"GRETIL e-library" now open

Gruenendahl, Reinhold gruenen at SUB.UNI-GOETTINGEN.DE
Tue Apr 29 08:50:12 UTC 2008

Respected members of the list,

the first 20 items of the "GRETIL e-library" are now available from this
provisional site:
The infrastructure (persistent URLs, cataloguing, classification, etc.) is
still under construction, but the e-books themselves are available without
The focus of the "GRETIL e-library" will be on older standard works, along
with writings relevant to the history of indology and related fields
(Wissenschaftsgeschichte). This first batch of 20 titles is not intended as a
preview of the thematic range, it merely tries to reflect the conceivable
spectrum of document types (monograph / multi-volume / article; Antiqua /
Fraktur / Devanagari / Burmese; plain text / diacritics / accents; text /
illustrations, etc.). 
All works in Latin script are available as Text-Under-Image PDFs, with a
searchable text behind an image of the original page. This allows you to copy
text into other applications (or into the search interface of your
Acrobat/Reader etc.).
The searchable background text has been generated with a specially trained
OCR software. The character range comprises all standard diacritics (with
modifications and additions - such as accents - where required). Please note
that the background texts have not been proof-read. Thus, the result of your
search may not include ALL references. This holds particularly for complex
texts (such as Macdonell's Vedic Grammar) and poor print quality.
Works in non-Latin scripts are available as plain multiple-image PDFs. Apart
from short articles, all items are fully indexed/bookmarked for better
Some of the titles offered here may feature on other sites, too. There,
however,  they usually come as plain multiple-image files, mostly without
index/bookmarks. Where Text-Under-Image files are being offered, the quality
is usually poor. Moreover, access may be restricted, geographically or
otherwise - "Google Books" is one case in point, discussed on this list at an
earlier occasion. Anyway, with the appearance of searchable texts - which you
can bookmark, copy or comment, e.g. with Adobe Acrobat - I see little scope
for the piecemeal perusal of online image collections.
Special thanks to Martin Straube and Dominik Wujastyk for sharing their
sizeable collections. I have included one specimen each, with more to follow.
Best reagards
Reinhold Grünendahl

Dr. Reinhold Gruenendahl
Niedersaechsische Staats- und Universitaetsbibliothek
Fachreferat sued- und suedostasiatische Philologien
(Dept. of Indology)
37070 Goettingen, Germany
Tel (+49) (0)5 51 / 39 52 83
gruenen at sub.uni-goettingen.de
In English:
GRETIL - Goettingen Register of Electronic Texts in Indian Languages:

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