1 December 2003

Full-Text books on the web, free and subscription

Since sending out my last email, I have found some significant
extra sites and sources.

1) Full-text books via the web - for payment or subscription
2) Full-text books via the web - for free
3) links for searchable full-text commentaries
4) A peek into the future of publishing

1) Full-text books via the web - for payment or subscription
Remember: many paid services are subscribed to by universities.
Early English Books Online:
This aims to put all the books printed in UK from 1473 to 1800 on the web as page images. They have already completed thousands of titles including a lot of theology.
Logos - a large and growing number of searchable texts
Powell's Christianity eBooks - 700 titles
Well organised links to Christian commercial eBooks
Some general sources have significant Biblical Studies books:
Questia 45,000 books and growing for $120 per year
eBookMall - 25,000 books, pay for each individually
Ebrary - very cheap subscription site
Lots of CUP titles and other theology & Biblical Studies
View for free, pay for printouts. Subscription costs $5!

2) Full-text books via the web - for free
Project Guttenberg has a large collection (about 3000 authors)
- but I haven't found it much use for Biblical Studies
Case Western Reserve University
- about 300 older books, including some theology
and a surprising amount of ANE background.
University of Virginia Library
- about 5000 books, mainly USA history
- including some religious books, mostly listed at
BlackMask Online
- a general collection, including 500 on Religion at
The Internet Public Library
- over 19,000 titles
- a slow search function hampers the use of this collection
Online Books
- a list of thousands of books online elsewhere
- incluldes 1400 books on Christianity and the Bible

Some smaller specialist collections :
Michael Marlowe's web directory for Biblical Studies books
- well organised links to most of the important sources on the web
Philologos - mainly Edersheim, Bullinger, Lightfoot, Ginzberg
Divorce & Remarriage papers & books by David Instone-Brewer
- a personal experiment in putting protected books on the web
- I'm particularly pleased with www.divorce-remarriage.com
- 2000 books, mainly English literature
Early Christian Writings
- lists the best of the Biblical Studies books on the web
Bradshaw's Biblical Studies articles & Books, organised by subject

Inside the Book (TM) at Amazon
Amazon gives access to the full text of 120,000 books
(with many many more to come), e.g.
Go to www.Amazon.com and search for "Books": "Tyndale Samuel"
- click on the first item (Joyce Baldwin's Tyndale Commentary)
- click on "Search Inside" ™ to search for any phrase and then
you can read two pages either side.
Or, go to TynCat: http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/tyncat/
Search in the title: "Luke Commentary"
Two of the books on the first page of results have a Search Inside ™
icon. Click on them to search the whole of those books and view any page.
You need to give Amazon your credit card number to use this feature,
but they won't take any money unless you decide to buy the book.
A topical list for NT Scholars:

3) links for searchable full-text commentaries
I said in my last email that there are many full-text books
on Amazon, which are all accessible through TynCat. I looked
up some commentary sets and quickly found the following.
You might like this handy list on your computer - it saves
carrying all these commentaries round with you.
I don't know why some in these series are on the web and
others aren't. I guess they only scan the newest and they
want to see if they sell. I think these scanned books will
sell well, because when you get used to them on screen,
you will want a copy in your hand.
There are many more full-text books - find them through TynCat
at http://www.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/tyncat/

Word Commentary
Genesis 1-15 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902002
Genesis 16-50 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902010
Exodus http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902029
Leviticus http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902037
Deuteronomy http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849910323
Joshua: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902061/
2 Samuel http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/084990210X
1 Chronicles http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902134
2 Corinthians http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902398
Ruth-Esther http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902088
Ezra - Nehemiah http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902150
Psalms 1-50 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902185
Psalms 51-100 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902193
Ecclesiastes http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902223
Isaiah 1-33 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902231
Isaiah 34-66 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/084990224X
Jeremiah 1-25 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902258
Daniel http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902290
Hosea - Jonah http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902304
Matthew 1-13 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902320
Matthew 14-28 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/084991096X
Luke 1-9 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902347
Luke 19-24 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849910722
John http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0785209409
Romans 1-8 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902371
Romans 9-16 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902525
Galatians http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902401
Ephesians http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/084990241X
1, 2 Thessalonians http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902444
Colossians - Philemon http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902436
1 Peter http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902487
2 Peter, Jude http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902495
1,2,3 John http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902509
Revelation 1-5 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849902517
Revelation 17-22: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0849915457/

