Freedom is here; accept no substitutes

Of course there needs to be the obligatory post about Amazon deleting the stuff from the kindle that they didn’t like.  The bigger questions, that Amazon has not answered, are:

Do you want to buy something that can be monitored & controlled by some central entity?

Why did Amazon build that feature into the Kindle in the first place?

Do you trust them when they say we won’t do it again?

Who else can use the features in the Kindle to monitor what you are reading?

Just don’t buy a Kindle. My strong recommendation:  Buy a netbook that has GNU/linux (for less than the $299 the Kindle sells for), and download what you want. When you tire of reading you can play some chess* or travel through the solar system (and this is all using free software…)

Oh, and by the way 1984 is in the public domain in Australia and Russia, so take a look at these sites:

Here are some free fonts to use when reading your downloaded books:

And here are some free software packages with which to read your .pdf’s:

And here are 100 of the top book downloads from Project Gutenberg:

  1. The Good Old Songs We Used to Sing, ’61 to ’65 by Osbourne H. Oldroyd (1130)
  2. The Outline of Science, Vol. 1 (of 4) by J. Arthur Thomson (368)
  3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (300)
  4. The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana by Vatsyayana (284)
  5. Manners, Customs, and Dress During the Middle Ages and During the Renaissance Period by P. L. Jacob (248)
  6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (233)
  7. The Man the Martians Made by Frank Belknap Long (217)
  8. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (208)
  9. Illustrated History of Furniture by Frederick Litchfield (188)
  10. Ulysses by James Joyce (177)
  11. Writings of Thomas Paine — Volume 4 (1794-1796): the Age of Reason by Thomas Paine (171)
  12. Searchlights on Health by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols (168)
  13. The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci — Complete by Leonardo da Vinci (165)
  14. The Art of War by 6th cent. B.C. Sunzi (164)
  15. Sex by Henry Stanton (162)
  16. Our Day by William Ambrose Spicer (156)
  17. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson (133)
  18. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (128)
  19. On the Duties of the Clergy by Bishop of Milan Saint Ambrose (127)
  20. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce (127)
  21. The Project Gutenberg Works Of Flavius Josephus by Flavius Josephus (123)
  22. Fifteen Thousand Useful Phrases by Grenville Kleiser (121)
  23. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas père (116)
  24. The People’s Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English by Ray Vaughn Pierce (116)
  25. Daniel Deronda by George Eliot (115)
  26. The Marvelous Land Of Oz by L. Frank Baum (114)
  27. Common Sense by Thomas Paine (112)
  28. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (111)
  29. The Mafulu by Robert Wood Williamson (110)
  30. Dracula by Bram Stoker (110)
  31. Grimm’s Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm (109)
  32. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (105)
  33. Cuba in War Time by Richard Harding Davis (104)
  34. The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli (104)
  35. Doctrina Christiana by Anonymous (102)
  36. The Project Gutenberg Works Of Rafael Sabatini by Rafael Sabatini (102)
  37. The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Speed (102)
  38. Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts (100)
  39. 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue by Francis Grose (99)
  40. Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (98)
  41. Manual of Surgery Volume First: by Alexander Miles and Alexis Thomson (97)
  42. Robur the Conqueror by Jules Verne (96)
  43. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (95)
  44. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc — Volume 01 by Mark Twain (95)
  45. Paradise Lost by John Milton (94)
  46. Emma by Jane Austen (94)
  47. Surgical Anatomy by Joseph Maclise (93)
  48. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (91)
  49. Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thérèse de Dillmont (89)
  50. Woman as Decoration by Emily Burbank (87)
  51. The Tinguian by Fay-Cooper Cole (87)
  52. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (86)
  53. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (86)
  54. The Bible, Old and New Testaments, King James Version (85)
  55. War and Peace by graf Leo Tolstoy (82)
  56. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne (82)
  57. Amusements in Mathematics by Henry Ernest Dudeney (82)
  58. Elements of Structural and Systematic Botany by Douglas Houghton Campbell (79)
  59. Myths of the Norsemen by H. A. Guerber (79)
  60. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (78)
  61. History of the United States by Charles A. Beard and Mary Ritter Beard (78)
  62. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (78)
  63. On the Trail by Adelia B. Beard and Lina Beard (77)
  64. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen (77)
  65. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (76)
  66. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie (76)
  67. All About Coffee by William H. Ukers (75)
  68. Keats: Poems Published in 1820 by John Keats (74)
  69. Walden by Henry David Thoreau (73)
  70. The Floating Island of Madness by Jason Kirby (72)
  71. Myths and Legends of Ancient Greece and Rome by E.M. Berens (72)
  72. The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells (71)
  73. Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon by Robert Armitage Sterndale (71)
  74. Persuasion by Jane Austen (70)
  75. Across Unknown South America by Arnold Henry Savage Landor (70)
  76. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (70)
  77. General Science by Bertha M. Clark (69)
  78. My Man Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (68)
  79. Palmistry for All by Cheiro (67)
  80. History of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 3 (of 12) by G. Maspero (67)
  81. Patty’s Success by Carolyn Wells (66)
  82. Quer Durch Borneo by Anton Willem Nieuwenhuis (65)
  83. The Project Gutenberg Works Of Hall Caine by Sir Hall Caine (65)
  84. Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (64)
  85. Uncle Remus, his songs and his sayings by Joel Chandler Harris (62)
  86. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (62)
  87. Beeton’s Book of Needlework by Mrs. Beeton (62)
  88. The Bontoc Igorot by Albert Ernest Jenks (61)
  89. Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll (60)
  90. The End of Time by Wallace West (59)
  91. Diary of Anna Green Winslow by Anna Green Winslow (59)
  92. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (59)
  93. Manual of Egyptian Archaeology and Guide to the Study of Antiquities in Egypt by G. Maspero (58)
  94. The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India—Volume I (of IV) by Robert Vane Russell (58)
  95. Secret Adversary by Agatha Christie (57)
  96. Across Coveted Lands by Arnold Henry Savage Landor (57)
  97. Concrete Construction by Halbert Powers Gillette and Charles Shattuck Hill (56)
  98. A Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne (56)
  99. The Mind Master by Arthur J. Burks (55)
  100. Knots, Splices and Rope Work by A. Hyatt Verrill (54)

*”The Game of Chess is not merely an idle amusement; Several very valuable qualities of the mind, useful in the course of human life, are to be acquired and strengthened by it, so as to become habits, ready on all occasions; for life is a kind of Chess, in which we have points to gain, and competition or adversaries to contend with, and in which there is a vast variety of good and ill events, that are, in some degree, the effect of prudence, or want of it.” – Benjamin Franklin, 1779

Freedom is here; accept no substitutes

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