Jim Rooney’s Bossmen Back in Print

Source: Amazon.com

Back last Fall, our old friend Jim Rooney wrote:

Friends, I’m happy to announce that my book Bossmen: Bill Monroe & Muddy Waters is back in circulation, available as a book-on-demand from Amazon and as an e-book on Kindle (Amazon), Nook (Barnes & Noble) and iBook (Apple), with photographs by David Gahr, Carl Fleischhauer and John Byrne Cooke. The best thing about this book is how each man talks about his music. As Pete Seeger kindly said, “Anyone in the world wanting to understand American music could well start right here.”  Tell your friends.
Many thanks, Jim Rooney

I mentioned it a few times on the show, but in case you might not have heard, here it is.  The book originally came out in 1971.  Time flies!

My first impression was that  “Back in print” is a bit of a misnomer, as it was available as an ‘e-book’ only.  But that’s a mistake: there’s a paperback for $14.95:

http://www.amazon.com/Bossmen-Bill-Monroe-Muddy-Waters/dp/0985439904

However, the Kindle version is only $2.99.  So how do you read an e-book if you don’t have an iPad, or another tablet, or a Kindle, or Nook, or similar device?  I don’t reckon you want to use a smart phone to read books, given the small screen.  But, if you’re reading this weblog, you have a computer.

There is a quite elegant open-source program, an e-book library manager for your computer (all platforms) called Calibre, which among other things can convert one e-book format into any other:

http://calibre-ebook.com/

Watch the engaging demo. I’m going to get it.  Time to join the 21st century. Though I still like paperbacks. /CL

PS: Clicking on the image will take you to the Amazon page.

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