Author Topic: due to personal boycott of anything Amazon, which ebook would you buy?  (Read 295 times)

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Since Wayfair gate and AMazon and a few other major retailers may be allegedly involved in child trafficking, I cannot stomach the idea of purchasing on Amazon until it is fully investigated (I know, yeah right!!).  So what ebook could you recommend for my teens going forward on a new journey of homeschooling?
 

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Are you looking for some specific to the topic of homeschool transition, or any book they might enjoy? 
 

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Are you liking for an alternate ebook seller, or specific book recommendations?
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I am looking for the device itself and then to download age appropriate general books.  This won't be for school learning but more for leisure reading but to develop their intellect.
 

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If you want just an ereader, then a Kobo might work. You could either get books from their bookstore, or from Google Play books. If you want a tablet, I can only think of Samsung. Same, you would get books from Google Play books.  For book suggestions, I recommend Fr. Finn's books for kids, as well as Edith Nesbit. These are available for free on Archive.org.
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Download something called Hexchat and go to Undernet, channel bookz.  This is a bit technical as you have to use IRC jargon to search for and download books.

You can find most book there in epub format (occasionally mobi too).  Use the Calibre application to convert
epub->mobi.

You can then plug in a kindle to a pc (or mac), using a USB cable, and just drag the book into the Documents folder.  The book will then magically appear on the kindle menu when you hit the home button (sometimes you may have to scroll down to find it).

You can also email books to <username>@kindle.com (replace <username> with yours) if you have an amazon account but this takes a bit of setting up. You should be able to find out how fairly easily on the Internet though.
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Another option is the Gutenberg website  https://www.gutenberg.org/.  There are 1000's of books there.  txt, mobi, epub, pdf etc....

e.g. The Scarlet Plague, Jack London
The Gap in the Curtain, John Buchan
The Mercy of Allah, Hilaire Belloc
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Grimms Fairy tales.

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Nineteen hundred years or near,
Clau-Clau-Claudius shall speak clear.
 
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Offline diaduit

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Download something called Hexchat and go to Undernet, channel bookz.  This is a bit technical as you have to use IRC jargon to search for and download books.

You can find most book there in epub format (occasionally mobi too).  Use the Calibre application to convert
epub->mobi.

You can then plug in a kindle to a pc (or mac), using a USB cable, and just drag the book into the MyDocuments folder.  The book will then magically appear on the kindle menu when you hit the home button (sometimes you may have to scroll down to find it).

You can also email books to <username>@kindle.com (replace <username> with yours) if you have an amazon account but this takes a bit of setting up. You should be able to find out how fairly easily on the Internet though.
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Another option is the Gutenberg website  https://www.gutenberg.org/.  There are 1000's of books there.  txt, mobi, epub, pdf etc....

e.g. The Scarlet Plague, Jack London
The Gap in the Curtain, John Buchan
The Mercy of Allah, Hilaire Belloc
Complete Works of Shakespeare
Grimms Fairy tales.

See this sounds so complicated to a non tech like me but it also sounds like a bit of skulduggery so I'll google every step  ;D ;D
 

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Here is a simple example.

The link below links to Grimms Fairy Tales on the Gutenberg site in mobi format (edit: that is the format that the Kindle uses)

Grimms Fairy Tales in mobi format

Right-click on the above link and select Save link As to save the file pg52521-images.mobi to your PC/Mac in a suitable place.

If you have a kindle you can plug it in using a cable (usually white).  The kindle will appear as a hard-drive on you system.  Follow the instuctions about Documents above (it's actually Documents, not MyDocument).

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Would you like to shake hands with Pope 1 or Pope 2 -
 me (inspired by Dr Seuss) see: https://seuss.fandom.com/wiki/Thing_One_and_Thing_Two

But when he's dumb and no more here,
Nineteen hundred years or near,
Clau-Clau-Claudius shall speak clear.
 
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I build my own curriculum, but these are two resources I use for book lists based on grade level.  They have a wealth of other information and support for homeschooling, as well:

https://www.amblesideonline.org/

http://materamabilis.org/ma/

I also second Bernadette's suggestion for Edith Nesbit books.  She is so much fun to read.

 
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