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Thumbs up Webster, Noah: Webster's Dictionary 1913 (updated .EPUB), v2.1, 17 July 2009

All this recent talk of dictionaries made me dig up this dictionary I had converted to eBookwise 1150 .imp several years ago.

This ambitious project by The K-Dawg ( http://web.archive.org/web/200406061...adiocrypt.com/ ) updated the 1913 Webster's dictionary back in 2003 to include (sic) 125,970 searchable words!!!

BTW, Easter egg alert, check the entry for 'K-Dawg, The' after the Ka words.... (Pompous comes to mind!)

Note this webpage is no longer on the internet, but can still be found using the WayBackMachine at archive.org. The original Websters' Dictionary 2.0.rb (for the Rocket eBook reader) may not be still available there, but I have posted a copy of it here (15MB). The info extracted from that .rb is presented here:
Quote:
COMMENT=Info file for the following eBook
TITLE=Webster's Dictionary ver 2.0
AUTHOR=HTML ed. by KDawg
BODY=Final12.html
URL=ebook:rbmk-3e58bb890987fff91699
GENERATOR=rbmake v0.99f using the rbmake library v0.99f
HKEY=1
TYPE=2
VERSION=1
PARSE=1
OUTPUT=1
I updated the .html (see '_2.0_epub_source' .zip attached below) extracted from that .rb to convert to Sony PRS-505 .epub! The .html now includes 110,875 words, a two-tier TOC with tier one being placed in the first page of the reader and tier two (2600+ links) from the letters of the alphabet.

I automated the process to add TOC entries into a two-tiered TOC. I ended up adding just over 2600 TOC links. The idea was to space them evenly over every 50 words and then the mid point would be no more than 25 words from either side (word_before TOClink or word_after TOClink). With an average of (say) 5 words to a "page" that would mean the mid point would be only 5 page-turns away!

Now, the exciting news, all words referenced in a definition like 'See Base' are now hyperlinked to that entry in the dictionary; some 50,000+ new links have been added by me!

Using html2epub.exe from Calibre (v0.4.101), this conversion from .html to .epub took almost 48 hours! However, the conversion actually crashed before it created the .epub, but Calibre had split the .html per the Sony's requirements in my Windows temp folder. All I had to do was complete the .opf and toc.ncx. I manually created the .epub, so I HOPE this works! (see attached image for the actual crash/error...)

Even though this is a 100 year old dictionary, I hope you find it useful. I know some people will probably read it like a book....

BTW, did I mention IT'S HUGE.

Enjoy this one!

EDIT: 23 Nov 2008 I just found this great abbreviation reference listing to the (1913) abbreviations used throughout this dictionary. Now you'll be in the know!

EDIT: 17 July 2009 Uploaded an updated version 2.1 as 'Websters Dictionary 1913_ver21.epub' with improved TOC links and cover page display as well as incorporated the abbreviations listing


!!! Please note that 'Websters Dictionary 1913.epub' (now removed) is actually the older version 2.0 ebook and has been improved upon in the version 2.1 offering (_ver21.epub) below !!!

Previous downloads for v2.0: 848
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Last edited by nrapallo; 10-06-2009 at 08:17 AM. Reason: added version 2.1 with improved the TOC links and cover page display as well as incorporated the abbreviations listing
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