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Date: 7 August 2016. Gutenberg Books (for free)


I have struggled with these instructions. It may seem complicated but the end result is worth it. Set-up is a one-time thing. Soon you will be an expert so stick with me kids!

Often I am asked what I do all day. I am always busy. Sometimes this is doing icky stuff like cleaning. Other times I have 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 will show you how to get thousands of eBooks for free.

I ran out of books back in Saul Creek.

I wrote about Saul Creek in the Silence Reigns (Saul Creek) article. It is a beautiful spot.

One reason Seaweed will never be perfect is Project Gutenberg. It is an internet place to visit for free books and magazines. That site feeds my reading addiction. Here is a how-to for beginners:


Gutenberg Primer
 Free eBooks and Magazines


First, go to the Gutenberg  website. [http://gutenberg.org]

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 is where I paste the "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain" into the 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 drive 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 is your eBook. If you just clicked (versus adding the title) your file is called pg76-images.mobi


The best part is you can get as many eBooks as you want. You might 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 is something special about reading in my bunk.

Life does not get much better. Out here you will find a lot of avid readers.



Gutenberg in Brief

  1. Find book you want

  2. Click on cover or title of said book (a new page opens)

  3. Copy title and author of book

  4. Right click "Kindle (with images)" (a pop-up box appears)

  5. Paste title and author into box on "File Name" line

  6. Click Save

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 is the three vertical dots in the upper right corner of your screen. Otherwise look for the thing that looks like a gear.

  1. Click to open Settings

  2. 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.

  3. 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 will detail that next. It is 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". Click 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 email 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!

Are you a Kindle fan like me? I never leave Seaweed without mine.
And, do you have more than one Kindle?

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