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Firstly, there are certain first editions books I want to own . And one day I will. But meanwhile I also want to read them for my own research and enjoyment. Because usually, you have to own books to read them, you have to be inventive. So I looked up a particular book that I knew was also published in an early Australian newspaper. AND BANG! I have the entire book in print. Quickly running out of printer ink and paper but at least I have it at hand.

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I'm enjoying being read to at the moment for bedtime laughs or to be read to sleep. I decided to choose books read to me or I read as a child. The Snow Queen kept me awake cause it's very good, but Wind in the Willows??? Well I'm not sure if what I remember was actually quite boring or the voice is so soothing it sent me to sleep. Well I've put that on hold for the moment.
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If you own a Kindle you can redirect your Internet download to the device and reed it without the cost of the ink.

As for audio books, Alan Bennett does a very good Winnie the Pooh.
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I have trouble reading off a screen ....and you don't really own it on kindle. It could be wiped at any time.
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There was a time when it could have been wiped at any time. After the Orwell 1984 copyright mess, Kindle changed the rule and said they could no longer choose to wipe anything. I've never had any book wiped.
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We still have libraries, where many of the classics are kept. I can check them out and read them. Being mobile now, I cannot manage owning many books. However I can also find a lot of the greats in the Gutenberg project, which can be downloaded in several formats, and save to disk. I now have four multi Gig portable hard drives loaded with Classics of all sorts, that I can carry around when we are on the road.

I do love the feel of a real book, though, and while I can read them on my tablet, it is not is not really the same. It does, however beat not having access to them when I want.

And there are actually several online collections where all sorts of publications can be found.
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If the books you want are out of copyright then try Project Gutenberg- an excellent source of e-books and raw text.
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Gutenberg eh? shall check that out.
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LarsMac wrote: Tue Mar 09, 2021 4:07 pm

I do love the feel of a real book, though, and while I can read them on my tablet, it is not is not really the same. It does, however beat not having access to them when I want.
That's a good point.
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You might find this site interesting, and useful, as well.
https://www.globalgreyebooks.com/index.html
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LarsMac wrote: Tue Mar 09, 2021 6:27 pm You might find this site interesting, and useful, as well.
https://www.globalgreyebooks.com/index.html
I'd not seen that before, I quite like it. There's five books on their Most Downloaded Last Week list I've not red and I'm sure the proportion increases if I dig deeper.

and they are:
The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Doll’s House Henrik Ibsen
My Bondage and My Freedom Frederick Douglass
The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Awakening and Selected Short Stories Kate Chopin

No doubt I ought.
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LarsMac wrote: Tue Mar 09, 2021 6:27 pm You might find this site interesting, and useful, as well.
https://www.globalgreyebooks.com/index.html
I looked at it. I don't want download stuff though I can't read it off screen. It gives me a headache. I have found a few of those to be good 1st edition books to collect though.
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Should be an interesting read.
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