eBook Sources

I am frequently asked where to get ebooks. I’ve put together a quick and handy reference for those of you hungry for knowledge and entertainment in the form of ebooks. Some are public domain, some are given away freely by the publishers/owners. Always read disclaimers and legal information before downloading.

Downloading/Offline Reading

Project Gutenberg: http://www.gutenberg.org/

The National Academies Press: http://www.nap.edu/

Feedbooks: http://www.feedbooks.com/publicdomain

Manybooks.net: http://www.manybooks.net/

Free Kindle Books via Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/

Internet Archive: http://www.archive.org/details/texts

Open Library: http://openlibrary.org/

Open Culture: http://www.openculture.com/

Read.gov: http://www.read.gov/

InTech: http://www.intechopen.com/ (As of 30 Dec 2016, 2,844 Science and Technology books)

Online/Checkout Reading

Google Books (reading online): http://books.google.com/

Amazon Cloud Reader: https://read.amazon.com/

Smashwords (Reading Online): http://www.smashwords.com/

Overdrive Digital Media Library (Service available to your local library): http://www.overdrive.com/ (Typically you need to have a library card first, then access your library online)

Audio Books

LibriVox: http://librivox.org/

EBook Management

Once you’ve amassed a collection of thousands of ebooks, you need a program to manage them. I personally use Calibre. It is in my opinion the best way to manage, organize, and convert your ebooks. Go to http://calibre-ebook.com/ to get it.

If you are a Windows user, you can also get a portable version of the application (for USB stick use maybe) here: http://calibre-ebook.com/download_portable

A Nice Thought…

I want the people of America to be able to work less for the Government and more for themselves. I want them to have the rewards of their own industry. That is the chief meaning of freedom. Until we can re-establish a condition under which the earnings of the people can be kept by the people, we are bound to suffer a very distinct curtailment of our liberty.

–Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States of America

Jason’s 15 Bean Chili

Jason’s 15 Bean Chili

What you need

1 Large Onion
1 Green Bell Pepper
1 Yellow Bell Pepper
1 Red Bell Pepper
1.5 lb Lean Ground Beef or Ground Sirloin
4 fresh medium tomatoes on the vine
1 tbsp ground chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
1 bag Hurst’s 15 bean
1 Crock Pot

What you do

Soak dried beans in cold water overnight. Use plenty of water.
Massage the beans. Pick out any bits of gravel or anything that doesn’t look like a bean. Rinse beans. Drain beans. Dump in crock pot.

Chop peppers and onion. It goes without saying but please remove pulp, seed, and stem peppers. Sauté with vegetable or olive oil. Add to crock pot.

Brown the ground beef. When browned, add 1/2 cup water, chili powder and cumin. Mix it up and let it boil a minute while stirring. Add ground beef to crock pot.

Quarter the tomatoes and toss in pot, including any seeds or juice from the cutting board.

Turn crock pot on high. Stir every 15 minutes or so. Keep the lid on. Let it run on high for a few hours. Turn to low. For best results, let it run on low for 5-6 hours. Stir periodically.

How to eat it

Serve with cornbread.


This will not be too hot or too mild for most people. You can always add heat if you want.
If it doesn’t all fit in your crockpot, buy a bigger one.
Thin by adding tomatoes to the recipe. Do not add water.
Don’t drain any fat while browning the beef, unless you bought cheap ground beef and the pan is full of grease. Then you may want to drain the fat.
When everything is first put in the pot, it will have a low liquid content, while cooking, the ingredients will liquify a bit. Don’t panic.