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Collection of 245 public-domain Loebs available as PDF's

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1nathanielcampbell
Jun 5, 2012, 9:11pm Top

Some good folks have put together a website where one can easily download each of the 245 Loebs currently in the public domain as PDF's:

http://ryanfb.github.com/loebolus/

2stellarexplorer
Jun 6, 2012, 12:18am Top

Wow. Nice! Thanks nathaniel. Just snagged thirty or forty of them.

3plexica
Jun 6, 2012, 1:07am Top

Really a helpful "clew" (I'm dragging a ball of yarn around from one of the other posts) but can either of you folks explain when I saved the file to my harddrive, the pdf handles seem to have disappeared? Reading online the resize and page advance and numbers were all visible. In the saved file, can't find them. (Well, I am a bit of a dork when it comes to such stuff.)

4stellarexplorer
Edited: Jun 6, 2012, 2:13am Top

I think it matters into what framework you save them. I chose to save them to a Kindle reader (in this particular case Kindle for iPad), and all expected functions in reading in that format were retained. I had numerous other options, including reading them as i-books, or through other apps.

If I say much more, I'll be out of my range of competency.

Good luck!

5plexica
Jun 6, 2012, 3:42pm Top

Thanks, I'll check that out.

6Mr.Durick
Jun 6, 2012, 8:32pm Top

I've put 43 of these on my Nook Color. I'm hoping that I'll use them, but I'm still not happy with how my device handles files or sits in my hand.

Robert

7plexica
Jun 8, 2012, 1:27am Top

Thankfully, I figured out that I was opening the file in Windows Reader. Once I got it open with Adobe, all is well. I only saw Nook at BN and really, "There ain't nothin' like a book!"
But Adobe is pretty close for an e-contraption.

8MarysGirl
Jun 8, 2012, 12:45pm Top

Thanks! I've bookmarked the site for future review.

9BarkingMatt
Jun 8, 2012, 2:35pm Top

Wait a minute - just to make sure: Yes, the original texts will all be out of copyright for these texts - but that doesn't mean the translations are out of copyright. The unique thing we get on offer here is that we can download translations of these texts copyright free.

10nathanielcampbell
Edited: Jun 8, 2012, 2:59pm Top

>9 BarkingMatt:: No, it's the translations that are out of copyright, too. The first set of Loebs began to be published in 1912; all of those that were published before 1923 are in the public domain, and those are the ones that you can download at the link.

Just so you know: while the original ancient texts do not themselves carry copyrights, editions of them do -- the copyright belongs to the editor or, if the publishing house was pushy and the editor unwise, to the publishing house.

11BarkingMatt
Edited: Jun 8, 2012, 2:49pm Top

Sorry: exactly what I meant to sayq, but apparently I didn't express myself too well - these translations are out of copyright - well, as far as I know.

12BarkingMatt
Edited: Jun 8, 2012, 2:53pm Top

while the original ancient texts do not themselves carry copyrights, editions of then do -- the copyright belongs to the editor or, if the publishing house was pushy and the editor unwise, to the publishing house.

Sure, in theory. But each or any of them would have a hard time actually proving you used their version of the original text.

13nathanielcampbell
Jun 8, 2012, 2:58pm Top

>12 BarkingMatt:: Not necessarily -- it depends on how interventionist the editor was in choosing textual variants and conjectures. Plus, the Loeb prints a limited critical appartus, which would be a dead give-away to who did the editing.

14BarkingMatt
Jun 9, 2012, 2:17am Top

Ah, yes...

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