Free eBooks: Pre-Net Adult Novels

October 10, 2008

Oh shut up. The Internet has rendered these texts obsolete. Trust me, I could provide links to lists of free video that would make your jaw fall off. (And, no, do not email me or ask for such links.)

These things are now quaint curiosities.

I remember reading books about Hollywood screenwriters and how, at night, they’d play cards and drink, and take turns going into another room that had a typewriter. Each writer would do partial or full chapter, for beer (or betting!) money, of books like these. Who knows? You could be reading F. Scott Fitzgerald in one of these and never realize it!

That’s the tamest cover of the lot. Shut up. Go to xNovel for others.

— via Twitter from top_book.

Free eBook: Ragged Trousered Philanthropists

October 10, 2008

Via Twitter from top_book:


The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (1910) is the only book ever written by Robert Tressell (the pen name of Robert Noonan). Part novel, part socialist propaganda and part biography, Tressell never lived to see the book published.

It has been called the book that won the general election for Labour after the end of World War II; the veteran MP Tony Benn describes it as “a torch to pass from generation to generation”.

Sounds like something just right for these times.

It’s a PDF, but don’t let that stop you.

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