Society of the Old West

From early westward expansion through the early 20th Century.

Just got back from a weekend writer's conference, and learned a bit of interesting historical trivial from the keynote speaker. Did you all know that the bestselling book in the 19th Century was Uylsses S. Grant's memoirs?

He explained that Grant had to give up his army pension when he ran for President, and that later in life he became impoverished. In order to secure that his widow wouldn't become destitute after his death he wrote his memoirs. They are still in print today. You can even find them on and download them to a Kindle. Wonder what Grant would have thought about e-books?


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Comment by Gayle Martin on September 26, 2010 at 8:45pm
Well, first ya gotta git one of dem dare gadgets that looks like a big, overgrown cell phone. It's called an e-book reader. Then you press some buttons, and the text from a book flows into it right outta the sky.

What I can't figure out is how I'm supposed to sign the damn thing...
Comment by dirtrider on September 26, 2010 at 7:41pm
uhhhhh,,,,,, whasan e book??????????? Its gotta have more letters then that............

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