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A book search
« on: June 05, 2013, 02:40:47 PM »
While browsing/surfing the Internet I discovered a book called
SKETCHES OF CORFU by Frances McLellan
Publ Smith, Elder and Co. Cornhill 1835.

I read a few extracts and found it fascinating.
I also read that it is available as a free download for e-readers.
However, it seems Google Play is not yet available to us in Greece.
I can't work out how else I could d/l it - it says that it is available as a free download from the publishers - are they still in business?
I bet there is at least one Forum member who can assist me!

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Re: A book search
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2013, 02:51:37 PM »
It appears to be available here.

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Re: A book search
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2013, 06:50:29 PM »
Thanks for that Bob but there doesn't seem to be any mention of downloading it for e-reader unless I am missing something.

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Re: A book search
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2013, 07:32:20 PM »
Nafsica,

Silly me! I thought that you just wanted to buy it!

Doh!

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Re: A book search
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2013, 07:42:16 PM »
Nafsica,

I realise that this is not what you are exactly looking for but there is a digitized version available on books.googl.gr. You can check it out here.

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Re: A book search
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2013, 07:51:23 PM »
Glad to find out about this book and I'll look at the Google version as soon as I have time. Thanks Nafsika and Bob.

Nafsika have you seen Mentone, Cairo, and Corfu by Constance Fenimore Woolson? It's in the Gutenberg project:

http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/33367

I was able to download it to my computer and read it (well so far just the Corfu part, which I found interesting.) Even more interesting is to go online and read about the well-travelled Ms. Woolson's life!



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Re: A book search
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2013, 07:33:38 PM »
Nafsica,

Brace yourself! With the combined efforts of Ribena and myself, we have obtained a copy of  Sketches of Corfu, Historical and Domestic by Francis MacLellan as an e-book!

It is in EPUB format which, of course, is no use if you have a Kindle! However, anticipating that you do have a Kindle, I have converted it to mobi format which the Kindle will happily read. (I have it on my kindle.)

If you can confirm what e-book reader you have, we can see about getting it to you. If you do have a Kindle and aren't sure how to load the book, we can sort that out by me sending it to your kindle email address. It will then automatically download wirelessly. Unfortunately, if you don't have a Kindle ... You are on your own! ;D

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Re: A book search
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2013, 06:34:31 PM »
Wow! This such good news. Yes I do have a Kindle and I will PM my kindle email address to you. Thank you both so much!

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Re: A book search
« Reply #8 on: June 08, 2013, 12:56:47 AM »
Such dedicated service above and beyond the call of duty!! Well done Bob and Ribena!!

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Re: A book search
« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2013, 09:14:57 AM »
nafsica,

I haven't received the PM yet. Have you sent it? If so, "We have a problem, Huston!"

If anyone else wants this beamed to their kindle PM a request with your KINDLE email address or if you are happy that you can get a .mobi file onto your Kindle, I can just send it as an attachment to an email. NB If you are outside Greece, you can download it for yourself from Google books.

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Re: A book search
« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2013, 12:49:10 PM »
Just pee-emmed you!

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Re: A book search
« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2013, 07:02:17 PM »
It worked! I now have this book on my Kindle. Thanks so much Bob and Ribena!

Thanks to Dasia too for the other book recommendation - I will look into that.
I love the old travel books featuring Corfu and have come across some really interesting ones. Reading them you are often amazed at how little most parts of Corfu have changed!
Bob I was wondering about opening an e=book forum for more exchanges like this?

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Re: A book search
« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2013, 08:02:25 PM »
nafsica,

I am pleased that you finally have this book! I don't know why we in Greece cannot access these downloads. This book is clearly out of copyright because of its age.

An e-book forum? I am up for most things but I am not sure how this would work. There are many sources of free eBooks, including those specifically for the Kindle. There are free software applications that will catalogue publications to the nth degree and will also convert them to a variety of different formats.

Calibre (http://calibre-ebook.com/ is one such program which I use extensively. I could not begin to tell you all of its capabilities mainly because I am not familiar with them all myself! It is what I used to convert your book and to forward it to you.

As I have said, there are very many differing formats. Most can be converted. There are also a variety of online sites that will convert eBook files. For example Online-Convert (http://ebook.online-convert.com/).

It would be good to hear other people's views and ideas. It would also be good to hear other's reviews and recommendations for both eBooks and traditional books (paid for or free). These should be posted in the 'Reading Room Forum'.

Finally ... and I am thinking on the fly here ... maybe a sub forum of the Reading Room with sources where eBooks can be downloaded might be an idea. As everyone knows, I love free stuff!

Bob
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Re: A book search
« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2013, 12:22:55 PM »
Yes I think a sub-forum of The Reading Room would be good. I can think of two people who would sign up at once - me and my sister!
I am just beginning to get to grips with all these different files and sites and sometimes a little help, such as that you have been providing so kindly, is just what I/we need.
It would be good to have such info in one place, easy to access.

 

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