[INDOLOGY] Digital Versions of PTS Texts?

Antonio Ferreira-Jardim antonio.jardim at gmail.com
Thu Jul 11 08:55:04 UTC 2013

Dear Charles,

The Dhammakaya temple group in Thailand have produced CD-ROMs of the
Pali Text Society editions. Successive versions of the electronic
editions have been called PaliText 1.0, 2.0 etc. I think the most
recent version is PaliText Version 2.6.

The initial version was academically assessed by Mark Allon here:

"An Assessment of the Dhammakaya CD-ROM: Palitext Version 1.0.”.
Buddhist Studies (Bukkyō Kenkyū) Vol. 26: (1997) pp.109–29.

The question of where they can be lawfully obtained outside of
Thailand is one for others I'm afraid.

Kind regards,
Antonio Ferreira-Jardim
Brisbane, Australia

On Thu, Jul 11, 2013 at 5:55 PM, DiSimone Charles <spootland at hotmail.com> wrote:
> Dear Friends and Colleagues,
> My research at present obliges me to check a Sanskrit manuscript against a
> Pali version of the 'same' text.  While there are many freely available
> online databases of the Pali Tipitaka (this age of technology is truly a
> wonderful time to be alive!), I have been using the Pali Text Society's
> editions for citation purposes.  Unfortunately, as far as I am aware, there
> is no digital version of the PTS Tipitaka one can search and copy/paste from
> for citation.  I asked the folk at the PTS if they make digital versions of
> their publications available (a PDF or something) and their response was
> that they do not.  I assume that this is to protect their intellectual
> property, which is perfectly reasonable.  Still, such a thing would be most
> useful to scholars.
> Has anyone ever set out to make a digital version of any of the Pali Text
> Society's editions from the Tipitaka?  Perhaps someone has typed up various
> texts into Word or text files or PDFs?  If anyone has, would be much obliged
> if they would be willing to share it with me.  I am most in need of the
> Dīgha Nikāya but would be appreciative of anything.
> I guess a corollary question to this topic would be, is such a thing even
> legal, strictly speaking?  I am of the mind that any digitalized versions of
> the PTS texts would be used by scholars for research and cited accordingly,
> thus constituting fair use.  However, if anyone has any insights on this
> regarding copyright law, I would be keen to hear.
> Thanks in advance for any help!
> Charlie
> --
> Charles DiSimone
> Promotionsprogramm Buddhismus-Studien
> Department of Indology and Tibetology
> Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
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