About Us

Peer-to-Peer Communications was a book publishing venture spun off from Silicon Valley’s Computer Literacy Bookshops in 1993 by its owners and corporate officers, who wanted to see what they could do as publishers (the other end of the pipeline). Our goal was to take highly technical, often somewhat obscure, books that other publishers, our suppliers, didn’t want to publish because they doubted there was a large enough market for them to be profitable.

Peer stopped publishing books in 1999, selling its titles to Annabooks. When Annabooks (and later RTC Group) decided against publishing some of the titles, they graciously transferred the publishing rights back to us so we could keep these important computer history books in print (e.g. Lions’ Commentary on UNIX) or continue efforts to get them into print for the first time (e.g. Building the Arpanet).

Ordering our Titles

Individuals: Please contact your favorite bookstore. If the title you want isn’t in stock tell the store it’s a it’s a “Lightning Source” title which can be easily backordered from Ingram, the nation’s largest book wholesaler.

European bookstores: Please order books from:

Lightning Source UK Ltd.
Chapter House
Kiln Farm
Milton Keynes
MK11 3

Asian/Australian Bookstores: Please order books from:

Lightning Source Australia
Unit A1/A3
7 Janine Street
Scoresby, Victoria 3179
T: +613 9765 4800
F: +613 9765 4848