Google offers classic literature for YouTube generation

August 31, 2006

titlepage    Lovers of the classics no longer need endure the muss and fuss of handling rare books, the dusty, sneeze-inducing, allergy-producing, one-in-a-million chance to open up and experience a centuries-old volume of Shakespeare or Marco Polo.    Classic literature has entered the digital mainstream as the Google Book Search project has begun offering downloadable copies of out-of-copyright books from the shelves of several of the world’s greatest libraries.    While there’s no substitute for the magic of leafing through a first folio edition of Shakespeare, only so many people on Earth will ever do so. Centuries-old books degrade when exposed to air or heat orgraphic humidity. Digital books don’t tear, get smudged or crack or flake away with age.    In the new era of digital books, could classics get cool again? Could downloading a copy of Aesop’s Fables replace an episode of South Park or endless YouTube skits? Would a modern kid ever be caught dead reading Fitz Gerald Broad’s largely forgotten 1918 theological meditation The Problem of Life on her smartphone?    Google has yet to offer a full list of books they are making available online, something that will be necessary before users make a habit of using the service. The company did provide the following sampling of nearly 100 titles, some classics, some esoterica. “We have MANY, MANY more than this,” a Google spokeswoman promised.

Author Title
William Shakespeare, George Long Duyckinck The Works of Shakespeare
A. L. (Andrew Lee) Dyke Dyke’s Automobile and Gasoline Engine Encyclopedia
Arthur Wellesley Wellington, William Hazlitt The Speeches of the Duke of Wellington in Parliament
Charles Hutton A Course of Mathematics
Popular encyclopedia The popular encyclopedia; or, ‘Conversations Lexicon’
John Theodore Merz A History of European Thought in the Nineteenth Century
Edwin Abbott Abbott Flatland
William John Thoms Lays and legends of various nations
Thomas Dick The Works of Thomas Dick …
Charles Dickens Household Words
Kuno Fischer History of Modern Philosophy
Girolamo Tommasi, Carlo Minutoli Sommario della storia di Lucca dall’anno MIV all’anno MDCC
  The Gentleman’s Magazine
John Ford The Dramatic Works of John Ford
Morris Jastrow The Civilization of Babylonia and Assyria
Henri Poincare, George Bruce Halsted, Josiah Royce The Foundations of Science
National cyclopaedia The national encyclopædia
L. Emmett (Luther Emmett) Holt The Diseases of infancy and childhood
William D’Avenant, William Hugh Logan, James Maidment The Dramatic Works of Sir William D’Avenant
E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton Witch Stories
J. P. (Joseph Pomeroy) Widney Race Life of the Aryan Peoples
Ida Ethelwyn Wing The World’s Progress
James Fenimore Cooper The Water-witch
  The Romanic Review
James Fenimore Cooper The Water-witch
Jessie H. (Jessie Hubbell) Bancroft Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium
E. K. (Edmund Kerchever) Chambers The Mediaeval Stage
H. A. (Hélène Adeline) Guerber Myths of Greece and Rome
Jane G. (Jane Goodwin) Austin Betty Alden
Anton Francesco Grazzini, Luigi Fiacchi Le cene ed altre prose di Antonfrancesco Grazzini detto Il Lasca riscontrate sui migliori codici per
A. I. (Antoine Isaac) Silvestre de Sacy Exposé de la religion des druzes
F. Marion (Francis Marion) Crawford The Witch of Prague
Lawton Bryan Evans America First
Sidney Luxton Loney The Elements of Coordinate Geometry
Thomas James, John Tenniel Aesop’s Fables
Arthur Schopenhauer, Karl Hillebrand On the Fourfold Root of the Principle of Sufficient Reason
W. H. Davenport (William Henry Davenport) Adams Witch, Warlock, and Magician
Augustin Calmet The Phantom World
Luigi Fornaciari Esempi di bello scrivere in prosa
Moncure Daniel Conway The Earthward Pilgrimage
George Purdey Field Tinnitus aurium
Jules Michelet La Sorcière
Diego Baross Arana Historia jeneral de la Independencia de Chile
Dante Alighieri Divine Comedy. The Inferno
William Ralston Shedden Ralston Russian Folk-tales
Theocritus, Bion, Moschus Greek Pastoral Poets
Marco Polo, Hugh Murray The Travels of Marco Polo
