I ordered a book from Amazon yesterday, even though I can read it for free on the internet. I’d found it on Google Books and decided I wanted a copy of my very own. Of course the nine hundred pages also makes browsing the content on-line a little less than practical-especially with kids waiting at my shoulder and begging to get on the computer. I also like the idea that sponsors who make these books available (Google people, Amazon.com people?) are also seeing some benefit.
At the risk of saying what the readers probably already know, there is a wealth of historical material available now on-line. FOR FREE !!! Google books has quickly become one of my favorite sources. An example I just found is a book written on the history of the Donner Party, copywrited in 1879 and republished in 1907, over one hundred years ago. How cool is that?