — by email, lighting technology
LeXo fanzine — French, by a lesbian in Algeria
Lumpen magazine — a few issues are free PDFs
New Moon Girls magazine — free sample issue
Ovi magazine — 2004-2010, politics, news
The Proto Labs Journal — product prototyping, rapid injection molding and CNC machining
Public Collectors — list of different topic PDFs, some of historic value
The Pulp Magazines Project — print scans of various pulp magazines [click on cover for link]
Rails magazine — Ruby on Rails programming [site error at post time]
RC Soaring Digest — radio-controlled model flying
Re:Porter — Canada, Porter Airlines magazine
Scooter-Forums — three odd miscellany (music?) fanzines
Society for the Study of American Women Writers newsletter — twice each year
Spike magazine — 600 pages, interviews, features And reviews
Traditional Roofing Magazine — home improvement, with other roof-related PDFs [click on cover for link]
Yipe! fanzine — costumes, cosplay [see right sidebar]
No longer available: Indie Travel Podcast Travel Magazine — travel
No longer available: International Alliance of Women — text newsletter
No longer available: Stanford Business magazine — each issue has a free PDF, click cover for link, from Stanford University
No longer available: Virginia Tech magazine — the school
No longer available: Westerns… All’Italiana! — spaghetti western fanzine

Science
National Academies Press — free PDFs (see press release)

Special
Issuu — many PDF magazines and fanzines I didn’t list here because they are available there, registration required
MartView — uses an app to view massaged free PDFs. See library.
No longer available: Liga Fanzine — Brazil, Portuguese-language fanzines

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2 responses to “Updated: PDFs For Free

  1. E.T.

    For those interested in scientific articles there are a few more options for peer reviewed articles.
    For all sciences:
    – The non-profit Public Library of Science (PLOS): http://www.plos.org
    For biomedical and life sciences:
    – The NIH’s PubMed central repository: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc
    – Springer’s BioMed central: http://www.biomedcentral.com
    In physics and related sciences there is also the non-peer reviewed arXiv repository://arxiv.org

  2. Wow. Look how many are no longer available one year later.

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