May 20, 2011

PDFs From Early English Books Online

Early English Books Online (EEBO) has a truly impressive collection of early modern texts. Basically everything imaginable is there. It's a subscription service, but every university I've been at has had a campus-wide subscription. Unfortunately, when you go to view a text, they just give you an HTML page with a JPEG image of one page at a time. This makes it almost unusable.

I just discovered today that it is possible to download PDFs of entire books, or selected chapters, from EEBO. I'm not sure how long this feature has been around. Anyway, here is what you have to do: search EEBO to find your book. In the list of results that comes up, there is a check box to the left of each book. Check your book. Then, at the very top of the page on the right, click 'Marked List'. It will then give you an option, for each thing you have marked, to download a PDF, and you can select either the entire document, or just a page range.

What's even better, some parts of some Google books don't display properly on Kindle, but I don't seem to have any problem with PDFs from EEBO.

Posted by Kenny at May 20, 2011 1:22 PM
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