A book is worth a thousand pictures
The books listed here are free, mainly because they are deemed classic. Their authors long gone but oh alive they still are. Other authors and other books are not always free. Authors have to live, feed their kids and pay the mortgage. Copyright is important and plagiarism is a sin. Support authors by buying their books. Often they have laboured into the darkness, we were dreaming, they were sharing their dreams.
Here is a selection of books but first….
Libraries exist to preserve society’s cultural artifacts and to provide access to them. If libraries are to continue to foster education and scholarship in this era of digital technology, it’s essential for them to extend those functions into the digital world.
Flat Fact : The Royal Library of Alexandria, or Ancient Library of Alexandria, in Alexandria, Egypt, was probably the largest, and certainly the most famous, of the libraries of the ancient world. It flourished under the patronage of the Ptolemaic dynasty, and functioned as a major center of scholarship, at least until the time of Rome’s conquest of Egypt, and probably for many centuries thereafter. Alexander, although picking the site and planning the general layout of the city, died before he could take part in the construction of the library or academy that was created in his name.
It was eventually Burned To The Ground
Flat Fact: The Library of Congress is the research library of the United States Congress and is the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States. Located in three buildings in Washington, D.C., it is the largest library in the world by shelf space and holds the largest number of books (with the British Library being second at about 14 million books. The head of the Library is the Librarian of Congress, currently James H. Billington.
Indeed, The Internet comments
Flat Fact: Internet Archive: Free Downloads: Text Archive
Songs of a Sourdough By Robert W. Service (details | pdf) Internet Archive Canada has reached a milestone, in scanning its 200,000th book! …60,000 books from Library of Congress go online · Web, 150 billion pages …Scanned books > Advanced Search. featuring 23,870,985 books (including 1164827 with full-text).The Internet Sacred Text Archive: Welcome to the largest freely available archive of online books about religion, mythology, folklore and the esoteric on the Internet. The site is dedicated to religious tolerance and scholarship, and has the largest readership of any similar site on the web. Luggala: 4,123 pages published
NB: These books should be read in the Library by clicking on them (they are pdfs) and not “Downloaded” by right clicking on the book and choosing ” Save link as” or “Save” to share with your friends and loved ones as, please remember, “Ignorance Is Bliss” and it is wrong to share free stuff.
Please treat them with respect, do not turn down the corners of a page, do not annotate or underline passages you admire. For the moment the Library is free but we will expect readers to join when this becomes available. Donations of Books are gratefully received. Only books you have ownership of will be accepted. Copyright will not be infringed. Please do not leave books in the grounds as the deer will eat them.
A vast Library…How To Choose? The Only Answer is
“They Caught My Eye…..”
Be Warned: Books contain IDEAS! The Curse of Humankind
My main book site is on Scribd, The Youtube of Books
Just added a book that changed my life :
- Be Here Now by Baba Ram Das ( Richard Alpert)
And here is an essay from Japan that caught my eye.
- Robots and Pensioners to the rescue: Joji Sakurai is a former Associated Press correspondent and editor
Added today (6/11/2017) seems particularly apt for today’s society
- Alaska, A guide. Lots of information. Maybe a little old now
- The Rubaiyat by Omar Khayyam for Ravenlea
- As a Man [sic] Thinketh. An inspirational work
- Charles Bukowski The Rooming House Madrigals. Pure genius
- The Dhammapada. The Buddhist “Bible”. I used to chant the whole of this in my temple in Bodh Gaya. It would take a few days. The temple was gorgeous, marble with the biggest brass Buddha in India. I used to stand on his hand to dust him. At first I found it very difficult to bless pilgrims that came in. I was full of self doubt. Then I realised that that too had to be given up.
- I, Robot Script – Dialogue Transcript. I enjoyed the movie
- Ulysses James Joyce
- C.S. Lewis Out of The Silent Planet. C.S. Lewis blew me away when I was a kid with his cosmogeny (is that the right word?)
- MANDY: So, you’re astrologers, are you? Well, what is he then?
WISE MAN #2: Hmm?
MANDY: What star sign is he?
WISE MAN #2: Uh, Capricorn.
MANDY: Uhh, Capricorn, eh? What are they like?
WISE MAN #2: Ooh, but… he is the son of God, our Messiah.
WISE MAN #1: King of the Jews.
MANDY: And that’s Capricorn, is it?
- Yes its Monty Pythons Life Of Brian
- Neil Stephenson Snow Crash
- Robert A Heinlein. Stranger in a Strange Land ….ahh and we all shared water and we did Grok in Fullness. Guess if you are under 45 this will mean nothing.lol
- The Ethics Of Ambiguity Simone de Beauvoir, bless her little cotton socks
- The Sick Bed of Cuchulainn By Shane MacGowan … worth it for the picture of his nibs
- The Prophet by Kalil Gibran, one of my “bibles”
- Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut, a savage indictment of America, with love and tears and humour. One of my all-time favs.
- Why you are not happy
- The Bhagavad Gita, I had the shrimad, Sanskrit text underneath. Studied it for years.
- Meditations on First Philosophy in which are demonstrated the existence of God and the distinction between the human soul and body René Descartes. just for posing lol
- Moby Dick, perhaps the greatest of all novel
- Haiku by Bashô, just a few
- The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
- Fyodor Dostoevsky – The Idiot
- ibid Notes From The Underground
- Project Gutenberg These are all ebooks provided for a grammar school. Parents might take a look.
- I guess people are pretty familiar with Metamorphosis, here is a study guide
- Will find the original…sorry – found it here
- The following is all about brackets. When we write we often, by way of explanation put something in brackets to explain, reference or to expand on what we have written. What if that which is in brackets had a persona? An intelligence? A character all of its own? And surfaced in a blog…..Ok ok ok I slipped this in because I had fun writing it. : OnlyBrackets
- The Prajna Paramer Sutra, the perfection of wisdom sutra
- Native American Literature
Thats all for now. Will add some more as I find them. But here is my all time fav:
NB : Me and my friend Mick just spent 2 hours on what is below. I would read the line, he would “guess” the author and the book. Fom memory. He had read most of the books. He would then give me anecdotes about the authors,, we discussed the books (I have read alot of them) and laughed and thought. It was great. I love you Mick.!
- Now It Can Be Told by Kilgore Trout has been removed as it is considered to contain a very dangerous IDEA that can lead to civil disorder. Please See Breakfast of Champions for a full explanation
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