I was about thirteen when Mandelbrot’s The Fractal Geometry of Nature was published, and I wanted to read it. I checked the school libraries. I checked the public library. I asked bookstores to order it. I had my dad check the University of Houston library. All to no avail.
Today, I was reminded of it, did a quick search, and bought the e-book version.
I will not be surprised if it contains nothing that is, today, available freely on the web.