Here is Eugen Sandow’s classical book Strength and How to Obtain It – as true to the original as possible and in various formats, compatible with a vast number of e-reading devices. Best of all, completely free to download, read and share with others.
Strength And How To Obtain It
If you don’t know who Eugen Sandow was, well, let’s say he was the man who started bodybuilding.
He also wrote a number of books, of whom Strength and How to Obtain It is the most popular. Various versions of this work are available on the internet, but most, if not all, suffer severely from electronic transfer making whole passages illegible, missing pictures and tables or simply consisting of scanned pages that can’t be read on e-readers.
I therefore decided to acquire the original book, scan the text, correct it by hand, use images from the electronic edition found at openlibrary.org where needed and include the tables and pictures in the appropriate places. Of all the ebook versions available online, this one should be closest to the original. And it is my little Christmas present to all my faithful visitors:
The book is available in mobi, epub and PDF formats. Right-click on the download of your choice and pick “save target as…”:
- Eugen Sandow – Strength and How to Obtain It – MOBI
- Eugen Sandow – Strength and How to Obtain It – EPUB
- Eugen Sandow – Strength and How to Obtain It – PDF
Mobi is the ebook format for Amazon e-readers of the Kindle family, but I suggest you use PDF for Kindle Fire devices, as some tables in the mobi file might not work on those (or that is at least what Amazon’s preview software was trying to tell me). Epub is the book format for various devices of other manufacturers, including the Barnes & Noble Nook, Sony’s PRS family and many more. PDF finally is the best format you can use on tablets for this book, as I set the PDF file in A5 format and in portrait orientation should make best use of the screen real estate.
If you need a way to get the book from your computer onto your e-reading device, have a look at the free Calibre ebook management software. It’s available for Windows, OSX and Linux and can do tons of stuff, including transferring books to your device.
Picture courtesy of Thalita Carvalho.