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Recently, Merlin Mann of 43Folders got a copy of the extremely rare audio recording, Getting Things Done Fast. According to Dr. Merlin, the eight CDs provide greater insight into how to implement GTD:

I have to say it’s really, really good. Totally goes into every corner of the five phases, amounting to the kind of Intermediate GTD lessons ‖ heavy on the “howsâ€? and “whysâ€? ‖ that so many people crave in their GTD setup and practice. An excellent product (weird 80s jazz intros notwithstanding).

I’d love a copy too, but it’s virtually impossible to find. It’s not even on eBay right now. Fortunately, through the power of the internets, I’ve located eight public libraries that carry it. This means you can check out it for free, instead of waging an expensive bloody bidding war when it shows up on eBay again:

  1. Dallas Public Library
    Dallas, Texas
    Audiocassette

  2. Fort Bend County Libraries
    Richmond, Texas
    CD

  3. La Crosse Public Library
    La Crosse, Wisconsin
    CD

  4. Lake County Public Library
    Merrillville, Indiana
    CD

  5. Naperville Public Library
    Naperville, Illinois
    CD

  6. Rochester Public Library
    Rochester, Minnesota
    Audiocassette

  7. San Mateo County Library
    San Mateo, California
    CD and Audiocassette

  8. Seattle Public Library
    Seattle, Washington
    CD

If you’re not lucky enough to live near one of these eight locations, check with your local library and ask about interlibrary loans.

43 Comments

  • Robert

    gravatarSep 11, 2006
    3:50 pm

    Wouldn’t this be easier if we could simply share mp3 copies? I promise to delete mine after I listen‖it will be just like the library.

  • Chanpory

    gravatarSep 11, 2006
    4:16 pm

    Why do I sense the emergence of a GTD black market?

  • Joel

    gravatarSep 11, 2006
    7:39 pm

    I live in Australia so these are somewhat impossible for me to obtain…

  • Torley Linden

    gravatarSep 11, 2006
    7:43 pm

    I wonder if anyone will post here who actually borrowed a copy from one of the aforementioned libraries. Lucky, lucky indeed.

  • DWizzy

    gravatarSep 12, 2006
    12:18 am

    Robert – I actually noticed the audiobook on a p2p network already. Don’t remember if it was a DC++ hub or shareaza, don’t know if it was a complete audiobook.

  • Scott

    gravatarSep 12, 2006
    6:26 am

    I agree with Robert. I don’t get the distinction between checking out a copy of an out-of-print audio program from a public lending library, and listing it from a p2p network.

  • Don

    gravatarSep 12, 2006
    9:20 am

    BitTorrent + TeenGeek Son = GTDF on my iPod.

  • jes

    gravatarSep 12, 2006
    10:28 am

    woohoo!! my library’s getting me the cd’s as I type!!!

  • Chanpory

    gravatarSep 12, 2006
    10:36 am

    Jes, Congrats! I’m still trying to land a copy myself. Since I don’t live near any of those libraries, I have to try interlibrary loan, or get someone to drive me to San Mateo!

  • Skylar

    gravatarSep 12, 2006
    3:20 pm

    I see someone being really cool and posting a link to the downloadable file of the entire thing so we can all put it on our iPods and rock it in the car.

  • Scott

    gravatarSep 12, 2006
    3:37 pm

    Hear hear!

  • Rob

    gravatarSep 12, 2006
    5:16 pm

    a good torrent link would be helpful (aka ‘really cool’ :)). torrentspy turns up nothing for ‘getting things done fast’, and sharezaa has a bunch of files, all of which i tried were infected with various trojans. does anyone know how many files we should be looking for to make sure we have the full set?

  • Torley Linden

    gravatarSep 13, 2006
    12:26 am

    And then we can all get things done–whoever gets this done will truely be practicing productivity in action. :)

  • Don

    gravatarSep 13, 2006
    12:30 pm

    The word from my teenage son is that he downloaded the files from demonoid.com.

    An account is required for downloads…

  • Scott

    gravatarSep 13, 2006
    12:35 pm

    Don, ask your son if he has an “invitation code.” It’s needed for anyone to register at demonoid.com. Registration is otherwise closed for the site.

  • Don

    gravatarSep 13, 2006
    1:11 pm

    My son reports he is unable to create invitations at this time. Sorry!

  • Don

    gravatarSep 13, 2006
    1:29 pm

    As a followup, I’d be happy to email the files to one person (Scott?), if that person promises to post to a more accessible torrent site.

  • Chanpory

    gravatarSep 13, 2006
    1:38 pm

    There might be something nice about wading through the muck to get the actual CDs from a library, like finding a treasure. Although it sounds like it’s a rarity on the P2P circuit as well. The CD set also contains some additional printed material that aren’t going to be found on mp3. I’m anxious to touch the real thing!

  • Don

    gravatarSep 13, 2006
    2:43 pm

    Chanpory, the files I have include a pdf of the training manual.

    Scott, the files will be on their way!

  • Chanpory

    gravatarSep 13, 2006
    3:29 pm

    Hmmm, what an ethical dilemma!

  • jack

    gravatarSep 13, 2006
    3:54 pm

    There is alway the Inter Library Loan system, too. I can’t find them in any of the librarys locally, so I might do that. Worth a try, but I imagine after Merlin’s posting and this listing, there’s going to be a bit of a wait to get them. Patience is a virtue…

  • Chanpory

    gravatarSep 13, 2006
    3:56 pm

    Yes, last time I checked the Seattle library had over 40 holds on it. :-(

  • Rob

    gravatarSep 14, 2006
    6:46 am

    Scott,

    I’d be happy to help serve the torrents. email me at info AT hypoxia.net if I can help.

