May 28, 2022

More Than 1 Million Items Available From The Internet Archive Now Accessible With Bit Torrent

Brewster and company announced the new way to access IA material today.

From an Internet Archive Blog Post by Brewster Kahle:

The Internet Archive is now offering over 1,000,000 torrents including our live music concerts, the Prelinger movie collection, the librivox audio book collection, feature films, old time radio, lots and lots of books, and all new uploads from our patrons intoCommunitycollections (with more to follow).


BitTorrent is the now fastest way to download items from the Archive, because the BitTorrent client downloads simultaneously from two different Archive servers located in two different datacenters, and from other Archive users who have downloaded these Torrents already.


The Archive is helping people to understand that BitTorrent isn’t just for ephemeral or dodgy items that disappear from view in a short time. BitTorrent is a great way to get and share large files that are permanently available from libraries like the Internet Archive,” said John Gilmore, Founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Of course, this new way of accessing/downloading IA material is IN ADDITION to a number of other options.

More Coverage From the BitTorrent Blog and TorrentFreak.

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