Anchor Commentary
Leviticus 1-16 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385114346
Leviticus 23-27 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385500351
Numbers 21-36 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385412568
Deuteronomy 1-11 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385175930
Ruth http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385053169
2 Samuel http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385068085
Job http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385008945
Proverbs 1-9: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385264372/
Isaiah 1-39 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385497164
Isaiah 55-66 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385501749
Micah http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385084021
Habakkuk http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385083963
Malachi http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/038546892X
Tobit: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385189133/
2 Maccabees http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385048645
Judith http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385144245
Mark 1-8: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385423497/
Galatians http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385088388
Ephesians 4-6 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385080379
Colossians http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385110685
1,2 Thessalonians http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385184603
1,2 Timothy http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385484224
Philemon http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/038549629X
Hebrews http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385468938
1 Peter http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0385413637

New Interpreter's Bible
Matthew - Mark: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/068727821X/
Luke - John: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0687278228/
Hebrews-Revelation http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0687278252

The IVP Bible Background Commentary
Old Testament http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830814191
New Testament http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830814051

Tyndale Old Testament Commentary
The Song of Solomon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/087784268X/
1,2 Kings http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0877842590
1 Chronicles http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0877842604
Isaiah http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830814345
Hosea http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0877842485
Joel & Amos http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0877842744
Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah

IVP New Testament Commentary
Matthew: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830818014/
Luke http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830818030
John: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830818049/
Acts http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830818057
2 Corinthians http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830818081
Galatians http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/083081809X
Colossians, Philemon http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/083081812X
Philippians: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830818111/
1,2 Timothy, Titus http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830818146/
1,2,3 John http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830818197
Hebrews http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830818154
and all of them at http://www.biblegateway.com/resources/commentaries/

Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture
Romans: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830814914/
Matthew 1-13: http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830814868/
Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians:
Luke http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830814884/
Genesis 1-11 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/083081471X
Genesis 12-50 http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/0830814728/
Mark http://www.amazon.com/gp/reader/157958036X
The Ivp Women's Bible Commentary
New Bible Commentary: 21st Century Edition
Charlesworth's Old Testament Pseudepigrapha:
Brown's Death of the Messiah:
Brown's Birth of the Messiah:

4) A peek into the future
Putting a book on the web is not a small task for individuals
(I know - I've done plenty). But if you have the resources and
the incentive (usually profit) then the task is not too difficult,
as Amazon is now showing.
Amazon have already put the full text of 120,000 books on the
web, and sales of those books are up by 9% over equivalent
titles which are not scanned. These books can be searched for
any word and then you can go to any page which has that word.
The only restriction is that you cannot turn pages more than
two ahead and back from the result of your search.
I think that publishers will be queuing up to join this scheme,
so that a large proportion of new books will go on the web in
this form. The main exceptions will be dictionaries and other
books which one does not read page by page, though a large number
of commentaries (which people tend to consult rather than read)
are already available - including all the Word commentaries!
The easiest way to access these Amazon books is via TynCat
Any book which is searchable at Amazon is marked with an icon.
Does this mark the end of paper books? Not yet.
Screen technology needs to improve before most people can be
weaned off flattened trees. Cambridge Display Technology is
developing a flexible high resolution screen, thinner than a
hair which can be folded into your pocket, and run on very
little power. See http://www.cdtltd.co.uk/ and a summary of
this technology at http://www.lowendmac.com/misc/2k0821.html
When these screens are linked to a wireless web connection,
we will all have a library in our pockets.

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