26 May 2012

18th Century eBooks

For Mother's Day, I was the lucky recipient of the Nook e-reader. Besides the obvious benefit of now owning a tablet, (and having children's apps to entertain my toddler while waiting in public,) I've been scheming to turn this modern device into an 18th century resource.

While this seems straightforward, the primary sources I'm primarily searching for are not easily found in e-reader format. Many hard to find/out of print titles are available through Google Books, which can be downloaded to the Nook, they read as if they're written in Latin. However some titles have been "translated" and can help build a colonial e-library...

Primary Sources

Bradford's History of Plimoth Plantation

Diary of Sally Wister's Journal: A True Narrative Being a Quaker Maiden's Account of Her Experience With Officers From the Continental Army, 1777-1778 

Diary of Anna Green Winslow, a Boston School Girl of 1771 

Johnson's English Dictionary: A Complete and Unabridged Edition of A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson

The Lady's Magazine; Or Entertaining Companion For The Fair Sex, Appropriated Solely To Their Use and Amusement 

Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded, by Samuel Richardson.

History Books

A Manuel of 18th Century Textile Dyeing: A Collection of Original 18th Century Dye Recipes, with Modern Instructions  

At Home: A Short History of Private Life

Children in Colonial America

Defining the World: The Extraordinary Story of D. Johnson's Dictionary 

Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

Politics of Fashion In 18th Century America 

Privilege and Scandal: The Remarkable Life of Harriet Spencer, Sister of Georgiana

The Age of Homespun: Objects and Stories in the Creation of an American Myth

The Gentleman's Daughter: Women's Lives in Georgian England
This is unfortunately the only Amanda Vickery Nook book that's currently available

Those Damned Rebels: The American Revolution As Seen Through British Eyes

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I discovered the author Lucinda Brandt through Pinterest and have found a bit of a guilty pleasure in her novels.

What's your favorite eBook? Any titles suggestions...or suggestions of titles to avoid?

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