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Subject: ebooks?
Date Posted: 8/21/2007 10:37 PM ET
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Do you download ebooks? Seems like it would use a lot of paper and ink?

Date Posted: 8/21/2007 10:51 PM ET
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Some of my books, that's the only way to get them. I email them to my nearby Office Depot, specify that I want off-white paper (easier on the eyes than bleach white), have them spiral bind the book, and voila. Costs me around $10 to $15 per book. Some of the books I have done would cost me $100 on Amazon. Others are outright unavailable.

If you're doing it at home...

1. I still advise off-white paper. After a while, the white burns my eyes.

2. You can print two pages per one side of one sheet of paper (making it book-sized), and print on both sides of the paper.

3. Use the economy setting under preferences on your print page. Uses MUCH less ink.

4. A 3-ring binder works well for cheap binding.

5. You can recycle your pages later for packing material (shred them in your paper shredder) or fireplace fuel. :)

Date Posted: 8/21/2007 11:11 PM ET
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I'm making dd's history book this year and it's compiled entirely of e-books. 

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 1:02 AM ET
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Thanks for the ideas. I've never looked at ebooks before, maybe I'll see what's available. Thanks!

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 10:04 AM ET
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You could use a program like Fine Print:

http://www.fineprint.com

 

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 10:39 PM ET
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I have downloaded some but use them only for reference on the computer. I like the idea of just sending them to a printer.

Where do you find your ebooks?

Date Posted: 8/22/2007 10:41 PM ET
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I've gotten our history ones from www.wowio.com

 

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 2:58 AM ET
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I keep my ebooks on computer and just print out what I use as I need it. I do however, back it up on a disc.

Date Posted: 8/23/2007 3:17 PM ET
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If you visit the books link below, I have links to several sites where you can obtain free digital and audio books.  Also, homeschool estore offers 1 free download a week as does Homeschool Radio Show (audio).  Those links are somewhere on the books site too- they may be listed as commerical vendors as they also sell products.  I too have downloaded several books for reference from Wowio. 

Date Posted: 8/26/2007 5:13 PM ET
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I personally read ebooks just online, although I have occasionally printed off a chapter or two of some books. I use mostly Project Gutenberg.

Date Posted: 8/27/2007 9:01 AM ET
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I have downloaded a lot of books from wowio.  I haven't printed any of them.  I'm keeping them filled either for study on the computer or there are some activity books that I'll print only the activities we are doing. Most of what I'm downloading I find that I can get here or at a thrift store for cheaper than printing.