Date: 7 August 2016. Gutenberg Books
struggled with these instructions. It may seem complicated but the
end result is worth it. Set-up is a one-time thing. Soon you'll be
an expert so stick with me kids!
Often I am
asked what I do all day. I'm always busy. Sometimes it's doing icky
stuff like cleaning. Other times I've lost myself in a good book. I
do a lot of reading. At anchor I have actually run out of books to
read. That was a serious event and it happened more than once. It is unlikely to occur
again now because I own a
Kindle. Gutenberg is my secret and today I'll tell you how to get
thousands of eBooks for free.
I ran out of books back in Saul Creek.
I told you about Saul Creek in the
article. It's a beautiful spot.
Seaweed won't ever be perfect is
Gutenberg. It's a place to go for free books and magazines. That
site feeds my reading addiction. Here's a how-to for beginners:
Free eBooks and Magazines
|First, go to the Gutenberg
There is no
registration required. No fees are charged.
Gutenberg does have a PayPal donation button on each
page. It is an amazing site. The originator of eBooks is
Michael Hart and the Gutenberg website is his legacy.
My advice is to scroll
down to Site Map
and start there.
Just below Site Map the
third listing is "Most Downloaded Books" Click that.
Now you are at a page
showing you the books downloaded most often during the past 30
days. You will find authors such as Jane Austen, Arthur Conan Doyle,
Lewis Carroll, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and more. Your
toughest job will be to pick just one.
For this first time, please chose Adventures
of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. You can click on the cover
or title. The cover is a nice big target so that's what I
click. A new page loads. [http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/76]
Now please copy the title
and author found near the top of the page:
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Look down the list shown below the title. I
select "Kindle (with images)" and RIGHT CLICK. A box will
appear with several choices. Look for one that says "Save link
as" or "Save target as" (it varies, computer to computer)
When that happens you are given an
opportunity to provide a File Name. Here's where you paste the
"Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain" into that box.
Side Note: You can skip the above step
regarding copying the title. In that case simply click
"Kindle (with images)" and a file called
pg76-images.mobi will save to your computer. When you
send it to your Kindle the title will magically appear.
I go through the extra step so that I
have a title I recognize. If a friend wants to read the
same book it is easy to find.
Aboard Seaweed I have one flash
with all my Kindle books...
Voila, the book is saved to your computer. You now have a file called
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.mobi
and that's your eBook. If you just clicked your file is called
The best part is you can get as many
eBooks as you want. Try to restrain yourself though I never do! I
will say once Gutenberg had a page appear that asked me if I was a
human. I had probably found fifty books that day so... well, I read
a lot. Gutenberg is a great resource for those of us on a budget.
When days are long and rainy there's
something special about reading in my bunk.
Life does not get much better.
Out here you will find a lot of avid
Find book you want
Click on cover or title of said book
(a new page opens)
Copy title and author of book
Right click "Kindle (with images)" (a
pop-up box appears)
Paste title and author into box on
"File Name" line
The final step is to find
the file you saved. Then simply email it to the Kindle.
Every Kindle has an email address.
There are two ways to find your Kindle's email
address. On your Kindle click the Settings icon. If you have an old Kindle that's the
three vertical dots in the upper right corner of your screen. Otherwise look for
the thing that looks like a gear.
Click to open Settings
On older Kindles look for Device
Options, then Personalize your Kindle. That's where you'll find your
Kindle's address. Each Kindle has it's own email address.
Newer ones like the Kindle Fire
have your Kindle address listed in Settings under "My Account"
The second way is to go directly
to Amazon. I'll detail that next. It's easier. I like understanding
how stuff works so provided you this option first.
Next go to Amazon via this link:
You're not going to buy anything, unless you want to that is.
Select "Your Account" found near
the top on the right side of your screen. Scroll down to "Manage
Your Content and Devices". Click that. The third tab is "Settings".
