The naturist library

The library

You may have visited the naturist library page already. It’s a big, fat list of naturist books in a lot of genres. I had a quick look for you. 12 genres. There should be something in it for everyone.

How did this start?

Basically I started this for myself as I was getting tired of running over all the book stores online to find decent naturist fiction. Most of was erotica or porn, and it was nearly impossible to find the worthy gems in there.

I knew there were books. Good books. I had read them. As the list grew, I had this idea to put them online. I was proud to see that first list of about 50 or 60 books up there on this website, and people started helping me by sending titles and references.

Reading is good for the soul. Being naked is as well. Why not combine the two?

The work

At times it takes a bit of time for a new book to ‘come online’ in the library. It’s not a fully automated process. Some is, but most of it is manual because the site is hosted on a WordPress base.

My source is a spreadsheet.

It’s a very convenient way to keep things in order, and I wrote a few sorting macros to make the exports from there more convenient. There are 2 exports, 1 sorted on Genre/Series and 1 on author.

After downloading those, I run a script and a program I wrote, that together convert those exported text-files into handy dandy HTML files. I wrote those programs because I’m too lazy to code and link and x-ref (by now) over 170 books by hand. It’s also a bit too time-consuming. 😉

With that part done, I load the 2 files into an editor (snippet here on the left, doesn’t that look cool? 😀 ) and I log into the site, where I update the HTML code for the actual sets of books on each page; the main library page sorted by Genre and the one sorted by Author. This might not sound like a lot of work (it’s ‘only’ 15 minutes) but it’s not something I want to do for each new book.

Before a new book is in there

Because that’s not all the work. When a kind soul sends me a message to tell me there’s a great naturist book out by Smarty Johnson, that’s not exactly enough to add to the library. I go online, google Smarty Johnson, run into a thousand links of use tire dealers called Smarty Johnson and finally locate 2 of them on Amazon. 1 wrote a book on selling used tires, and 1 wrote, indeed, a book on naturism and its relation to, you guessed it, used tires. Yay, that means I found the link on amazon. But the book might also be on Barnes and Noble. And Kobo. And Apple. And perhaps some obscure other place. So there I go to search as well, often without a result as most people don’t seem to know there are books sold outside Amazon. Of course then I also investigate the actual book. Is this real naturism? Is it naturism enough? There’s always this difficult fine line, so I may ask someone to have a look as well. And if then the book passes the ballot, I’ll add the book to the library sheet.

Trust me, that takes longer than 15 minutes per book. Which is fine. That keeps the quality of the books high.

It’s a good source.

That brings tweets like this to life – and that is what the library is meant to do. It’s meant to help you find books about and dealing with our lifestyle.

Reading naked in the park
Reading naked in a park

So keep reading, people. And let me know if you find a good book that belongs in the library!

Mirror Earth Connected

Yes. Today is the day that book 4 of the Mirror Earth series is available in most e-book-stores.

I honestly hadn’t thought that this book would ever happen. That should tell you how much I know. My name might just as well be Jon Snow…

But despite that, it happened, and it’s out there. Somewhere.

What can I tell you about this book?

Redolans. You have to hate them. They’re making the worst mess ever on Earth? On which one, though.

A meteorite shakes up the lives of Elisabeth, Gloria and Cobyo. Things from the past are suddenly out in the open again. Do they mean something? Tell something?

And then there’s someone who calls himself the Sun Emperor. What is his part in all this? And is he from this world or from another one?

Too many questions to answer here, so dive into ‘Mirror Earth Connected’ and find out.

There you have it. If you’re willing to take the dive with me, go ahead. You can find the book at these places for now:

AmazonAmazon.co.ukAmazon.deAmazon.nlAmazon.itAmazon.frAmazon.esAmazon.caAmazon.auBarnes&NobleApple iTunesKobo. As usual, the paperback will need a few more minutes. Or hours. 

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Dukes and earls can’t afford a fitting shirt but nudity is still bad

Have you seen this kind of romance novel? Don’t worry, I’m not judging anyone on their literary or reading preferences.

My “thing” with this type of cover is, that this erotic/sensual nudity is okay while real, non-erotic nudity is entirely off the scale and still considered unacceptable. I doubt I’m the only person with such sentiment.

The world is mad. All over the place, porn and erotic stuff is condemned but at the same time stuff like this, which is nothing but an invitation to something close to it, is fine. Even now, during lock-down times, the porn industry is doing well. Perhaps even better than before.

Those double standards are not good, and we know it. I keep thinking about this, trying to find ways to make nudity more commonplace, but as the world progresses, this seems to be harder and harder.

I know why, of course. People are struggling to make ends meet in many places. They work long hours (which has a reason – if a government makes people work just long enough, they’re too tired to think at the end of the day, which makes the people ‘safe’. They don’t want to ‘think’ anymore, just slump on the couch and watch TV while eating their microwave dinner).

But even on the couch you can be naked, right? It’s my preferred way to be if I can’t go for a nude walk.

Why is it that all the media promote hidden, ‘naughty’ nudity over the real and genuine thing? Probably because there’s money in naughty (see porn industry). People who wear no clothes spend no money on clothes. It’s all the same thing, all over again.

Sometimes it’s disheartening to see what we’re up against.

Fake boobs are fine…

but the real thing is forbidden.

Just a children’s cartoon, right?

I keep being surprised by the hypocrisy of the clothed world. Really, sometimes I think I’ve seen and heard it all, but the clothed world keeps proving me wrong.

Take the image up here. Apparently it’s just fine. Nothing wrong with it.

Just a very young face with very big eyes. A happy, loving face. Cute, because big eyes are a sign of the very young (as in babies etc.)

A bit lower: quite a “rack”. Yes, rather large breasts for such a young face. Of course, “it’s just a drawing, what are you making a fuss about?”.

Well… considering the fact that clothed people are making quite the row over nude swims where children are present…

…this is something that’s so adverse to this all.

The people who condone drawings like that feel, to me (do note that), like child molesters without the guts (which is good). Why else would they like images of young girls with huge breasts? Is there something repressed inside those people?

Nudists who like to swim in the nude (hey, where does nudist come from?) with their children are the pedophiles, while people who (I think) have this subconscious craving for images like the one at the very top are the normal ones.

Sorry. Not buying that.

Nak-ed dot org.

Yes, nak-ed.org is a website. I heard about it on the current latest Naturist Living Show Podcast.

What is nak-ed?

‘ED’ should be familiar to most American readers of this post. It stands for Education. And yes, you figured out by now that nak-ed.org aims to deliver NAKED EDUCATION.

This site, and more importantly, this documentary, was created by a Norwegian man called Jan Dalchow, an award-winning Norwegian producer and director of documentaries.

As stated on the About page, NAK-ED is a documentary project with the intention to break the norms around nudity and decrease body shaming.

Nak-ed is created as a documentary which can be seen on Youtube (heavily censored as you might expect) and on Vimeo, uncensored. The Vimeo version is going to set you back an incredible $3.00, which I doubt is a huge problem for many people. I’m going to watch the proper version. It’s almost 2 hours of video footage that Jan worked on for years. I’m very curious about it.

If you’re not certain yet, have a listen to the podcast and hear Jan Dalchow talk about his project.