Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Free e-Books and Magazines

Every so often I blog about some free e-Books that I have come across and think the readers of Monarch Place might also like.  This is another one of those posts.

If you have never delved into the world of e-Books before and think that because you don't have one of those new 'fandangled Kindle things' or another type of e-reader, don't dismiss the idea quite so quickly.

E-books can be read on many devices, one of which is the computer you are most likely reading this post from right now.  You can also download them onto smart phones and iPads and other tablets.

I subscribe to an emailed newsletter from 'Interweave' and this month they are highlighting some free e-magazines.  Just click on the link in the names of these books to go to the page and download them.

This one is Sensational Knit and Crochet patterns.
I particularly like the cabled scarf in this book and can see that in my knitting future.

I like the look of this free e-booklet on Tunisian Crochet patterns and tips.

I'm basically a knitter but I have been known to crochet from time to time.  I'm not great at it but wouldn't mind getting better and I have always been interested in learning Tunisian crochet because I like the linen weave look it gives.

Do you spin?  I learnt on a drop spindle when I was living in Qatar in the Middle East and was told how relaxing it was.  Well it certainly doesn't start out that way but as you go along and get better at drafting and spinning it really is a very relaxing pass time.

I haven't done much of it lately but I think this little book on 'Drop Spindle Spinning' might just give me the nudge I need to dust off my spindles and use them for more than just decoration.

And for any quilters out there or beginner quilters here is a handy book on Free-Motion Machine Quilting Techniques plus a few other tips and tricks.

This 'Sewing for Beginners' book I've put in here for my daughter, and others like her, who have maybe just bought their first sewing machine or are relearning the basics of sewing.

I taught her how to sew when she was growing up and as a teenager how to do basic mending, hem her jeans and make simple garments but a refresher course is never a bad thing.

Now she has a baby of her own and her interest in sewing has rekindled as she learns to sew for her own family.

These last few are from the Kindle Store and as you can see are Kindle-reader books but if you have an Amazon account you can still download these to your computer and read them on there.  When you click to buy one (they are free remember) you can choose which device it downloads to and one of the options is 'transfer via computer'.

At the time of publishing this blog post these books are offered free on Amazon but they can and do change, sometimes quite quickly.  As with many free items, these are most likely a limited offer.

How to Utilize Vegetable Superfoods for Health, Book 2.
Victoria Lancer talks about superfoods that are packed with nutrients to help fight diseases

Live Organic - Information on organic cleaning solutions, chemical-free clothing, natural foods and organic plants and flowers.

A Step by Step guide to home canning
This one looked particularly interesting as I've noticed more and more people going back to preserving their own foods.

The blurb about the book reads.......
This guide is intended to provide you with the essential information to make your first small jars in a safe and enjoyable way. It will guide you through all stages from preparation to storage of your products.

You will discover the principles of conservation for different types of food, the benefits of home canning, the recommended methods as well as the ones to avoid.

Then you will learn the two proper methods of treatment: the boiling water bath and the pressure canning methods. You will find a list of essential equipment and the detailed steps for a successful canning experience.

And finally some light entertaining reading 'Letters of a Woman Homesteader'

Book Blurb.......

Grade 7 Up–After deciding that city life as a laundress wasn't for her, Elinore Pruitt, a young widowed mother, accepted an offer to assist with a ranch in Wyoming, work that she found exceedingly more rewarding. In this delightful collection of letters, she describes these experiences to her former employer, Mrs. Coney. Pruitt's charming descriptions of work, travels, neighbors, animals, land and sky have an authentic feel. The West comes alive, and everyday life becomes captivating. Her writing is clear, witty, and entertaining. The 26 letters are brief and tell about her life on the ranch in the early 1900s. The author frequently and unnecessarily apologizes for being too wordy; she begs forgiveness for many "faults," like being forgetful, ungrateful, inconsistent and indifferent, all without apparent cause. On occasion, language reflects the racial prejudice of the time. Many times, Pruitt attempts to portray the culturally diverse characters she meets by writing their various dialects as they sound.

I hope you find something here that you are interested in and enjoy some reading time or learning a new technique.


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