    Rob

  • DWizzy

    gravatarSep 14, 2006
    11:06 am

    Inter Library Loan systems aren’t helpful when living outside the English speaking world :)

  • Rob

    gravatarSep 14, 2006
    12:58 pm

    looks like there is a torrent available at http://www.isohunt.com; search for gtdf.

  • Kookachu

    gravatarSep 14, 2006
    9:25 pm

    i am downloading it now and will make it available to anyone who wants it. email kookachu43@yahoo.com if you want a copy of if you have a tracker to help distribute.

    i do not support piracy. in fact, i am a software publisher myself and we actively fight piracy in each of our new releases. i would be happy to pay david allen $15 for this download, but unfortunately, this title is out of print, and isnt available for sale on his website. it also isnt on amazon.com. if it was, i would pay for it.

    im sure that david allen had no idea that this item would suddenly become a hot commodity. in fact, im sure he must be ramping up his sales department right now to get the product out there, since merlin made it so temporally popular.

    i dont wish to take money from david allen. like i said, i am a purveyor of intellectual property myself. i only offer this up because i HATE the idea of you people paying good money to some schmuck on eBay who is just going to sell pirated copies and make money that he didn’t earn.

    if you want a copy email that address. if you can help with distribution, email that address. if you’re david allen, email me and tell me to stop, and i will.

    peace, P

  • Adam

    gravatarSep 15, 2006
    6:00 am

    I think Getting Things Done FAST was selling for something like $115, not $15. Although I wasn’t able to buy it from them, I’m inclined to send a check to Davidco anyway. I’m sure they’d prefer I sign up for GTD Connect at $48/month, but that’s not even on a Someday/Maybe list at this point…

  • Don

    gravatarSep 15, 2006
    7:13 am

    I’ve just finished listening to the entire GTDF audio set, and I’m re-reading the GTD book. There is a lot of overlap.

    What I’m wondering is if it’s a better investment just to buy the audio book. I just check on Amazon and the audio book is “abridged”, so I’m wondering what it leaves out.

    Has anyone listened to the audio book that could offer a perspective?

  • BG

    gravatarSep 15, 2006
    10:40 am

    These 8 aren’t the only libraries that have copies, of course. Look at http://worldcat.org/ to see who has it worldwide.

  • Chanpory

    gravatarSep 15, 2006
    10:48 am

    BG, thanks for pointing out WorldCat. They actually list the same 8 locations I posted, with an additional location in Joliet, Illinois. However, searching the actual Joliet library catalog system reveals that they don’t really have a copy. This brings us back to only 8 locations worldwide. Sad, indeed.

  • StatsProf

    gravatarSep 17, 2006
    4:16 pm

    worldcat also lists the

    LA Dept of Water and Power Library SAS, Inc (NC) Safeco Ins Co Library (WA) Nestle Purina Petcare Co (MO)

    So, that should make things easier for all you GTDers at Purina …

  • Chanpory

    gravatarSep 17, 2006
    5:53 pm

    StatsProf, would you mind posting links for those libraries? I can’t seem to find the same results in WorldCat as you. Thanks.

  • StatsProf

    gravatarSep 18, 2006
    2:15 am

    There weren’t any links. Just a listing. I assume these are all libraries of these private companies, so I doubt they have websites.

  • steve mcfarland

    gravatarSep 19, 2006
    3:24 pm

    I’ve listened to quote-underground-endquote music for a long time and the rule of thumb there has always been: if the album is out of print, nearly impossible to come by, and no one’s making any money off of it anyway, it’s okay to share it.

    Makes sense to me.

  • Escalus

    gravatarSep 19, 2006
    4:34 pm

    So… the torrent files contain all the audio, but not the PDF support materials? Does anyone know where one might acquire just the PDF component? Would anyone be willing to, um, allow others to borrow theirs?

  • Scott

    gravatarSep 19, 2006
    5:12 pm

    Escalus, leave your email, and someone will get it to you.

  • Escalus

    gravatarSep 19, 2006
    5:59 pm

    terceiro at gmail is the most convenient, thanks.

  • dkottawa

    gravatarSep 20, 2006
    4:53 am

    Me too, please.

    email: info AT technologi DOT ca

    Thanks.

  • dkottawa

    gravatarSep 20, 2006
    5:31 pm

    Received. Thanks.

  • Sean K

    gravatarSep 21, 2006
    12:37 pm

    I would really appreciate a copy of it, too

    smdecay At Gmail

    Thanks so much.

  • Skylar

    gravatarSep 21, 2006
    11:22 pm

    mailtmg at gmail

    YOU ROCK

  • Joseph

    gravatarSep 22, 2006
    4:21 am

    Hi. I’m requesting for a copy too. Both for pdf files and the audio (or links to it) .

    jtcubar at gmail dot com

    Much appreciated!

  • Chanpory

    gravatarSep 22, 2006
    7:11 am

    Hi, everyone. I hate to do this, but the comments are getting a bit out of hand for this post, so I’m closing the comments. Instead of posting your email addresses and opening yourself to spam, please see Kookachu’s comment for where to get the files. Thank you.