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A reminder: Standard Ebooks

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Many of us are homebound now, either quarantined or simply finding it the easiest way to maintain social distance, and while movies may satisfy for a while, books are a stable delight for those who read.

Nowadays ebook readers are not uncommon, and computers, tablets, and phones can be used as well. I pointed out earlier Standard Ebooks, which provides well-edited ebooks from titles out of copyright, which of course includes many classic works. Scroll down on that page to get a list of the features and benefits of their approach.

They offer free downloads in a variety of formats:

  • epub—All devices and apps except Amazon Kindle and Kobo.
  • azw3—Amazon Kindle devices and apps. Also download the Kindle cover thumbnail to see the cover in your Kindle’s library.
  • kepub—Kobo devices and apps.
  • epub3—Advanced format not yet fully compatible with most ereaders.

The links here will download Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. I felt an impulse to reread the book after reading an article on maps of fictional places, which includes the map of Treasure Island. Among the pleasures of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which I read in my junior year of college, were the fold-out maps of the lands traversed. (I send a thank you to Jim Broschart for getting me started on those books. In those days most of us smoked cigarettes, and Jim used a cigarette holder, which was rare and made an impression, but soon it was such a part of him that when he didn’t use it and just held the cigarette between his lips, it was shocking and close to repugnant. I doubt that he still smokes, however. But he still writes books.)

Treasure Island also appealed to me because I have good memories of reading it as a child — and because of another connection: Robert Louis Stevenson wrote it, I’m told, when he lived in Monterey, and some say that the map of Treasure Island is based on Point Lobos.

Browse through the titles. Some very good books are included.


Written by Leisureguy

13 April 2020 at 8:04 am

Posted in Books, Software, Technology

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