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06-16-2008, 01:07 AM
Any serious writer needs reference material. There is a huge amount of it online and I continually find Wikipedia to be an excellent site.
However, sometimes the truly good stuff was published before the advent of the Internet - you know, back when everything was done with a quill pen and an ink bottle.
I recently dusted two off from a closet shelf -
What's What by Ballantine Books
How Things Work by Simon & Schuster (I think it's the same as a similar online reference)

And, then today, while my wife and I were eating at our favorite local diner (I'm not going to tell you what or where because it's already hard enough to get a seat there) when I saw two books that blew me away. Both are published by Reader's Digest"

Stories Behind Everyday Things
When, Where, Why and How It Happened.

You can bet I'll search 'til I find both for my reference library. Found the first on Amazon.com!

06-16-2008, 01:19 AM
I have that "How things Work" I aquired it when my bother in law passed away along with a few other things that only a writer could love :)

06-16-2008, 01:27 AM
Well, I cannot say I have a few books like that. I own probably 2000 books on a variety of subjects. For my WIP book set in Farmille, Va, I have about 5 books specifically on the subject. Then, I spent a few hours in the Longwood University library researching through microfilm. Ohh and I use research I find on the internet. Most of what I find in books cannot be found online and several times, what I have found online have led to book purchases.
So, I kind of have an addiction.

06-16-2008, 05:13 AM
I keep a list of internet sites of value to my historical writing. I also keep looking at the ABE Books site. There are hard-to-find books available with translations of old documents not available on the internet, yet.