Non-free books are books of which the content is not in the open domain. Regardless of this, information in some of these books is essential for designing appropriate technology. As such, in this article, you can find a list of essential non-free books, sometimes even foreseen with a book report.

List of essential books[edit | edit source]

On general sustainability[edit | edit source]

  1. A Sand County AlmanacW Aldo LeopoldW (1949)
  2. Silent Spring Rachel CarsonW (1962)
  3. Unsafe At Any SpeedW Ralph NaderW (1965)
  4. The Population BombW Paul L. Ehrlich (1968)
  5. Operating Manual for Spaceship EarthW R. Buckminster Fuller (1969)
  6. The Limits to GrowthW Donella H. Meadows, Dennis L. Meadows, Jørgen Randers and William W. Behrens III (1972)
  7. Small Is BeautifulW E.F. Schumacher (1973)
  8. GaiaW James Lovelock (1979)
  9. The Turning PointW Fritjof Capra (1982)
  10. Our Common FutureW (‘The Brundtland Report’) World Commission onEnvironment and Development (1987)
  11. The Dream of the EarthW Thomas Berry (1988)
  12. A Fate Worse Than DebtW Susan George (1988)
  13. Staying AliveW Vandana Shiva (1989)
  14. Blueprint for a Green EconomyW David Pearce, Anil Markandya and Edward B. Barbier (1989)
  15. For the Common GoodW Herman Daly and John B. Cobb Jr (1989)
  16. Human Scale DevelopmentW Manfred Max-Neef (1989)
  17. Changing CourseW Stephan Schmidheiny and Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) (1992)
  18. The Ecology of CommerceW Paul Hawken (1993)
  19. MaverickW Ricardo Semler (1993)
  20. When Corporations Rule the WorldW David C. Korten (1995)
  21. BiomimicryW Janine M. Benyus (1997)
  22. Cannibals with ForksW John Elkington (1997)
  23. The Hungry SpiritW Charles Handy (1997)
  24. Banker to the PoorW Muhammad Yunus (1998)
  25. The Crisis of Global CapitalismW George Soros (1998)
  26. Factor FourW Ernst von Weizsäcker, Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins (1998)
  27. False DawnW John Gray (1998)
  28. Development as FreedomW Amartya Sen (1999)
  29. No LogoW Naomi Klein (1999)
  30. Natural CapitalismW Paul Hawken, Amory B. Lovins and L. Hunter Lovins (1999)
  31. Business as UnusualW Anita Roddick (2000)
  32. The Mystery of CapitalW Hernando de Soto (2000)
  33. The Civil CorporationW Simon Zadek (2001)
  34. Fast Food NationW Eric Schlosser (2001)
  35. Cradle to CradleW William McDonough and Michael Braungart (2002)
  36. Globalization and its DiscontentsW Joseph E. Stiglitz (2002)
  37. The CorporationW Joel Bakan (2004)
  38. Developing Ecological Consciousness: Path to a Sustainable WorldW Chris Uhl (2004)
  39. PresenceW Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers (2004)
  40. The Fortune at the Bottom of the PyramidW C.K. Prahalad (2004)
  41. The River Runs BlackW Elizabeth C. Economy (2004)
  42. Capitalism as if the World MattersWJonathon Porritt (2005)
  43. Capitalism at the CrossroadsW Stuart L. Hart (2005)
  44. CollapseW Jared Diamond (2005)
  45. The End of PovertyW Jeffrey D. Sachs (2005) [1]
  46. The Chaos PointW Ervin Laszlo (2006)
  47. HeatW George Monbiot (2006)
  48. An Inconvenient TruthW Al Gore (2006)
  49. When the Rivers Run DryW Fred Pearce (2006)
  50. The Economics of Climate Change Nicholas Stern (2007)

On engineering[edit | edit source]

  • Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature: Janine M. Benyus
  • Cradle-to-cradle design
  • the book on wind turbine design from Scoraig Wind
  • the book by Enzo Mari on DIY furniture
  • Dick Strawbridge It's not easy being green, and Guide to Self-Sufficiency
  • Earthship volume 1,2, ...
  • some books mentioned at PESwiki Home Generation
  • VillageEarth AT Sourcebook
  • EarthShip Volume 1, 2, ...,
  • The New Science of Strong Materials or Why You Don't Fall through the Floor
  • Worldchanging, Revised Edition: A User's Guide for the 21st Century
  • Handbook for Railway Steam Locomotive Enginemen. Hersham: Ian Allan. April 2006 [1957]. pp. 56-69. ISBN 0 7110 0628 8. 0604/A1.
  • Hollingsworth, Brian (1981) [1979]. How to Drive a Steam Locomotive. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. pp. 20-24. ISBN 0 14 005529 0.
  • Semmens, P.W.B.; Goldfinch, A.J. (2003) [2000]. How Steam Locomotives Really Work. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 94-101. ISBN 0 19 860782 2.
  • Papanek, Victor (1971). Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, New York, Pantheon Books . ISBN 0-394-47036-2
  • Papanek, Victor (1995). The Green Imperative: Natural Design for the Real World, New York, Thames and Hudson. ISBN 0-500-27846-6.
  • Design for the Other 90% by Cynthia E. Smith
  • Design Like You Give A Damn by Architecture for Humanity

On health care[edit | edit source]

  • Rational Phytotherapy: A Physicians' Guide to Herbal Medicine by Volker Shulz
  • Survivalist's Medicine Chest
  • Survival Nurse: Running an Emergency Nursing Station Under Adverse Conditions
  • ...

On agriculture[edit | edit source]

  • Integrated Rice and Duck Farming
  • Fukuoka, M. One Straw Revolution: The Natural Way of Farming. Emmaus, Pennsylvania: Rodalel Press, 1978.
  • Fukuoka, M. The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy. Tokyo and New York: Japan Publications, 1985.
  • Fukuoka, M. Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security ISBN-10: 1603584188
  • Traité de Pisciculture by Marcel Huet
  • Shellfish Aquaculture and the Environment by Sandra E. Shumway

On demographics[edit | edit source]

On AT philosophy[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Mentioned by Chriswaterguy
  2. Mentioned by Chriswaterguy
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