Sometimes it seems to me that we can actually have too many choices. And the internet isn't helping that, since it seems merely to be increasing the number of choices that we have. Not always for the better.
As an illustration of this, I refer you to a book that I had run across on the web, English Heraldic Book-Stamps by Cyril Davenport, published in 1909. "Interesting," I thought to myself. "I'll have to go out and take a look." So I did. Turns out it was downloadable from Scribed.com, which I hadn't used before. Not a problem. I clicked on "download", and it turned out that it wanted me to sign in, preferably using either my Scribed or Facebook login. Okay, I've got a Facebook login, so I went ahead used that. It took a while to think about it, then told me what Facebook friends I had were on Scribed, and eventually took me to a Scribed screen where I had the opportunity to upload stuff to Scribed so that others could download it. I poked about and found, and clicked on, "Continue to download." Finally I got to where I could download it as a .pdf, and did so.
Without having to log in, go through several screens to get to it, and then have but a single (the largest) download option. Unless, of course, you like doing all that. In which case, the choice is (choices are?) yours. It's at http://www.scribd.com/doc/32230360/English-heraldic-book-stamps
Happy New Year!
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