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Posted on 2009.10.09 at 15:34

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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 They seem to have various US historical documents, for example.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 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.
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