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Old 08-31-2006, 06:44 AM   #1
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And so said Eddie Izzard - Ok now I have you attention, you might be pleased to know Google have launched there own ebook search site - books.google.com. All the texts fall into the realm of "Public Domain" and they come in PDF format. If you come across any gems among the titles on offer, please be sure to let us know!

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Old 08-31-2006, 09:45 AM   #2
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Marvelous, found Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Travels, can't wait to run it through OCR.
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Old 08-31-2006, 03:01 PM   #3
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And so said Eddie Izzard...
My wife and I absolutely love Eddie Izzard!

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Old 09-01-2006, 04:35 AM   #4
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...Google have launched there own ebook search site - books.google.com. All the texts fall into the realm of "Public Domain" and they come in PDF format.
Although all files I've tested read well on Adobe Acrobat, and those I have tested seem to be accepted by FineReader 8, they fare less well on the iLiad. I have seen reports that other mobile PDF readers also have similar problems.

Not sure what the problem is: I can't find any implementation notes for xpdf that says if it doesn't support progressive JPEG 2000 encoding of images.

Or are there any Google PDF books that do work on mobile readers?

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Or are there any Google PDF books that do work on mobile readers?
Since the Google books are basically just graphics packaged into a PDF, unless the original pages are smaller than 8.5"x11" or the font rather large, they will be unreadable on the iLiad even if the files themselves are readable by xpdf.

So, right now, the answer to your question is "probably not." Your best bet for public domain content is still the old stand-bys: Gutenberg, Manybooks, etc.
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Marvelous, found Goethe's Wilhelm Meisters Travels, can't wait to run it through OCR.
I hadn't thought of that eumesmo. How well does this work? The quality of the scans is variable so I assume the OCR output would be as well. The only reason I'd want to do this is if I wanted a particular edition of a Shakespeare play or something like that. Otherwise gutenberg is the way to go. Still I'd be interested in hearing your experiences using OCR with Google books.

Oh forgot to add Izzard quotes...
"I'm covered in bees!"
"I'm not Head of Catering! I am Vader!"
"No flag no country you can't have one!"

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New Eddie Izzard comedy will be airing on BBC America soon:

http://tinyurl.com/zu5rn

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