A Bad Attitude

E-Books for Download

In addition to all the other hats that I wear (author, political activist, peace protester, etc) I am also a certifiable "computer geek". Recently I challenged myself to come up with a "one-click" solution to the problem of converting long plain text documents into pleasantly-formatted and easy-to-read .pdf documents..

In the course of this experiment, I grabbed a number of public domain titles from the Project Gutenberg site and used them as electronic guinea pigs to test the efficacy of my macro programming. After much experimentation with Word macros, I am close to it, but the "one-click" solution remains elusive. As the experiments continue, look for more books to make an appearance here.

You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these documents.

The Complete Oz Series, by L. Frank Baum:

If you thought the adventures started and ended
with the first book, then you are in for a treat.
  1. The Wizard of Oz
  2. The Land of Oz
  3. Ozma of Oz
  4. Dorothy and the Wizard in Oz
  5. The Road to Oz
  6. The Emerald City of Oz
  7. The Patchwork Girl of Oz
  8. Tik-tok of Oz
  9. The Scarecrow of Oz
  10. Rinkitink of Oz
  11. The Lost Princess of Oz
  12. The Tin Woodman of Oz
  13. The Magic of Oz
  14. Glinda of Oz
Other Books:

  1. Around the World on a Bicycle -- Volume 1
  2. Around the World on a Bicycle -- Volume 2 -- Thomas Stevens, 1887.
    The incredible 1884 journey of Thomas Stevens around the world on a bicycle -- and not just any bicycle, but one of the old "penny farthing" types, with the giant wheel in front and the tiny wheel in back. Such a journey would be incredibly difficult even today in an age of paved roads; in 1884 it would have verged on an impossibility, and yet here is his story.
  3. The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle -- Vol 1
  4. The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle -- Vol 2 -- Tobias Smollett, 1751
    The humorous classic picaresque novel, still immensely readable and enjoyable 250 years later.
  5. The Age of Innocence -- by Edith Wharton, and
  6. The House of Mirth -- also by Edith Wharton.
    Both novels attacked the aristocratic New York society of which Wharton was a prominent member, earning for her both the rancorous title "traitor to her class" and the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
  7. The Wind in the Willows -- by Kenneth Grahame.
    The classic story of Mole, Ratty, Badger and the immortal Mr. Toad of Toad Hall.
  8. Pioneers of the Old Southwest -- A Chronicle of the Dark and Bloody Ground, --Constance Lindsey Skinner, 1919.
    The "Old Southwest" is not what it sounds like; in this case it's actually the Southwest of the late 1700s, which was western Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, etc.
  9. Conquest of the Old Southwest -- Archibald Henderson, 1920.
    Ditto the above for the "Old Southwest" of the title. These two books are of special interest to me because of my pioneer family in the area at the same time. In fact, one of them, Kasper Mansker, is featured prominently in both of these books.
  10. While the Billy Boils -- by Henry Lawson.
    A story of pioneer Australia.
  11. Workingman's Paradise -- by John Miller, 1892
    An Australian Labor novel