Hey there Rancher - I'm with trsturself as far as canning books go. The Ball book is about the best. If I feel like something new, I resort to the internet - but that's infrequent. As far as homesteading goes, I really haven't found a 'bible' so to speak. I rely a great deal on Mother Earth news and scan through library books for specific items. I know you have internet problems, but try looking at some of the homesteading sites out there. You could use the computer at the library maybe??