About half way down you'll find
your Kindle email address. The section is called "Send-to-Kindle
E-Mail Settings". If you have more than one Kindle, all will be
listed in that section.
Amazon throws up one final barrier
to folks who want to acquire books not found on the Amazon website.
You must add your email address in order to send documents (or
books, photos, etc.) to your Kindle.
Keep scrolling. "Approved Personal
Document E-mail List" is what you want. That is where you will add
your email address.
Now, finally, you are done!
You know how to get books for free
and install them on your Kindle.
Anything you find on Gutenberg,
save, send and then read on your Kindle.
I hereby apologize for any reading
addiction this may exacerbate in you. At least the books are free.
As for me, while writing this piece up I found another gem. See the
next article called
Sea Fever on Gutenberg for details.
Thanks for reading!
Comments welcome and encouraged on
Gutenberg Books (for free)
Announcement: I did start a few months ago emailing notices
to readers when new articles go up. If you'd like to be included via BCC*
simply drop me a line to
firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll add you. It's free.
*BCC - Blind Carbon Copy. Basically no one but me will have
your email address and the list of subscribers is not available.
Now this is not fancy. Basically I copy off the top three
items in my Archive file. That way you can catch up if life gets in the
way of your reading fun.
Secret: If you want to know what's what, start in the
offers you the title, first paragraph and topics (Categories) covered in
each article published on my website.
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links. It costs you nothing and helps supplement my cruising funds. I appreciate it
so much when you click through my site's Amazon links. It really does help
keep me afloat.
Pet of the Week:
aboard M/V Loafs and Fishes
Submit your pet's photo.
Please email pictures of your
More canine, feline and feathered
crew members can be found on the
The First Mate Gallery
The Archive holds a chronological
list of every item published on my website. It includes a brief synopsis
(not just the title) along with the topics covered in each article.
Click on the title and voila: you're
Skipper, First Mate extraordinaire
Of course every boat needs a Deck
Swabbie. Mine, born in 2008, is a papillon mix. She weighs in at 4 pounds 3
VHF aboard Seaweed
Topics of Interest:
You can achieve a simple satisfying life
Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak enough food for a week.
But I'm darned if I know how the helican.
(Poem by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879-1972.)
For years I've been collecting short
pithy statements otherwise known as aphorisms. If you're like me and enjoy
the weird, go ahead and
These are previously posted at the
bottom of each article -- for new, you'll have to come visit again.
Seaweed is in St. Pete right now.
The above chart (#411) can be a
wish book of sorts as you look over your domain and wonder where to go
next. And yes, I do have the originals (sans red arrow) as jpeg's for
download should you desire your own for closer perusal. Enjoy!
The Writer's Block
It's my belief that other folks who
boat are some of the most interesting in the world. Inside every
boater is a story. Let yours out! I'd love to post short stories,
vignettes, or even longer articles that focus on some aspect of our life
on or near the water. Suggested topics include:
1. I Remember When...
2. My First Boat
3. Who inspired you to be a boater?
4. Fishing Trips or Tricks
5. Or another subject of your choosing
For the novice, here's how to write: Simply pretend
you're sending a letter to a friend. Tell about an event or a memory
from years ago that you still recall.
Life has changed so much on the
water since I was born aboard. Personally I'd love to hear your
memories of life when you were younger. Boats were smaller, narrower,
and much slower. Kids were kids and our families often shaped the adult
we have become. Here are my two aboard
the tow boat my dad ran for a time:
Your pictures would be wonderful
too. I posted one of
Boot Key Harbor taken in 2001 that has gotten quite a few downloads
and really, that's not so terribly long ago... Do you have any photos to
Do you want to help
Often an article for the website
will be completely written yet lack photographs. I like pictures and am
looking for some for up-coming pieces:
Size: a minimum of 1000 pixels
across please. If that doesn't make sense think bigger versus resized
for emailing -- I'd prefer the full-size version. Also, the name you'd
like me to use when I add the copyright stuff to your picture. And
My email address is