Ten random public domain freebies
One of the things people say they miss when shopping online is that sense of random discovery you get in a physical store.
When you go online, you tend to search for something specific.
When you walk in a store, you never know what you’ll find. Heck, they might even have changed where the sections are.
That was especially true of used bookstores. I loved finding some obscure old title…the kind you couldn’t figure out how it ever got published in the first place.
Alternatively, maybe it was something that was clearly popular at one time.
The point is, you never quite knew what you’d see.
So, I decided to replicate that experience.
When you do a search at Amazon, you can only see 400 results.
to limit my search to free public domain titles, and to rank the results by popularity.
Next, I used
to find me ten random numbers from 1 to 400.
The books below are the results of that search…have fun wandering down the aisle!
Beauty and the Beast
This is a short version of the fairy tale. It’s possible it was illustrated, but it isn’t here.
The Souls of Black Folk
by W.E.B. Dubois
An important classic
Politics: A Treatise on Government
The Valley of Fear
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
A Sherlock Holmes story
The Religion of the Ancient Celts
by J.A. MacCulloch
by Oscar Wilde
A collection of four essays…I got this one for my vacation
Old Greek Stories
by James Baldwin
Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon
by Jules Verne
Hm…I don’t think I’ve read this one! It involves a trip down the Amazon, and I’ve been there before. I’m taking this one on vacation, too!
Well, I must say…I enjoyed that! I do like doing things with a plan, but I love improvising, and this sort of combined the two (I’d planned to find random titles).
If you’d like me to do this again, feel free to let me know.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog.