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Old 02-17-2010, 11:11 PM   #1
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Rare books for free?

There was some discussion in another thread about rare books like The Long Long Trailer by Clinton Twiss and Home Was Never Like This.

It occurred to me that if there is enough interest it would be possible for one person to buy one of these books and sell it on to someone else on the forum for the same price after they read it. Essentially getting to read it for free.

Then the next person could do the same.

It might be an interesting project especially if each person signed and dated the flyleaf.

To start the ball rolling I will buy The Long Long Trailer from the person who paid $30. And of course I will pay the postage.

Anyone else think this is a good idea?
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:23 PM   #2
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I'll see your free book, and raise you a free ebook:

Internet Archive: Free Download: THE LONG LONG TRAILER
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Old 02-18-2010, 08:53 AM   #3
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isn't the 21st century wonderful?

Thanks Overlander.
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isn't the 21st century wonderful?

Thanks Overlander.
You're welcome. If you like Sci-Fi, here's a website full of free and cheap ebooks:
Baen Free Library
I also bought a DVD on Fleabay for $5 that had 15,000 books on it.
FYI, 15,000 books is about 4 GB.
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How about 30,000 books all free, all available online? The Gutenberg Project has been converting out-of-copyright books (indeed, many masterpieces!) to text files for over a decade. They work on portable devices too.

Here's a list of their most popular author downloads the last 3 weeks:

  1. Dickens, Charles (1623)
  2. Doyle, Arthur Conan, Sir (1598)
  3. Twain, Mark (1484)
  4. Carroll, Lewis (1175)
  5. Austen, Jane (1088)
  6. Shakespeare, William (1039)
  7. Thomson, J. Arthur (747)
  8. Wilde, Oscar (701)
  9. Doré, Gustave (691)
  10. Verne, Jules (689)
  11. Dante Alighieri (611)
  12. Jacob, P. L. (601)
  13. Stevenson, Robert Louis (592)
  14. Sunzi 6th cent. B.C. (584)
  15. Wells, H. G. (Herbert George) (537)
  16. Plato (503)
  17. Poe, Edgar Allan (479)
  18. Dumas père, Alexandre (461)
  19. Maspero, G. (Gaston) (459)
  20. Aesop (451)
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Old 02-18-2010, 09:53 AM   #6
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There was some discussion in another thread about rare books like The Long Long Trailer by Clinton Twiss and Home Was Never Like This.

It occurred to me that if there is enough interest it would be possible for one person to buy one of these books and sell it on to someone else on the forum for the same price after they read it. Essentially getting to read it for free.

Then the next person could do the same.

It might be an interesting project especially if each person signed and dated the flyleaf.

To start the ball rolling I will buy The Long Long Trailer from the person who paid $30. And of course I will pay the postage.

Anyone else think this is a good idea?
I like that signing the flyleaf idea and exchanging the books. There were some rare books about Airstreaming and Wally Byam I was interested in. I don't know what ones just that if they were interesting I thought it would be cool to read them.

Thanks for all the books online links! I downloaded the Long Trailer in .pdf and it has the pictures and library stamps too. I can't wait to start it. I had read a few things from Guttenburg. I really like being able to access literature and free is the second best part.
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Terry what do you read your books on, the laptop or computer or do you use a digital book of some type?
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You want rare books? We've got about a ship-load of them. Maria's been trying to sell them off on Amazon. A hundred or so down, a few thousand to go.

Being an academic is great. Dealing with the detritus of having been an academic is ugly.


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Old 02-19-2010, 10:25 AM   #9
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For us Long Long Trailer fans here is the original dust jacket

http://www.trailerite.com/art/lltbookcover3.gif

Some photos of the Twisses and their long long trailer at home along with some biographical information.

Trailerite.com - Celebrating Clinton Twiss, One of the first Full Time RVers

From the photos it appears that the trailer, described as an Airway Zephyr in the book, was actually an Airfloat, an expensive high quality trailer of the day. I think the 28 footer was the biggest they made at the time.

Why he disguised the name of the trailer I do not know. Other makes are accurately named in the book, such as Spartan, Vagabond and his Chrysler New Yorker convertible.

Hope the photos and personal details add to your enjoyment.
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You want rare books? We've got about a ship-load of them. Maria's been trying to sell them off on Amazon. A hundred or so down, a few thousand to go.

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Are some of those rare books about trailering and adventures on the road that Maria wants to sell?
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Nope, they're nearly all books on the intersection between language acquisition and linguistic theory. A pretty small corner of the world.

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I've been having great luck using the Interlibrary Loan through our local library system. Books have shown up at the library quickly, maybe a week, after I've placed the request. I have both of Etta Payne's books, "Home was Never Like This" and "Land Yachting in Central America", right now. Earlier I borrowed "Thank You, Marco Polo" on the round the world caravan.

Can't beat the cost.

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Can you tell us a little about those books and how you liked them?
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Just finished (thought InterLibraryLoan) Retire to Adventure by Harrison Karr. Wonderful read! I am sooo addicted to the travel trailer novels. Thank goodness for the library loan system- only cost me the shipping back to the loaning library. In this case, it was 2. 25. Yes, 2 dollars and 25 cents. Cheaper than a hamburger and much more lasting.....
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