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#1 Dan L

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 12:55 PM

Hello,

 

I'm very new to e-sword module creation. Can anyone tell me if it's possible to create a module from the many books available to read on google books. I believe many have a public domain copy right. I currently use Bible Works and it links to many eternal resources available through google. But I would like to access them offline with e-sword if possible.

 

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Posted 18 January 2014 - 01:05 PM

Yes, you can use public domain Google books, but you would have to run them through OCR software first and then convert them to e-Sword format.

 

Most of the Google public domain books can be downloaded to your computer as a pdf, which you can use without e-Sword if you so desired.


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Posted 18 January 2014 - 03:23 PM

Hello,

 

I'm very new to e-sword module creation. Can anyone tell me if it's possible to create a module from the many books available to read on google books. I believe many have a public domain copy right. I currently use Bible Works and it links to many eternal resources available through google. But I would like to access them offline with e-sword if possible.

 

Thanks

 

Hi Dan;  Wouldn't that be great to be able to read PDF's files within the eSword program, maintainging a PDF library within the eSword program itself?  Yup.  Neat, but the eSword developers are not to that point yet.  They did advance us into SermonAudio.com, so that's a great leap forward - along with the new Reference Resource Window.

 

If, however, you would wish to format some of those Google resources, it's a fairly straightforward process - but time consuming.  Two other places that have a vast amount of good solid Christian books in PDF formatting is:

 

The Internet Archive (search page):  http://archive.org/advancedsearch.php

Princeton Theological Seminary Digital Inititives page:  http://diglib.ptsem.edu/

 

Many of these resources are cross-posted in Google, but some are not.  However, if you absolutely MUST have a Google book, and it's completely readable public domain, it can be downloaded in PDF and in TEXT.  The text copy is usually (BUT NOT ALWAYS) a poor OCR of the PDF.  Sometimes their text copies are the best available text copies around - I've made several eSword modules from them.  The problem is that the book itself (when downloading a text of the book) must be copy/pasted 3-4 pages at a time.  It takes 30-45 min. to copy paste a 500 page book.  To find the Text version, just go to the gear cog in the upper  right of the Google book page for each available book -- the same place you would go to download the PDF copy.

 

I copy/paste into a text editor, and go from there.  These are doable projects, but they take time.  Having and being able to run your own OCR software is the best, but that's not always possible.

 

Blessings. lg


Edited by LarryG, 18 January 2014 - 03:24 PM.


#4 Dan L

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Posted 21 January 2014 - 02:07 PM

Hello,

 

Thanks for your help. I'm glad to know this can be done as I'm often without internet access and wishing I could dig into some other resources. And thanks for the links to the other sites. I'll have to check them out as well. 






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