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Anna's Archive
Official logo of the Anna's Archive website
Anna's Archive homepage (June 30, 2024)
Type of site
Search engine, digital library, file sharing
Founder(s)Anna Archivist, Pirate Library Mirror[1]
URL
CommercialNo
RegistrationOptional
LaunchedNovember 10, 2022; 20 months ago (2022-11-10)[2]
Current statusActive

Anna's Archive is a search engine of shadow libraries. It was founded in direct response to law enforcement efforts to close down Z-Library in 2022. It describes itself as a project that aims to "catalog all the books in existence" and to "track humanity's progress toward making all these books easily available in digital form".[3][2]

Anna's Archive mirrors Library Genesis, Open Library, Sci-Hub and Z-Library, and has scraped (downloaded the entirety of) the library catalog WorldCat.[4][5][6][7] Anna's Archive says that it does not host copyrighted materials and that it only indexes metadata that is already publicly available.[3]

As of July 1, 2024, Anna's Archive includes 30,445,640 books and 100,357,126 papers.[8]

History

Anna's Archive was founded by the Pirate Library Mirror, a team of anonymous archivists, in direct response to law enforcement efforts to close down Z-Library in 2022.[1][3][5][9][10]

On October 3, 2023, Anna's Archive was reported to have scraped WorldCat, the world's largest book metadata database. Anna's Archive says that the scrape "marks a major milestone in mapping out all the books in the world" and that it allows them to "work on making a to-do list of all the books that still need to be preserved".[6][7] In response to the scrape, Anna's Archive was sued on January 12, 2024 by OCLC, one of the maintainers of WorldCat. OCLC says that the scrape was the result of cyberattacks on its servers and that Anna's Archive allows public download of scraped data.[11] The only named defendant in the lawsuit denies any involvement with Anna's Archive or in hacking WorldCat.[12]

On January 2024, Anna's Archive was blocked in Italy due to a copyright complaint by the Italian Publishers Association.[13] On March 2024, Anna's Archive was blocked by some internet service providers in the Netherlands due to a request by BREIN, an anti-piracy group.[14]

On July 1, 2024, the .org mirror started to redirect to the .gs mirror.[8] On July 11, 2024, Anna Archivist has reported on their subreddit that the .gs mirror is not functioning, and to use the .se mirror, or the new .li mirror instead; the .org mirror also stopped redirecting.[15]

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Van der Sar, Ernesto (November 19, 2022). ""Anna's Archive" Opens the Door to Z-Library and Other Pirate Libraries". TorrentFreak. Archived from the original on 2022-11-18. Retrieved 2022-11-19.
  2. ^ a b "Home". Anna's Archive. November 10, 2022. Archived from the original on 2022-11-10. Retrieved 2024-06-15.
  3. ^ a b c Manos, Leda (November 22, 2022). "Free Z-Library E-Book Download Search Engine "Anna's Archive" Launches Amid Arrests". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on 2022-11-23. Retrieved 2022-11-23.
  4. ^ Iyer, Kavita (November 20, 2022). "Anna's Archive: eBooks Search Engine Emerges After Z-Library Shuts Down". Techworm. Archived from the original on 2022-11-20. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  5. ^ a b Immanni, Manikanta (November 19, 2022). "Anna's Archive: A Search Engine for Finding Pirated Books Online". TechDator. Archived from the original on 2022-11-19. Retrieved 2022-11-19.
  6. ^ a b Van der Sar, Ernesto (October 3, 2023). "Anna's Archive Scraped WorldCat to Help Preserve 'All' Books in the World". TorrentFreak. Archived from the original on 2023-10-03. Retrieved 2023-10-05.
  7. ^ a b "Kaizokuban kensaku enjin "Anna's Archive" ga sekai saidai no toshokan katarogu kara de-ta o shutoku, "sekaijū no subete no shoseki no hozon o mezasu" shisei" 海賊版検索エンジン「Anna’s Archive」が世界最大の図書館カタログからデータを取得、「世界中のすべての書籍の保存を目指す」姿勢 [Pirated search engine 'Anna's Archive' acquires data from the world's largest library catalog, aiming to 'preserve all the books in the world']. GIGAZINE (in Japanese). October 10, 2023. Archived from the original on 2023-10-10. Retrieved 2024-01-10.
  8. ^ a b "Home". Anna's Archive. Archived from the original on 2024-07-01. Retrieved 2024-07-01.
  9. ^ Lefurgey, Berthe (November 19, 2022). "« Anna's Archive » ouvre la porte à Z-Library et à d'autres bibliothèques pirates" ["Anna's Archive" opens the door to Z-Library and other pirate libraries]. TechTribune France (in French). Archived from the original on 2022-11-20. Retrieved 2022-11-19.
  10. ^ Stöckel, Marc (November 19, 2022). "Z-Library: Anna's Archive macht Schattenbibliothek durchsuchbar" [Z-Library: Anna's Archive makes shadow library searchable]. tarnkappe.info (in German). Archived from the original on 2022-11-19. Retrieved 2022-11-20.
  11. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (February 7, 2024). "Lawsuit Accuses Anna's Archive of Hacking WorldCat, Stealing 2.2 TB Data". TorrentFreak. Archived from the original on 2024-02-07. Retrieved 2024-02-11.
  12. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (April 16, 2024). "Key Defendant in Anna's Archive Lawsuit Denies Any Involvement With the Site". TorrentFreak. Archived from the original on 2024-04-16. Retrieved 2024-04-18.
  13. ^ Maxwell, Andy (January 4, 2024). "Silenzio! 'Anna's Archive' Shadow Library Blocked Following Publishers' Complaint". TorrentFreak. Archived from the original on 2024-01-04. Retrieved 2024-01-04.
  14. ^ Van der Sar, Ernesto (March 23, 2024). "Dutch Court Orders ISP to Block 'Anna's Archive' and 'LibGen'". TorrentFreak. Archived from the original on 2024-03-22. Retrieved 2024-03-23.
  15. ^ "We've been having issues with our .gs domain. Please use .se or .li instead. We've also refreshed our search index with new files, enjoy! : Annas_Archive". Reddit. July 11, 2024. Archived from the original on 2024-07-13. Retrieved 2024-07-13.

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