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    Google Books
    From: Dan Allen
    Date: 2007 Apr 1, 13:23 -0600

    On 1 Apr 2007, at 3:07 AM, Frank Reed wrote:
    > Remember when finding old books was an adventure in dusty old
    > bookstores? And then three years ago, it was an adventure in watching
    > online auction sites? Well, the adventure is over. :-)
    I want to agree with Frank: Google Books has an amazing selection of
    downloadable PDFs of old books.  I grabbed 49 books two nights ago
    (968 MB worth!) with some on navigation, some math, some astronomy,
    some the history of New York City, California, Germany, as well as a
    biography of John Davis the Navigator.  If you do not have a fast net
    connection it will be frustrating, but there is one advantage to
    reading them online instead of downloading the PDFs: they can be
    searched online but the large PDFs only have the bitmaps of the pages
    and cannot be searched.
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