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Book Three
Along with reading "regular" books, I also like to have a book stored on my Treo. I read it during random downtimes -- waiting in line, for example, or grabbing a bite to eat, or any number of times when I am by myself and appreciate a bit of short-term amusement.

So far, I haven't mustered up the will-power to actually purchase an e-book. I know that doing so makes perfect sense, as it's not the paper I'm paying for when I buy a book... but it just seems strange, especially since I'll likely just delete it when I'm done reading it.

Eventually, I probably will try paying for a downloaded book. When I find I'm out of reading material. Fortunately, there are lots of free older books out there under the public domain. I've been reading lots of classics in electronic form these the past yew of years. Some examples that come to mind are: Swiss Family Robinson, Hound of the Baskervilles, 10000 Leagues Under the Sea, Around the World in 80 Days, Frankenstein, Anne of Green Gables (and the sequels), Little Women, and more. Books like that. Books like:

The Red Badge of Courage, by Stephen Crane

This is a book about a Union soldier in the Civil War. You wouldn't know it's the Civil War reading it though -- there are no ideals, no politics, no discussion whatsoever of why anyone is fighting. The youth simply signed up for the army, and there he is in a battle, doing what he is told.

It could be any war, any youth, any side. It is a very immediate story about his situation and thoughts upon facing his first battle - then the horror and carnage that a war involves.

This book was interesting, but it never really captivated my attention.

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murphyw From: murphyw Date: February 2nd, 2007 06:06 am (UTC) (Link)

_Pigs is Pigs_ by Ellis Butler is great comedy reading. Try reading it with a kid, or an older kid, and I'll be impressed if you get through it without laughing yourself. Too long since I've read any other classics though. _Two Years Before the Mast_ was my last one, and it was before my hike.

http://www.ellisparkerbutler.info/epb/pigsispigs_html.asp

--Bill
PS. We should chat about the motorcycle at some point, no rush, but I just remembered it when talking with Chuck this evening.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 6th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
Cool, I'll definitely check it out. Thanks for the link!

Yes, definitely, motorcycling talking is in order. Right now it's hibernating in my garage....
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 6th, 2007 06:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
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fuzzyjelly From: fuzzyjelly Date: February 2nd, 2007 12:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't forget about the Baen Free Library if you like sci-fi.

http://www.baen.com/library/
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 6th, 2007 06:47 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooh, thanks!
infernus1218 From: infernus1218 Date: February 2nd, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
you don't have to buy any e-books, there are several newsgroups that post e-books... they might be pirated or something like that, but they are free and in great quality.

you might want to to try that.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: February 2nd, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yup, I finally actually READ Portrait of Dorian Grey last year due to having it on my Palm.
I admit to having texts from alt.binaries.ebooks on there as well, though the ones I'm reading are ones I also have on paper. I never actually read much of anything on paper anymore though.

I used to pay for ebooks from Peanut Press, but they were DRM locked and I got sick of it, pretty quickly after I tried to go back and read a book I'd downloaded a couple of years ago and it was locked with a credit card that I hadn't had for over a year, and didn't have the number for anymore. I decided I wouldn't pay for any more texts that were locked. Once I buy something, I don't want to have to go back to them begging to unlock something I already paid for.
greyyguy From: greyyguy Date: February 2nd, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC) (Link)
I don't think I could bring myself to pay for an ebook. Between all the DRM that is on most of them so you can't loan it to a friend, and not actually having a book to put on your shelf and know you can read it again in 5 years if you want to, it seems to be the same price for a lot less.

Especially when there are so many free options for etext like Project Gutenberg and Baen's website, as well as a number of authors that publish some of their works for free.
jebra From: jebra Date: February 2nd, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hooray for free e-books!

My experience matches yours closely. Right now, I'm finishing up a re-reading of A Christmas Carol. Not sure what I'll read next -- there are so many things at Project Gutenberg that sound interesting, I don't know where to start.

I suppose I could do worse than some Stephen Crane, come to think of it.
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renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 6th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Nifty, thanks. Thanks also for the links!

I'm in Royal Oak, so yeah that's probably workable too. Cool.
hannunvaakuna From: hannunvaakuna Date: February 5th, 2007 07:49 am (UTC) (Link)
btw, some public libraries (like mine!) are offering downloadable audiobooks. they're free to use.

look! http://ropl.org/content/view/114/121/

*grin*
renniekins From: renniekins Date: February 6th, 2007 06:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
oh hey, i didn't know RO added it on! last i saw, it was only Troy, and i haven't gotten around to getting myself a card there yet.

thanks for the link!
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