JRA Library Electronic Books

  • 09 Jan 2013 14:03
    Reply # 1175209 on 1170871
    Graham Cox wrote:
    As for Eric The Red, what a wonderful book.  I had no idea Donald was an Oxford graduate and such a literate and sensitive writer.  What a pity he did not write a book (or get it published) about his subsequent circumnavigation (Eric the Red was lost in the Cape Verde Islands on the last leg of that voyage but his circumnavigation was as good as completed.)  I wonder what became of him?

    Graham, I think Annie mentioned on another post that Donald had taken holy orders.  I would also love to read about his circumnavigation having throughly enjoyed 'Erik the Red'.

    Peter

  • 09 Jan 2013 00:15
    Reply # 1174721 on 1170871
    Graham Cox wrote:I am a bit slow sometimes I think and have only just realized, after reading comments from others in the Brian Platt posting, that I can access certain books on this site electronically.  In particular I am excited to access Eric the Red, which I have long wanted to read.  More about that book in a minute, but the main point of this posting is about the ease of access to these E texts.  Some members mention the small print etc and inability to change the font size.  I initially opened the book online via the website on my laptop (Windows 7, Microsoft Office).  I found I could change the font size by zooming in with the tool at the bottom left of the box, but had difficulty scrolling down, the text kept jumping.  I managed to get it eventually to a point where the whole page was displayed on my laptop screen.  It was just readable but uncomfortable.  I then decided to try downloading it, which I successfully did, then opened it with Adobe Reader and was pleased to discover it scrolls perfectly and the font is large and easy to read.  I can now read the book at my convenience and am already thoroughly enjoying doing so.  Thank you JRA!  Another wonderful benefit of being a member.  (Sign up, all you non-member readers, these books alone make membership the bargain of the century!)

    As for Eric The Red, what a wonderful book.  I had no idea Donald was an Oxford graduate and such a literate and sensitive writer.  What a pity he did not write a book (or get it published) about his subsequent circumnavigation (Eric the Red was lost in the Cape Verde Islands on the last leg of that voyage but his circumnavigation was as good as completed.)  I wonder what became of him?

    Thanks for the prompt Graham, I downloaded and started reading Eric The Red on my e-reader last night.
    I have a link and download code for a locally written non-junk part fiction sailing adventure if anyone would be interested. It's about a delivery trip of a 24ft Seawind Cat from Ballina NSW to Adelaide SA. The trip actually happen but some of the events and people along the way didn't. I enjoyed it very much.
  • 03 Jan 2013 14:42
    Reply # 1171005 on 1170976
    Jeff McFadden wrote:I notice that many of the books on the list are not in the form of links.  Are the available in electronic form somewhere and I'm just failing to find them?
    On a related subject, the window shows some of the books as being stored on Box, but if I go to Box there is no directory for them that is accessible to me.  My smartphone browser doesn't know how to download the box links, although my linux box does.  Is there some direct access to the Box storage where I could access the books from my smartphone?
    Hi Jeff. Members are steadily scanning books that we have permission from authors or their representatives to scan, so those without link haven't been 'dome' yet; as you'll appreciate it's a time consuming business. Some of the pdfs are indeed on Box as we have limited storage on this site and files tend to be large. If you want to access our Box files you'll need to (i) join www.box.com (which you obviously have) and then (ii) ask me or David to give you access - it isn't automatic.

    Wild Apricot don't claim that the site fully supports mobile devices - see 'Using the site' in the menu left for up to date info. You may well have to use your Linux box for this.

    I've copied your post and my reply to the JRA, its magazine and website forum' where you'll find other discussions about the above. Would members please continue this discussion there. Thanks.
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  • 03 Jan 2013 13:37
    Reply # 1170976 on 1170871
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    I notice that many of the books on the list are not in the form of links.  Are the available in electronic form somewhere and I'm just failing to find them?
    On a related subject, the window shows some of the books as being stored on Box, but if I go to Box there is no directory for them that is accessible to me.  My smartphone browser doesn't know how to download the box links, although my linux box does.  Is there some direct access to the Box storage where I could access the books from my smartphone?
  • 03 Jan 2013 06:13
    Message # 1170871
    I am a bit slow sometimes I think and have only just realized, after reading comments from others in the Brian Platt posting, that I can access certain books on this site electronically.  In particular I am excited to access Eric the Red, which I have long wanted to read.  More about that book in a minute, but the main point of this posting is about the ease of access to these E texts.  Some members mention the small print etc and inability to change the font size.  I initially opened the book online via the website on my laptop (Windows 7, Microsoft Office).  I found I could change the font size by zooming in with the tool at the bottom left of the box, but had difficulty scrolling down, the text kept jumping.  I managed to get it eventually to a point where the whole page was displayed on my laptop screen.  It was just readable but uncomfortable.  I then decided to try downloading it, which I successfully did, then opened it with Adobe Reader and was pleased to discover it scrolls perfectly and the font is large and easy to read.  I can now read the book at my convenience and am already thoroughly enjoying doing so.  Thank you JRA!  Another wonderful benefit of being a member.  (Sign up, all you non-member readers, these books alone make membership the bargain of the century!)

    As for Eric The Red, what a wonderful book.  I had no idea Donald was an Oxford graduate and such a literate and sensitive writer.  What a pity he did not write a book (or get it published) about his subsequent circumnavigation (Eric the Red was lost in the Cape Verde Islands on the last leg of that voyage but his circumnavigation was as good as completed.)  I wonder what became of him?
    Last modified: 03 Jan 2013 06:14 | Anonymous member
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