Saturday, March 26, 2011

How I Found Freedom...

Harry Browne's famous book How I Found Freedom In An Unfree World is available on paper or as HTML and ePub and PDF files*.
It is a very unusual book about gaining freedom by not being ruled by arbitrary beliefs or rules.
There's a short overview (and alternative dl link) here.

*A Kindle 3 can read PDF files and an iPad can read PDF as well as ePub formats. Any web browser reads HTML. You can check out the book first in a web browser here.

I’ve tested the PDF version of this book on my Kindle 3, and it works fine if you set it to show it at 150% and turn it 90 degrees.  (See update below for great tip, found by TCGirl.)

Update: From Amazon:

If you prefer to have your personal PDF documents converted to the Kindle format so you can take advantage of Kindle functionality such as variable font size, annotation, Text-to-Speech, etc., type "Convert" in the subject of the e-mail when you submit your personal document to your "name" address.


eolake said...

It only existed, apparently, as an HTML file, and it was pretty hard to track down, and compressed in a format I had never heard of. But after I found it, I converted it to ePub and PDF which are better formats for many people/devices. And I put them on a dropbox server so they would be easier to find. (Why does it take ten minutes to find and ten minutes to download an 800k file over torrent? That system is so unreliable and confusing.)

Kent McManigal said...

I have read and enjoyed the book, although I think he was just a little to ready to advocate abandoning responsibilities which had been voluntarily agreed to at an earlier time. As long as no coercion or fraud was involved in getting you to consent, you should follow through even if you later decide you don't like it.

Scott said...

There is also "Your money or your life" and
"How To Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui" both good books

Timo Lehtinen said...

I think he was just a little to ready to advocate abandoning responsibilities which had been voluntarily agreed to at an earlier time.

I am wondering what, specifically, you are referring to here. Care to elaborate?

Kent McManigal said...

Timo- He seemed to advocate walking away from your offspring and/or mate if you felt they were not good for your freedom. In some cases, that might be necessary, but only in pretty extreme circumstances. If you voluntarily consent to take on a responsibility you need to see it through.

TC [Girl] said...

A nice thing what you said, in your last post, Kent. :-)

eolake said...

Yeah, obviously there's a balance. That's why one should be thoughtful about taking on responsibilities one can't easily get out of.

Harry advocates not making important decisions while one is very emotional. I think that's wise.