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Download Books For Free From Google Books

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Some books are available in their entirety, some have limited previews and the others have no previews at all. It so happens that often one needs only a topic or two from a specific book. While the Internet is a good source for finding the information otherwise, I have quite often seen people trying (unsuccessfully of course) to copy-paste, save images or take screen shots of Google Book search results.

If you have been in a similar situation where you badly wanted a page or two of the book, try the Google Books Downloader.

Might be pretty handy, since Google Book Search has a lot of genealogy-related material!

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WordPress problem solved

For those folks out there who have WordPress blogs, have you ever tried to post an image as a thumbnail only to have it actually appear as a full-sized image that takes up the entire page? You can still click on the image to view it, but it will appear in the blog post as only half an image, and makes the post look really congested and cluttered. I have had that problem occasionally, and resizing the image doesn’t help, either. A little bug in WordPress, I suppose

So this morning I opened a Flicker account, uploaded the Death Certificates to it, and then added them here as thumbnails. All very simple to do, and the results are exactly what I wanted. I have previously used PhotoBucket, but Flicker is much simpler, so I’ll probably use it in the future.

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A quick how-to lesson

If anyone wants to know how to create a pdf document and add it to WordPress:

  • Open a new OpenOffice text document
  • Copy image (a page of Sarah’s deposition), paste to text document
  • Press <enter> to move to next page
  • Copy/Paste each image to new page
  • Click File, then Save As .odt (OpenOffice document)
  • Click File, then Export as PDF
  • Select where you want pdf document to appear in WordPress (a post or a page)
  • Click Add Media at top of post or page
  • Upload pdf document

To make the document into an ebook, just add a title page, table of contents page, page formatting, etc.

That’s it! And it only took me all day to figure it out. (Not totally true, as I spent most of today running around town with my daughter!)