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Finally, somewhere to buy Chieftains by Bob Forrest-Webb?

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
#1
Reported on Sky News this morning that Google's project to digitise out-of-print books may lead to them rolling out machines that can print such a book in five minutes for five pounds.

Machines to be located in libraries. Library gets £3, Google gets £1 per book. I'd like to think the other £1 goes to the author.

Two things.

1. The "expert" on Sky News reckoned it was a waste of time printing books because we are all going to start using e-book readers or whatever. Clearly he hasn't seen the walls of MY house, lined with a lifetime's book collection. Discuss.

2. What books does the floor think we need available?

I have already suggested Chieftains by Bob Forrest-Webb. I know that he is a member of ARRSE and I look forward to his comments.

I'd have suggested The Devil's Guard, but I got as far as the second chapter discussing the political situation in post-war Vietnam and stopped dead. Was this because I hate reading books on screen or because the book was slated here as poor post-war war porn?

I'd suggest The Zone (now ten volumes) but since that is now available online as a PDF, I don't see it happening.

How about Warriors Paraded? Anthony Armstrong's compendium of stories from a fictional post-Great-War infantry battalion in a large garrison town in the south of England (that sounded remarkably like Aldershot). Sounds good, but in fact I got a copy (printed about 1938 IIRC) from Abebooks a few years ago, so I shan't be buying another myself.
 
#2
I find e-reader a pain. Also, the feel and smell of a new book is something special. I like the idea of being able to get out of print books like this, but aren't google simply PDFing the pages, complete with ink splatters, creases and bogey stains?
 
#4
AlienFTM said:
... I'd suggest The Zone (now ten volumes) but since that is now available online as a PDF, I don't see it happening ...
Whereabouts online? I've just Googled "The Zone" and got nowhere.
Any links gratefully accepted!
 
#6
The internet has a lot of free downloadable books if you look around, they tend to have lapsed copyright as the author has died. So you see a lot of books by Conan-Doyle, H.G Wells, etc. That type of author.

internet archive

Look on the right side of the page for 'Texts' and have a search for something you like. [you may touch lucky and find an obscure text/book you like?]

That page also has other forms of media but I have never looked in there.
 

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