J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Reason to Buy a Kindle

Last month a small press called Sinclar Street Publishing issued Douglas P. Sabin’s report for the National Park Service, April 19, 1775: A Historiographical Study, in the Kindle format.

Prepared for Minute Man National Historical Park over several years and completed in 1987, Sabin’s report reviewed over two centuries of writings about the Battle of Lexington and Concord. David H. Fischer used Sabin’s report as a major guide for his book Paul Revere’s Ride, and called it “an indispensable work for serious students of the battles.”

As a government document, I believe this study was made available to the public, but getting hold of a copy isn’t simple. Some libraries in Middlesex County have copies, but this appears to be the first republication in any format.

Five years after this report, Sabin completed an internal report titled “The British Skull Controversy.” I’d love for that to be part of the Kindle file, but I suspect it’s not.


Anonymous said...

Kindle app on Ipad 2 is another download option, which I exercised today. I've been aware of Mr. Sabin's work for decades, but could not access it until today. Many thanks for the reference.

Jim Padian

J. L. Bell said...

Amazon also has free software for reading Kindle files on a Mac or PC, though those devices are harder to fit in one’s pocket.

RFuller said...

If you'd like a CD copy of it, no charge, inquire at the "email us" section at http://www.nps.gov/mima/contacts.htm .

Todd Andrlik said...

Thanks for posting about this! I bought a copy using the Kindle app on my iPhone.