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Posted on 2009.10.09 at 15:34
How I feel about it all: nerdynerdy
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Poll #1455838 Mambo #5

Is primrose a total dork for thinking about subscribing to this?

Yes
0(0.0%)
No
1(9.1%)
primrose is a total dork in general
1(9.1%)
if you get them, can I borrow them when you're done?
0(0.0%)
primrose is a total sucker if she does, because there are cheaper places to get stuff like that.
1(9.1%)
stop spamming and go clean your bedroom
1(9.1%)
Give me ticky or give me death!
0(0.0%)
In conclusion, Thomas Paine.
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tx_cronopio
tx_cronopio at 2009-09-10 19:49 (UTC) ()
You know, if you want the pretty pretty matching bindings for your shelves, then that's ok.

But if you just want to read the books, they are pretty much all out of copyright and available CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP on places like abebooks.com.
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-09-10 19:57 (UTC) ()
Yeah, I don't care too much about fancy-dancy bindings. I tend to buy stuff used. abebooks will probably be where I'll look. :D
Luzula
luzula at 2009-09-10 20:14 (UTC) ()
Hee, I think you're cute when you're pining after books. (I do that too sometimes.)

*browses through site* Their nature section is totally missing Aldo Leopold. Hmm, I do kind of want to read John Muir, though. I mean, look at this: Stickeen (1909), Muir's most popular book, is the affectionate story of his adventure with a dog in Alaska. Would I love that or would I love it?

Somewhat relatedly, have you seen Librivox? It's an archive for audiobooks of out-of-copyright books and other writings, read by volunteers. It is deeply cool. They seem to have various US historical documents, for example. Aha, and I now see that they have the Muir book I wanted to read. *downloads*
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-09-10 20:29 (UTC) ()
Ooh, Librivox looks procrastinatingly wonderful. Bedroom, schmedroom. *browses*

Apparently a lot of books are available through Google Books, but I haven't looked much into it. A lot of authors are up in arms about the whole idea of Google Books.

Luzula
luzula at 2009-09-10 20:39 (UTC) ()
Yeah, I used Google Books for work a while ago, to read a math book I didn't want to buy (because it cost over 100 dollars). They didn't let you read all of the book at once, but it was easy to get around that--I just deleted my cookies. OTOH, it seems to be impossible to print out or download the text from the site. I don't like reading long pieces of text on the screen, so I don't use the site much. But the upside is that the text is searchable, so if I want to find a book that includes, for example, "subelliptic functions" and "boundary Harnack inequality", I can.
Dirty dirty band boys and some hot Canadians
andeincascade at 2009-09-10 21:03 (UTC) ()
I just want to point out that you're a dork in the best possible way!
try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
primroseburrows at 2009-09-10 21:26 (UTC) ()
Aww, thanks! It's not that I mind being a dork, or anything. :)
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