James M. (James Meschter) Anders A Text-book of the practice of medicine
Friedrich Konrad Beilstein Handbuch der organischen Chemie v. 2
Ebenezer Cobham Brewer The Reader’s Handbook of Allusions, References, Plots and Stories
H. (Harald) Weitemeyer Aemner og Kuriositeter fra Columbustiden og Columbusliteraturen
Walter Rye, Robert Forby A Glossary of Words Used in East Anglia
James Russell Lowell Reader! Walk Up at Once (it Will Soon be Too Late) and Buy at a Perfectly Ruinous Rate a Fable for Critics; Or, Better, (I Like, as a Thing that the Reader’s First Fancy May Strike, an Old Fashioned Title-page, Such as Presents a Tabular View of the …
Emile Zola L’assommoir
Lorenzo Magnani Cenni sui provvedimenti economici dei principi Lorenesi in Toscana
Fitz Gerald Broad The Problem of Life
Making of America Project The Living Age …
Torald Hermann Sollmann A Manual of pharmacology and its applications to therapeutics and toxicology
Verein für Hessische Geschichte und Landeskunde Zeitschrift
Thomas Reid The Works of Thomas Reid …
E. Noble Smith The Management of lateral curvature of the spine, stooping, and the development of the chest in phthisis
John Woodward Response of Hon. John Woodward …
Wilhelm Franz Loebisch Anleitung zur Harn-Analyse fur praktische Aerzte, Apotheker und Studirende
Louis Desprez L’évolution naturaliste …
William Shakespeare Twelfth Night; Or, What You Will; a Comedy in Five Acts
John Knox Laughton, Christopher Lloyd, William Gordon Perrin The Naval Miscellany
David Davies Cofiant y diweddar Barch. Robert Everett
William J. (William John) Fryer The Tenement House Law and the Lodging House Law of the City of New York
Pièrre Dominique Bazaine Chemin de fer de Strasbourg à Bâle
Thomas Alexander Browne A Colonial Reformer
Mary Doline O’Connor The Life and Letters of M.P. O’Connor
United States. Dept. of Justice Annual Report of the Attorney General of the United States
Giovanni Battista Zappi, Faustina Maratti Zappi Rime dell’ avvocato Gio.Batt.Felice Zappi e di Faustina Maratti, sua consorte
Jean Froissart, Auguste Scheler Oeuvres de Froissart
Richard Steele, Joseph Addison The Lucubrations of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq
Newton (Mass.) Eliot Anniversary, 1646-1896
New York State Historical Association Proceedings of the New York State Historical Association
Isaac Candler A Summary View of America
Guillaume, Jean, Jules Croissandeau Le Roman de la rose
Pedro Antonio de Alarcón The Friend of Death
Otto Bismarck, Paul Dehn Bismarck als Erzieher
Jean-Pierre Niceron Memoires pour servir a l’histoire des hommes illustres dans la republique des lettres, avec un catalogue raisonne de leurs ouvrages …
United States. Navy Dept, United States. Naval War Records Office Official Records of the Union and Confederate Navies in the War of the Rebellion
A. (Alfred) Richet Traite pratique d’anatomie medico-chirurgicale
J. Milner (John Milner) Fothergill Aids to diagnosis. v.1, 1881
Izaak Walton The Lives of John Donne
Christian Wilhelm von Dohm Denkwurdigkeiten meiner Zeit
James David Thompson Handbook of Learned Societies and Institutions
Fred Wilson Besley, L. A. (Louis Agricola) Bauer, Beatrice Dawson Wood, Oliver Lanard Fassig, C. R. Zappone, J. C. Britton, Homer Payson Little Anne Arundel County (Md.)
Jonathan Swift, Thomas Sheridan The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift…
William Dean Howells Roman Holidays
J. W. (James William) Massie America: the Origin of Her Present Conflict; Her Prospect for the Slave, and Her Claim for Anti-slavery Sympathy
Robert Southey, Charles Michael Wolseley History of the Peninsular War …
Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin) La Rue A Graphical Method for Swing-bridges
Otto Kaiser Die Funktionen der Ganglienzellen des Halsmarkes
David Ames Wells Wells’s Principles and Applications of Chemistry

 

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send me all you have on downloading books

Posted by edward heath | Report as abusive
 

This is a GREAT idea. Now I just need to find out how to get the comprehensive list.

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