This is a guide to acquiring ebooks from the IRC channel #bookz on irc.undernet.org
an IRC client that can accept file transfers. I recommend Pidgin http://www.pidgin.im For other options I suggest looking at alternativeto.net
1: Once you have your IRC client, join the channel #bookz on irc.undernet.org
2: Search for your book. There are two ways to do this:
a: You type "@search" followed by what you are searching for. This can be the authors name, the title of the book, or the name of the series. You will, assuming the search bot is working, receive a file transfer from SearchOok (the search bot) with a .zip file containing a .txt file containing the results of the search.
b: You type "@find" followed by what you are searching for. This can be the authors name, the title of the book, or the name of the series. This will return results from all the various bots in the chat, via private messages. This is inferior to using SearchOok's service, but sometimes SearchOok is not working, so you do what you have to do. If you use this method, and SearchOok is currently working, you will also receive a message from SearchOok telling you to use @search instead. He's a dick like that.
3: Once you have received your search results, type the resulting string of whatever book you want into chat, and the bot you are requesting from will serve it to you shortly. The string will look something like "!Poledra Andre Norton - No Night Without Stars (v3) [html].rar ::INFO:: 105.83 KiB" Anything including/after the ::INFO doesn't have to be included.
!Poledra is the name of the bot you are requesting from. The (v3) means the book was scanned with OCR, and manually edited. (retail) signifies a retail release (usually with any DRM removed). (rtf) (mobi) (epub) [html] etc are the ebook file format that the book uses. Sometimes the book will be in an archive (usually RAR) and the ebook format will be listed before the file extension, and sometimes it will be the file extension. Naming conventions vary, but you can figure it out.