Google books

Genevieve
21st October 2011, 16:52
I see that Google have spent a lot of time scanning in very old books from archives and libraries and are offering them, mostly free of charge. Theres a mouth-watering collection of old maritime books, can anyone helpfully provide pointers to "the best"? Theres too much for me to go through!

Gen xx

The URL is http://books.google.co.uk/ebooks?q=ships&as_brr=4

sparkie2182
21st October 2011, 17:05
All books which are out of copywrite are free to copy.

Interesting to see "Bowditch's American Practical Navigator" on the free site.
It was a long standing staple for navigation instruction in the U.S.A. and beyond ...........not very light reading though............:)

Any of the Joseph Conrad books should keep you busy for a while.

This link is a good source too..........

http://www.gutenberg.org/

Trader
21st October 2011, 19:09
Thanks for those links Genevieve and Sparkie, very interesting. I think I will have to buy myself a Kindle now.

Alec.

sparkie2182
21st October 2011, 19:22
Welcome Alec.

IAN M
21st October 2011, 20:56
Any books by Shalimar (Captain F.C. Hendry).

Genevieve
22nd October 2011, 01:35
Hi Trader,
You can download an "app" that will allow you to read kindle books on your PC. I think if you do some digging, most of them are free.

Gen x

stein
22nd October 2011, 11:40
You don't need no Kindle reader to read Google books or any from Project Gutenberg. I believe Kindle is an Amazon product with which to read Amazon E-books?

Genevieve
13th January 2012, 17:59
Hi,
Sorry I have away for so long, I have been convalescing from a serious illness. I got an Epub reader for Christmas so this takes my mind off ailments and so on.

Just to resurrect this thread, I notice that cambridge.org is now converting its old stash of old books to electronic format and quite a few are about mariners, sea faring and exploration.

Genevieve
19th March 2012, 19:57
Thank you, I have also borrowed a friend's Kindle so I can read the Amazon books too. It seems a bit silly to have so many competing formats, its the consumers who miss out.

jamesgpobog
28th April 2012, 02:49
Page 7 I found "Manual of seamanship for boys' training ships of the Royal navy
Admiralty".

IAN M
2nd October 2012, 23:18
Thank you, I have also borrowed a friend's Kindle so I can read the Amazon books too. It seems a bit silly to have so many competing formats, its the consumers who miss out.

I've now put my books on Amazon Kindle.

Regards

Ian

Farmer John
3rd October 2012, 18:26
The Kindle is quite flexible, the Gutenburg books work fine on it, and if you download Calibre it will search for books, convery them, store them and many other things. It downloads the Bangkok Times for me every day, for example. It does take a little getting used to, but it is very good, and free.

Harry Nicholson
11th February 2013, 12:55
I've just placed my book free for Kindle - for the next few days:
'Green Linnet' by Harry Nicholson, is free today and until 15 Feb . Humorous and sober short stories of the sea and of Yorkshire, interleaved with verse.
'Green Linnet', anthology.
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=green+linnet%20%20%20%20
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Green-Linnet-ebook/dp/B00AX98UAK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359626369&sr=1-1