[sword-devel] a new source for modules?

Chris Little chrislit at crosswire.org
Sat Aug 29 14:41:36 MST 2009

Peter von Kaehne wrote:
> Peter von Kaehne wrote:
>> Just started to look around Google Books and saw the huge collection of
>> public domain books scanned, OCRd and transformed into epub books.
> E.g. here Wesley's complete works:
> http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=2tdhAAAAIAAJ&printsec=frontcover&dq=subject:%22+theology+%22&lr=&as_brr=1&ei=opmZSu6qDqCGygTxpIjODg&rview=1#v=onepage&q=&f=false
> Scanned, OCRed and as epub. A rudimentary genbook should be creatable
> within a couple of hours and once references etc are inserted it could
> be a valuable resource beyond the ability of an epub reader.
> Peter

No doubt this is a step in the right direction, but I have the same 
misgivings as Matthew regarding OCRd and unproofed content.

I popped the book you cite into Adobe Digital Editions to check the 
quality, and found most of the OCR problems we would expect to see:
weird layout, non-Latin text appears as gibberish, and one (text) page I 
spotted was just presented inline as a scanned image.

So, it's a good step, but the quality is pretty bad.


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